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Thank you for your interest in the class to Ireland!

This is a two-week 3-credit international course that requires travel to Ireland.

Two sections are offered and the 2019 dates are:

  • April 28 – May 11, 2019
  • May 20-June 2, 2019.


Participants learn about Ireland and the Irish systems through a combination of several methods including:

  • lectures from Irish social work experts
  • agency visits interactions/interviews with Irish citizens lectures
  • discussions with GVSU professor and class members
  • travel to famous Irish landscapes
  • assigned readings and other assignments

The class arrives in Dublin and after a few days head to the west coast of Ireland. Class discussions review Irish social issues including: family support, substance abuse, minorities, racism, domestic violence, asylum seekers, and the administration of the Irish social services.

We take day trips using a variety of travel methods to experience Dublin, Inishmore, Galway, Connemara and Clare County.

Participants learn about the struggle for civil rights between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the formation and results of a European Union.  

 We travel on budget, live in hostels and hotels that are inhabited by youthful world travelers. While you may not have all the comforts of home, you will experience living simply and with joy as we travel through this beautiful country!

Please see the Padnos Study Abroad website and application for all international classes:

All GVSU students, in all programs and GVSU Colleges, bachelor and master level, are welcome to apply for this class.

The Ireland classes will be composed of 12 students who submit a complete application, offer the best writing/thinking sample, and submit the best references. 

Approximate cost $2800, some food $ and the cost of 3 GVSU credit hours.

Course Credit:
SW 354: International Service (Undergraduate)

SW 630: Global Service Learning (Graduate)

To meet with me or to inquire:

Please contact me if you have any questions at my email address, [email protected]

Joan Borst, Ph.D., LMSW
Program director: Ireland, School of Social Work, GVSU


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