International Perspectives on Higher Education and Student Affairs in Ireland
About the Program
This program is an opportunity for participants to develop an understanding of the cultural and educational systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland by traveling abroad and experiencing first-hand a different structure and approach to higher education and student affairs. This course is designed specifically for graduate students in higher education and college student personnel programs and student affairs practitioners who wish to gain exposure to different cultures, examine the effects of culture on a country’s system of higher education, and explore the actual and potential effects of international exchanges of students, faculty, and administrators on higher education. It is assumed that all participants will be familiar with theories of student learning and development, practices in student affairs, and the history, philosophy, governance, and administration of colleges and universities in the United States or their home country.
Ireland and Northern Ireland are well-known for their rich culture, history, and landscape as well as their deep faith traditions. Students will engage in experiential learning by meeting with faculty, staff and students who serve in various roles in Ireland’s higher education system to learn about their cultures, perspectives, and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to visit various institutional types and learn about their structure, history, and approach to the curriculum and co-curriculum. The goal of this program is to enhance participants’ global understanding, broaden their points-of-view on how higher education may function to serve its various constituents, and help prepare them to address the diverse needs of international learners as well as those who study abroad.
All students enroll in the following course:
EDC 575: Counseling Diverse Populations: Special Travel Course - Ireland
Designed to develop sensitivity and awareness in human diversity; introduce multicultural concepts, competencies, and research; and provide an experiential component.
Dr. Michele Welkener
, Associate Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Human Services (Site Coordinator)
Participants must be 18 years of age and eligible to take graduate
courses for credit at the University of Dayton. (This program is also open to participants who have already completed a graduate degree.) Current graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
This program has pre-departure and re-entry classes. The schedule for these spring classes will be determined during the fall semester by the site coordinator.
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Cost and Refund Policy
for specific cost information and the refund policy for this program.
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