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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2017 03/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/06/2017 08/17/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing:
1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction: English
Area(s) of Study:
Counseling, Human Services
Faculty Leader:
Grothaus, T., McAuliffe, G.
Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
Summer in

Diversity and Counseling Institute

August 6-17, 2017

HMSV 346/495
COUN 655/695/848/895 or
Continuing Education Hours

A multi-day study institute set in the beautiful city of Dublin at the mouth of the River Liffey, with access to the surrounding area and a trip to Northern Ireland. Dublin is one of the fastest growing capital cities in Europe and provides a plethora of historical and cultural sites and experiences. The institute will be located at the historic Trinity College campus in Dublin, with on-site housing. Attendees will learn about diversity and the counseling profession in Ireland from local mental health professionals and faculty while also studying about counseling and diversity issues with nationally known U.S. counseling faculty. Participants will visit the historical sites of the surrounding area through guided excursions. Places of interest include such sites as the Books of Kells, Dublin Castle, Boyne Valley, Trim Castle, Hill of Tara, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Take this chance to experience the culture of Ireland and meet students and counselors from throughout the United States.

In past years, many participants have chosen to enroll in the COUN 655 - Social and Cultural Issues course in connection with this study abroad program.  Attached below, please find a link to the COUN 655 course syllabus from a previous year - COUN 655 - Social and Cultural Issues Ireland Institute syllabus - G. McAuliffe.pdf
Please regard this syllabus as a sample as course syllabi tend to modify some from year-to-year.

PREREQUISITES:  All students must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA for undergraduates and 2.5 for graduate students). This program is open to ODU and non-ODU participants. For information about applying as a non-ODU participant, please see these instructions

*Students are requred to register for 3 credits in HMSV 346/495, COUN 655/695/848/895 or Continuing Education Hours during the Summer 2017 registration period.



Books of Kells

Dublin Castle

Boyne Valley

Trim Castle



trim castle

Day 1: Depart U.S.. fly overnight to Dublin., book flight to arrive at Dublin airport before 10am. (August 6)

Day 2: AM- Arrive Dublin airport in morning, bus transfer to Trinity College, PM -  Book of Kjells, check-in to Trinity College, orientation, Evening - Welcome Dinner (August 7 )

Day 3: AM & PM - Dublin bus tour, cultural visits, Evening - Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (August 8)

Day 4: AM - Seminars, PM - Cultural  visit (August 9)

Day 5: AM & PM - Excursion to Boyne Valley (August 10)

Day 6: AM & PM - Seminars (August 11)

Day 7: AM & PM - Excursion to Belfast (August 12)

Day 8: Free day (August 13)

Day 9: AM & PM - Seminars, Evening - Theatre performance (August 14)

Day 10: AM & PM - Counseling site visits (August 15)

Day 11: AM & PM - Seminars, wrap-up, Evening - Farewell Dinner (August 16)

Day 12: Bus to Dublin airport for departures, book flight to leave Dublin after 11am (August 17)

*Subject to Change: The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.


Garrett McAuliffe is a professor of Counseling at Old Dominion University. He founded the Diversity and Counseling in Ireland study abroad program in 1999 and has led it several times since the program's founding. Dr. McAuliffe is an expert in multiculturalism and author of a major textbook on the topic. His primary scholastic interests lay in the following: culture/diversity (especially ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation); cultural de-centering;  adult cognitive development; relativism and counselor effectiveness; career indecision; moral development; and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tim Grothaus is an associate professor and department chair of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University. Cultural studies and competence is a focus for this teaching, research, and personal life. He studied abroad for a year in college and more recently accompanied ODU's Career Counseling Italy study abroad program. He has traveled extensively, including hiking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, and hitch-hiking around Ireland for a summer. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Tim served for 20 years as a teacher, school counselor, therapist, coordinator of a youth leadership development program, and a youth pastor.
McauliffeTim Grothaus

Program Cost with Deans' Education Abroad Award scholarship:

Cost Includes:
Shared accommodation (doubles/triples) in Dublin at Trinity College; Dublin airport transfer on arrival and departure; daily breakfast starter packs; some group meals; program activities and entrance fees; excursions to Belfast and Boyne Valley; Dublin city tour; cultural events; study abroad fee; and international health insurance.

Not Included:
Roundtrip airfare from your home to Dublin;  ODU course tuition; meals other than those indicated above; transportation related to any personal travel; baggage and airport fees; immunizations; expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  Note:  to qualify for summer aid, undergraduate students must enroll in at least 3 additional credit hours; graduate students need only enroll for 3 credit hours to receive financial aid during the summer.

*ODU Deans' Education Abroad Award scholarships
Deans' Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program. Scholarship Eligibility: Full-time ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader(s). Completion of online application, advising, and deposit payment will hold your space for scholarship consideration; no additional application required.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in the summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. If you do not owe the university any money a refund check will be issued by the Office of Finance and mailed to your address from LEO Online.

Program Cost without Deans' Education Abroad Award scholarship:


Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 17, 2017, and the other half on March 17, 2017.

Program and Academic Details:
Dr. Garrett McAuliffe
Dr. Tom Grothaus
Department of Counseling and Human Services
110 Education Bldg.
  Application & Payment Details:

Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.