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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
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Class Status:
1-First-Year, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Term of Study:
Spring Break
Housing Options:
Dormitory, Hotel
Minimum GPA:
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Non-Valpo Students:
Subjects Offered:
Internship/Service Learning:
Study Abroad Advisor: Nicole Hughes
Program Description:
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Program Description
This course will engage the extremely rich Irish literary tradition by putting it in dialogue with the complex nature of Irish history.  We will study such authors as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Lady Gregory, J.M Synge and Seamus Heaney among others, looking at the ways in which Irish literature has both reflected and had significant impact upon the course of the history of Ireland.

During spring break 2017, we will travel to sites across Ireland, including Dublin, Sligo, Galway, the Aran Islands, and the Ring of Kerry, tracing the literary heritage of the Emerald Isle.

March 3 - Flight from Chicago to Dublin
March 4 - Arrive in Dublin and check into accommodations
March 5 - Dublin Walking Tour
March 6 - Visit Glendalough 
March 7 - Visit Abby Theatre and Kilmainham Gaol
March 8 - Sligo Tour 
March 9 - Visit Knocknarea, an area associated with the Irish mythological figure Queen Maeve
March 10 - Galway Tour 
March 11 - Day trip to Aran Islands 
March 12 - Free day in Galway
March 13 - Guided bus tour of Ring of Kerry
March 14 - Visit to Blarney Castle
March 15 - Free day in Dublin
March 16 - Return flight to Chicago

Students will take a 300 level Literature course, which will fulfill a General Education Humanities requirement. As such, this course is open to all students, including freshman. 

This course will meet once per week for the entirety of the spring semester. Additionally, the course will include a spring break learning experience in Ireland. Program dates for Spring Break 2017 are March 3-16, 2017.

Application Requirements and Deadlines
This program is open to all students and has no pre-requisite requirements.

The deadline to apply for this program is October 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by faculty leader Dean Kanelos alongside the Office of International Programs staff after the deadline has passed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email. 

Click the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin an application.

Cost Information
Please refer to the budget sheet above. 

Program Contact Information
Faculty Director
Name: Dean Peter Kanelos
*For questions about academic content and coursework

Study Abroad Advisor
Name: Nicole Hughes
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor 
Phone: 219-464-5923
*For questions about Ireland study abroad program and application process. 

Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport or proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here


This program is currently not accepting applications.