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  • Locations: Belfast, Ireland; Blarney, Ireland; Derry, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Limerick, Ireland; Shannon, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Ireland Justin Biegel

Course Description

GBL 259 IS   IRELAND: LITERATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY   4 S.H.

This course explores the world of Irish literature through a study of culture, history, and landscape. The course examines the Irish culture formed from centuries of oppression through the eyes of 20th century writers, including W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. Site visits to major places of artistic and historic relevance such as Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Derry, and Dublin are included. Come see how Irish literature reflects Irish life and Irish land! Cross-listed as ENG 253.

Prerequisites: GBL 159. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization or Expression (literature) requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts as an English elective.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Housing

Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Tentative Itinerary

  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone.
  • In Limerick, walk the streets where writer Frank McCourt grew up.
  • On the outskirts of Limerick, visit the legendary Rock of Cashel.
  • Visit the scenic Cliffs of Moher.
  • Listen to traditional Irish music in Galway.
  • Visit a working Irish sheepfarm for demonstrations, a traditional dinner, and live music.
  • Travel through the beautiful Connemara Mountains en route to Kylemore Abbey.
  • Tour Yeats country around Sligo including many of the sites referenced in his poetry.
  • Explore the walls of Derry and the murals of Belfast.
  • See Giant's Causeway and learn about its mythical legend.
  • Explore the Irish-American emigrations at the Ulster American Folk Park.
  • In Dublin, tour St. Patrick's Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, and Trinity University's Book of Kells.
  • Attend a performance at the famous Abbey Theatre.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline for Study USA programs.  

Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.


Pre-departure Course: GBL 159

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

SPRING MEETING INFORMATION

The spring meeting April 27 at 4-5:30 P.M., location to be announced.

FALL COURSE MEETING INFORMATION: GBL 159

This course meeting Mondays from 5:30-7:10 P.M., location to be announced.


Cancellation Policy

To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4: Deposit refund deadline.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at bursar@elon.edu or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. 


Additional Links

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email--they are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


For More Information

Program Leader 1: Kevin Bourque
Assistant Professor of English
2338 CB, Alamance 306D
kbourque2@elon.edu

Program Leader 2: Kim Pyne
2338 Campus Box
Alamance 305D
 kpyne@elon.edu

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)
global@elon.edu
 

Ireland from Steve Braye



Testimonial:
It was really cool how we were able to travel around almost the whole country instead of staying in just one area - we saw so many different parts of Ireland; gave me a more broad overview of Ireland (the countryside, the city, the mountains)
     — Alison Doherty, Winter 2014
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 03/16/2017
03/28/2017 01/03/2018 01/25/2018
NOTE:
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.


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