Study Abroad Opportunities: Ireland – the Politics of Transformation May 7 – 18, 2013

Faculty Leaders:

         Students standing in front of the famous Daniel O’Connell Monument in Dublin.

Dr. Denise DeGarmo                             Dr. Laurie Rice
618-650-3375                                                 618-650-2075                              

Program: Ireland will provide the classroom for students in the study of the contemporary politics of Ireland. We will look at country dynamics, the role of the British, the split between Catholic and Protestant faiths as well as the residue of these social forces in contemporary political activity. Students will travel to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry to gain first hand experience and exposure to the political, social and cultural dynamics of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Some of the sites we will visit: Kilmainham Jail, Book of Kells, meet with several members of the Northern Irish Assembly in Belfast, Shankill Road Murals, site of Bloody Sunday in Derry, meet with representative of Derry Mayor’s office, meet with Peace and Reconciliation Group, meet with the Apprentice Boys of Derry, etc.


                                    Students visiting Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim

Eligibility:  Completed applications from those meeting the following criteria will be fully considered: 1) Graduate Students and upper-level undergraduates in good standing at SIUE, 2) Minimum GPA: 2.25 for undergraduate students 3.00 for graduate students.

One of many political murals located in the Bogside neighborhood of Derry, Northern Ireland.  The Bogside is the location of Bloody Sunday in 1972.

Course Credit:  Participants will be enrolled in POLS350, POLS449 and POLS 479 for 9 credit hours.  There will be a required pre-trip meeting and a debriefing session upon return. Other academic requirements include a personal journal, a photo journal and course blog.  Professional, responsible behavior is required, 24/7, while traveling out of country. Your conduct must represent and reflect favorably upon SIUE at all times, including free time.

Students visit the Grianan Aileach Ring Fort outside Derry. This site is thought to be the historical center of culture and politics during the rule of early Irish chieftains (c. 800 BCE-1200 CE).

Cost: The cost will be $3400 (20 students) or $3650 (15 students).  Included in this price are: air and ground transportation, group activities, daily breakfast, two dinners,  & hotel accommodations.  Not included in the cost are tuition, lunch & dinners, optional entertainment, excess baggage fees, & incidentals.

  • First payment: $500 due with enrollment by January 25, 2013. No payments before Jan. 18, please.
  • Balance due March 15, 2013 upon receipt of invoice.
  • Financial aid is available. Please contact the SIUE Financial Aid Office for details.
  • Please turn in your application as soon as possible as they will be due no later than 5:00pm  December 1, 2012. Applications need not include first payment, as first payment will be due January 25, 2012.
  • A passport that is valid through November 2013 will be required for participation.

                                                           The Antrim Coast

Brochures, Itinerary, Application and Financial Aid forms

SIUE Ireland: Politics of Transformation Brochure:  Brochure

Student Application for SIUE Faculty Led Travel Study Programs: TS_Application_Form-1

Financial Aid Application – it is recommended that if you are interested in this trip you check with financial aid to see if you are eligible for assistance: Financial Aid Form

                                                  Falls Roads Murals in Belfast


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