About the Program

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, a walled city of Viking origins, retains much of its medieval character together with the graceful buildings from its 18th century expansion.

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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.

The group departs for Ireland on June 20 and returns to the United States on July 25th, 2013. Classes are held at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Class session are held Mondays and Wednesdays, when half the courses meet in the morning and half in the afternoon. There is also a mandatory one-hour Introduction to Irish Culture course that all students are required to take on Wednesday afternoons. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for field trips. Your three-day weekends are free for trips out and about the island or all of Europe.

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.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care insurance 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 ho travels to Ireland must have a valid passport. Participants who have old passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Local post office have information on where to get application forms and directions for 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 will need to acquire a visa.

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The package cost of $4800 for the five-week program includes:

Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Ireland, transportation to and from the airport to the campus, lodging at the WIT, six meals per week, a primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, all fieldtrip transportation.

Courses in the 2013 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 cost for the Ireland 2013 program is $4800.

Payment Schedule and Refunds

March 1, 2013: Application form and $200 application fee due
March 8, 2013: First payment of $2,300 due 
April 8, 2013: Final payment of $2,300 due

Students’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that $100 of the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

Withdrawal before March 1

all but $100 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 9 and March 18

all but $300 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1

all but $750 will be refunded

Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30

all but $1,900 will be refunded

Withdrawal after April 30

No money will be refunded

All withdrawals must be made in writing and submitted to the European Council office before the deadline to be eligible for a refund.

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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Film (LD)- Dr. John Countryman (Berry)

Introduction to the appreciation and critical analysis of film, with some discussion of the historical development of film production and film form. This summer’s course will focus on representations of Ireland on film. We will look at documentaries, a silent film, and feature films over the years (But principally contemporary films). This course will instill a recognition and appreciation of how Ireland has been represented on film from its inception to the present with an emphasis on contemporary cinema. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of film history and analysis (film “language” and conventions) and the overall scope of film studies.

Intro to Psych (LD)- Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (W. GA)

The fascinating topic of psychology explores the human mind and behavior. In this course, students will learn about the history of psychology and gain a unique understanding of the different ways in which psychologists have tried to understand human behavior and thought. Over the course of 5 weeks, students will learn about psychoanalysis, behaviorism, social psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology and humanistic and transpersonal psychology as illustrated and informed by examples in Irish culture.

Psychology of Irish Mediumship and Ghosts- Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (W. GA)

Ireland is a melting pot for myths, folklore and a variety of anomalous or exceptional experiences. There are stories of mythical creatures, miraculous healings, and sightings of ghosts, religious figures and folkloric characters. In more recent history, several famous mediums have emerged from Irish culture, whose experiences include entering altered states of consciousness, claims of contact with those who are no longer living and the production of creative works. This course will critically explore the psychology of these anomalous experiences, including personality and other correlates of experiences, dissociation and altered states, creativity, synesthesia, hallucinations, environmental anomalies, etc.

Prerequisites : Intro to Psych

Gothic Literature (UD)- Ms. Susan Barron-LaPlant (VSU)

This course covers the development of Gothic fiction from the late 18th through the 19th centuries. With its castles, ancestral homes, “haunted” buildings” and striking scenery, Ireland provides a fitting backdrop for reading novels and short fiction by the great gothic writers, including the Irish authors Charles Maturin, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker. Given that gothic fiction was such a popular genre in the 19th century, we will also examine the cultural context. What characteristics of Irish and European society gave rise to interest in the gothic and supernatural?

World Literature (LD)- Ms. Susan Barron-LaPlant (VSU)

This course is a survey of world literature from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. Fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction will be studied within the context of historical, intellectual, and cultural environments in which they were written as well as their cross-cultural influences. We will discuss how Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce represent their culture and country but will also explore their positions within a broader global perspective of literature.

Irish Drama in Performance- Dr. John Countryman (Berry)

The course will be a study of modern and contemporary Irish dramatists and theatre practitioners and their influence on the culture, the history, and the politics of the country as well as the impact they’ve have had on the international theatre scene. We will watch performances on film of most of these plays. We will visit theatres to see productions and tour facilities on field trips. Purpose of the Course: To immerse students in the world of modern and contemporary theatre in Ireland and to instill an appreciation and familiarity with the dramatic and theatrical achievements of the Irish people. The course will expose students to the major “players” and “movements” that have shaped Irish theatre for the last 125 years, and how the prolific and influential achievements of Irish theatre artists have earned them worldwide recognition. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets.

Prerequisites: Theatre Appreciation or the equivalent

The Irish Philosophical Tradition (UD)- Dr. Bill Eaton (GASOU)

Ireland has a rich legacy of philosophy that has been unappreciated and largely ignored. But since the time of the Irish Augustine, a 17th century monk, Ireland has been a consistent source of significant contributions to the history of philosophy. Though nearly forgotten today, Lismore was once one of the leading education centers of the world, supporting the work of students and scholars from all over Europe. This course will focus on an important aspect of the Irish enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries: the Irish contribution to modern empiricism in the work of Katherine Jones, Robert Boyle, William Molyneux, and George Berkeley. Empiricism, the view that knowledge is ultimately based on experience, was a driving force behind the scientific revolution that directly led to the modern, technological world in which we live. Building on the ideas of Bacon and Galileo, Boyle created a sophisticated empirical method that Berkeley developed to surprising consequences. Their work also deeply influenced many other great philosophers including Locke, Newton, Hume, and Kant.

The Introduction to Philosophy (LD)- Dr. Bill Eaton (GASOU)

What is the meaning of life? What is the ultimate nature of reality? Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Is the world one or many? Does the soul exist as a separate entity from the body? What is the nature of consciousness? Does free will really exist or are the events in our lives unavoidable? Does God really exist? Should one be just if he can or she can get away with being unjust? These and similar questions form the foundation of philosophy, which can be defined as the love of wisdom, or if you prefer, the use of reason to find truth. This life-changing, three-credit hour, core curriculum course is an introduction to the study and significance of philosophy. It surveys the ideas of many of the great philosophers of the western world, focusing on issues about religion, ethics, reality, and ways of knowing. There are no perquisites for this course.

Art Appreciation- Margee Bright-Ragland (GPC)

Please join us in our study of the visual arts in Ireland. We will be visiting the outstanding castles, churches, gardens, and museums of Ireland. We will learn about the rich heritage of the region by exploring ancient sites, medieval castles, graceful 18th century buildings as well as many museums with art treasures from prehistoric times to the present day. Let art and architecture come alive for you in Ireland. Watercolor- Margee Bright-Ragland (GPC) Experience painting in watercolor in the beautiful city of Waterford, the countryside, and seaside of Ireland. Join our watercolor class as we capture in paint the parks, gardens castles, churches, museums, landscape and people of Ireland. This course will give students a basic foundation in the watercolor medium as we record the images of our experiences in Ireland. This course is designed for all levels of students. Beginning painters as well as experienced artists are welcome. The course will culminate in a group exhibition of student work

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Classrooms and accommodations for the Waterford program are on the main campus of the Waterford Insitute 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.

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Apply to the Program

Download Application Here

Kennesaw students! Please contact your campus representative, Jan Morian, prior to paying the application fee. You can contact her at (770) 794-7629 or at jmorian@kennesaw.edu .

Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)

Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia will be admitted on a space available basis.

An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed in this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (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 $200 application fee are received.
Because of space limitations, acceptance will be 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 themselves of a place in the program. The application deadline for the 2013 program is March 1, 2013.

The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above.

Advice from Previous Waterford Students

  • 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.
  • 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 you 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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If you do not have a campus contact or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call Valdosta State University, the coordinating institution for the European Council, at the following address:

European Council

Beverly Vantine, EC Coordinator


Center for International Programs 

1500 N Patterson Street

Valdosta, Georgia 31698 

PH: 229-259-2591 or 229-333-7410 

FX: 229-245-3849


Program Directors:

Gainesville State College

For more information or a program booklet and application, please contact the European Council Representative from your home campus. If you are from a school that does not have a campus representative, please contact Beverly Vantine, the Coordinator of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. You may obtain more information from the European Council website.

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