Waterford, Ireland

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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 Kilarney, 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. 

Just 100 miles south of Dublin, Waterford City is home to Waterford Crystal and gives you access to many castles, houses, gardens, and prehistoric sites. West of Dungarvan is a wild and beautiful peninsula containing the historic seaside resort of Ardmore and The Gaeltacht, a unique Gaelic speaking area. Southeast of Waterford City is the East Waterford Gaultier Coast, a peninsula with a distinct Anglo-Norman character, containing the seaside resort of Dunmore East.

Student in IrelandProgram Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for Ireland on June 19 and returns to the United States on July 24 2014. 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 Germany or other European countries. Also, there is a mandatory 1 hour culture class that all students are required to take.

Program Costs

The package cost of $4,800 for the five-week program includes: round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Ireland, all airport-campus and field-trip transportation, lodging at WIT, six meals per week, a full-day coach orientation tour of SE Ireland with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a hotel-based weekend in Killarney with two full Irish breakfasts and two three-course dinners, and a primary health insurance policy that provides coverage for medical expenses.

The package does not include additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to or from Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. Please note that the package cost does not include tuition. Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is applicable to tuition on the Waterford-Ireland Program.

The Waterford (Ireland) 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. The nearby Waterford Airport also offers quick flights to Galway, and London, as well as to France, Portugal, Spain, and The Netherlands.

Group CastleHealth 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 at the Waterford Institute of Technology

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.

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 takes more than 3 months to get a passport. 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.

Class StatuePlease 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 April 8th, 2014 to avoid a $50 late fee.


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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 singles 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 seven meals per week (breakfast Monday-Thursday, Lunch Monday & Wednesday, and Dinner on Wednesday) 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.

Dorm Shared Kitchen

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Courses in the 2014 Waterford (Ireland) Summer Study Abroad Program are part of the regular course offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they 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.


The package cost of $4800 for the five-week program includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Ireland
  • Transportation to and from the airport to the campus
  • Weekend trip to the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Blarney Castle
  • Lodging at the WIT (private room and bath with shared full kitchen and living area)
  • All fieldtrip transportation (8 field trips total, including two in Dublin)
  • Seven meals per week
  • 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.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2000 for extra meals, theater tickets, 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 on May 17.

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 3, 2014
Application form and $200 application fee due
March 10, 2014
 First payment of $2300 due
April 8, 2014
Final payment of $2300 due


JumpRefund Schedule

 Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

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, Beverly Vantine, at bbreeland@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Withdrawal before March 10
All but $200 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 11 and March 18
all but $400 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 $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30
No money will be refunded

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $100 per week for additional meals. 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 prior to departure at the mandatory student orientation on May 17, 2014.


Important Deadlines

HurlingApplication Due- March 3rd (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- March 10th

Final Payment- April 8th

-2 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date). 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.


-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 17th in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. 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.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

HorsesAirfare 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 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 on your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come, first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 8th will be denied. 

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Students are required to take two three hour courses in Ireland in additional to a one hour class "Introduction to Irish Culture". All courses with the exception of the culture class are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. 

LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division Course

Morning Classes

Art Appreciation (LD)

Professor Margee Bright Ragland, Georgia Perimeter College

Exciting field trips are a signature feature of our study of the visual arts in Ireland. While traveling through some of Europe’s most spectacular countryside and exploring the vibrant yet historic cities of Dublin and Cork, we visit and learn about important prehistoric monuments, medieval castles, gothic churches, stately houses, and planned gardens. From stunning architecture to world-class museums devoted to art and culture, let the visual arts come alive for you in heritage-rich Ireland—and, in addition, gain an understanding of how the Emerald Isle fits into the larger story of art and life in Europe.


The Psychology of Irish Mediumship and Ghosts (UD)

Professor Christine Simmonds-Moore, University of West Georgia

ClassHere’s your chance to have a haunting good time in Ireland—a melting pot of mythology and folklore with a rich tradition of mythical creatures, miraculous healings, and sightings of ghosts! Learn about the famous mediums who have emerged from Irish culture to relate their experiences of entering altered states of consciousness and making contact with the dead. This course will explore the fascinating, scintillating, yet scholarly significant psychology of such experiences while visiting many of the sites related to them.

Introduction to Philosophy (LD)

Professor Bill Eaton, Georgia Southern University

What is the meaning of life? What is the ultimate nature of reality? Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Does God really exist? These and similar questions form the foundation of philosophy, which can be defined as the love of wisdom, or the use of reason to find truth. This life-changing core curriculum course is an introduction to the study and significance of philosophy, and since we’ll be conducting our study while in Ireland, we’ll have a chance to visit sites relevant to a number of important figures related to the history of philosophy, including George Berkeley and Robert Boyle.

Introduction to Film (LD)

Professor John Countryman, Berry College

Screening film clips and visiting sites associated with movie-making, this course introduces students to the appreciation and critical analysis of film. Among other things, its classroom and field-trip explorations cover the historical development of film production and film form. Course materials draw primarily from Irish cinema, with some emphasis on adaptations of dramatic literature to film. Irish directors covered include Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, while Maureen O’Hara and Colin Farrell are but two of the actors that the course considers. A highlight of the semester is a class outing to the Irish Film Institute in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar district.


RebellionWorld Literature 2 (LD)

Professor Nick Norwood, Columbus State University

This course studies selected literary masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present with a special emphasis on Irish writing. Covering major movements in world literature, it includes works by authors from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Voltaire, Kafka, and Akhmatova are among the European authors covered. With respect to Irish literature, the course explores writings by Swift, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Beckett, and Heaney, and it pays particular attention to writers of the Irish Nationalist movement. Field trips to sites associated with Irish texts and authors help the course materials come alive. Did you know that the United Nations has designated Dublin an international City of Literature, or that the “noir” detective-fiction writer Raymond Chandler (associated with L.A.) grew up in Waterford?


Gothic Literature (UD)

Susan Baron LaPlant, Valdosta State University

With its castles, ancestral homes, “haunted” huildings, and striking scenery, Ireland provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the fascinating world of gothic fiction, including that written by Irish authors Charles Maturin, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker. This course covers the development of gothic fiction from the late-eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Because gothic fiction was such a popular genre during that period, the course will also examine the cultural context and seek to answer the question, what characteristics of Irish and European society gave rise to interest in the gothic and supernatural?

Afternoon Classes

Watercolor (LD)

Professor Margee Bright Ragland, Georgia Perimeter College

With paintbrushes in hand, experience Ireland’s history-rich cities and towns, its legendary landscapes, and its spectacular coasts! Join our watercolor class as we capture the rivers and mountains, meadows and gardens, castles and churches, people and wildlife of Erin. This course gives students a basic foundation in the watercolor medium as we record Irish images, traveling to multiple and varied sites. Designed for all levels of students—beginning painters as well as experienced artists are welcome—this course will culminate in a group exhibition of student work.

Introduction to Psychology (LD)

Professor Christine Simmonds-Moore, University of West Georgia

Girls Castle WallThe fascinating topic of psychology explores the human mind and behavior. In this course, students will learn about the history of psychology and gain a unique understanding of the different ways in which psychologists have tried to understand human behavior and thought. While in Ireland, students will learn about psychoanalysis, behaviorism, abnormal psychology, and many other topics as illustrated and informed by examples in Irish culture. Field trips will offer a unique opportunity to observe human psychology!

The Irish Philosophical Tradition (UD)

Professor Bill Eaton, Georgia Southern University

Road sideThis exciting, useful course considers Irish philosophy up to the present. Irish university monasteries—like Lismore, Co. Waterford, and Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly—kept European learning alive after the collapse of the Roman Empire, and Irish philosophical thought has remained hugely influential ever since. Only recently deceased, the Irish religious philosopher John O'Donohue inspired many with books like Anam Cara ("Soul Friend"), which asserts, "When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself." A particular focus of the course is the empirical (or experimental) philosophy of the Irish Enlightenment, whose stars include Robert Boyle (the subject of Eaton's first book): a pioneer of the scientific method and the founding genius of chemistry as we know it today.

Theater History II (Modern & Contemporary) (UD)

Professor John Countryman, Berry College

Theatre History II is a theme-based course that examines the later history of theatre, development of drama, and the theory and criticism of drama and performance in the modern and contemporary world. The course is a study of theatre from 1890 to the present, with an emphasis on Irish contributions. Students will attend live performances, watch plays on film, and engage in hands-on activities in class. In most programs, the course will meet requirements for both theatre majors and minors and writing-across the curriculum requirements. It serves as an elective for other interested students.

World Literature 2 (LD)

Susan Baron LaPlant, Valdosta State University

This course studies selected literary masterpieces from the mid-seventeenth century to the present and will seek to place works of fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction within their historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts while at the same time exploring their cross-cultural influences. The class will discuss how Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce represent their culture and country and will also explore their positions within a broader global perspective of literature. Field trips will greatly enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of world literature and especially the literature of Ireland!

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Apply to the Program

Download the application form here.

TowerDirections on how to apply: 

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn 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 $200 non-refundable application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $200 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. 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.

 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.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

An application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). 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 $200 application fee are received.

CafeBecause of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2014 program is March 3, 2014.

Students must be in good 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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Advice from Previous Ireland Students

-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.

Castle-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 you 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!


SmilesBeverly Vantine

European Council/ISEP Coordinator



Dan Cabaniss

Ireland Co-Director



Nick Norwood

Ireland Co-Director


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