Explore the scenic Irish countryside while deepening your artistic understanding and practice. In Ireland, you will experience cultural and physical differences in landscape and people which will inspire your imagination and help interpret your experiences in a unique way. This program is ideal for anyone interested in an immersive art experience, including art majors and minors. All students have their own studios, and you will be able to work in any medium. View the unique limestone landscape in the Burren that takes on arctic and tropical features. Through this dialogue you will learn the concept of connecting art to place and also learn about the Irish culture. Enjoy a special trip to Aran Islands, Galway and Dublin. Students need to be prepared for some hiking and many weather changes.

This particular part of Ireland is a geological wonder! The glacier has existed for 15,000 years unlike any other part of Ireland. The uniqueness of the temperature allows flora that is Icelandic and tropical to grow in the same place. It is a moonscape that only exists on this particular western coast of Ireland. Students hike on it and have historians explain it to everyone.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Possible Student Challenges: Hiking is important to understand the people and location. There are 4 required hikes.

Courses

Art minors can acquire 8 credits towards minor requirements and apply their skill set that they’ve learned in the Burren toward their recommended requirements. Students who are interested in art and already have a background can enhance their background by developing their interests on a higher level. The introduction to a new culture and the world of art can enhance their careers in any discipline. Students are immersed in a small village in Ireland meeting local people, artisans, farmers, who can speak about the history and culture of Ireland. They interface directly with families who have lived their for generations.

  • ARTE2500 - Art Explorations (Processes) : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation Studies (EI) NUpath and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUpath) Offers an intensive studio course taken abroad and taught by an art and design faculty member. Exposure to regional artists, history, culture, museums, architecture, and physical geography provide focus of study and creative exploration. May be repeated without limit.
  • ARTE2500 - Art Explorations (Research Project) : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation Studies (EI) NUpath and Interpreting Culture (IC) NUpath) Offers an intensive studio course taken abroad and taught by an art and design faculty member. Exposure to regional artists, history, culture, museums, architecture, and physical geography provide focus of study and creative exploration. May be repeated without limit.
  • ARTE5901 - Special Topics in Art and Design Studio : Offers an opportunity for the intensive study of specialized themes in areas of research in studio and aesthetics related to art and design. Instructor determines format and content. May be repeated without limit.
  • ARTE5902 - Special Topics in Art and Design Studio : Offers an opportunity for the intensive study of specialized themes in areas of research in art history, aesthetics, or critical studies. Format and content are determined by the instructor in this elective in Art + Design history. May be repeated six times.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,000
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodation for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Expenses: $1,224
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program: $981 on meals and $243 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC. A final itinerary will be supplied by your professor in Spring 2019.

Destination

Ballyvaughn, County Clare; Smack dab on the west coast of Ireland, beaches and the Cliff of Moher nearby. Great for biking and hiking and working (in your own studio). Extremely beautiful landscape.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Ireland here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

  • Condo-style accommodation: Small Irish condo with own facilities for cooking. This is a wonderful accommodation near town and local supermarket. We usually eat lunch on campus in the café but you can also bring your own. Five students share each condo, which has shared kitchen, bathrooms and washer/dryer facilities.

Host University or Organization

The Burren College of Art is an international school that hosts many US students interested in the Arts. The Art Institute of Chicago, RISD, University of Michigan are all participants in summer programs. Northeastern has been working in the Burren studios for 14 years!

The Burren College of Art provides studio space, computer labs, power tools, library, café, transportation to and from town and some sun and rain. Bring your slicker and hiking boots. Art supply store on campus as well as a gallery and lecture hall. Chickens and cows in your backyard as well. Amazing Gothic landscape.

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