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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dormitories Areas of Study: Business, Communication, History, Literature, Marketing, Mass Communications, Political Science, Sociology
Minimum Credit Hours: 24 collegiate credit hours Class Standing: 1-Sophomore, 2-Junior, 3-Senior, 4-Graduates
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
European Council: Waterford, Ireland
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Live and study for five weeks in Ireland’s oldest city! See the cultural, artistic, and historical treasures which have made Ireland a destination for generations!  Waterford, once a walled
settlement of Viking origins, retains much of its medieval character together with graceful cathedrals and townhouses from its 18th century expansion. The program fee includes two program trips to Dublin, a three-day stay in Killarney, Co. Kerry in the rugged West of Ireland, and eight day trips across the gorgeous mountains and valleys of southeastern Ireland to take in some of Europe’s most outstanding castles, stately homes, gardens, ecclesiastical sites, and prehistoric monuments.

Dates: June 14 to July 19

Costs: $5200

The package cost of $5200 for the five week program includes:
  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Ireland
  • Accommodations at the Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Free three-day weekends
  • 35 meals
  • Hotel-based weekend in Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Over night trip to Dublin
  • Three day weekend traveling the Ring of Kerry
  • 8 day-trips across South East Ireland
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

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hurling groupProgram Information & Course Structure
The Waterford (Ireland) Summer Study Abroad Program is based at the Waterford Institute of Technology. The campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford and is only a short walk from the bus system which provides easy access to the city and neighboring regions. The nearby Waterford Airport also offers quick flights to Galway, and London, as well as to France, Portugal, Spain, and The Netherlands.

Classes are held at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Students can take one or two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom twice a week and students are will participate in required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in Ireland or other European countries. Also, there is a mandatory 1 hour culture class that all students are required to take.

Classrooms and accommodations for the Waterford program are on the main campus of the Waterford Institute of Technology.  This modern, beautifully maintained campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford.  All rooms are single ensuite at the WIT, and each has internet access and a private bath. Each suite shares a kitchen and a living room with a television. Towels and bed linens are furnished weekly. The front desk of the WIT suites is staffed 24/7. The program package includes 35 meals that are offered in the dining hall of the WIT. The dining hall offers a wide variety of menu items, and a vegetarian choice can be included if requested.

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Courses in the 2018 Ireland Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

in irelandStudents should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance fees, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees and this is especially true for students in theater classes; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 12.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Payment Schedule  
March 2, 2018.........Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due
March 9, 2018.........First payment of $2450 due
April 7, 2018............Final payment of $2450 due


in front of castleRefunds
Students’ program deposit, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be used for a subsequent year.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Refund Schedule 
Withdrawal before March 3rd................................All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 4 and March 18...........All but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1.............All but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30................All but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30......................................No money will be refunded

pilloryImportant Deadlines
  • March 2nd– Application Due (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)
  • March 9th– First Payment
  • April 7th – Final Payment
  • March 30th – 1 passport photos are due (late fees apply, see below for details). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information. 
  • March 30th – An electronic copy of your passport is due. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. (see late fee schedule below)
  • May 12th– There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at the Middle Georgia State College. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Late Fees for Passports & Photo
Items received between Mar 31 – Apr 13.........$25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 – Apr 28..........$50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 – May 12.........$75 late fee
Items received on May 13 – May 20................$100 late fee
Items received on May 21st or after.................$100 plus $5 per additional day

surfs up!Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare
Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Ireland sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 28th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 28th will be denied.

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Course Descriptions
Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency. Please note there is an additional mandatory one hour class “Introduction to Irish Culture”.

LD-Lower Division Course
UD-Upper Division Course

Morning Classes
(choose only one)

irelandIntro to Global Issues (LD)
Dr. Lance Bardsley (University of North Georgia)

This is an introductory course that examines the philosophical, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of world politics. Students will learn the basic concepts of world politics by examining foreign policy decision making, the impact of globalization, the proliferation of new actors, besides the state, on the world stage.  The course will also analyze the numerous problems confronting the international community today such as terrorism, ethnic strife, failed states, pandemics and climate change and how they impact stability in the world today. Finally, the course will specifically focus the on conflict using the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland that dominated British politics for three decades as a case study to better understand the problems of conflict resolution in today’s globalized world.

Global Social Work (UD)
Dr. Kristin Brown (Georgia State – Perimeter)

This Global Social Work course is a survey of international social work and social welfare, with an emphasis on the UK. We discuss relevant social work practice challenges and opportunites, including varied examples of governmental and non-governmental responses to concerns arising in the UK and internationally. Social work values and ethics, shaped by the varying cultures in which they are identified and applied, will be examined as guiding principles for respectful and intentional social action. Challenges in development and evaluation in international contexts will be considered.

Multimedia Journalism: Feature Writing (UD)
Dr. Daniel Sipocz

This feature writing course gives you the opportunity to experience Irish culture and hone your reporting skills in a foreign environment. We will work on telling journalistic feature stories using texts, images, audio, and video. You will learn audio and video editing basics to help you produce a publishable feature stories in just five short weeks to add to your portfolio of clips. The class, onc ein Waterford, will decide on the theme of stories that will be produced before setting to work as international reporters! Prerequisite: An introductory reporting and writing class.

Berkeley LibraryIntro to Art (LD)
Prof. Sandra Trujillo (GCSU)

The goal of this course is to give you the vocabulary and tools to appreciate art during your study abroad experience in Ireland.  The course will provide you with art viewing experiences, creative practices, and helpful methods to consider diverse aspects of seeing diverse aspects art making.

Erin Go Bragh: Irish & British Literature (LD)
Dr. Jeff Newberry (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural)

A country rich with heritage, mythology, and literature, Ireland is often lumped in with England in the study of continental literature. In this class, we’ll be considering Ireland as its own sphere of literary creation. Through the lens of nationalism, the class will study how Irish writers create Irish identity. Beginning with a study of Romantic poetry, the class will pair Irish and British writers as we move through the 19th and early 20th century. This tandem approach will allow the class to compare and contrast national literatures and develop an understanding of the unique place Ireland holds in literary history. Field trips will reinforce Irish heritage and landscape as students explore Waterford and the surrounding environs. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or equivalent with a C or better.

War & Revolution: Struggle for Ireland, 795-1923 (UD)
Dr. Hubert van Tuyll (Augusta University)

Warfare and Revolution in Ireland. Violence has been a hallmark of the Emerald Isle, whether from the Viking raids or the conquest by Britain, and the many Irish efforts to break those shackles. Learn how the Irish and the invaders fought, and how the Irish survived as a people despite the ceaseless threats!

Afternoon Classes
(choose only one)

group on the hillSpecial Topics: The Politics of Irish Nationalism and Rebellion Through Film (UD)
Dr. Lance Bardsley (University of North Georgia)

This is an upper division course that examines the impact of colonialism on state development and why in many former colonies it resulted in rebellion or revolution from America to Vietnam This particular course places emphasis on the Irish experience as a colony of England starting in the 12th century and how that experience shaped the development of Irish identity, culture and institutional development that generated numerous rebellions and eventually a revolution resulting in a divided island today. The use of Ireland as a specific case will permit a thorough analysis of what are the necessary conditions or cleavages that provide fertile ground for rebellion and revolution such as inequality, linguistic, religious, racial or ethnic differences and why some societies resort to political violence and others do not. Prerequisite: Introduction to American Government with C or better.

Introduction to Sociology (LD)
Dr. Kristin Brown (Georgia State – Perimeter)

We will discuss how social structure and social institutions (such as family, religion, education, and healthcare) influence society and social experience, with a focus on Ireland. We will learn about culture, socialization, social organization and interaction, and groups as basic building blocks of society and social experience. We will identify effects related to population characteristics and changes in Irish society. We will explain how social stratification is related to economic, racial and ethnic, gender and sexual identity, and other inequalities in Ireland and internationally.

Sports Communication (LD)
Dr. Daniel Sipocz (Berry)

“This play is under review” is a commonly used phrase by officials on Saturday and Sunday. America’s love of sports has created multi-billion dollar industries, jobs, and plenty to talk about. This course throws the challenge flag at sports, putting the industry under review. Students will not only be introduced to a variety of jobs in the sports communication field, but will also review problems in the sports industry. Topics “under review” include: media, organizations, marketing and advertising, teams and leagues, and the types of jobs communication majors can land after graduation.

Sketchbook Drawing (UD)
Prof. Sandra Trujillo (Georgia College & State)

This drawing course is designed specifically for your study abroad experience in Ireland. The class will sketch in museums and out-of-doors on a daily basis.  You will learn to approach complex forms with a techniques and create a method for establishing a visual narrative about your daily experiences with art and culture in Ireland.  Your daily practice and viewing experiences will develop your skills and insight into art making.

dance!Writing Home Abroad: Introduction to Memoir (UD)
Dr. Jeff Newberry (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural)

The Southern writer Thomas Wolfe wrote “You can’t go home again.” However, writers take home with them wherever they go. With geographical distance, writers gain a more objective view of the places they call home (whatever and wherever that may be). This class provides an introduction to memoir as well as guided practice in the craft. Designed for writers of all levels, “Writing Home Abroad” will use various sites around Waterford as jumping-off points for writing about “home.” Partially a workshop, the course will be student-guided and student-centered, with student writers composing the most important, central texts of the class. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 or equivalent with a C or better.

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by the gateApply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
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*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received.
** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

the viewEligibility
  • Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
  • Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.
  • Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

field tripHealth Matters and Insurance
  • Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.
  • Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.
  • Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications.
  • No special immunizations are needed to enter Ireland, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

group selfiePassports and Visas
Everyone who travels to Ireland must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Ireland for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 30th, 2018 to avoid late fees, please see “Deadlines” for details.

battlegroundContact Us
Contact your Campus Representative to submit an application and determine course equivalencies

Beverly Vantine
EC Coordinator, Valdosta State University

Dr. Laura Thomason
Ireland Director

Dr. Hubert van Tuyll
Ireland Site Director

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2018 01/01/2019 TBA TBA