Dublin Fall 2015
Deeper, More Meaningful Study Abroad
Open to students from any school and people from all nations, the IPSL-Emory & Henry partnership in Dublin, Ireland offers participants opportunities to explore what it means to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship from the lived experience of a specific place, rooted and grounded in the very foundations of the earth. This engagement asks participants to push beyond stereotypes and all manner of preconceived ideas about Ireland and the Irish to dwell and to serve within the contradictions of a country shaped in the crucible of colonialism and centuries of resistance to that power, years of grinding poverty, the sudden expansion and wealth of an economy built on attracting international investments, and the equally sudden collapse of that economy.
Living in Dublin, studying at Dublin City University/St. Patrick's University, working for community-based groups and agencies in the city, and with easy access to the rest of the country and to Northern Ireland, participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and varied cultural heritage of this country and to explore the ways this heritage gives voice to centuries of struggles, conflicts, and contradictions, but also what it means to be a global citizen of this ethnically and culturally diverse place.
The IPSL-Emory & Henry partnership builds from the understanding that the work of service learning is multi-layered, just as any place is, just as are Dublin and Ireland. At one level, this is one means for students to use who they are and the gifts they bring to the good work of making a difference in the lives of others. At another level, service-learning is part of an educational process in which all persons are co-educators and co-learners together—we teach and we learn through serving with and for others.
Finally, service-learning offers a new dimension to the practice of an engaged citizenship, regardless of place of practice. This citizenship involves living with and discerning a way through the contradictions and conflicts that define our common life at the same time realizing that our common life transcends national borders and identities. This is a citizenship that lives in a courageous honesty, resting easy within the most difficult and intractable questions of our time and place, understanding that for some questions and issues, there are no right answers, only honest responses.
By living and serving with the people of Dublin, Ireland, we come to better understand what it means to take up our global citizenship from this place, or from any place. As the Irish writer Sebastian Barry has written: “…one on top of the other like layers of shell and sand in a piece of limestone, so that they both have become the same element, and I cannot distinguish one from the other with any ease, unless it is from close, close looking…”
Experience Dublin, Ireland from a Local Perspective
The Republic of Ireland's capital has transformed itself over the last 20 years from a quiet, economically depressed and rather old-fashioned city into a modern, thriving and youthful European city. Universities abound and create a youthful energy as about 35% of Dublin's population is under 25. Lively urban areas with ancient pubs, live music and restaurants mingle with historic churches and libraries, ancient ruins and beautiful green spaces. The Liffey river (spanned by numerous beautiful bridges) divides the city into two distinct areas. You will find Dubliners to be welcoming people and you will find it easy to enjoy the best of what Dublin has to offer.
Language of Instruction:
Dublin City University (DCU) / St. Patrick's University
Courses & Credits:
The IPSL Dublin program offers students the ability to register and take a wide variety of courses at Dublin City University (DCU) / St. Patrick's University for approximately 18 credits per semester. Students are required to take the IPSL Service-Learning course (Institutions in Society for 3 semester credits) and the IPSL Reflections / SL Practicum online seminar (3 semester credit). Students may choose an additional 3 courses from the Dublin City University and /or St. Patrick's University course catalog. Students pre-select 8-10 possible courses of interest. Final course registration will be completed during orientation. Similar to U.S. Universities, typical pre-requisite guidelines are followed and courses may not be offered due to low enrollment or professor unavailability.
Summer Courses & Credits:
Service Opportunities May Include:
- Irish Film (3 credit hours)
- Irish History (3 credit hours)
- Irish Literature (3 credit hours)
working with at-risk youth
agencies supporting the homeless
agencies/schools working with people with mental and physical disabilities
organizations working with drug and alcohol addicted populations
agencies providing services for the elderly, and other marginalized groups
refugee and immigrant relief and assistance
conservation and working on the world's environmental challenges
Homestays with a local Irish family are arranged. Partial board (breakfast and dinner Monday - Friday and three meals per day on the weekends) is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture. Another option (ONLY if homestay is not available) may be shared apartments with locals or in Shanowen Square, a full service self-catering (no meals provided) student apartment building across from the campus, which is located 3 miles from the city center. Students share an apartment with another student but have their own private bedroom and bath. Modern facilities include full wi-fi, laundry, convenience store, gym and sports facilities, and a common outdoor courtyard.
Unique study abroad experience
Opportunities for a year-long advocacy research program
Making a difference to people in need
Full cultural immersion
Real cultural understanding
International work Experience
Meaningful growth and personal insight
The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.
Fees include all tuition and fees; orientation; homestay OR student housing ; service placement and supervision; health insurance; academic excursions; administrative fees; airport pick-up upon arrival may be provided by DCU and pre-departure materials.
What's typically NOT Included:
passport, visa (if required) and vaccine fees; airfare; books; lunches, homestay and ALL meals in student housing; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and independent travel.