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Fact Sheet:
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Free Standing
Housing Options:
Apartment
Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Ireland: Cork Summer Writing Workshops

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Program Overview

The Drexel in Ireland, Summer Writing Workshop program is a unique opportunity that allows Drexel students to spend 4 weeks living and studying in Cork, Ireland. It is open to all majors, particularly students interested in Creative Writing, Literature, and Performing Arts. It is run in partnership with the University of New Orleans "UNO" (UNO is also Drexel’s partner for the Prague, Rome, and Montpellier programs). All courses are taught in an interactive and experiential way, incorporating site visits and field trips so that the classroom extends into the city itself.

This program features writing workshops with exceptional faculty and guests, as well as UNO's famous reading series and excursions to nearby historic sites, like the strategically important military and fishing port of Kinsale and the imposing 17th Century Charles Fort, only an hour bus ride from Cork.

Read Drexel study abroad student's Cork online travel magazine or watch Drexel student's Cork preview video about the program.

Cork (Irish: Corcaigh, from corcach, meaning "marsh") is the second largest city in Ireland. It is the administrative center of County Cork and the largest city in Munster province. Metropolitan Cork has a population of about 400,000. County Cork is sometimes called "the Rebel County," and residents will refer to the city as the "real capital of Ireland" and themselves as the "Rebels." The county was home to Michael Collins, the famous IRA leader of the early 20th century.The city is built on the River Lee, with the city center located on the island created by its two channels. Cork Harbor is one of the world's largest natural harbors, with quays and docks along the banks.

Students will be in Cork during the heart of their annual Midsummer Festival, a two-week city-wide celebration of summer. The festival combines the best of local, national, and international arts and culture for a memorable event you won't want to miss.

Program Excursions: Students participate in a day trip of the area surrounding the City of Cork, including Cobh, Blarney, and Kinsale, as well as a weekend trip to the Irish capital of Dublin. Students will stay in campus apartments at University College Dublin, with easy access to the city centre. In addition to course and program-specific activities, there will be plenty of time to explore the Guinness brewery, Trinity College, the James Joyce House, the Irish writer's museum, and many of the other attractions in one of the world's great literary and cultural centers. These excursions are required for all students and are included in the program fee.


Eligibility

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore status or higher

Academics

Drexel students take classes with a mix of other US college students, exposing them to a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Students take two courses, each worth 4.5 credits and taught on an accelerated 4 week schedule.
Course Availability
Cork 2016 Summer Offerings

In addition to courses taken in Cork, all students are required to undertake an Independent Study (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term with a Drexel faculty member. This means choosing a subject and identifying a Drexel professor within that department to oversee and grade your independent study. You could choose to research a personal interest topic or a subject within your major. Review the Independent Study Proposal Guidelines for details. Alternatively, students may opt to take an online section of a Drexel summer course, but should keep in mind that online course selection and subjects are limited.

Grading
Students will receive 9 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. In addition to the courses taken in Cork, all students are required to undertake an independent study with a Drexel faculty member OR Drexel online class (minimum 3 credits) over the summer term. See Independent Study Agreement Form for details. Alternatively, students may opt to take an online section of a Drexel summer course, but should keep in mind that online course selection and subjects are limited.

Program Calendar

Summer Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date 06/17/2016
Program End Date 07/16/2016

*Since this program ends in mid-July, students may choose to either return home afterwards or stay in Europe for independent travel. This gives students nearly 3 months of summer vacation before the start of fall term. 

Housing

Accommodation is provided in the form of apartment-style housing, courtesy of University College Cork. Students stay in University Hall on the banks of the River Lee, a short walk from campus and with easy access to public transportation. Each apartment features private bedrooms with bed, bathroom, desk, and storage space. Kitchens and living areas are shared between approximately four program participants. The complex also includes self-service laundry facilities, a copy room, and on-site residential security. Upon arrival in Cork, transportation to the apartments is available via taxi, city bus, and Aircoach. More information can be found on the UCC website.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Program Costs
2016 PROGRAM FEE: $1,150

* Payment 1 due with application (no later than March 1st): $500 deposit (refunded if not accepted into the program)

* Payment 2 due no later than April 1st: $650 (non refundable)

For students applying after April 1: final payment of $1,550 MUST be submitted at the time of the application.

Included in the program fee
* Apartment style accommodation
* Class field trips, entrance fees
* Day trip around County Cork
*Weekend excursion to Dublin, including lodging and transportation
* Onsite staff during the length of the program
*Lunch on class days
*Opening and closing receptions
*Weekly film screenings

NOT included in program fee
Round trip airfare, most meals, books, optional excursions, spending money, emergency insurance, miscellaneous.

Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program so all of your financial aid applies. If you receive Federal Work Study, consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after accepted into the program). 

Scholarships
To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Students who receive Federal Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.


More Information

 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Priority deadline: January 15th. Applications completed after January 15th will be reviewed after the final March 1st deadline.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.