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Creative and Cultural Expression in Ireland's Ancient East

Program Details

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Kilkenny and Dublin, Ireland
Course # SA 10313
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/18/23

Program Leader

Name Joel Ebarb
Email jebarb@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

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Program leader and instructor: Joel Ebarb, Professor, Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Over Spring Break 2023, students will travel to the historic center of Ireland’s eastern region for an exploration of the area’s unique artistic and cultural history. The city of Kilkenny, known as the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, will be headquarters for the experience.

An Irish city in miniature, the county seat of Kilkenny (population 26,500) is home to a Norman castle, a 13th century cathedral, and winding medieval streets full of quaint shops and inviting restaurants. Students will learn about and experience firsthand the pub and brewery culture of Ireland, and will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day alongside the citizens of Kilkenny at their city festival and parade.

In addition to exploring the history and culture of Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside, one full day will be devoted to Dublin, to experience one of the most friendly and walkable of Europe’s capital cities. Destinations will include Trinity College, the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin castle, and more!

Back in Kilkenny, students will combine their academic course that focuses on culture and creativity with visits to local artists and workshops to discover the traditional handicrafts of Ireland. Students will have opportunities to sample traditional Irish food and music. 

Please contact program leader for more information at jebarb@purdue.edu 

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Academic Credit

Course Credit: SCLA 49100: Special Topics: Creative and Cultural Expression in Ireland's Ancient East, 2 credits, Mondays, 6:30PM-8:20PM (1/16 - 3/6)

At the conclusion of the study abroad experience, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of another culture in relation to history, politics, economy, beliefs and practices, by using Kilkenny, Ireland as their learning laboratory.

Students will develop a personal definition for culture and creative expression, and compare and contrast that idea with the culture/creativity they experience while in Ireland.

Coursework includes both standard lecture and active learning, recording and sharing observations through journal entries and cell-phone photography assignments, group discussion and investigation, and a final reflective essay.

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This study abroad program is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. Students from all colleges at Purdue are welcome to apply to participate, regardless of their major or area of study.

A valid passport is required for entry into Ireland. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please go here to learn if you need a visa in addition to a passport to enter Ireland. 

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

An estimated program fee of $3250* includes round-trip international airfare, all ground transportation in both USA and Ireland, double-occupancy hotel accommodations including breakfast, a welcome and farewell dinner, lunch in Dublin, all entrance and guide fees, and insurance. Not included are passport fees, most meals, and money for individual purchases such as souvenirs, etc.

* Please note this program fee is current as of September 8, 2022 and could fluctuate slightly before the final fee is set in October 2022. 

Study Abroad Scholarship information is available here. $500 is available for qualified students for spring break programs. Please note: Students are only eligible for one short term award during their Purdue career (regardless of amount). 

Application Deadline

Thursday, November 15, 2022 is the deadline to apply for this program. Please apply via the Purdue Study Abroad website.

Once approved and accepted into the program, you must submit a $500 non-refundable* deposit within two weeks of being notified of your acceptance into the program. Failure to pay your deposit in the time allowed may result in you losing your program approval. 

* Please note: A minimum of 10 students must be approved and pay their deposit by December 1 for this program to launch. Only in the event that less than 10 students apply/are approved/pay their deposit by December 1, will deposits be fully refunded.

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Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.