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*Dublin, Ireland: Representing the Irish Landscape, Literature and Visual Arts (Summer)
Allihies, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Westport, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory, Private House
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Art, English
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Ireland Representing the Irish Landscape Literature and Visual Arst

Program Overview  


May 30, to June 28, 2015 (students depart the U.S on May 29, and arrive in Dublin on May 30, 2015)

Representing the Irish Landscape is a program for students interested in the culture of contemporary Ireland and how its artists depict the Irish experience through visual arts and literature. Open to students at all levels of experience, the program includes courses in visual arts and Irish literature, and an independent studies course that allows students to engage facets of the Irish landscape and culture in depth. The Penn State faculty teaching the program will be joined by visiting artists and writers for special presentations.

Irish cliffs and coastline
Over the course of four weeks, the group will stay in four different sites across Ireland, and will visit several more. The first week will be spent in the city of Dublin, where housing will be provided by Trinity College, in the heart of the city. We will see plays, visit museums, attend poetry readings and participate in the city's vibrant art scene. Next, the program moves to picturesque Achill Island, where students will stay in holiday homes, work in a spacious art studio, and meet local renowned poets such as Paul Durcan and Vona Groake.

Following the island, the program settles in Galway, a medieval port town known for its cobbled narrow streets, vibrant music scene and college town vibe.  There, students will stay in university housing and area visits will include Yeat's tower and a bicycling trip in the Aran Islands.  Next is the tiny village of Allihies, on the southern coast's Beara Peninsula, where students will stay in villagers' homes (meals will be provided) and scheduled workshops will be led by well-known visiting Irish writers and artists.  Finally, students will travel together, back to Dublin for two nights before departure from the program.

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Education Abroad Credits


You will receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
    
Students are required to enroll in three courses appropriate to their academic level and area of concentration. All participants must register for both English and Art and a final project, either in writing or visual arts, must be submitted by the end of the summer session. Most Art students will enroll in 6 credits of Art and 3 credits of English. Most English students will enroll in 6 credits of English and 3 credits of Art. If you are not either an English or Art major, please select appropriate courses based on interests or to satisfy academic requirements. 

English Courses

ENGL 145 (3 credits) (GH;IL) Modern Irish Literature
ENGL 199 (3 credits) Foreign Study -- English (prerequisite: ENGL 015 or 030)
ENGL 399/499 (3 credits) Foreign Study -- English: Final Project 
ENGL 404 (3 credits) Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place (prerequisite: ENGL 015 or 030)

Allihies green landscape with houses and coastline

Our literature course will include readings from the Celtic Revival that figure the West of Ireland and Irish mythology prominently within the project of cultural nationalism. We will study writers who pay special attention to place, ranging from J.M. Synge's Aran islands, to James Joyce's Dublin, to more contemporary representations of Ireland as a multicultural, modern space. In addition to readings, we will study and meet several contemporary Irish writers. The course will include drama, film, and prose and will feature outings to performances, lectures, readings and poetry workshops.

Janet Lyon will teach the English courses.

Art Courses

ART 199 Beginning Art (3 credits) Foreign Study
ART 299 Intermediate Art (3 credits) Foreign Study
ART 499 Advanced Art (3 credits) Foreign Study -- Art: Final Project 

These courses explore the creation of visual responses to the the emotional, physical, economic and psychological Irish landscape.  We will investigate the idea of site, place, and time as they apply to historical perspectives and contemporary art-making practices. We will visit artist studios and encourage conversation with celebrated Irish Artists. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of materials and methods to develop their own personal vocabulary of practice techniques, promoting and developing self-expression and discovery. I am interested in the construction of a completed visual travel log, a journal specific to the context of being in Ireland at this time in history.

Helen O' Leary will teach the Art courses

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisy pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Minimum 2.5 grade-point average.

All students must have a passport which is valid until six months after the last day of the program. (or date of return to U.S if student is extending travel)


Housing and Meals


Housing is provided in each location.  Students will need to provide their own meals in Galway and Dublin but meals are provided in Allihies and on Achill Island.

Cliff edges over ocean

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, 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 the Global Penn State website.
 

For More Information


For 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

Janet Lyon will teach the English courses in Ireland and Helen O'Leary will teach the Visual Arts courses. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

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

Application deadline: February 1, 2015

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 at the  top of 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.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014
02/27/2014 05/29/2014 06/28/2014
Summer 2015 02/01/2015
02/15/2015 05/30/2015 06/28/2015
NOTE: Students depart the U.S on May 29, and arrive in Dublin on May 30.

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