Ireland 2021 Summer Session for First-Year CSE Students

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Big Ten STEM and Irish History at University College Dublin in Ireland

Program description

Join other Big Ten STEM students in beautiful Dublin for Summer Session 2021 while fulfilling Physics II (PHYS 1302) and a liberal education requirement (Historical Perspectives).

This unique summer program is designed in partnership with University College Dublin (UCD), and serves students from Big Ten institutions. Students take courses taught by UCD faculty, including second year physics and a Modern Ireland course that seeks to recreate the excitement, turmoil, and difficulties faced by the country from the Irish Revolution through Brexit. Housing and a “Monday to Friday” two-meals-per-day plan are provided by UCD.

Program details

Term and Credits: Summer session 2021. Eight University of Minnesota credits by transfer. Grades will not be factored into your University of Minnesota GPA.

Tentative dates: Mid-May to early July 2021

Cities: Dublin, with excursions to other parts of Ireland and a visit to Belgium

Eligible students: Open to CSE first-year students. Admission is by application.

Courses: Physics II with lab (five credits; equivalent to PHYS 1302), and Modern Ireland and European History (three credits; fulfills the Historical Perspectives lib-ed)

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite

Instruction: University College Dublin faculty

Estimated Program fee: The program fee includes an application fee, eight credits, housing, day tours, a partial meal plan, special events, local transportation pass, a trip to Belgium, and international health insurance. The fee will be finalized during the fall semester before students commit to participating, but is estimated to be between $7,900 and $8,500. Airfare to and from Ireland is not included.

Application: Interested students will be asked to apply during fall semester. Instructions will be sent to all interested students, and a $170 application fee will be charged by University College Dublin.

Questions? Email or schedule a study abroad appointment.

Next steps

  • Talk with your family about adding this experience to the summer after your freshman year.
  • Apply for a passport if you don't already have one.
  • Attend information meetings during fall semester.
  • Indicate your interest in attending by emailing or scheduling a study abroad appointment.