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About the Program

Ireland Hill topLive and study for five weeks in Ireland’s oldest city! See the cultural, artistic, and historical treasures which have made Ireland a destination for generations!  Waterford, once a walled
settlement of Viking origins, retains much of its medieval character together with graceful cathedrals and townhouses from its 18th century expansion. The program fee includes two program trips to Dublin, a three-day stay in Killarney, Co. Kerry in the rugged West of Ireland, and eight day trips across the gorgeous mountains and valleys of southeastern Ireland to take in some of Europe’s most outstanding castles, stately homes, gardens, ecclesiastical sites, and prehistoric monuments.

Dates: June 15 to July 20

Costs: $5200

The package cost of $5200 for the five week program includes:

  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Ireland
  • Accommodations at the Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Free three-day weekends
  • 35 meals
  • Hotel-based weekend in Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Over night trip to Dublin
  • Three day weekend traveling the Ring of Kerry
  • 8 day-trips across South East Ireland
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above

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Ireland SportProgram Information & Course Structure

The Waterford Summer Study Abroad Program is based at the Waterford Institute of Technology. The campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford and is only a short walk from the bus system which provides easy access to the city and neighboring regions. The nearby Waterford Airport also offers quick flights to Galway, and London, as well as to France, Portugal, Spain, and The Netherlands.

Classes are held at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Students can take one or two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom twice a week and students are will participate in required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in Ireland or other European countries. Also, there is a mandatory 1 hour culture class that all students are required to take.


Classrooms and accommodations for the Waterford Program are on the main campus of the Waterford Institute of Technology.  This modern, beautifully maintained campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford.  All rooms are single ensuite at the WIT, and each has internet access and a private bath. Each suite shares a kitchen and a living room with a television. Towels and bed linens are furnished weekly. The front desk of the WIT suites is staffed 24/7. You can visit their website at http://www.wit.ie/

The program package includes 35 meals that are offered in the dining hall of the WIT. The dining hall offers a wide variety of menu items, and a vegetarian choice can be included if requested.

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Courses in the 2017 Waterford Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which Road sidethey would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance fees, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees and this is especially true for students in theater classes; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 13.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.


Payment Schedule  

March 2, 2017 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due
March 9, 2017  First payment of $2450 due
April 7, 2017 Final payment of $2450 due


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Students’ program deposit, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be used for a subsequent year.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at bbreeland@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Refund Schedule 

Withdrawal before March 3rd all but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 4 and March 18 all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1 all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30 all but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30 No money will be refunded

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Important Deadlines

  • SurfMarch 2nd– Application Due (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)
  • March 9th– First Payment
  • April 7th – Final Payment
  • March 28th – 1 passport photos are due (late fees apply, see below for details). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information. http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html
  • March 28th – An electronic copy of your passport is due. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. (see late fee schedule below)
  • May 13th– There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at the Middle Georgia State College. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Mar 29 – Apr 12 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 13 – Apr 27 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 28 – May 11 $75 late fee
Items received on May 12 – May 19 $100 late fee
Items received on May 20th or after $100 plus $5 per additional day

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Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Ireland sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 28th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 28th will be denied.

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Course Descriptions

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency. Please note there is an additional mandatory one hour class “Introduction to Irish Culture”.


LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division Course

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Morning Classes

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Intro to Global Issues (LD)

Dr. Lance Bardsley (University of North Georgia)

This is an introductory course that examines the philosophical, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of world politics. Students will learn the basic concepts of world politics by examining foreign policy decision making, the impact of globalization, the proliferation of new actors, besides the state, on the world stage.  The course will also analyze the numerous problems confronting the international community today such as terrorism, ethnic strife, failed states, pandemics and climate change and how they impact stability in the world today. Finally, the course will specifically focus the on conflict using the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland that dominated British politics for three decades as a case study to better understand the problems of conflict resolution in today’s globalized world.

Multimedia Reporting (UD)

Dr. Daniel Sipocz (Berry College)

Create your own headlines in Ireland! This multimedia-reporting course gives you the opportunity to experience Irish culture and hone your reporting skills in a foreign environment. We will work on telling journalistic stories using text, images, audio, and video using only our devices (phones, tablets, and computers). You will learn audio and video editing basics to help you produce publishable multimedia stories in just five short weeks. The class, once in Waterford, will decide on the theme of the stories that will be produced. Students will also contrast Irish media to U.S. media in this class.

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Dr. Mary Magoulick (Georgia College & State University)

In our mobile, globalized world, individuals and groups from different cultures constantly meet and interact, resulting in various levels of conflict or understanding. We often approach those who are different from ourselves with wariness, but sometimes our encounters lead to growth. In this course, our readings and films explore people experiencing new cultures (from various perspectives). As our characters’ lives change, they may discover culture shock, conflict, friendship, or enlightenment. Our readings will explore means of working through difference or overcoming cultural barriers just as we are experiencing the joys and frustrations of living in a society not our own.

Death in the Emerald and British Isles (UD)

Dr. Susan Kilpatrick Smith (Kennesaw State University)

This course exposes students to death in Ireland and the United Kingdom. We will use class discussions, projects, and field-trips to learn how death has been dealt with in the past and how it is incorporated into modern life.  This class will take an anthropological approach to this broad topic of death and readings will include academic and popular articles.

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Introduction to Business

Mr. Anthony Burke (Waterford Instituted of Technology)

Learn to be successful in the modern business environment. This introductory course is designed for both business and non-business majors and covers a variety of subject areas including types of business ownership, marketing, organisational behaviour, business finance, accounting analysis, professional communications and more. On successful completion of this course, students will have gained essential business skills that they can apply in their future career. Students will learn of Waterford’s industrial origins and will compare and contrast U.S. and Irish case study examples in an open and interactive environment. Through intended site visits, students will witness at firsthand how local industry in Waterford operates and contributes to the local and national economy.

History to 1877: How the Irish Came to America (LD)

Dr. Hubert van Tuyll (Augusta University)

US History I, or how the Irish came to America and made her what she became. First came the Scots via Ulster, then came the Irish from the south- bringing distinct ways of life and thinking to America. Find out how Ireland became a powerful force shaping our America.

Afternoon Classes

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Ireland weaponSpecial Topics: Colonialism, Rebellion, and Revolution – an Irish Case Study (UD)

Dr. Lance Bardsley (University of North Georgia)

This is an upper division course that examines the impact of colonialism on state development and why in many former colonies it resulted in rebellion or revolution from America to Vietnam This particular course places emphasis on the Irish experience as a colony of England starting in the 12th century and how that experience shaped the development of Irish identity, culture and institutional development that generated numerous rebellions and eventually a revolution resulting in a divided island today. The use of Ireland as a specific case will permit a thorough analysis of what are the necessary conditions or cleavages that provide fertile ground for rebellion and revolution such as inequality, linguistic, religious, racial or ethnic differences and why some societies resort to political violence and others do not. Prerequisite: Introduction to American Government with C or better.


Introduction to Anthropology (LD)

Dr. Susan Kilpatrick Smith (Kennesaw State University)

Introduction to Anthropology is a survey of all 4 major subfields of Anthropology: cultural, biological, linguistic, and archaeological.   We will approach each of these subfields using Ireland as our primary example.  You will be able to experience all of these four subfields of anthropology yourself through field trips, museum visits, and most importantly by living in Waterford for 5 weeks. Anthropology is unique in that it attempts to study biological and cultural aspects of humans from all over the world and from all time periods, both historic and prehistoric.  This is the holistic approach that defines anthropology and sets it apart from other disciplines.  We will be discussing the four major subfields individually and collectively, stressing a biocultural approach to anthropology.  You will gain in-depth knowledge of the anthropology of Ireland and the United Kingdom from all subfields of the discipline.

Irish Folklore & Creativity (UD or Grad)

Dr. Mary Magoulick (Georgia College & State University)Ireland Gateway

We will read Irish folk narratives (especially fairy tales & myths) as literature, and to discover Irish culture. All students will analyze narratives and may choose either an analytical or creative track, to either do more analysis or to engage in creative writing (inspired by class readings & fieldtrips). We will study folklore genres, customs, and related concepts such as belief, tradition, and worldview. On fieldtrips, we will pay special attention to the distinctly “Irish” cultures past and present as seen in artifacts, buildings, landscapes, and people. Students may explore their own creativity (inspired by the surrounds and our readings), research local culture, and/or appreciate and analyze folklore texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 1002 with C or better.

 Foundations of Mass Communications (LD)

Dr. Daniel Sipocz (Berry College)

Ireland is full of history! Whether examining the role of pubs as a means to disseminate news or the differences between Irish and U.S. media, this class covers the media’s role in society throughout history. Foundations of Mass Communication will teach students the structure and history of U.S. and Irish media and discuss contemporary issues surrounding mass communication as well as its importance in our daily life. Students will consume Irish media to compare and contrast U.S. media to Irish media.

Principles of Marketing

Mr. Anthony Burke (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Find your niche and competitive edge! Effective marketing is becoming increasingly important in an ever expanding competitive environment. The interaction between businesses and their customers is carried out across multiple mediums and is done so on a local, national and international level. On successful completion of this course, students will have gained a valuable insight into marketing practices in the modern business environment, with a particular focus on international marketing in the digital age. Students will consume some Irish marketing campaigns and will compare and contrast the marketing practices of Irish and U.S. firms. Students will conduct an exploration of the marketing campaigns of some local Waterford companies and investigate their strategy of communicating with customers on a local, national and international level.

Summer 2017 Directors and Faculty

Thomason Laura MGA laura.thomason@mga.edu
van Tuyll Hubert Augusta hvantuyl@augusta.edu
Bardsley Lance UNG lance.bardsley@ung.edu
Magoulick Mary GCSU mary.magoulick@gcsu.edu
Sipocz Daniel Berry dsipocz@berry.edu
Smith Susan Kirkpatrick KSU ssmith1@kennesaw.edu

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Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.

*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.


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      1. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
      2. Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.

Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

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Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.

Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications.

No special immunizations are needed to enter Ireland, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

Ireland Seaside 2Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to Ireland must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Ireland for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 28th, 2017 to avoid late fees, please see “Deadlines” for details.


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What Students Have to Say

-Even if the price seems insurmountable at first, push yourself to save for the program! You will never regret making the sacrifices to go on the trip, but you will regret giving up this opportunity! Also, if you don’t see a class that you need being offered, look for similar classes and talk to the professors and your school about receiving credit!

– Budget your money, everything is more expensive in Europe. Stay in Ireland the whole time, explore what it has to offer.

-Apply early and keep up with the work load while there. It’s easy to get distracted by all the fun and shenanigans, but there’s schooling to be done too, and if you fall behind you might miss out on fun stuff later scrambling to catch up.
-SAVE LOTS OF MONEY!!! You are going to want to see everything possible, so plan ahead and bring cash with you where ever you go. Try staying in some of the smaller towns like Doolin and you will have amazing experiences. Pack warm and waterproof clothing, and be prepared to enjoy the experience of a life time. You won’t regret investing in this trip…I promise.Ireland Lakeside

-Have fun. Be safe. Pack light: three pair of jeans and a variety of shirt styles; don’t forget your comfortable shoes and raincoat; bring plenty of undies/socks. Don’t worry about your appearance the weather will take it’s anger out on your vanity. Travel as much as possible, even in the rain. Stay in the country. Get involved with every opportunity given
to you.

-They will say this at orientation, but it should be stressed again: pack light! You WILL bring back a lot of souvenirs! Plus, you really don’t need many clothes. I would also like to remind students that it is STUDY abroad, and school comes first! If you goof off too much, you’ll fall behind really fast. Most of all, don’t be nervous if it’s your first time out of the country, it’ll be a first for a lot of you!

-Relax! Don’t stress out about anything; the directors know what they’re doing, will help you through any problems you have. You’ll meet plenty of fun people and have the time of your life on this trip!

-Take in as much of the country as you can while you’re here. Five weeks will fly by too fast for you to notice until it’s over!

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Contact Us

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Beverly Vantine

European Council/ISEP Coordinator


Laura Thomason

Waterford Director


Hubert van Tuyll

Waterford Site Director


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