This program will be offered again in summer 2015
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.
All participants must have some previous dance training at the intermediate level and above. Applicants who have not taken a dance course at Penn State, University Park will be required to submit an audition disk or must meet with Professor Elisha Clark Halpin.
Dublin, Ireland is 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.
All participants in this program will enroll in two courses: A studio dance course taught by the director of the Penn State Dance Program, Elisha Clark Halpin, for 3 credits (Dance 100) ; participation in dance classes through the Dublin Dance Festival along with dance appreciation course which will involve attending performances at 3 credits (Dance 399). Participants will average two dance classes per day and attend two-to-three live performances each week. The focus of the studio course and the workshop will be modern dance. Performances attended for the appreciation course will include modern dance, conventional musical theatre, perhaps even ballet, but certainly traditional Irish dance.
As a part of the program students will participate in a number of local excursions and a day trip to Glendalough, a 9th century settlement at the "valley of the Two Lakes."
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed at an apartment, for the duration of the program. The apartments will include kitchen facilities as students will be responsible for providing their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program. Students may also contact the faculty leader, Professor Elisha Clark Halpin, for further program details.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.