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Tineka Lebrun
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Program Overview


Go Abroad winnerPeople with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, making up 15% of the world's population. Many people with disabilities often face discrimination, stigma, lower socioeconomic status and decreased life expectancy. Disability not only spans many professional boundaries (such as policy makers, doctors, engineers, human service providers and teachers) but is a human rights issue as well.

Students in this program will learn about different aspects of culture and disability through:
  • Meeting with various service agencies in Ireland that provide resources for people with disabilities.

  • Advocacy and assistance to people with many different types of disabilities.

  • Visits to various sites and guest speakers including experts from Trinity, NUI Galway and University.

The first three weeks the group will be in Dublin. Students will participate in a variety of activities, which  include visiting community service agencies and engaging with individuals with disabilities. At Trinity College, our students will gain an understanding about students enrolled in a unique program for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, the National Institute of Intellectual Disabilities (NIID). 
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Throughout the weeks students will engage with various service providing agencies (which may include sensory disabilities, intellectual/cognitive disabilities, and physical disabilities). Class time will serve to prepare for engagement and reflection as well as providing background information for understanding global policy and how to make comparisons. The background knowledge is necessary for students to get the most out of the activities in week four.

During the fourth week, the group will attend the 5-day International Disability Summer School at NUI Galway which equips participants with insights and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The UNCRPD was adopted in 2006 to change attitudes toward people with disabilities internationally and ensure people with disabilities have equal human rights and freedoms. Previous participants of the NUI Galway Summer School included individuals from over 39 different countries ranging from people with disabilities, their families, advocates, policy makers as well as many others.  

 The Culture and Disability program has a strong service component and because these opportunities are cooperative ventures between Penn State and Irish organizations, students are required to maintain professionalism throughout. As a representative of Penn State, it is required that students will:
  1. Abide by the policies, procedures, practices and professional philosophies of our host organizations
  2. Be on time and attend all service requirements and class meetings (including deadlines for class assignments)
  3. Be respectful and show initiative in your involvement with the individuals in the programs we visit
  4. Maintain appropriate confidentiality and always demonstrate ethical behavior
  5. Dress accordingly for service and site visits (instructors will provide further information

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Education Abroad Credits

All students will complete RHS 420/SPLED 420- Culture & Disability (6 credits). 

Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.


  Grade point average of 3.0

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed on the Trinity College of Dublin and NUI Galway campus in dormitory/student residence halls. 

Accommodations include kitchen, shared room, laundry services, and shared bath.  Students will be independently responsible for their meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, 
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federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of our website.

For More Information

Cliff edges over oceanFor more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about this program, contact the faculty leader, Dr. Wendy CodutiTo learn more about the specifics of the program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for the program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 05/26/2019 06/21/2019
NOTE: Students must arrive 5/26/2019. Program concludes 6/21/2019; students will be responsible for finding their own accommodations upon completion of disability policy school that afternoon of 6/21/2019.