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Study Abroad Opportunity: Disability and Culture in Ireland

Program Overview: People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, making up 15% of the world's population. Many people with disabilities often face discrimination, stigma, lower socioeconomic status, and decreased life expectancy. Disability not only spans many professional boundaries (from teachers and doctors to policy makers and human service providers) but is a human rights issue as well. Students in this program will learn about different aspects of culture and disability through:

  • Meeting with various service agencies in Ireland that provide resources for people with disabilities
  • Site visits and guest speakers including experts from Trinity, NUI Galway and University College of Dublin 
  • Attend 5-day International Disability Summer School at NUI Galway learning about the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and work with individuals from all over the World understanding how UNCRPD ensures people with disabilities equal human rights and freedoms
  • Group tour from Dublin to Galway through Northern Ireland


Dates of Program: Check in Trinity College Dublin Monday 5/29/17 (class starts) and check out NUI Galway Saturday 6/24/17. The program will end Friday 6/23/17 in the afternoon however students can choose to spend night at NUI Galway or head back to Dublin if departing on 6/24/17).

Education Abroad Credits: RHS/SPLED 420 Culture & Disability (6 credits)

Housing and Meals: Trinity College of Dublin and NUI Galway in dormitory/student residence halls.             Students will be responsible for own meals.

Program Cost (estimates): Tuition  +  $2695 (program fee). Please see budget sheet online for detailed             cost breakdown.

For More Information: Contact Jim Herbert (jth4@psu.edu), Katie Kostohryz (kzk18@psu.edu) or Allison Fleming (apf5208@psu.edu)