Graduate students will have the opportunity to travel to Ireland April 1-9, 2020.  The faculty trip leaders Professor Michael Walcheski, Professor Trish Anderson and Professor Tom Hanson are excited to talk with interested students about the trip. If you are interested in the trip, contact Dr. Michael Walcheski (walcheski@csp.edu) or Thomas Hanson (hanson@csp.edu) as soon as possible.

  • Ireland Graduate Itinerary 2018 – (the 2020 Ireland Graduate Travel Seminar Itinerary will come out a few months before departure, but will follow a similar itinerary to the 2018 Travel Seminar)

Trip Highlights

Students will explore the work-life experience of families in both Dublin and Galway through a range of activities including:
  • Visiting a graduate program in Family Studies at the University of Galway
  • Visiting Medtronic Corporation offices/facilities in Galway to learn about their programs for work/life balance and community support programs
  • Interactions with government agencies serving families

Students will enjoy travel experiences designed to enhance their understanding of the culturally and historically significant places and events that have influenced Irish life. Activities will be based primarily in Dublin and Galway.

We will be taking a maximum of 25 students; and students will be accepted for the trip in the order they fill out the application and upon receipt of the trip deposit. Additional students will be placed on a waiting list.

Quotes from Ireland Participants

“It is wonderful to learn how other organizations around the world function. It allows for an element of diversity in decision making and viewing strengths of another culture to bring back and potentially utilize some of the methods.” – Fall 2016 participant


“The most positive aspect of my time abroad was getting to see a variety of businesses, historically relevant places and immerse myself in the culture of Ireland .” – Fall 2018 participant

Academic Credit Information

See the Graduate Travel Course Equivalent page for more information about course substitution specific to your graduate program. Our travel courses are multi-disciplinary and we encourage students from a diverse set of programs to travel and learn together. The emphasis of the trip reflects the faculty who are co-teaching the course.

Students should register for their Global Study Travel seminar by registering for GST 597 Ireland (CRN 25985).  Students will need to work with academic advisors to drop the current non-travel course for which the Travel Course replaces. Once registered for the course, students will be billed for the additional course during the semester the travel occurs.

Program Cost

$2,600 (does not include cost of academic credits for the course or airfare; estimated airfare cost is $800-1200 round trip departing from MSP)

What’s included in the program fee:

  • All in-country transportation
  • Accommodation (twin and triple-bedded rooms)
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Two group meals
  • Excursions/entrance fees
  • iNext International Insurance
  • Faculty leaders support

This cost does not include the cost of the academic credits for the course or airfare.  You are responsible for purchasing your own airfare. Please wait to purchase your airfare until you receive the departure and arrival information sheet from the study abroad office. You are also responsible for most lunches and dinners, optional excursions, spending money, and free time activities.

*Note: If you plan to arrive early or stay later than the trip dates, you will need to provide your own trip planning, lodging, and ground transportation for the days outside of the trip agenda.

Total Cost Example –

Graduate Study Abroad Costs MBA Example
Academic Credits $1,875
Travel Seminar Program Cost $2,600
Airfare $800-1,200
Total $5,275-5,675


Graduate Study Abroad Costs Family Science Example
Academic Credits $1,185
Travel Seminar Program Cost $2,600
Airfare $800-1,200
Total $4,585-$4985

*Cost subject to change depending on your graduate program cost per credit, number of credits, and airfare.  

Additional Details

  • Deposit of $500 (non-refundable) and a completed online registration form reserves your place on the trip. All deposits and applications due no later than October 24, 2019Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. 
  • The balance for the trip must be paid by January 9, 2020. 
  • You MUST have a valid passport before leaving.
  • Your passport must be current for 6 months past the date you return from the trip.
  • Please wait to purchase airfare until you receive a flight information sheet after the deposit deadline passes.
  • The dress code for visiting with institutions is business casual.  As we travel, we are ambassadors not only of the United States, but also Concordia, therefore the necessity to present ourselves in a professional manner.

There are 2 mandatory meetings (on campus or via WebEx)

  • Pre-Trip Meeting – specific date TBD
  • Approximately one month after return: Post trip reflection, specific date TBD

Required paperwork

  1. Online registration filled out by October 24, 2019
  2. Passport copy (after registration)
  3. Assumption of Risk, Release and Participation Agreement (after registration)
  4. Health and Safety Information Form (collects emergency contact information and health insurance information) (after registration)

Complete all required paperwork in your study abroad applicant home page. We look forward to visiting with you and helping you sign up for this trip!  Feel free to contact either Professor or the C.A.L.L. Center if you have any questions about the process or the trip.

Faculty Contact Information
Thomas Hanson
Professor of Management and Law
Dr. Michael Walcheski
Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies / Chairperson of Department of Human Services
Professor of Psychology and Family Science
Study Abroad Contact Information
Community Action, Leadership, and Learning Center
Study Abroad Office
(651) 641-8285