Celtic Connections: Adventures with Poets, Playwrights, and Fiddlers
Interested in studying Irish literature, language, and music in Ireland? Here is your opportunity. Join Michigan Technological University faculty Libby Meyer (VPA) and Dana Van Kooy (HU) for four weeks in Ireland this summer.
Offered Track A: First two weeks remote, followed by four weeks in Ireland (May 28—June 23, 2022)
We will spend four days in the Aran Islands studying Irish language (Gaelic) and Irish culture
Galway, Dingle, Dublin
We will attend theatrical performances at the Druid Theatre in Galway and the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin. We’ll attend “Trad sessions” in the evenings to listen to traditional Irish music. Our days will be filled with exploring Ireland: driving along the Ring of Kerry, visiting Muckross House, Killarney National Park, and the Yeats and Lady August Heritage Trail. While in Dublin, we will visit Trinity College and see the famous “Long Room” and their famous display of the Book of Kells, a beautiful medieval manuscript; we’ll also visit the National Gallery of Ireland as well as the Dublin Writer’s Museum.
Students earn 9 credits abroad. Students are required to take:
- HU 2503: Introduction to Literature (3 credits) with focus on Irish writers like Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan), Maria Edgeworth, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Eaven Boland, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett.
- FA 2123: Music & Tradition (3 credits) with focus on the music of Ireland and Scotland.
- HU 3503: Special Topics in Irish Culture: Irish Literature, Language and Music (3 credits)
Physical Education credit is also optional if desired.
All students will be enrolled in these courses. If you need a 3000-level course instead of a 2000-level course, we will accommodate this. All courses are HASS listed. If you need additional credits to meet the 12-credit financial aid requirement, please contact one or both of the program faculty about options for directed study.
Enrollment: The required minimum enrollment is 10 students. The maximum enrollment is 16 students.
The program fee is $4,900 and includes:
- Health Insurance
- Some meals
Round-trip Airfare: $800-$1,000. Plan to arrive and depart from Dublin. (Prices vary wildly right now and can be as low as $200.00). If you need assistance booking your flight, we are happy to help you.
- Personal Expenses: Consider how much money you spend in a month on food and other things while on campus, and add a little more for something special while you’re in Ireland.
- Textbooks: As per usual for a Humanities or VPA course.
- Tuition: 9 credits (charged at regular MTU rates)
Your $1,000 deposit is due March 11, and must be paid to the Michigan Tech Students Financial Services Center. Tuition and fees (less the $1,000 deposit) are due on the MTU summer due date. If for any reason the program doesn't run (low enrollment, COVID), your deposit will be refunded.
All housing will be provided by IFSA Butler and is included in the program fee.
Meal costs will depend on whether you eat out or buy food from a grocery store. The program will pay for some meals, but you will be responsible for other meals. Kitchen facilities will be available at all locations.
Your financial aid may be applied towards the program fee and tuition. Please contact Alyssa Fredin to discuss your options. To qualify, you must be enrolled in 12 summer credits. You will earn 9 credit hours in Track A for this program. MTU students may enroll in 3 credit hours in Track B to have full-time status, or enroll in an additional 3 credits of directed study with the program directors while abroad. Please contact either Libby Meyer or Dana Van Kooy if you are interested in this option and consult financial aid.
Passport and Visa
You need a valid US passport that remains valid for at least three months after your trip. – if you are not a US citizen, contact the program leader or Michigan Tech International Programs and Services study abroad program for more information.
US citizens travel under tourist status. Because you'll be studying with us rather than attending classes at a foreign university you don't need a student visa.
Learn how to apply for a US passport and get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Passport applications typically require at least six months to process.
Learn how to get your passport photos on campus and check out other pre-departure tips from Michigan Tech Study Abroad Office.
What to Pack
You will be carrying your luggage, so be realistic about what you bring. Less is more. You can always buy something if you need it.
There are a lot of used clothing shops. Laundry facilities will be available. Rain gear is essential. Umbrellas can be helpful; they can also be useless if it is windy. Water-proof shoes are a plus. Bring suitable clothing for walking over semi-rough terrain, however, remember we will also be in cities, so it’s a good idea to be prepared to go to the theatre.
Computers, iPads, & Phones
- These are optional.
- A laptop computer or pad will help you complete course work.
- If you own your smart phone you can buy a sim card while in Ireland. Most plans are a month long and cost 15-20 euros. Some US companies will expand your coverage. These costs are often much higher. You will need a plug-converter. Buy it before you leave then you will not have to look for one when your power is at zero.
Bring your power cord(s).
While You Are There
You will have many evenings and all weekends to explore the program's locations. We can offer you suggestions on how to spend your free time. We recommend that you plan ahead.
Behavior, Expectations, and Accommodations
Students are expected to abide by the Michigan Tech student conduct code. There is zero tolerance for drug use. Violations will result in immediate expulsion from the program and no refund.
Michigan Tech has standard policies on academic misconduct and complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information about reasonable accommodation for or equal access to education or services at Michigan Tech, please call the Dean of Students Office, at 906-487- 2212 or follow the link above.
Health and Safety
Reasonable precautions should be taken as in any area abroad. If you become sick or
are injured, notify the program coordinator and they will assist you in finding the
closest medical facilities.
The COVID-19 situation is dynamic and Michigan Tech will continue to monitor international travel recommendations in our study abroad locations. Michigan Tech will not approve study abroad travel to locations with a travel advisory level 3 or 4 due to COVID-19. The well-being of our students is Michigan Tech’s top priority and we encourage students to carefully review the resources provided by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and the US Department of State. You can also stay informed regarding Michigan Tech’s health alerts regarding COVID-19.
If you have any questions about Michigan Tech’s policies regarding Covid-19 and study abroad travel, please contact Study Abroad Program Specialist, Vienna Leonarduzzi at email@example.com .
How to Apply
- Complete the Michigan Tech study abroad application in Via TRM
- Click on “Request to Apply”
- Create your traveler profile in Via TRM
- Complete and submit the Michigan Tech study abroad application for the Ireland program.
Once your application is approved in Via TRM you will be required to commit to your application. Carefully follow the instructions regarding application fees and pre-departure forms.
Application, Forms, and Payments
Forms and Payments
|With Application||$100 application fee in Via TRM|
|March 11, 2022||
Michigan Tech Faculty-Led Ireland: Enrollment, Payment and Withdrawal Contract
The contract outlines withdrawal and cancellation policies, and provides instructions for paying the non-refundable program deposit of $1,000. Payment should be made to the Michigan Tech Student Financial Services Center either by phone 906-487-2622 or in person at Administration Building 103.
|March 15, 2022||
Student Medical Information
Faculty-Led Ireland: Participant Information
|April 15, 2022||Michigan Tech Faculty-Led Ireland: Travel Plans|