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UK Partner: Intern - Celtic Blue: Dublin Parliament (Arcadia)
Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Partner Website: Click to visit
Restrictions: UK applicants only
Program Cost and Budget Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2017 04/16/2017
NOTE: Program dates are approximate.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Intern Abroad
Area of Study:
English, European Studies, History, Political Science
Course Language:
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:

$1,000 scholarships available for UK students!

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UK Partner: Intern - Celtic Blue: Dublin Parliament
Dublin, Ireland

Internships Overview
UK Education Abroad offers programs in which students can complete an internship for academic credit in another country. An internship is a professional-level learning experience in the workplace and provides an opportunity to apply learning from the classroom in a real situation. Internships abroad are available in a wide variety of career fields, however certain locations are better for some fields than others. Students embarking on an internship should have a clear idea of what they hope to learn from their experience, yet at the same time must be flexible and open-minded, as internship placement is often not determined until just before or just after arrival on-site. Students will earn academic credit for Education Abroad internships, either via transfer credit from a school of record or by enrolling in a UK experiential education course, most often EXP 396 or a departmental credit. Academic credit for this particular program is explained in detail below.
Program Overview
During this semester-length program, students will enroll in 15 credits, including 6 credits of Dublin Parliamentary Internship. As part of this course, students will complete an internship two or 3 full days each week with a member of the Irish parliament. Responsibilities may include conducting surveys, researching and reporting on issues related to public welfare, and preparing for press briefings. Your individual initiative, skills and past experience will largely determine the type of work you are assigned. Along with your internship, you'll spend two days each week taking courses with other North American interns in the program, through the Institute for Public Administration. The IPA is a highly respected Irish organization that focuses exclusively on civil and public sector development through part-time and distance education, training, and research; not a traditional campus. It is located in an attractive, tree-lined suburb of Dublin within easy reach of the Parliament and city center. Students enrolled in the Dublin Parliamentary Internship are housed in fully furnished flats in Dublin.
Dublin is a capital city whose median population is under the age of 30; so it is brimming with students and young adults. Catch a play at the world-renowned Abbey Theatre, sample the wide variety of cafes and entertainment venues in Temple Bar, or simply kick back and relax in Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe or the famous St Stephen’s GreeAAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials. Students will enroll in 15 credits of coursework taught by lecturers at the Institute for Public Administration:
  • Dublin Parliamentary Internship (6 credits)
  • Modern Irish Literature: 1890 to Present (3 credits)
  • History of Modern Ireland: 1870 to Present (3 credits)
  • Irish Society and Politics (3 credits)
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Student Life
If you are participating in the Dublin Parliamentary Internship program, you are given the freedom to experience and explore Dublin while residing in Arcadia-provided flats just south of the Dublin city center, concentrated in the Dublin 2, Dublin 4, and Dublin 6 areas.  Conveniently located between the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and city center, you will generally walk to your classes and internship, about 25 – 40 minutes, but you can also take advantage of public bus routes.
The flats are self-catered so you will be preparing your own meals and shopping at a nearby grocery store. Each flat is equipped with a clothes washer, television, and telephone to be used with a calling card. None of the apartments have clothes dryers. As energy costs are so high in Ireland, most people dry their clothes on a clothes horse (rack). These are provided in each of the apartments. Wireless internet access is also provided. Arcadia apartments are available only to students studying abroad with Arcadia in Dublin. Please also see the general Ireland accommodation information.
Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Arcadia. For the Arcadia application, click the "Homepage" link at the top of this page. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • $1,000 scholarships available for UK students studying on semester-length Celtic Blue programs. 
  • Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
  • Arcadia may offer additional scholarships for participation on this program. Please visit the UK EA website for Arcadia Partner Scholarships for more information.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Progam Cost and Budget" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Irish Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
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