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  • Locations: Castletownroche, Ireland; Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Letterfrack, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Penn State's McCourtney Institute awarded the 2019 Brown Democracy Medal to Irish scholars who spearheaded various deliberation initiatives that led to the Irish Citizens' Assembly, a landmark exercise in deliberation integrated with the Irish government. The Assembly resulted in tremendous legal and cultural change in Ireland, including last year's referendum to lift Ireland's abortion ban. Penn State's spring break takes place directly after a unit on public deliberation that culminates in Deliberation Nation, a 10-day series of public deliberation events hosted by the students of Rhetoric and Civic life, a year-long honors rhetoric course. After spring break, the course pivots to public policy and advocacy. Thus, this perfectly timed trip to interview both the leaders and participants in the Assembly and citizens throughout Ireland could show our students how deliberation can be connected profoundly to governing and democracy itself.

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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:
  • Pre-requisites: Rhetoric and Civic Life I (CAS/ENGL 137H). Students must be enrolled in CAS/ENGL 138T during the semester in which they take the trip. 
  • This course is open to all majors at University Park only.
  • 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 apartment overnight accommodations.

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: Jessica O'Hara 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 answer short essay questions and will be required to submit two recommendation forms: one is required from their Rhetoric and Civic Life professor. Applications will be due to the Rhetoric And Civic Life Committee by October 1. The RCL committee will complete the first round of vetting, narrowing the field to 25 applicants by October 7. The course instructors, Lori Bedell and Jessica O'Hara, will interview and select the final 16 participants by October 15. A $500 deposit will be due by November 1. The remainder of payment will be due January 15.

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 03/08/2020 03/16/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program coordinator Jessica O'Hara by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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