Global Perspectives in Education: Ireland


Program Description

Studying abroad in Ireland can provide many benefits for educators and non-educators alike, including gaining exposure to diverse cultures, experiencing personal growth and development, and expanding career opportunities. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about global perspectives in curricular trends, and teaching reading in secondary and middle school. Ireland is a perfect destination for anyone who wants a world-class education in a progressive, innovative country with promising career options. It is also an ideal destination for students interested in stunning scenery, beautiful coastal and mountain walks, ancient culture, the Irish language, and architecture. By experiencing the global benefits of studying abroad in Ireland, we can become global citizens who are better equipped to teach our students and share with others the knowledge we have gained about the world around us.

Both courses have been designed to engage the learner in a comparative investigation of educational trends and issues in the USA and Ireland. Learners will participate in numerous field experience activities at sites that support and enhance the cultural exchange component. The courses focus on comparing, analyzing, and evaluating curricular trends, issues, pedagogy, and resources in educational systems and the current implications for national and global citizenship.

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 25, 2024 June 8, 2024 June 22, 2024

Program fee payment deadline:
See details below in program cost section. Program fees cannot be deferred. Plan accordingly. 

Information Sheet

Open to Open to all Graduate Students
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Graduate
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Curriculum and Instruction
Sponsoring College College of Education 
Education Abroad Contact Stephanie Pack


Program Course Offerings:

  • RED 6361: Teaching Reading in Secondary and Middle School (3 credits)
    • Examines the integration of reading and writing in secondary and middle school. 

  • EDG 6625: Global Perspectives of Curricular Trends Across Nations (3 credits)

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students participating on the program must enroll in at least one of the 3 credit program course offerings to participate. Prospective students may choose to take only one course offering or they may choose to take both courses. Include your course of interest on your study abroad application in the course section.

Program Eligibility & Requirement

  • Must have a 3.0 overall GPA at the time of application for graduate students
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information
  • *Before a study abroad application is approved for this program, students are required to contact one of the faculty-leaders to discuss the program and expectations. 


In-country Program Faculty Leaders: Dr. Eileen Ariza and Dr. Susanne Lapp

Education Abroad Contact: Stephanie Pack 

College of Education Coordinator

Dr. Eileen Ariza, Email: eariza@fau.edu 

Phone number: 561-297-1208

Dr. Susanne Lapp, Email: slapp@fau.edu

Email: spack2014@fau.edu


Travel Documentation

*Important notice* Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S. Embassy.gov.


Dublin is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin is situated on Ireland's east coast where it houses some historic buildings such as Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral.


Participants will be housed in university apartments on the campus of University College Dublin. Students will have a single ensuite (own bathroom) with shared kitchen and living space during the program dates. Bed linens will be provided.  


Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$2,400 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s). FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply. 

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:      $1,300 Due Thursday, February 29, 2024
2ND PAYMENT:     $1,100 Due Thursday, March 7, 2024

Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email closer to the deadlines. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • Local public transportation pass
  • 3 group meals
  • Educational interactions
  • Dublin city tour, Trinity College tour, & Dublin Castle tour
  • Visit to EPIC museum and The Jeanie Johnston
  • International medical insurance

Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. Replacement activity or excursion would be provided.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Personal spending money

Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.