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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Dublin Culture & Arts

Program Overview

Please note that this program will not run in summer 2019.  Please check back at a later date about future iterations of the program!

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 noteworthy museums and galleries, experimental theatre, modern dance, contemporary arts, and a thriving music scene.  It also boasts a long and diverse literary history.  This program will explore how art responds to, is in the dialogue with, and helps to create culture.  Each student will select one or more artisitic medium to explore as well as participate in cultural outings.   

Please note this program is organized through the dance program but you do not need to be a 'dancer' to attend.  This program is open to any student who wishes to participate in an artistic exploration with a medium or genre of their choosing.  Students do not need to be planning to pursue a career in arts or be at an advanced level in an art form to attend and benefit from this program.  Each student will work with the lead faculty member to determine the specifics of their curriculum in regard to the daily classes/artistic explorations. Examples of curriculum could be creative or journalistic writing, photography, videography or film, mixed media, or painting.  The curriculum will be tailored to fit the desired explorations and skill set of each student.

All students will attend spoken word, poetry, music, dance, and theatre performances, as well as go to museums and galleries.  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, Hill of Tara, and the Cliffs of Mohr.

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Education Abroad Credits

All participants in this program will enroll in two courses:

Dance 399- Dance Study Abroad (3 credits) 

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Dance 100- Dance Appreciation (GA; US; IL) (3 credits) 

Participation in dance events and performances through the Dublin Dance Festival, National Concert Hall, IMMA / Museum of Modern Art Ireland, and the Gaiety Theatre as well as creative and artistic projects centered around Dublin.

Participants will average one dance class per day in their chosen discipline and attend multiple live performances each week.   
Students also attend galleries, museums, cultural centers, as well as music and theatre events.

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

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



There are no prerequisites required for this program.

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.
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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
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2018

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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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.