Study Abroad to Ireland!
EDHE 851 - "Comparative Higher Education" - March 2 - 11, 2023
EDHE 851 - "Comparative Higher Education" - March 2 - 11, 2023
About the Course and Instructor
The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of higher education around the world with particular emphasis on learning about a particular country by spending Spring Break in Ireland. (Ireland refers to the island that includes both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K. We will be visiting both.) This course will allow students to gain deeper understanding of higher education in several countries generally and how these countries deal with certain issues from a comparative perspective. The first half of this course will be taught on campus and second half on location in Ireland. The draft of the course syllabus gives an idea of how the course will be structured.
The course is open to graduate students in any discipline, including non-degree graduate students. Seniors who are eligible for "senior privilege" may also enroll.
Dr. Anderson has led six study abroad trips: Taiwan (2019), Dominican Republic (2010), Cuba (2012), Argentina (2018), and Ireland & Northern Ireland (2014 & 2016). He studied abroad as a student, to the U.S.S.R. (Russia and Ukraine) and in México. In addition to the countries already mentioned, he has conducted research, presented in academic conferences or done other academic work in Canada, Chile, Estonia, Nicaragua, Oman, Perú, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales). He has also spent time in Germany and Italy and made brief visits to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and Switzerland.
Dr. Anderson will hold two information sessions to give an overview of the program and answer questions:
To Register for EDHE 851
To apply for admission to the course, the following is required by Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (submit to Prof. Anderson in 315 Wardlaw College):
Once your materials are received, you will be registered for the course. You will then will be prompted to complete the Study Abroad Office's application form (required of all students) by the deadline for the program (TBA). Do not complete this application form until prompted to do so.
Students in the course will be given information about booking flights to Ireland once plans are in place. You should not make flight arrangements until you have confirmation that you are in the class and have received additional information from the instructor.
Note: if there is not enough enrollment in the program for the trip to Ireland to happen the course will be still be taught, focusing on higher education around the world.
The course will meet on Thursdays (1:15 - 5:00 p.m. in Wardlaw 274-N) prior to departure for Ireland and for one meeting afterward in April. Participation in all aspects of the scheduled program in Ireland is required.
The program fee is $2,555 (the deposit counts toward this). This will include: accommodations, local transportation, some meals (as specified in the final itinerary), and travel insurance. The program fee does not include: tuition for EDHE 851, airfare, meals not specified in itinerary, gratuities, passport and any visa/entrance/exit fees, UofSC study abroad insurance, travel to/from departure airport, and personal spending money.
In addition to cultural site visits, we will visit the following universities and organizations:
Dublin: Trinity College, University College Dublin, Irish Higher Education Authority, Fulbright Ireland
Galway: National University of Ireland Galway, Galway Technical Institute
Belfast: Queens University
All information on this page is preliminary and subject to change.
Contact Professor Anderson with any questions.
This itinerary is provided as an example of what will likely be included in the trip.
Day 1 - Flight to Dublin
Students will be provided the instructor’s flight itinerary and can book the same or similar flights so long as they arrive to Dublin by a specified time. They can fly round trip from Dublin and take a bus back to Dublin to depart or return from Belfast. Students are welcome to add additional personal travel before or after the trip at their own cost so long as they arrive in time for the start of the program and do not leave before its conclusion.
Day 2 - Arrive in Dublin
Morning: Arrive in Dublin.
Early Afternoon: Visit the Higher Education Authority for an overview of the higher education system and policy in Ireland
Late Afternoon: Visit the Fullbright Office of Ireland for a discussion of international scholarly exchanges and student mobility
Evening: Welcome Dinner
Day 3 - Dublin
Morning: Take a guided walking tour of Dublin, concluding at the Guinness Storehouse for an optional self-guided tour
Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Dublin
Day 4 - Dublin
Free day for day trips or adventures in Dublin
Day 5 - Dublin
Morning: Take a tour of Trinity College and view the Book of Kells. Guest lectures about Irish history, culture, and education.
Afternoon: Lunch at Trinity College and additional visits.
Day 6 - Dublin to Galway
Morning: University College Dublin for a tour and meetings about international cultural programs and college sports in Ireland.
Train to Galway.
Free evening in Galway.
Day 7 - Galway
Morning: Visit Galway Mayo Technical Institute for a meeting about technical education in Ireland
Afternoon: Visit NUI Galway to visit with the School of Education, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, and the Irish Studies Centre. Lunch at NUIG followed by afternoon on-site activity.
Day 8 - Galway to Belfast
Check out of accommodations and travel to Belfast via the Giant’s Causeway. Stop for lunch at Bushmills along the way.
Day 9 - Belfast
Morning: Visit Queen’s University to learn about the British system, relationships with higher education in the Republic of Ireland, and the impact of Brexit on higher education and student mobility
Afternoon: Lunch at Queens before an optional tour of the Titanic Museum or a Black Cab Tour
Evening: Group Farewell Dinner at Crown Bar
Day 10- Depart for Home
Check out of accommodations and transfer to Belfast airport for flights home. Students may opt to pursue additional travel once the program has concluded. They can fly out of Belfast or take a bus to Dublin for a return flight.