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  • Locations: Ballycastle, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

This course explores the creation of art in response to the context of place, in this case Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's physical landscape is legendary and its rich cultural landscape and tradition in the dramatic, literary and visual arts makes it an ideal place for students to investigate this context. This course is for students at any level who are interested in the culture and context of contemporary Ireland. Students will explore facets of the cultural, emotional, historical, and physical landscape of Ireland. The Penn State Abington faculty will be joined at various times by Irish artists and writers.

Over the course of the semester we will explore how artists use this context to make work.
While in Dublin students will have the opportunity to visit Irish artist's studios, art galleries and museums, as well as museums of historical significance in Dublin.

Students will also have the distinct opportunity to live and work in Ballycastle, County Mayo, home of the distinguished Ballinglen Arts Foundation. The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, created in 1992, is an organization that supports serious visual artists from the United States, Europe and Asia with inspiring conditions in which to make art. Students will have the opportunity to live in this small village of 350 along the dramatic North Atlantic seacoast and work in a new state of the art studio in response to this striking landscape.
Students will also have access to the on site gallery and art library.

Students will investigate the context of place as it applies to contemporary art making practices. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and to develop their own personal vocabulary promoting and developing their artwork.

All students will be presented with assignments that explore and experiment with a variety of materials and methods used to create 2-d and 3-d art, with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Students are required to keep notes in their journal/ sketchbook responding to class discussions, readings, visiting artists/writers and field trips as well as to newly introduced materials and methods.
Content of the courses offered and grading criteria will vary according to level.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • No pre-requisites .
  • This course is open to students of all majors and/or all colleges.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight stays in hotel/hostel.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Bonnie Levinthal by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must submit an Application of Interest for the program on the Abington website. (1) The Global Office will receive the applications of interest for all programs. They will reach out to the student and invite them to come into the Global office for a meeting to discuss the on-line deposit & payment process, the on-line UPGlobal process for application and the cost and scholarships available. (2) After faculty receive the on-line application, students will be invited to schedule an interview with faculty leaders to discuss course content, credits, itinerary, any pre-reqs, pre-departure meetings etc.

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.




Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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