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VT Ireland 2018

SBIO 3954 and 5954
Spring 2018

Enjoy your Spring Break studying culture, sustainability, and community in beautiful and historical Ireland. Experience the culture and history of the rugged west coast. Explore the city of Galway and the Claddagh, hike in Connemara National Park, and participate in a hands-on design project. Gain college credit. Experience the world.

Course participants will visit and work with students at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Letterfrack, Ireland. From our base in Letterfrack we will visit locations such as Connemara National Park, the Cliffs of Mohr, the wild Atlantic way, museums, and historic sites. In addition to Letterfrack, we will visit the city of Galway and the town of Ennis.

The course meets once per week (typically in the evening) before and after travel to Ireland during Spring Break.


Study abroad group posing in front of the Spanish Arch in Galway City, Ireland. An Póirse Spáinneach, The Spanish Arch, one of four arches built in 1584 in Galway City, Ireland


No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Participants will earn academic credit from Virginia Tech (2 credit hours). Students will participate in course meetings throughout spring semester (typically in the evening) in addition to travel during Spring Break. Course grades will be based on a combination of student presentations, hands-on activities completed in collaboration with GMIT students, field notes, and a final paper on a topic selected by the student and approved by the instructor.

Course Duration and Dates

Likely travel dates are March 2 through March 11, 2018 (dates will be confirmed once air travel arrangements are made)


Program costs are predicted to total $2,500. This will include airfare, lodging, in country transportation, and some meals. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Interested in this program? Contact the instructor now to receive updates on the course and for registration information when it becomes available:

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