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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No Field of study: Education
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
Click here for a definition of this term Max credit hours: 10 CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:
Exploring Ireland with Teacher Education
About the Program

IrelandThis program offers students a diversity of lens through which to understand The Emerald Isle. Using an experiential model of learning, the program will explore Dublin as well as the countryside and coasts of Ireland (including Galway) so that the very nation itself becomes the "text." Students will delve into the country’s social and educational systems, history, literature, and music all while taking in the sights and sounds of Irish cultural life. Conversations with professionals from P-12 schools will allow students to explore Ireland’s educational system and how it supports diverse and multicultural learning needs. To compliment field experiences, students will study the various historical and contemporary literary representations of “The Fighting Irish” and immigrant underdogs to help them better understand the historical experience of immigration from Ireland to America. Let Ireland be your context for an intellectually rich and eye-opening cultural experience this summer!

Curricular Options
Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

EDT 340: Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings (3 Credits)
This course is the study of the diversity and the characteristics, legal aspects, and educational needs of students with different learning needs. The focus is on aspects of an inclusive classroom that supports the diverse and multicultural learning needs of students. The class and field experience will include an exploration of Ireland’s diversity and educational system as well as the US's. 
Pre-requisites: Field experience required, EDT 110.  This course is approved to meet the CAP Diversity and Social Justice and Crossing Boundaries- Integrative requirements.

EDT 350: Foundations of Literacy through Literature (3 Credits)
This course is an inquiry into the foundations of literacy instruction. Contemporary theories, research, and models of reading instruction are examined through immersion in award-winning children’s and young adult literature. We will explore historical and contemporary representations of “The Fighting Irish” and immigrant underdogs through multicultural picture books, folktales, fantasy, poetry, informational texts, and other genres. Best practices for engaging K-12 students in literature-based reading activities across content areas will be applied during field trips to K-12 schools in Dublin, Ireland, and through experiential learning opportunities at children’s theaters, libraries, museums, historical landmarks, and community centers.  
Pre-requisite: EDT 110.

MUS 365: Music in Society (3 credits)
Study of how music and musicians affect, and are affected by, the human societies in which they live. May be repeated for additional credit as topics change.
CAP status: ARTS

UDI 310:  MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded mini-course required of all student participants

Dr. Eric Street, Department of Music (Site Coordinator)
Professor Donna Parker, Department of Teacher Education
Dr. Ramon Vasquez, Department of Teacher Education


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). 

The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 11904
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 4 - April 29, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2014 Participant
I would highly recommend this program to students! The knowledge I gained on this trip is something I would never be able to gain in a typical classroom. The environment is amazing and the experience itself is something I will never be able to describe.

Kate Elizabeth O'Brien, Summer 2014 Participant
This trip provided me with the best 5 weeks of my life! The ability to learn and explore in a different country with my peers and professors was a priceless experience! I would recommend 1000x over!

Summer 2014 Participant
The most rewarding about the program would be the cultural experience. The students will see a different way of life therefore challenge their own beliefs and values. This experience will make them grow and develop their sense of the world. The advice I would give to future students would be to take in every moment and don't be afraid to take chances. Take this time with other students and make memories because you may not get this chance again. Do not only take in the beauty with pictures but truly look at each aspect of what you encounter. This advice was told to me by one of my good neighbors which inspired me to do that therefore it was more meaningful and breathtaking. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and definitely recommend it to all the students.

This program is currently not accepting applications.