Semester: Spring 2018
Course Information: 3 Credits – General Education
Lead Faculty: Dr. Beth Schultz, School of Nursing Undergraduate Chair & Associate Professor
Travel Assistant: Dr. Elizabeth F. Snyder, School of Nursing Graduate Chair, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Course Title: IS398 – Experience Ireland and Irish Culture while Looking at Socioeconomics through your Chosen Discipline
Course Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to experience Irish culture, traditions and history as well as the opportunity for hands-on missions to reinforce Christian values. The course will also promote the development of an appreciation for cultural diversity. There will be other opportunities to experience local culture and the Gaelic language, Irish music and dance, as well as traditional Gaelic games, all of which many natives feel are important to their national identity. Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer with a local nonprofit organization that provides children who live in an urban setting the chance to experience nature on a nature preserve. There will be an opportunity to learn about the history of the Christian faith in Ireland with a visit to the Book of Kells, a depiction of the four Gospels completed in 384 AD, housed in Trinity College as well as other historical sites. Dr. Kelli Malone, a local college professor and author will lead our tour through the Republic of Ireland. A visit to the Cliffs of Moher, one of the most breathtaking of God’s creations, as well as time in urban Dublin is included. The trip will conclude with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Limerick. For a detailed itinerary please see this page.
Travel Dates: March 9 to March 18, 2017
Housing/Accommodations: Local hotel.
General Travel Itinerary: The schedule will include trips to two universities and two churches, a volunteer experience and tourist attractions rich in local culture.
Eligibility Requirements: Students must be eligible juniors or seniors (at least a 2.5 GPA) who have not attended a previous AU Abroad program.
Scholarship: Scholarships are awarded to reduce the cost for travel, which is an additional fee from tuition and fees and charged as part of student’s registration for the program. To be eligible for the AU Abroad scholarship of up to $1,000.00, students must be a junior or senior. Scholarship amount depends upon GPA, class standing and financial need. (Sophomores nursing students are also eligible for AU Abroad scholarships.)