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2016 Spring Term in Ireland

Spend Your Spring on the Emerald Isle. 

The next anticipated Ireland program will be Spring 2019. 

Information will be provided in Spring 2017.

A term in Ireland provides Augustana students with an opportunity to fulfill college requirements in a beautiful island with a unique culture. While it is technically part of Europe, Ireland has always had a culture in many ways outside of mainstream European traditions. Ireland's relative isolation over the centuries kept outside influence to a minimum and traditional culture at a maximum. Now a prosperous modern society, Ireland is known to possess the youngest, best educated population in Europe while retaining many of the old customs and attitudes that make it a unique land of intriguing people.

The Irish language is the oldest Indo-European language outside India. Its mythology, too, has more in common with Hinduism than with Greece and Rome and Ireland boasts the oldest surviving pre-Christian lore of Europe. In short, Ireland is your chance to visit the exotic without mastering a foreign language.

We will divide our term in Ireland among two main locations, Galway in the West and Dublin in the East, with numerous excursions to outlying cities.

Celtic Cross

From these centers we will visit castles, prehistoric sites, museums, and abbeys in the surrounding countryside.  Some places we might visit include: Rath Croghan, The Burren, The Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, Saint Patrick's Purgatory, Ben Bulben, monastic ruins throughout the country, the ring forts on the Inish Islands and the Dingle Peninsula, and castles throughout, particularly O'Brien's Tower on the Cliffs of Moher, Yeat's Thoor Ballylee, and Joyce's Martello Tower. In Dublin we will see monuments of Irish history: Kilmainham Gaol, The GPO, The National Museum, O'Connell Street, St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and of course, St. Patrick's Cathedral.

We will also have a brief stay in Belfast Northern Ireland and will visit the Giant's Causeway and tour the murals of the different ethnic neighborhoods.

Faculty Contact:  Dr. Joseph McDowell (English)           

Program Dates:  March-May 2016.  Next anticipated in Spring of 2019.

Eligibility: This program is open to all Augustana students in good academic standing (2.00 GPA or higher).  It does have a roster cap of 32 students.  Should the program receive more applications than it can accommodate a selection process will be utilized to determine the roster and to create a list of alternates.

Recommended For:  This program is open to all majors.  Students with interests in Literature, History, Art History, Music, Religion, and Ecology may find this program of particular interest.  Courses may change with each iteration, and the course profile will impact the areas of emphasis for each program.

Academics:  This program includes 4 required courses, providing Learning Community credit.  All courses are led by Augustana faculty who travel with you through Ireland.  The courses for Spring 2016 are:

  • World Literature 311D: Topics in World Literature (PL).  Dr. J. McDowell
  • Biology 385 (PN) Applied Ecology.  Dr. D. Wegman-Geedey
  • Music 3xx (PA): The Music of Ireland.  Dr. R. Elfline
  • ISS 304:  Seminar on Irish Culture.  Team-Taught

A total of 10 credits available on this program.  Participating students will enroll for all 4 courses offered.

Students should plan their academic coursework for the year to avoid course overloads.  If students choose to pursue a study abroad experience that takes them into a credit overload, those will lead to additional overload fees owed to the college and billed during the student's final term of that academic year.


Program Cost:  The 2016 program is set at $15,330. The program fee includes tuition, ground transportation, lodging, all meals (food stipend), excursions, and international health insurance.  The fee does not include airfare or discretionary spending.

Program Cost vs. Spring Term on Campus: The program fee of $15,330 is just below the anticipated cost of Spring Term on campus.  With the anticipated added expenses of airfare to/from Dublin and discretionary spending, we anticipate that the total cost of this program will be between $1,000 and $1,500 above the cost of the term on campus.  With Augie Choice this program would be less expensive than the same term at Augustana. 

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.


 This program is open only to full-time Augustana students. 

Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with sophomore status at the time of the program departure.