• Welcome to the European Council Waterford, Ireland program information page!

    Welcome to the European Council Waterford, Ireland program information page!

Waterford, Ireland

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Live 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 Kilarney, 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. 

Just 100 miles south of Dublin, Waterford City is home to Waterford Crystal and gives you access to many castles, houses, gardens, and prehistoric sites. West of Dungarvan is a wild and beautiful peninsula containing the historic seaside resort of Ardmore and The Gaeltacht, a unique Gaelic speaking area. Southeast of Waterford City is the East Waterford Gaultier Coast, a peninsula with a distinct Anglo-Norman character, containing the seaside resort of Dunmore East.

Student in IrelandProgram Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for Ireland on June 18 and returns to the United States on July 23 2015. 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 Germany or other European countries. Also, there is a mandatory 1 hour culture class that all students are required to take.

Program Costs

The package cost of $4,900 for the five-week program includes: round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Ireland, all airport-campus and field-trip transportation, lodging at WIT, seven meals per week, a full-day coach orientation tour of SE Ireland with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a hotel-based weekend in Killarney with two full Irish breakfasts and two three-course dinners, and a primary health insurance policy that provides coverage for medical expenses.

The package does not include additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to or from Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. Please note that the package cost does not include tuition. Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is applicable to tuition on the Waterford-Ireland Program.

The Waterford (Ireland) 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.

Group CastleHealth 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 at the Waterford Institute of Technology

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.

Passports 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 takes more than 3 months to get a passport. 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.

Class StatuePlease 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 April 14th, 2015 to avoid late fees (see "Deadlines" for details).


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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 singles 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 seven meals per week (breakfast Monday-Thursday, Lunch Monday & Wednesday, and Dinner on Wednesday) 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.

Dorm Shared Kitchen

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Courses in the 2015 Waterford (Ireland) Summer Study Abroad Program are part of the regular course offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they 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.


The package cost of $4900 for the five-week program includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Ireland
  • Transportation to and from the airport to the campus
  • Weekend trip to the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle
  • Lodging at the WIT (private room and bath with shared full kitchen and living area)
  • All fieldtrip transportation (8 field trips total, including two in Dublin)
  • Seven meals per week
  • 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.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2000 for extra meals, theater tickets, 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; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 16.

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, 2015
Application form and $300 non-refundable application fee due
March 9, 2015
 First payment of $2300 due
April 7, 2015
Final payment of $2300 due


JumpRefund Schedule

 Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

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.

Withdrawal before March 9
All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 10 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 $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30
No money will be refunded


Important Deadlines

HurlingApplication Due- March 2nd (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- March 9th

Final Payment- April 7th

-2 passport photos due April 14th (late fees apply, please 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.


-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 14th (late fees apply, please see below for details). Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. 

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 16th in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. 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 Fee Schedule for Photos & Passports

  • Photos received between Apr 15- Apr 24: $50 late fee
  • Photos received between Apr 25 – May 4: $75 late fee
  • Photos received between May 5 – May 11: $100 late fee
  • Photos received on May 12th or after will be charged the $100 late fee and an additional $5/day.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

HorsesAirfare 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 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 on your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by April 14th and these opportunities are provided on a first come, first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 14th will be denied. 

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Students may take one or two three credit hour courses in Ireland in addition to the mandatory one hour class "Introduction to Irish Culture". All courses with the exception of the culture class are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. 

LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division Course

Morning Classes

World Literature II (LD)

Dr. Nick Norwood (Columbus State University)

A study of selected literary masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present, this course will cover the major literary movements in world literature and place a special emphasis on Irish writing. We’ll aim to place the most noted writers of the Irish literary tradition—Swift, Yeats, Wilde, Stoker, Bowen, Joyce, Kavanagh, Beckett, Heaney, and others—in historical context, and we’ll sample the works of the Irish Nationalist writers as well. Our field trips will include visits to the Irish National Library to view their spectacular exhibit on William Butler Yeats, to the Irish National Museum to view, among other things, bog bodies of the type that inspired some of Seamus Heaney’s most famous poems, and to Irish country houses to get a glimpse of the world Elizabeth Bowen knew and wrote about. The major course assignment will be a Term Project in which students combine their own experiences in Ireland with a study of one or more of the assigned literary works.


Queer Ireland (UD)

Dr. Margaret Sullivan (Georgia Southern State  University)

ClassThis interdisciplinary course will provide as in-depth look at queer Irish literature, culture, and politics. We’ll study issues associated with the Wilde trials, which can be seen at the birthplace of modern queer identity, and will trace that identity into a variety of literary texts: among them Joyce’s Portrait and works by Toibin, O’Neill, and Donoghue. We’ll also look at LGBTQ films, specifically queer retellings in The Velvet Goldmine and genderbending in Breakfast on Pluto – and pivotal events in Ireland’s homosexual culture: the murder of Declan Flynn and the rise of the Irish Gay Rights Movement. Field trips connected with class topics will be an integral part of the course. Possible locations include Dublin, Cork, Enniscorthy, and Kilkenny.

Music Appreciation (LD)

Dr. Sam Baltzer (Georgia Highlands)

This course utilizes a unique listening approach to examine the history and literature of a variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, folk, pop, and non-Western music. Introduction to music history and literature. Western classical, jazz, folk, and popular music, and the music of non-western cultures. Discussion of music in its social and historical context using recordings, films, and live performances. No previous knowledge of music is required.

The Irish Struggle for Independence (UD)

Dr. Gray Sprayberry (Columbus State University)

“All changed, changed utterly,” wrote poet W.B. Yeats in the aftermath of the Easter Uprising of 1916. “A terrible beauty is born.” This special topics course will focus on the events and circumstances surrounding the Easter Uprising and the subsequent War of Irish Independence, 1919-21. Students will explore the historical antecedents of the conflict and will retrace the steps of Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, and others as they struggled to overcome British rule and establish the Republic of Ireland, Field trips will include visits to the General Post Office, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, and the Collins Barracks. 


RebellionIntroduction to Psychology (LD)

Dr. Ginny Zhan (Kennesaw State University)

The Psyc. 1101 is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. A foundational course in the discipline of psychology for majors and non-majors, this course provides an overview of the basic principles guiding psychological processes of human behavior in areas such as learning, memory, lifespan human development, psychological disorders, and many others. Being part of a Study Abroad program, aspects of the host culture and its effect on observed behavior will also be examined and incorporated into the course content.


Art Appreciation (LD)

Prof. Stacy Koffman (University of North Georgia)

Learn how to truly appreciate art in one of the most visually stimulating places in the world! Students will focus on learning the basic elements and principles of design as they apply to various works of art. Field trips will be an integral part of the learning process and the museums and country houses of Ireland will play a key role in our understanding of art throughout history. Students will apply the knowledge gained with written essays, hands-on projects and on-location presentations. 

Afternoon Classes

Irish Drama & Film (UD)

Dr. Dustin Anderson (Georgia Southern University)

This course will focus on Irish cultural identity in both local and global contexts as it has developed on the stage from the 18th century through the 21st century screen. We will pay special attention to how the Irish stage has portrayed politics of religion, gender, class, and colonization through the combination of visions and verbs. Students will attend two plays on-site, in addition to the readings and views for the course. Featured playwrights and directors include: Goldsmith, Boucicault, Wilde, Shaw, Synge, Behan, Beckett, McDonagh, McPherson, Breathnach, Sheridan, and Frears.

World Literature II (LD)

Dr. Margaret Sullivan (Georgia Southern University)

Girls Castle WallThis course surveys World Literature from 1916 to the present, with particular attention to Irish literature in its international and cross-cultural dimensions. We’ll take a postcolonial interpretive framework, or one that examines concepts such as hybridity, the Other, national identity, and gendered/sexual differences. Film will also be a part of our study – specifically The Crying Game with its themes of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. Students in this class will produce a variety of written work, both prior to departure for Ireland and while in the country. The final grade will be calculated on the basis of 10 discrete assignments and the student’s attendance and participation record. We’ll also take field trips connected with class topics. Possible field trips include Dublin, Cork, Enniscorthy, Kilkenny.

Fundamentals of Music: Celtic, Classics and You (LD)

Dr. Sam Baltzer (Georgia Highlands)

Road sideAre you intrigued by what makes music ‘work’? Can you strum some chords on guitar or piano, but want to know more chords and progressions? Would you like to learn to read music, and write an original song? This course explores basic topics of music including identifying intervals, scales, chords, and chord progression. The emphasis is on applying these concepts to reading music and simple music composition,with special attention to traditional Irish and Celtic music.

The US Since 1865: The Irish in America (LD)

Dr. Gray Sprayberry (Columbus State University)

This course is a survey of American history from 1865 to the present, with special emphasis on the Irish-American experience. Lectures and class discussions will consider such themes and topics as Reconstruction, industrialization, immigration, the World Wars, the civil rights movement, American pop culture, the Cold War, and the rise of the New Right. We will also explore the myriad ways the Irish have shaped the cultural, economics, and political institutions of the United States.

Cross Cultural Psychology (UD)

Dr. Ginny Zhan (Kennesaw State University)

This course provides an overview of the study and application of psychological principles from a global perspective. Topics include cognition, communication, human development, personality, perception, mental health and others, and they will be discussed in the contexts of different cultural backgrounds of Asian, African, European and North and South American cultures. Being part of a Study Abroad program, we will take advantage of being in Waterford and incorporate aspects of Irish culture and its influence on behavior into the course. Cultural and behavioral similarities and differences between cultures and within the culture will be examined and discussed.

Watercolor I or II (UD)

Prof. Stacy Koffman (University of North Georgia)

With paintbrushes in hand, experience Ireland’s history-rich cities and towns, its legendary landscapes, and its spectacular coasts! Join our watercolor class as we capture the rivers and mountains, meadows and gardens, castles and churches, people and wildlife of Erin. Watercolor I gives students a basic foundation in the watercolor medium as we record Irish images, traveling to multiple and varied sites. The Watercolor II course will allow more advanced students to develop a deeper understanding of practical and conceptual skills.

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Apply to the Program

Download the application form here.

TowerDirections 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 application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $300 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. 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.

 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.  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

An application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $300 (to be paid online). 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 application fee are received.

CafeBecause of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2015 program is March 2, 2015.

Students must be in good 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. 

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What Previous 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.

Castle-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.

-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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Beverly Vantine

European Council/ISEP Coordinator



Nick Norwood

Ireland Co-Director


Dustin Anderson

Ireland Co-Director


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