Travel to Dublin, Ireland for Summer 2020

Comparative Health and Culture Travel Program

Travel Dates: Tuesday, May 12–Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Program Information:

O'Connell bridge lit up at nightThe recent health care debate has brought about many questions about health care delivery in the US. But how does health care work in other countries? This program will explore health care in Ireland and compare it to health care in the US. Through the pre-departure course, participants will get a basic understanding of Irish culture, history and health care issues. While in Dublin, participants will get to see first-hand what they have been reading about and talk to experts regarding health care issues. CIEE, a world leader in international exchange programs, will organize visits to multiple kinds of health care facilities and organize talks with medical professions. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through organized visits and free time.

Travel highlights include:

  • Visit different types of health facilities & talk with health experts about the Irish health care system tailored to the interests of the travel participants.
  • Visit with local health care advocates and agencies providing health and personal social services.
  • Visit to local non-profit and/or resource centers providing assistance and safety for the LGBTQ community.
  • Go on a city tour to highlight local history, culture, and specifically medical points of interest and importance within the city.
  • Understand Irish History and current issues important to the Irish people.
  • Visit to EPIC – Irish Emigration Museum
  • Freetime to explore Dublin

Ireland: Comparative Health and Culture Travel Program has been created with support by CIEE.

Pre-departure course:

Dublin street scene with charming shops This hybrid (in-classroom and online) course will prepare students for their time in Dublin with the Durham Tech Travel Abroad program. Topics included in the course are the history and culture of Ireland and the health care system of Ireland. Travel logistics will also be covered. The final meeting will serve as an opportunity to reflect on the travel experience after return and to start planning the campus presentation on the experience. 8 classroom hours and additional online hours. Eight (8) classroom hours and additional online hours.(Cost included in program fee)

  • Course #TBA
  • The course will meet few times in January – May to get prepared for the travel. Dates and times are TBA but most likely Wednesdays from 4-6 pm.


  • Age 18 or older
  • Register for noncredit Continuing Education class and attend pre-departure and post-return meetings

Additional Note: Durham Tech’s Spring 2020 Commencement date has not yet been set, so it is possible that students going on this program, may miss the opportunity to participate in Commencement 2020 exercises. Applicants need to understand this when applying for the program.

Travel Program Cost is $2,900.

Travel program cost includes:

  • Round-trip international flight from RDU to DUB (not direct)
  • Airport transfers to/from airport in Dublin
  • Dublin City Metro-Card
  • All housing (shared dorm rooms or apartment style student hotels)
  • Breakfast each day, Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Travel medical insurance through I-Next
  • All planned events and activities as per the itinerary (all subject to change if needed)
  • CIEE program assistant to accompany on all CIEE-arranged site visits and excursions group activities/events
  • Tuition for the Continuing Education pre-departure meetings/class

Additional costs not included in the cost (listed above):

  • Dublin Castle with stone turret and cathedralPassport application or renewal fees
  • Visas or travel documents (if required for non-US citizens)
  • Recommended travel vaccinations or medications
  • Airline upgrade fees
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Housing upgrades (single room, etc.)
  • Meals not included (Daily Lunch and Dinners)
  • Personal expenses while abroad (souvenirs, gifts, snack, drinks, etc.)
  • Costs associated with free time events.
  • Additional tips/gifts for guides and hosts

Payment plan:

  • Initial deposit of $1,000 due by January 30, 2020.
  • Two additional payments of ($950 each are due by February 28, 2020 and March 30, 2020)
  • Students who receive the scholarship will pay the $1,000 deposit by January 30, 2020 and then the remaining $400 by March 30, 2020. The remainder will be covered by the scholarship.


Durham Tech will be offering multiple competitive scholarships of $1,500 to currently-enrolled curriculum students.

Preference for scholarships is given to applicants:

  • Who have little or no experience travelling out of the US
  • Who are admitted in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at Durham Tech
  • Who have completed at least 18 credit hours of their degree program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have successfully completed ENG 111 or the equivalent (with a grade of C or higher)

To apply for the competitive scholarships, students must complete the scholarship application packet.

The online application includes:

  • Application questions
  • Essay – choose one of the following topics to write a 500 word essay:
    • The impact of study/travel abroad on a student and his/her community
    • How traveling abroad helps in professional development.
  • Faculty recommendation forms (two required)
  • Liability form - The liability form must be notarized and attached with the scholarship application. There are several notaries available on campus. Notaries can also be found in most banks or credit unions.

The deadline for the scholarship application is 5 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020. Scholarship notifications will go out by January 24 (Students who receive the scholarship will pay the $1,000 deposit by January 30 and then the remaining $400 by March 30).

If you do not qualify for the scholarship, or do not want to apply but still want to enroll in the travel program at the full price of ($2,900), please email Heidi White for application instructions.

For more information contact:
Heidi White
Director of International Student Services and Study Abroad
919-536-7264, extension 4052
Center for the Global Learner, White (Building 1), room 1-148

Travel program leaders:

Vickie Hickman (Practical Nursing Faculty)
Tech (Building 9), room 9-124A
919-536-7200, ext. 8149