Aer Lingus “Study in Ireland Program”

For my first return post, I thought I’d share a nice deal offered especially to Study Abroad Students!

According to their website, AerLingus (an Irish airline) is offering students studying in Ireland a special deal this summer through their “STUDY IN IRELAND Program.”

They’ll be offering “special airfares and a free date change to their return flight.” I like how it says you can change your return flight. Probably because so many students fall in love with Ireland and just want to stay a little bit longer (I know I did!).  Actually, it says you can even move the date of your return flight up (but who would want to?!?).  

The offer is for travel to or from Dublin or Shannon, Ireland on the following dates:

  • August 17-December 20, 2016 (Fall Semester)
  • January 6 – May 30, 2017 (Spring Semester)

Flights include those to/from Boston, Chicago, Hartford (as of Sept. 2016), Los Angeles, New York, Newark (as of Sept. 2016), Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto, and D.C.  Only individual students studying abroad get this special plan. 

However, the website also offers “special fares for Family & Friends Interested in travelling with or visiting the student while in Ireland (fares based on availability).” Awesome! Your best friend could come and visit you too!

For more details about the specifics and limitations, you can use the following resources:

If you try this program out, let us know how it goes! Excellent? Good? Bad? Terrible? Pass it on!

DISCLAIMER: This website is not affiliated with Aer Lingus in any way. My and my website are not responsible for anything AerLingus does or the program they are offering or anything else. I’m just letting you know what the website says.

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Summer program abroad provides insight into culture, disability in Ireland

“Summer program abroad provides insight into culture, disability in Ireland”

via “Penn State News

Penn State students abroad in Ireland

“There’s more than one way to solve a problem, and there’s more than one right answer to difficult questions.”

This was one of the most important lessons Taylor Morris, a psychology student at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, says she learned from her experience this past summer in the monthlong Culture and Disability program in Ireland.

The summer study abroad program offered 10 students the opportunity to explore another culture through the lens of disability advocacy and accommodations.

“The primary purpose of the program was to learn about the ways Ireland handles issues surrounding disability and compare and contrast them to the ways the U.S. handles these same issues,” said Morris.

The trip’s itinerary included stops at Mental Health Ireland, Deaf Village Ireland, Friends of the Elderly, an equine therapy facility, and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability at Trinity College in Dublin.

The last week of the program was spent at the International Disability Law Summer School, hosted by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

“(The summer school) really opened my eyes to the fact that law is the most important aspect when it comes to getting people with disabilities the services they need,” said Katie Haskins, a rehabilitation and human services major in the College of Education.

Students said that comparing policies and practices in Ireland with the U.S. helped give them new insight into their own future careers.

Learning about the Irish history and culture was another important part of the program.

“This part of the program included things like going to a play, learning about the troubles and tensions between the North and South, taking tours of historical landmarks, and hearing old Irish fables and where they originated,” said Morris.

At the end of the trip, students returned home with a heightened understanding of different ways to assist and accommodate people with a wide variety of disabilities, and what it means to live with a disability.

“To me, disability is a part of human diversity. When trying to accommodate people with disabilities, I think there is an idea of, ‘How can we make it so they can live like everyone else?’” Morris said.

“We should be asking, ‘How can we make it so they can live the way they want to?’”

The program is open to students in all majors. Students interested in participating in 2016 should contact Wendy Coduti in the College of Education. . . . .”

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Tips for studying overseas: ‘Never ask for a ride in Ireland, it’s a lift’

“Tips for studying overseas: ‘Never ask for a ride in Ireland, it’s a lift’”

by Erin McGuire via “Irish Times

Lost in translation: differences in the use of language can lead to confusion, so it’s a good idea to acclimatise yourself

Having gone to college on both sides of the Atlantic, I know studying abroad can be rewarding but also a bit of a challenge.

My first course abroad was my undergraduate degree – psychology at Trinity College. My motivation at age 18 was that I wanted to get out of Dodge.

Within days of my arrival, I had a nose ring. Which is to say, the experience of studying abroad fostered a sense of independence and autonomy.

I’m from the US and had been in Ireland only once before, for a cousin’s wedding when I was 11. It took me a while to figure things out: like opening a bank account, remembering which way to look before crossing the road (the signs helped), finding a place to live, making friends and being able to follow a conversation (I know it’s English, but still).

Which brings me to my first tip: give yourself time to adjust. When you move abroad to study, everything about your life will change, so don’t expect to settle in immediately.

At least once in the first few weeks, if not days, I thought, “What have I done?”. But it really did all work out in the end.

Let’s face it: going to university abroad, even at postgraduate level, isn’t just about studying. It’s about experiencing a different culture, meeting new people and collecting experiences.

When I was at Trinity, and then years later doing a master’s in journalism at DCU, I was glad I decided to do a whole course abroad, rather than a semester or two. I met students on exchange programmes, and they clung to each other rather than making new friends. The next tip: mingle with the locals. It’s the best way to get a sense of a place. I made Irish friends by reading road signs aloud in Irish, which they found hilarious! I ended up scoring invites to visit friends’ families in different parts of the country, a brilliant way to travel.

Application process

Applying to do a postgrad abroad is going to be a little more paperwork-intensive than applying to do one in your home country. When I was applying to law schools in the US after my undergrad at Trinity, I had quite a few more hoops to jump through than my peers who had stayed home.

For example, the Irish marking system is so wildly different to the American one, I had to have my grades translated by a “credential evaluation service”.

It took time and cost a couple hundred dollars; according to the World Education Service, the current price is $205 (€180) for an evaluation of transcripts and $30 (€26) to send the report to each additional college you’re applying to.

Extra little requirements like that made the process more time consuming and expensive. So give yourself enough time

A lastminute.com approach to your postgraduate application abroad is probably not going to work out well for you. Check the deadlines and write them on your calendar in blood. Give yourself a couple weeks more than you think you’ll need. Unforeseen glitches can add days or weeks to the process.

Documents

When I was applying for the journalism master’s in 2013, I had a small problem with my application online through the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC), which many Irish institutions use.

Because of my unconventional education path, I had more documents to upload than there was space for online. I had to make a few calls and get tech support to work magic so I could upload my mountain of documents.

Even though it wasn’t a huge problem, and the tech support staff at PAC were really quite helpful, it took a day or two to sort out. If that had happened on the the application due date, it would have been a catastrophe.

The cost of a master’s in Ireland versus the US wasn’t the only reason I decided to study here, but it was a factor. The one-year MA at DCU is listed this year at €13,300 for a non-EU student. In the US I would have paid at least double that, especially since most programmes are two-years long. . . . .

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