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  • Locations: County Donegal, Ireland; Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring (embedded)
  • Restrictions: Virginia Tech applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring (embedded)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available: English Max credits offered: 03
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission: 1 Freshman/First Year Language Experience required for admission: 0 none
Program Type: VT faculty-led Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Areas of Study: Environmental Conservation and Society, Environmental Science, Environmental Science (ENSC) Minor, History, Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation, Religion and Culture College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CNRE
Program Description:

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Program Flyer

IRELAND 2019 flyer.pdf (PDF)

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit

Application and Deposit Deadline:  October 31, 2018



County Donegal and Northern Ireland
Spring 2019 (embedded travel March 9 - 17)

SBIO 3984 Ireland: Culture, History, and Environment

This course explores how environment and history have shaped Irish culture, and helped define what it means to be Irish (and Irish/American). We will learn about the history of Ireland from ancient times to the possible impact of Brexit. Students will experience Celtic art as well as Irish language and music. Learning primarily will be through visiting and directly experiencing locations that are historically, culturally, and environmentally meaningful. Each day of the program will include hiking and/or other outdoor activities. The course will be based at the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland in the coastal town of Bundoran. All lodging and in-country transportation is provide – including travel from Dublin to Bundoran. Breakfast and dinner meals are included in the course fee. Also included are fun activities such as horseback riding or surfing and a high-ropes course.

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♦ Explore Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast
♦ Visit an ancient Celtic site (Cavan Burren)
♦ Visit to historic Irish locations (e.g., St. Patrick’s          Well, O’Donnell Castle, Donegal Abby)
♦ Horseback riding or surfing!
♦ Visit to Glencolmcille Gaeltacht (Irish speaking           area)
♦ High-ropes course
♦ Celtic arts and Irish music nights
♦ Visit the walled city of Derry in Northern Ireland
♦ Visit Giant’s Causeway and hike to Sliabh Liag           Cliffs
♦ Enjoy Irish food



No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


♦ Virginia Tech course; Virginia Tech faculty leader; Virginia Tech credit
♦ Participants will receive 3 semester hours of Virginia Tech credit.


♦ The program fee of $2,150 includes in-country transportation, lodging, most meals and all group activities. 
♦ Airfare is not included.  However, a low-cost group flight option will be available to all students.
♦ Full-time Virginia Tech students do not pay additional tuition in the spring semester order to participate in this course.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the course instructor should you have questions about the program:

Robert Bush
Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
230 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8834

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Dates / Deadlines:

The above program is not currently accepting applications. It is likely that the application cycle has yet to launch for the upcoming year. Please inquire with the Global Education Office about the program offering.

This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.