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Green Technologies of the Emerald Isle

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Dublin, Belfast, , Ireland
Course # SA 10926
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/14/18 to 05/27/18

Program Leader

Phone765 49-47491

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Applications for this program have been closed.

Program Description

This study abroad program will occur on the beautiful island of Ireland and includes a two-day excursion into Northern Ireland. The program has been developed with colleagues at our strategic partner, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). All information is presented in English. Ten undergraduate students with one leader are proposed. This is a new program designed for May 2018 with the goal of providing students an international experience in green technologies, particularly for an island nation, which has unique challenges and solutions for sustainability. Students will develop an understanding of tidal and wave energy, as well as solar and wind energy specific to an island environment. Building for sustainability will be studied using a World Heritage Site (Newgrange) and the developing Ecovillage in County Tipperary. Technical content in DIT tours and seminars will be supplemented by industrial and cultural tours. Curiosity, Openness and Communications are three intercultural effectiveness skills, which this program is anticipated to improve for participating students. Additionally, cultural self-awareness is a key aspect of international experiences. This program is designed to improve student’s cultural self-awareness. Housing and travel arrangements were chosen to reduce participant cost as well as increase student exposure to Irish culture, while providing safe and authentic housing. One night will be spent in a hotel in Belfast. Meals will be provided in a variety of fashions. All breakfasts will be available at the hostel/hotel provided as a traditional Irish breakfast. Some lunches and a dinner will be provided by DIT or the industrial partners such as the Dublin Energy Lab. Most lunches will be paid by the students. These should be minimal cost as the lunches will include events in the DIT cafeteria with Irish students or in local shops near the DIT campus.  Four dinners will also be provided through the program including Welcome and Farewell Dinners. Participants’ health during this program will be carefully monitored, although no unfamiliar health issues are anticipated. Modern medical facilities are available in Ireland if necessary. Each participant will be covered through the required medical insurance. Students with disabilities such as mobility, visual or audio are expected to be accommodated in this program. Ireland is proactive in this area so that all DIT, industry, museums, eateries, and cultural events will be assessable. Special housing accommodations may be required for participants with severe physical disabilities. While there is no heightened level of crime or political instability in Ireland, all students will also be covered under the mandatory emergency extraction provided through Purdue. Contact Dr. McNally for a complete itinerary.

Academic Credit

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will earn three credit hours (tech elective) as ECET-49900 (register for SA 10926).


This program is available to All Majors. Students should have an interest in Green Technologies.

Application Deadline

Applications / Deposits are now being accepted. Contact Dr. McNally if interested. Completed applications and deposits are due by January 16, 2018.

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