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*Dublin, Ireland: Modern Dance (Summer)
Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Dublin Modern Dance (Summer)_ Two dancers dancing on stage

Program Overview

May 13, to June 17, 2016 (tentative)

Dublin is defining the new image of Ireland with its high student population, social programs, and art scene. Yet, even in the midst of change, Dublin preserves its history, evident in its architecture and in its political, religious, and social institutions. Dublin plays many roles for Ireland, as the Republic's political capital, the home of the past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island's phenomenal economic growth. 

Dublin Castle, built in 1230, served as the residence of the English kings until Ireland gained it independence in 1922. Now it serves a ceremonial role as the site of the presidential inauguration. Trinity College, Ireland's oldest college, is home to Trinity College Library, Ireland's largest library, which holds two of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world, the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. However, the most popular tourist site in Ireland is the Guinness Storehouse where visitors can tour the brewery and enjoy a 360-degree view of Dublin from the top floor.

Dublin is also well known as a center for experimental theatre including modern dance. The dance scene in Dublin is more progressive than that of New York yet Dublin is a city of a manageable, human scale. It hosts multiple modern dance festivals each summer. This program will overlap with the largest and most popular, the Dublin Dance Festival.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

All participants in this program will enroll in two courses:

Dance 410- Dance History, US, IL (3 credits) 

Valley of the Two Lakes_Lake in Dublin

Studio dance course taught by the director of the Penn State Dance Program, Elisha Clark Halpin

Dance 100- Dance Appreciation (3 credits) 

Participation in dance events through the Dublin Dance Festival, as well as creative and artistic projects centered around Dublin.

Participants will average one dance class per day and attend multiple live performances each week.   Performances attended for the appreciation course will include modern dance, conventional musical theatre, perhaps even ballet, but certainly traditional Irish dance.

Students also attend galleries, museums, cultural centers, as well as music and theatre events.

Students who are not dancers but with to write, photograph, or create films about dance/the body are welcome on the trip.  The curriculum can be tailored to fit their needs and skill set.

As a part of the program students will participate in a number of local excursions including Glendalough, a 9th century settlement at the "Valley of the Two Lakes" , Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Mohr.

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken abroad, and all your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA.  You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.  To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic advisor.  

Students may not fulfull GHA (General Health and Activity) requirements abroad.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.

  • Some previous dance training at the intermediate level and above

  • Applicants who have not taken a dance course and Penn State, University Park will be required to submit an audtion disk or must meet with Professor Elisha Clark Halpin

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed at an apartment, for the duration of the program. The apartments will include kitchen facilities and students will be responsible for providing their own meals.
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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

To learn more about this program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. Students may also contact the faculty leader, Professor Elisha Clark Halpin, for further program details.
Nighttime View of Dublin
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2016

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/01/2016 02/15/2016 TBA TBA