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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Language coursework offered: No
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Max credit hours:
Program Description:
Exploring the Emerald Isle

About the program

Come explore The Emerald Isle with fellow Flyers! Choose from three courses exploring the rich history, traditions, culture, and beauty of the Irish countryside and vibrant city life. Courses in communication, religious studies, and anthropology will give students the chance to examine communities in Ireland throughout the ages with a particular focus on social justice issues. The global cities of Dublin and Belfast will be the living classrooms as they are laden with history, rich in diversity, but also fraught with conflict centered on cultural and religious identities. Together, faculty and students will explore popular as well as less well-known sites in the Emerald Isle. 

Interdisciplinary Ireland, Summer 2016 Participant:
“My study abroad experience expanded my understanding of the world outside of my small realm of perspective in Ohio, and therefore made me a more adventurous and ambitious individual.”



Curricular Options

All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session, and are required to take 7 credit hours per session.  Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding the eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.

CMM 100: Principles of Oral Communication (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the relationship between communication and democratic life in contemporary and historical contexts.  Specifically, it will define and discuss the importance of communication skills in achieving mutual understanding, not necessarily agreement.  The course will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate effective and ethical dialogic communication, structure messages that deliver complex information to non-experts, effectively advocate a position, and critique the messages of others.  These skills are important for developing and being an active participant in a diverse and democratic community. The contemporary political and cultural landscape of Ireland will be our main focus for course discussions and performative assignments.
Prerequisite(s): none.
CAP Status: Core CAP Requirement
ANT 150: Cultural Anthropology
(3 credits)
Overview of the basic principles of cultural anthropology. Survey of human adaptation to and transformation of the environment by means of culture. Comparison of ways of life among peoples of the world to better understand human behavior, particularly in relation to colonial histories and current global forces. Required for anthropology minors.
Prerequisite(s): None
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries-Inquiry; Diversity & Social Justice
REL 228: Faith Traditions: Historical Perspectives
(3 credits)
This course examines historical events in Ireland in connection with doing interreligious dialogue.  Students will identify social and political effects of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and institutions that cause and address systemic injustice in Ireland. Some specific social and political situations in Ireland include: the role of Celtic Christianity in developing Irish civilization; reconciliation work and the Troubles, and the interreligious, political and economic issues that face Ireland today.
 Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries-Faith Traditions; Diversity and Social Justice

UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience (1 Credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded minicourse required of all student participants.


Dr. Cassandra Secrease (Lecturer, Communication Department) (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Miranda Hallett (Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology)
Dr. Jana Bennett (Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department)

Interdisciplinary Ireland, Summer 2016 Participant:
“I have been given an experience that has broadened my horizons and made me understand how the wider world works in some aspects. I have learned how to spot differences and respect them and how to interact with people of a different history and nationality.”


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm
Rike 201
Section Number: UDI 220 – M1
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Interdisciplinary Ireland, Summer 2016 Participant:
Favorite aspect of the program: “The excursions, the opportunity to learn from the professors at Queens University, and the time that I was able to spend with the Irish people as well as the people from UD.”


Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5

This program is currently not accepting applications.