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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
dublinDates of Program: March 10-19, 2017
Credit Units: 3
Sponsor(s) of Program: Arts and Sciences, Political Science

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This study abroad course touches on the fascinating gyrations in the Irish political economy over the last century plus, though with a particular focus on the past few decades. We center in on the spectacular 1990s “Celtic Tiger” boom, the breathtaking Great Recession bust, and the significant comeback in the last few years, with Ireland again achieving the fasting growing economy in Europe.
Meetings include: the US Embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Trinity College Dublin, the Economic and Social Research Institute, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, and the Institute of International and European Affairs. There are side excursions to the Cliffs of Moher and Belfast. Additional pre-departure, on-site, and post-program meetings are planned.
This course also comes at a unique time for Ireland. The United Kingdom’s stunning Brexit vote in 2016 has a wide mix of strategic ramifications for the country. Also in 2016, Ireland celebrated the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key spark in the movement for Irish independence, which came in 1921. Finally, this experience takes place during the country’s Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, offering a distinctive introduction to the Irish people, culture, and history. Visit for more information!

Participants will stay in the Grand Canal Hotel, a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel within walking distance to most of our meetings. Indeed, Dublin is a very walkable city and we will be in Ballsbridge, a nice part of town that is a 15-minute walk to the city center, and even less of a walk to Saint Stephens Green, the national museums, and other areas of interest. Bring your walking shoes!

Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
2 roughly 2.5hr pre-departure class meetings on GSU campus, times and place TBD.
Leave Friday evening March 10; arrive Saturday morning, March 11.
Saturday, March 11
Arrive at hotel around noon; settle at hotel and get lunch near St. Stephens Green; on-site orientation and walking tour (with discussion) of nearby St. Stephens Green, Merrion Square, and national museums.
Sunday, March 12
Private excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and surrounding areas in western Ireland to take in the country’s unique, often breathtaking, physical surroundings.
Monday, March 13
10-11:30am—Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade—“Ireland’s Soft Power: From St. Patrick’s Day to the Diaspora”—discussion of the importance of Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish trade and aid, and the Irish diaspora (including those in the US/Atlanta) to Ireland’s “soft power”.
1:00-4:30pm—Trinity College Dublin—“From Famine to the Tiger: Hardship, Turmoil, and Change”—discussion with TCD Political Science and History faculty representatives concerning the country’s political economic roots, though interactive discussion can shift to a more contemporary dialogue. Visit will also include a tour of TCD, the country’s preeminent college in the heart of Dublin.
Tuesday, March 14
10-11:30am—The Economic and Social Research Institute—“The Celtic Tiger: Before, During…. and After”—discussion of the Celtic Tiger, the economic collapse and strategic response, and the ongoing recovery; may also touch on Brexit and Northern Ireland.
12:00-2:00—Tour of Google—Lunch and tour of Google Dublin, the company’s headquarters for the European Union and part of the explosion of IT and pharma companies moving to Ireland.
3:00-4:30pm—IDA Ireland—“Investing in Ireland: Strategies for a Global World”—discussion of the Irish strategy to garner FDI, including from US/Atlanta companies, and covering such topics as taxes, IT, pharma.
Wednesday, March 15
10-11:30am—Enterprise Ireland—“Supporting Irish Companies: Big and Small”—discussion of government support for Irish companies, from start-ups, to small and medium enterprises, to global players; outlining of the overseas office network which supports Irish internationalization; discussion of government policy positions on jobs and the economy, as well as enterprise policy, including corporate social responsibility.
1-3pm—Institute of International and European Affairs—“Ireland, the European Union, and Challenges Across Europe”—discussion of Ireland’s ties to Europe and the EU, including with respect to the Great Recession, state strategy, and Brexit; could also tie in Northern Ireland perspective.
4:00-5:30—Meeting at US Embassy—“US Perspectives and Comparison”.
Thursday, March 16
Private discussion Tour of Belfast and Peace Walls, adding the Northern Ireland background/political economic angle, from shipping (Titanic) to the “troubles”.
Friday, March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
Free day, parade starts around noon. Good day for visiting the many Dublin sites, including the Famine Memorial, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Dublin Castle.
Saturday, March 18
2:00—Meeting with Paul Gleeson, former Irish Consul General in Atlanta—“What Have We Learned?!”
5:00—Viewing of Ireland-England Rugby Match in the RBS 6 Nations Championship series/final dinner at hotel pub.
Sunday March 19
Return to Atlanta
Post Travel
Content development of course website, including student Final Reflective Reports. At least one meeting expected after travel to Ireland, TBD.
In order to participate in any study abroad program students must be in Good Academic Standing which is defined at Georgia State University as a cumulative 2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for Graduate students.  Please note that study abroad program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Non-GSU students must follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Please note: in addition to applying for this program, you must also register for the program course(s) in GoSOLAR 
Participants who successfully complete the program’s course (either POLS 4996 or POLS 8980) will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for (POLS 4996) and graduate students should register for (POLS 8990). Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Please note that neither the IEF nor the GES scholarships are applicable to Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs.  There is, however, a $1000 early decision discount for the first 9 Georgia State students who 1) apply, complete and submit their program application by October 31, 2016 2) pay their program deposit of $300 by October 31, 2016 and 3) are accepted into their program. (Please see the payment schedule below for more details.)  If an applicant misses the early decision discount (application submissions are time-stamped), they will absolutely be refunded their deposit within 7 business days should they choose not to participate at the full program price. Please note: transient students are not eligible for this discount.

The program cost is tentatively set at $2735.77 in addition to regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• Ground transportation for meetings and excursions, as well as to and from airport
• Excursions and entrance fees
• 2-3 meals
• Hotel
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Public transportation
• Passport expenses
• Personal expenses
• Excess baggage charges

October 31, 2016: $300 Deposit Due
November 8, 2016: $1,000 Early Decision Discount Payment Applied
November 16, 2016: $700 Payment Due
December 2, 2016: $735.77 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay)
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposits and Payments: Participants will pay program deposits and payments by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Remaining Program Balance:  The remaining program balance will be billed directly to your Panther Pay account.  Payment deadlines for study abroad programs Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above.
Transient Students: please see our How to Apply section under the Prospective Students tab. 

International Students: Georgia State students who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

Program Director: Dr. Christopher L. Brown
Office address: Langdale Hall 822
Telephone: 404-413-6198
E-mail: (preferred method of communication)


This program is currently not accepting applications.