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Exploring Ireland's Health Care Services
Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Directed Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Exploring Ireland's Health Care Services

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Faculty Directors:
Associate Professors Jeanette Rossetti & Kathleen Musker

Program Overview

The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to explore a variety of healthcare services in Ireland.  During this program students will learn about the history of Ireland’s health care system and the variety of Ireland’s health services.  This will include specialties of nursing, public health, and health studies.  Students in the College of Health and Human Services and beyond will find the focus of health care services applicable to their academic interests, as well.  With a student centered learning approach the co-directors of the program will gear assignments and learning activities to the specialty interests of the program’s enrolled students.   In addition, students will be exposed to the cultural opportunities that the beautiful country of Ireland has to offer.

For the complete PDF please click Exploring Irelands Health Care Services 15.pdf

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 3 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  Courses in your specific major may be possible with permission from your department.  If you wish to enroll in a course other than INTL 301 or IDSP 501 please contact Dr. Rossetti and the Study Abroad Office to discuss your options.


INTL 301: Study Abroad Programs                                                               3 semester hours
Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program.  May be counted toward the satisfaction of general education requirements if approved as the equivalent of an authorized general education course.


IDSP 501: Study Abroad Programs*    3 semester hours
Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program.  May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours.

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Student Life

While in Dublin residence hall accommodations will be provided by Trinity College.  Each room has two private bedrooms with twin beds and a shared bathroom and living space.  While in Galway participants will stay in an area hostel or in the residence halls of the National University of Ireland and stay in a 4-6 bedroom suite with individual twin beds and a shared bathroom.  Continental breakfast OR lunch will be provided daily during days with guest speakers or academic site visits.  A welcome dinner at the beginning of the program and a farewell dinner at the end of the program will also be provided. 

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click Exploring Ireland's Health Care Services or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at (and search for “Ireland” or the Exploring Ireland’s Health Care Services program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or

 $200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 

The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.

IMPORTANT All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated. 


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APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCEDURES: The program is open to Nursing and Health Studies (NUHS) undergraduate and graduate students, NIU students from other majors, and non-NIU students (with priority given to NUHS students) who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in mental health and psychiatric services of Ireland.  Currently enrolled students must meet College of Health and Human Sciences course GPA requirements.  Graduate level students must also meet NIU Graduate School admission, course and GPA requirements.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements. 

Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.

For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office. 

Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)

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Program Fees

NIU  PROGRAM  COST: The program cost pays for the following cost related services:

1)    Accommodations and Continental breakfast daily OR lunch on days with guest speakers or academic site visits, along with a welcome and farewell dinner.
2)    Program-related land transportation.
3)    Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
4)    NIU undergraduate or graduate credit.
5)    NIU major medical insurance.
6)    International Student I.D. Card.

PROGRAM  COST:  $4,200

All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

•    Airfare
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $135, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Passport size photos.
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Breakfast AND/OR lunch and most dinners (see included meals).
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 1, 2015 will not be refunded the $100 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after April 1, 2015 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  

CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Ireland, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Ireland, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by May 1, 2015.  Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program.  Passport applications can take anywhere from two to six weeks to process therefore you must not delay in applying for your passport.  Information on applying for a passport as well as expediting a passport application can be found at  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

VISA:  A visa is not required for tourist or business stays of up to three months.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.