Higher Education Policy and Practice in Ireland 

enables graduate education students to examine in person the issues of practice and policy studied over the course of the spring semester. During spring break the class will visit to three to five higher education institutions in Ireland – Dublin, Galway and Cork over the course of spring break. Students will learn about the national structure of higher education in Ireland and driving national policy. We will examine issues of access and equity, student engagement and experience, community engagement, resident life, and student services and affairs in Irish higher education. We will have an opportunity to see how students are supported through visits to student affairs offices at a variety of Irish institutions. We will learn about policy through visits to the Higher Education Authority, which is the national regulatory body as well at the Irish University Association, the representative body for Irish Universities. Students will draw comparisons between higher education policy and student affairs practice in Ireland and in the United States.

Program Dates:

Spring Semester/Spring Break: March 9-March 18, 2017 


Dublin, Galway, and Cork, Ireland


During the Spring 2017 Semester all students will enroll in Higher Education Policy and Practice in Ireland taught by Dr. Elaine Ward.

During the on-site portion of the course, we will visit:

  • Trinity College – Student Services Office, Resident Life
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Ireland Higher Education Authority in Dublin
  • Irish Universities Association
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • University College Cork

Program Cost: $3,300

Program costs of $3,300 includes all course and program-related expenses, including: airfare, accommodations, meals, admissions, local transportation, and travel insurance.


Students must complete the following no later than October 28, 2016:

  • Submit the online application. Click here to apply!
  • Conduct an interview with Dr. Elaine Ward
  • Submit a student affairs reference
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee

Upon acceptance, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm acceptance. 


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Faculty Leader:
Dr. Elaine Ward


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