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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin
Program Director:
Franke, Warren
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging, On Campus Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Program Description:

Experience Kinesiology in Ireland - Next Offering Summer 2018

CHS KIHN Ireland

Warren Franke

This 3 week program will take you to Dublin and beyond! You will spend about 2 weeks in Dublin, with the majority of that time spent at University College Dublin (UCD) campus.  While at UCD, you will complete a course on Health Fitness and Nutrition.  This course focuses on how to critically examine health claims made in the media and by marketers as well as how fitness and nutrition messages are shaped by social, economic and political interests.  While you are abroad, you will also experience at least 2 Gaelic sporting events and visit Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, and the Gaelic Sports Museum.   You will visit the Dublin City University “Medex” community wellness program and the Leinster professional rugby club.   Culturally, you will have a walking tour of Ireland, evening of traditional music and dance, with several half-day trips to Dublin sites of historical interest.  For an additional week, you will travel with your group to experience other amazing sites around Ireland:  Boyne Valley (Celtic history, the passage tombs of Loughcrew), Belfast (history and political issues of Northern Ireland, Titanic Docklands), Giant’s Causeway (World Heritage Site, unique basalt columns), Cliffs of Moher (walking tour, bicycling or kayaking tour), and The Burren.

So many activities are packed into this adventure! See the itinerary below for more details.

CHS KIHN Ireland

Students will earn 3 credits - transferable from UCD.  The "International Perspectives" graduation requirement for all ISU undergraduates will be met by this study abroad experience.  This requirement is usually met by completing an international credit course; thus, participating students will now have increased flexibility in their choice of electives.

1. Be in good academic standing at ISU -  2.5 GPA or above
2. Undergraduate student majoring in Kinesiology and Health at ISU; sophomore status or higher (i.e., have completed at least one year of college). Freshman can apply for this summer program as you will be sophomore standing by the summer.
3. Completion of KIN 258

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  (all items are in the application when you start to apply)
1. Application letter stating why you want to complete this study abroad experience
2. Affirm that you are physically and medically capable of completing a course focused on strength and conditioning which includes a significant practical component.
3. Provide unofficial transcript
4. letter of support from either a faculty member or advisor within the Department of Kinesiology 

You must be open to other cultures and be an ACTIVE participant in the program.

See the budget sheet here.

PASSPORT: If you are a first time traveler in CHS, contact to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

SCHOLARSHIPS: The CHS Office of International Programs offers scholarships to students who study internationally. Please check out their website for more information.

CHS KIHN Ireland


Thursday May 26, 2016
Late Afternoon/Evening Flights TBA: Depart Des Moines (DSM) for Dublin (DUB)
Friday May 27, 2016
AM - Arrive Dublin (DUB) and clear Customs
Arrive St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin City Center
Short orientation walk of the area followed by 90 minutes free time to relax, grab a coffee, visit an ATM etc. There’s always good street performers on a Sunday!
Dublin City Bus Tour with Commentary
This tour is designed to be brief! You will have a more substantial Dublin City Tour tomorrow on the Hop On/Off Bus. Your driver will circle the city pointing out key landmarks such as Trinity College, O’Connell Street, Guinness Storehouse & more
Guided Historical Walking Tour of Dublin (2 hours)
Your Guide for this two hour experience is a PhD History Graduate of Trinity and will provide a colorful and informative introduction to Dublin including stops at Trinity College, Old Parliament House, Dublin Castle & Christ Church Cathedral. You’ll get the story of the city, from its Viking origins to present day and hear about the roots of Ireland’s struggle with Britain
Saturday May 28, 2016
Hop On/Off Dublin Bus Tour (Tickets valid from 10am-6:30pm)
This Tour has been designed to give you the freedom to explore and experience the history and culture of Dublin at your leisure. With 23 stops visiting all the main Dublin attractions including Trinity College the home of the Book of Kells.
Sunday May 29, 2016
Check-out of down town Dublin accommodation & store bags
- Free Time to explore Dublin city
Arrive University College Dublin
Check-in to UCD Student Residences
UCD Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Monday - Thursday: May 30, 31 & June 1 & 2, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm: Class Time
Lunch in Cafeteria
Free Afternoons
Dinner available in the Cafeteria
- Cultural Events will be arranged most Tuesday & Thursday nights
Friday June 3, 2016
Croke Park Stadium Tour & entry to the Gaelic Sports Museum
Croke Park is the home of the Gaelic Games, headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and with a capacity for 82,300 people is the 4th largest stadium in Europe
Lunch Break
Experience Gaelic Games - For a 4 minute movie click here
Students will participate in Hurling, Gaelic Football & Handball practice sessions and enjoy fun games with classmates. In addition there will also be Irish Dance lessons at the completion of the sport program
Irish Nights Dinner & Traditional Dance Show
This is a unique opportunity to experience traditional Irish music, dance and food for which Ireland is famous the world over. This spectacular show will give you a flavor of the different styles of Irish Dance and features a cast of dancers whose credits include world famous shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The show features amazing dancing accompanied by live music performed by a group of talented Irish Musicians
Saturday June 4, 2016
All Day Tour to the Boyne Valley
For a 6 minute movie of The Boyne Valley click here
This is a very educational day tour with plenty of terrific historical content that visits some of Irelands most ancient and historic sites. The majority of the tour takes place in County Meath, a county also known as the Royal County due to it being the place where the High Kings of Ireland ruled the country. You will go inside the passage tombs of Loughcrew (3300BC) where you will see 5000+ year old artwork carved into the stone. We also visit the old town of Trim where you will get the chance to walk around Trim Castle, the largest and best preserved Anglo Norman castle in the country and also a setting for the film Braveheart. Visit the famous Hill of Tara where the high kings ruled the country from. Other highlights of this tour include the mystifying 'jumping church' and Monisterboise, famous forits many high crosses and round towers
Hurling or Gaelic Football Game at Croke Park (TBA)
Sunday June 5, 2016
Free day to relax or explore. Various options will be listed on your final itinerary
Monday - Thursday June 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm: Class Time
Lunch in Cafeteria
Free Afternoons
Dinner available in the Cafeteria
- Cultural Events will be arranged most Tuesday & Thursday nights
Friday June 10, 2016
Check-out of UCD Dorms & depart for Belfast
Arrive Belfast in Northern Ireland
NOTE: You are now entering Great Britain (no passport/boarder control)
Political & Historical Guided Walking Tour
Lunch Break & Free Time to explore
Visit to the Republican Museum
Short Guided Introductory Tour & Free Time to explore
Arrive at the The Belfast Peace Wall
The Peace Wall is 25ft tall and separates the Catholics from the Protestants
Visit the Belfast Dockyards
The dockyards is the birthplace of RMS Titanic & includes a short historical walking tour of the area. The Titanic was thought to be unsinkable!
Saturday June 11, 2016
Depart for The Giant's Causeway (60 minute ride)
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption some 50-60 million years ago. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. We will be taking the coast road from Larne, until we reach Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The road is literally built into the cliff-side around the rugged coastline of the north. We pass through quaint little villages and the
famous Glens of Antrim.
Stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Free Time to explore the area and cross the bridge (if you have the nerve?)
See The Giants Causeway
You can safely walk out on these rocks and sit in the wishing chair. Your Guide will lead you along the cliff top down to the staircase and returning to the bus via the lower road.
Depart for Donegal accommodation (staying 2 nights)
Sunday June 12, 2016
Free morning to enjoy the beautiful township of Donegal
Coach tour of the area with stops at Donegal Castle, Grianan Ailigh and Malin Head
Monday June 13, 2016
Depart for Galway
Guided Walking Tour of the town
North Clare Sea Kayaking Tour Company
Spend 2.5 - 3.0 hours on a relaxed Kayaking Tour exploring the cliffs and caves along the spectacular stretch of coastline! We delve into sea caves, and around sea stacks, while paddling alongside the growing hills that eventually become the Cliffs of Moher. Your tour starts in Liscannor at the pier, with spectacular panoramic views of Lahinch and the south coastline of Clare.
Tuesday June 14, 2016
Depart for Doolin Cliff Walk
Ireland’s #1 attraction with stunning views from 720 feet above the Atlantic Ocean - Walk along the sea cliffs leading to the Cliffs of Moher. The walk will be guided by local historian and farmer, Pat Sweeney who will follow a trail route along the coast and above the Doolin cliffs.
More info at:
Free Time to Hike the Cliff Pathway or to simply relax and  enjoy the beauty of The Cliffs of Moher
Transfer to The Burren
The Burren is a Karst/Limestone area with a unique ecosystem producing beautiful wild Orchids. It is a very unique landscape where you can see all the way to the horizon and see nothing but a rock/desert type environment.
Farewell Dinner (included)
Transfer to Dublin airport hotel
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Flights TBA - Depart DUB for DSM

Campus and Hotel

Univeristy College Dublin

CHS KIHN Ireland

CHS KIHN Ireland

CHS KIHN Ireland

This program is currently not accepting applications.