Live and study for five weeks in—and beyond—Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city and home to earth's most famous crystal brand • Expand your mind and worldview, your circle of friends, and your future academic and professional prospects • Most graduate-school admissions committees and many employers actively seek "internationalized" applicants • Ireland speaks to such entities, for it has the West's "most global economy" (Ernst & Young, 2014) and it's first in the world for Foreign Direct Investment (IMD Word Competitiveness Index, 2014)
Earn up to seven hours of academic credit as you spend five weeks studying and traveling in beautiful, friendly Ireland • Our headquarters, the city of Waterford on the River Suir (pronounced "sure"), was founded by Vikings in the year 914 CE; however, Waterford's hinterland is replete with prehistoric monuments, such as the Gaulstown Dolmen • One of Ireland's finest portal tombs, it's at least five thousand years old! • Waterford was ground zero for the twelfth-century Cambro-Norse invasion of Ireland, and both the tower houses (castles) and the French names of those settlers are still omnipresent in the region • Think that Power, one of the commonest Waterford family names, is Irish? In fact, it's a version of the French "le Poer"
We explore the stunning scenery of Waterford, where the Commeragh and Knockmealdown mountain ranges meet some of Europe's lushest and most fertile agricultural land, which in turn meets the Celtic Sea along the Copper Coast • An international geopark, that coastal zone is distinguished by gorgeous sandy beaches and world-class surfing and sea-kayaking
Small classes. Great professors. Superior accommodations and meals in a modern university setting • These are but some of the life-changing advantages offered by the Ireland Program, the #1-ranked for student satisfaction—and the least expensive—among the European Council's five-week summer programs
The package cost does not include: • tuition (which is HOPE Scholarship-eligible) • textbooks or other classroom supplies • extra meals • weekend-travel expenses • passport and related expenses • spending money • US ground transportation to and from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport • other costs beyond those listed above
Boasting a beautifully maintained, parklike campus studded with prize-winning modern structures, Waterford Institute of Technology quickly becomes a home away from home • Called College Fields Apartments, your accommodations are a trio of buildings steps away from our principal classroom bloc (center image above) • The dining facilities are just a two-minute walk from College Fields, and for meals not covered by the Ireland Program, you can save money by avoiding restaurants in favor of self-catering in your suite's fully equipped kitchen (right-most image above) • Several excellent supermarkets are nearby, and downtown Waterford features a Farmers' Market selling local produce each Saturday morning • Unlike many study-abroad offerings, the Ireland Program doesn't ask you to share a bedroom or bathroom: you have one of each for your own use exclusively