Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Dublin, Ireland
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
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.
All participants in this program will enroll in two courses:
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.
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.
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: