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  • Locations: Derry, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: Valpo applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Ireland Spring Break GroupProgram Description

All nursing, healthcare leadership, public health, and health science students who value cultural diversity and have an interest in global health will benefit from this cultural immersion experience in Ireland. Global health is a complex and important issue. Health professionals have the responsibility to be aware of international public health issues. Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity has the potential to reduce health disparities and enhance the well-being of global populations.

Additional excursions include a trip to the Giant Causeway, Dunluce Castle, and sightseeing in Belfast and Dublin.


This 3-credit hour College of Nursing and Health Professions course will fulfill an elective. This program gives students the opportunity to learn about different approaches to both public and private healthcare, meet with health professionals from around the world, and learn new applications for health assessments in their future careers. College of Nursing and Health Professions participants will be traveling and participating in some activities with Political Science/Criminology/Sociology students allowing both groups to share their perspectives and collaborate.

This course includes lectures and experiential learning encompassing a variety of topics, including health care in Ireland and history and politics related to the Troubles, or conflict, in Northern Ireland.  Students will visit hospitals, hospice centers, and universities, as well as relevant historical sites such as the site of Cromwillian Massacre in Drogheda and the Battle of Bogside in Derry.

The program is open to all undergraduate BSN, Healthcare Leadership, Health Science, Public Health, DNP and MSN students. All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning.

Ireland Nursing students


Program dates for Spring Break 2018 have not been determined yet. Please note dates fall within the Valpo Spring Break period.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed by CONHP and Sociology and Criminology faculty leaders after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.

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

Cost Information

Please refer to the budget sheet above. The Program Cost is an estimate that includes sight-seeing, airfare, all transportation in-country, housing and some meals.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Airfare will be arranged by the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Students are expected to travel as a group because of the shortness of the program, and the need to be together in case of any delay. Every effort is made to obtain the lowest possible airfares while working with the university travel agents. Please note that agents get fare quotes directly from the airline and group flight fares may differ significantly from individual live fares found online due to the fact that we are reserving many seats together in a group block. The lowest group fare should not be compared to an individual live fare.

Students will also be responsible for purchasing immunizations, and passport fees not included in the program cost.

The estimate for personal spending money will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their spending habits.

Enrollment and Travel Fellowships
Enrollment and Travel Fellowships are available, but are limited and based on the Dean's Fund and various travel restrictions that limit capacity.  Fellowships are funded by gifts from alumni and friends of the CON and are not included in the approximate costs.

Program Contact Information

Program Leaders
Contact for all program-related questions including course questions, registration, and cost.

Professor Tom Blodgett
Phone: (219) 454-5357

Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert, Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application

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 a receipt or similar 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.