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  • Locations: Waterford, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: European Council 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/30/2019 06/13/2019 07/18/2019
Fact Sheet:
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Minimum GPA: 2.0 Housing: Dorm
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Non-GSU
Program Description:
About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject

About the Program

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Live and study for five weeks in Ireland’s oldest city! See the cultural, artistic, and historical treasures which have made Ireland a destination for generations!  Waterford, once a walled settlement of Viking origins, retains much of its medieval character together with graceful cathedrals and townhouses from its 18th century expansion. The program fee includes two program trips to Dublin, a three-day stay in Killarney, Co. Kerry in the rugged West of Ireland, and eight day trips across the gorgeous mountains and valleys of southeastern Ireland to take in some of Europe’s most outstanding castles, stately homes, gardens, ecclesiastical sites, and prehistoric monuments.  

Dates: June 13 - July 18, 2019
Costs: $5,200 The package cost of $5,200 for the five week program includes:
  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Ireland
  • Accommodations at the Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Free three-day weekends
  • 35 meals
  • €100 Tesco grocery card
  • Hotel-based weekend in Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Three-night trip to Dublin
  • Three day weekend traveling the Ring of Kerry
  • 8 day-trips across South East Ireland
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above {Back to Top}
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Program Information & Course Structure

The Waterford Summer Study Abroad Program is based at the Waterford Institute of Technology. The campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford and is only a short walk from the bus system which provides easy access to the city and neighboring regions. Classes are held at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Students can take one or two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom twice a week and students are will participate in required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in Ireland or other European countries.

Accommodations

Classrooms and accommodations for the Waterford Program are on the main campus of the Waterford Institute of Technology.  This modern, beautifully maintained campus is not far from the historic center of Waterford.  All rooms are single ensuite at the WIT, and each has internet access and a private bath. Each suite shares a kitchen and a living room with a television. Towels and bed linens are furnished weekly. The front desk of the WIT suites is staffed 24/7. You can visit their website at http://www.wit.ie/ The program package includes 35 meals that are offered in the dining hall of the WIT. The dining hall offers a wide variety of menu items, and a vegetarian choice can be included if requested.
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Costs

Courses in the 2019 Waterford Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which Road sidethey would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance fees, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation held at Middle Georgia State University on Saturday, May 11, 2019. All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Payment Schedule  
March 15, 2019 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due.
March 15, 2019  First payment of $2450 due
April 8, 2019 Final payment of $2450 due
TOTAL PAYMENT: $5200  

Refunds

Students’ program deposit, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be used for a subsequent year. Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator at europeancouncil@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Refund Schedule 

Withdrawal before March 15 all but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 15 and March 18 all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1 all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30 all but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30 No money will be refunded
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Important Deadlines

  • March 15th - Deadline for application fee & application form.
  • March 15th- First Payment
  • April 8th - Final Payment
  • March 29th - 1 passport photos are due (late fees apply, see below for details). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information. http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html
  • March 29th - An electronic copy of your passport is due. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. (see late fee schedule below)
  • May 11th- There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.
Late Fees for Passports & Photo
Items received between Mar 31 - Apr 13 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 - Apr 28 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 - May 12 $75 late fee
Items received on May 13 - May 20 $100 late fee
Items received on May 21 or after $100 plus $5 per additional day

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Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Ireland sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 29th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 29th will be denied. {Back to Top}

Course Descriptions

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency.   LD-Lower Division Course UD-Upper Division Course

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Morning Classes

(choose only one)

The Environment of Business in the USA and Ireland (LD/UD)
Dr. Jim Fullerton (College of Coastal Georgia)

Business impacts our daily life in ways that go far beyond our everyday awareness. Explore and compare the role of business in society in the USA (through a comprehensive textbook) and in Ireland and its place within the European Union (through local field trips, tours, direct experiences, and readings.) Learn about the dynamic relationship between business and government, consumer issues, public affairs and advertising, issues and crisis management, ethics in the workplace and the global arena, corporate responsibility and sustainability, and management and employee issues in the workplace. This will be a fascinating look at the similarities and differences between business environments in these two countries.

Art Appreciation (LD)
Dr. Valerie Aranda (Georgia College & State)

Through visual analysis, creation of artwork, and the study of world art from ancient to contemporary, students will learn visual language and culture as they travel through streets and museum halls. As students learn the language of visual communication, they will practice and apply this knowledge as they reflect on international art and artifacts they see, as well as create actual artworks themselves sythesizing their artistic, personal, and cultural sensibilities.

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Writing about travel (LD)

Dr. Stephen Powers (Gordon State)

Creative writing course with an emphasis on writing inspired by the travel experience. Some time will be devoted to reading and discussing samples of published poetry, fiction, and creative non fiction about and inspired by travel experiences, but the focus of the course will be on how you can use the travel experience to produce creative projects of your own while in Ireland.

Death in the Emerald Isles (UD)
Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith (Kennesaw State)

This course exposes students to death in Ireland and the United Kingdom. We will use class discussions, projects, and field-trips to learn how death has been dealt with in the past and how it is incorporated into modern life. This class will take an anthropological approach to this broad topic of death and readings will include academic and popular articles.

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War and Revolution (UD)
Dr. Hubert van Tuyll (Augusta)
Warfare and Revolution in Ireland. Violence has been a hallmark of the Emerald Isle, whether from the Viking raids or the conquest by Britain, and the many Irish efforts to break those shackles. Learn how the Irish and the invaders fought, and how the Irish survived as a people despite the ceaseless threats!

Afternoon Classes

(choose only one)

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Leadership in Ireland and Your Home Town (LD/UD)

Dr. Jim Fullerton (College of Coastal Georgia)

Learning about leadership and management is useful for all fields of human endeavor. In this course you will learn about these from multiple perspectives. Before coming to Ireland, you will interview two local leaders  (of your choosing) from your home town. Once in Ireland, you will investigate best practices by drawing from textbooks written by and about experts in the USA and Ireland. Field trips, tours, self-assessments, interviews with local leaders, and other direct experiences will inspire you to gain a better understanding of these important skills and their importance in the global workplace, and to help to clarify your own leadership style.

Drawing (LD/UD)
Dr. Valerie Aranda (Georgia College & State)

This course will provide visits to sites, while exploring the technical, artistic, and creative dimensions of drawing. With an emphasis on the creative process and direct analysis of art. Students will develop observational drawing skills and experimentation with drawing media, such as charcoal, pencil, ink, and conte crayon. In this course we divideour time between studio practice, fieldtrips to museums and historical sites, and simply immersing ourselves in art culture and history.

World Literature II: Post Colonial Struggle (LD)
Dr. Stephen Powers (Gordon State)

This course is an introduction to poetry and fiction that documents the post colonial cultural struggle in formerly colonized countries. In addition to writers from Ireland, writers of the early twentieth century, contemporary texts by writers from Africa and India will be examined.

Intro Anthropology (LD)
Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith (Kennesaw State)

Anthropology is unique in that it attempts to study biological and cultural aspects of humans from all over the world and from all time periods, both historic and prehistoric. This is the holistic approach that defines anthropology and sets it apart from other disciplines. We will be discussing the four major subfields individually and collectively, stressing a biocultural approach to anthropology. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the anthropology of Ireland from all subfields of the discipline.

Ireland and America (LD)
Dr. Hubert van Tuyll (Augusta) US History I, or how the Irish came to America and made her what she became. First came the Scots via Ulster, then came the Irish from the south - bringing distinct ways of life and thinking to America. Find out how Ireland became a powerful force shaping our America.

Summer 2019 Directors and Faculty
Directors
Thomason Laura MGA laura.thomason@mga.edu
van Tuyll Hubert Augusta hvantuyl@augusta.edu
Faculty
Fullerton Jim CCGA jfullerton@ccga.edu
Aranda Valerie GCSU valerie.aranda@gcsu.edu
Kirkpatrick Smith Susan Kennesaw State ssmith1@kennesaw.edu
van Tuyll Hubert Augusta hvantuyl@augusta.edu
Powers Stephen Gordon State spowers@gordonstate.edu
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Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn in the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.
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Eligibility

      1. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
      2. Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.
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Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs. Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. No special immunizations are needed to enter Ireland, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

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Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to Ireland must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport. Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Ireland for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 29th, 2019 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html {Back to Top}

What Students Have to Say

-Even if the price seems insurmountable at first, push yourself to save for the program! You will never regret making the sacrifices to go on the trip, but you will regret giving up this opportunity! Also, if you don't see a class that you need being offered, look for similar classes and talk to the professors and your school about receiving credit! - Budget your money, everything is more expensive in Europe. Stay in Ireland the whole time, explore what it has to offer.
-Apply early and keep up with the work load while there. It's easy to get distracted by all the fun and shenanigans, but there's schooling to be done too, and if you fall behind you might miss out on fun stuff later scrambling to catch up.
-SAVE LOTS OF MONEY!!! You are going to want to see everything possible, so plan ahead and bring cash with you where ever you go. Try staying in some of the smaller towns like Doolin and you will have amazing experiences. Pack warm and waterproof clothing, and be prepared to enjoy the experience of a life time. You won't regret investing in this trip...I promise. 
-Have fun. Be safe. Pack light: three pair of jeans and a variety of shirt styles; don't forget your comfortable shoes and raincoat; bring plenty of undies/socks. Don't worry about your appearance the weather will take it's anger out on your vanity. Travel as much as possible, even in the rain. Stay in the country. Get involved with every opportunity given to you.
-They will say this at orientation, but it should be stressed again: pack light! You WILL bring back a lot of souvenirs! Plus, you really don't need many clothes. I would also like to remind students that it is STUDY abroad, and school comes first! If you goof off too much, you'll fall behind really fast. Most of all, don't be nervous if it's your first time out of the country, it'll be a first for a lot of you!
-Relax! Don't stress out about anything; the directors know what they're doing, will help you through any problems you have. You'll meet plenty of fun people and have the time of your life on this trip!
-Take in as much of the country as you can while you're here. Five weeks will fly by too fast for you to notice until it's over! {Back to Top}
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Contact Us

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European Council Coordinator europeancouncil@valdosta.edu (229) 259-2591
Laura Thomason Waterford Program Director laura.thomason@mga.edu
Hubert van Tuyll Waterford Site Director hvantuyl@augusta.edu {Back to Top}