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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Londonderry, United Kingdom; Westport, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin, Humphrey, Nicole Program Director: Franke, Warren
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging, On Campus Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:

Explore Kinesiology in Ireland

Follow Along with the Summer 2018 Group on Instagram with #KINinIreland


In this summer faculty-led program, you will be exposed to the more sports-centric focus of Kinesiology in Ireland.  This includes learning more about Gaelic games and the Gaelic Athletic Association, how high-level athletes are trained in Ireland, and the social importance of local sports club.  You will also interact with physiotherapists as well as staff who work for a professional rugby club. Socio-cultural aspects of Ireland will be covered via site visits and lectures in Dublin and beyond. 

By the end of the program you will have learned:
  • Be able to articulate differences in the Irish model of sport vs that in the U.S.  
  • Be able to articulate differences in educational training needed for Kinesiology-oriented professions in Ireland compared to that at ISU. 
  • be able to describe some key aspects of the history and geography of the Republic of Ireland and how these historical aspects are relevant today.  
Students will be enrolled in KIN 381X in the spring for 1 credit in the pre-departure course, and then in KIN 381X for the summer for 2 credits, earning a total of 3 credits for the program.  The "International Perspectives" graduation requirement for all ISU undergraduates will be met by this study abroad experience.  

2018 Program Highlights
  • Stay and learn at the University College of Dublin, one of Ireland's best universities
  • Experience Irish sporting events like hurling, gaelic football, and handball
  • 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 - kayaking tour
  • The Burren - Popular Irish national park


Program Prerequisites and Application Requirements
Program Prerequisites
1. Be in good academic standing at ISU -  2.5 GPA or above
2. Undergraduate student majoring in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training at ISU
3. 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.
4. Completion of KIN 258

Application Requirements
1. Around 500-word essay 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 

The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs.  Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary.  However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.
Experience Kinesiology in Ireland Budget Sheet

College of Human Sciences International Scholarships - CHS study abroad scholarship applications for the summer will open January 3 and will be due March 1. 
College of Human Sciences Financial Resources for International Programs

If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program. 

All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Deadline and Withdrawal Information

The application deadline for the program is December 1, 2017. You will be notified by December 15 if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your U-bill.

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Contact and Additional Information
Questions about the Experience Kinesiology in Ireland should be directed to Program Director Warren Franke, Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office in 131 MacKay Hall or at You can also read two past student participant experiences, from Sophie Puente and Natalie Nelson 

This program is currently not accepting applications.