The ups and downs of the Irish political economy have been both fascinating and significant not just recently, but for the last century and more. This study abroad course focuses on the country’s turbulent political economic ride, including the spectacular boom of the “Celtic Tiger” in the 1990s, when the country went from being one of the poorer countries in Europe to one of its wealthiest; the subsequent breathtaking bust, which occurred with housing collapse and Great Recession beginning in 2008; and the significant comeback in the last few years, with Ireland again achieving the fasting growing economy on the European sub-continent. Taking the conversation to the next step, we’ll step into the land of Brexit, where the decisive border with Northern Ireland and historical Catholic-Protestant split has stood as a central pivot point in Europe’s biggest identity crisis in decades.
On-site meetings include: Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Trinity College Dublin, The Economic and Social Research Institute, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, and the Institute of International and European Affairs. There will also be a 4-day excursion to Belfast to draw in the Northern Ireland angle, and we will visit the spectacular Giant’s Causeway.
To see information and photos from previous semesters, see ireland.gsu.edu
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Sunday, May 17
- Arrive at hotel early afternoon; settle at hotel and, if time, on-site orientation and walking tour (with discussion) of nearby St. Stephens Green, Merrion Square, and national museums.
Monday, May 18
- 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 South) to Ireland’s “soft power”.
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, and a visit to the Book of Kells exhibit.
Tuesday, May 19
- 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. Bord Bia—“The Pub, the Church, and … THE FARM”—discussion of Irish agricultural dynamics, strategy, sustainability, and ties to the U.S.
Wednesday, May 20
- 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.
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.
Thursday, May 21
- 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 Brexit and Northern Ireland. (lunch at IIEA possible)
Discussion Tour of Dublin; possible sites include the Famine Memorial, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Dublin Castle.
Friday, May 22
- Travel to Belfast
Afternoon: Titanic Museum (covering the role of shipyards in the economy and the story of the Titanic)
Saturday, May 23
- Excursion to Giant’s Causeway and surrounding areas, return to Belfast
Sunday, May 24
- Crumlin Road Gaol; Tour of Murals with former prisoners (Falls and Shankill)/possible Coiste panel
Monday, May 25
- Meetings on Brexit, Northern Ireland, and Irish and British identity, TBD
Tuesday, May 26
- Return to Dublin
Free afternoon, possible cultural event in the evening
Wednesday, May 27
- 11:00-1:00 Lunch with senior representative from the from Department of Foreign Affairs—“What Have We Learned?!”
Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel near many of the meetings in the course. For example, previous groups have stayed at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.
This program is open to undergraduate/graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Department of Political Science. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State 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.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for POLS4996
and graduate students should register for POLS8990
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,539, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/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
- Hotel accommodations
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- A final dinner in Dublin
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals (outside final dinner)
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
- Public transportation in Dublin/Belfast
February 1, 2020: $539 deposit due with application
March 1, 2020: $1000 first payment
April 1, 2020: $1000 second payment
Early May 2020: $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester term
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303