Applications will open in early-September 2017 for the Summer 2018 term.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin.
If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However
, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application
*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2018
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline
Ireland will serve as the backdrop for a two-week faculty-led study abroad experience for education majors from the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) at the University of Arkansas. The purpose of this trip is to highlight the similarities and differences between the Irish and American education systems, while also evaluating the impact of culture/history on education. Initially, students will be immersed in the Irish education system through interactive visits to primary and secondary schools in Limerick.
While staying on the University of Limerick (UL) campus, students will participate in multiple collaborative activities with UL students and faculty, including lectures on Irish culture and history. Finally, throughout the two-week stay, U of A students will join UL students as they tour historical and cultural sites throughout Ireland. Upon returning to the U.S., students will possess a greater understanding of the Irish education process and the culture/history that has driven it to evolve and be able to use this experience to enhance their backgrounds as future teachers.
Faculty leadership comes from College of Education and Health Professions by Professors Paul Calleja, Jack Kern, & Janet Forbess.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours*
by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5
or better at the time of application
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Credit Hours: Six (6) credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
PHED 480V (workshop)
EDHP 3923H (honors education seminar)
CIED 499V (special topics in CIED)
Students will be able to:
Identify the overall similarities and differences between the United States (K-6) and Irish (Primary) education systems.
Identify the similarities and differences between the United States and the Irish educational systems as they pertain to specific subject areas (i.e., English, Physical Education, Math, etc.).
Compare and contrast the United States and Irish instructional methods using the Arkansas Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS – System used by the State of Arkansas to evaluate all K-12 teachers. In addition, the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions has adopted TESS to evaluate its teacher education interns.)
Understand the overall philosophy of the Irish education system and its impact on student career choices.
Understand the historical impact of culture on each of the education systems (US and Ireland).
Students will utilize on-campus housing at the University of Limerick. Students will be housed with students from different countries. Faculty and students will stay in one bed and breakfast (Asgard House) in Galway. While in Dublin, faculty will stay at a hotel in Dublin, and students will stay at the University College Dublin. Students will be housed with students from other countries and will have the opportunity to explore each location via bus or or by foot. Interactions with the local community begins the second bags are unpacked.
Students will participate in multiple group and self guided cultural experiences (Ala carte items). At the start of the trip, students will be located in the town of Limerick. Limerick is known for both its quaintness, and plethora of cultural experiences. One standout site is the Limerick Milk Market. Here students will be able to barter with the locals and dine on home grown fruits and Irish delicacies. As we transition to our stay in the coastal city of Galway, the group will stop at the Cliffs of Moher. During this visit, students will hike and experience breath taking vistas along the spectacular cliffs that tower approximately 700 feet above the ocean. Our final stop will be in the Viking city of Dublin. Here, students will learn about the layout and history of the city through a group bike tour that meanders in and out of the back streets of Dublin. In addition to seeing the sights in Dublin, students will also travel by train to the coastal city of Howth. This vibrant fishing village serves as a backdrop to a beautiful short hike, great views, and a lunch by the sea.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Dr. Paul Calleja
Clinical Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation
Dr. Jack Kern
Clinical Professor of Kinesiology
Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Dance
Mrs. Janet Forbess
Teacher Education Faculty
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.?
"Going to primary schools within Ireland was the highlight of the program. We learned more about the way they learn and how they teach within schools."
"I really enjoyed being able to to first hand get to experience the differences in Irish education systems and American education systems."
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
Education in Ireland_info sheet.pdf