UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Summer: Ireland: International Perspectives on Drama and Learning (TLPL)

Dublin, Ireland
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Join educators and artists from around the globe in discovering the power of drama as a medium for learning. Two-weeks of intensive workshops at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland will prepare participants to utilize drama as a method to meet the needs of diverse learners. International experts will demonstrate how to create 21st century classrooms by placing social, emotional, artistic, and intellectual development at the core of instruction. Participants will experience daily life in Dublin, tour famous sites, and be immersed in Irish culture.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

This program is open to UMD graduate students, visiting graduate students, educators, and teaching artists.

An interview is required as part of the application process.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following courses for a total of five (5) UMD credits:

  • TLPL688D: Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction: Summer School in Dublin (2 credits)
  • TLPL688L Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction: International Approaches to Drama in Education (3 credits)

The courses you complete during this program will count as resident credit.

There will be two online sessions in June before leaving for Ireland. During these meetings we will review the readings and get oriented for the trip.

 One online session will be held in August after returning to the US. During this session you will share your project.

You will stay in a modern suite in the city centre. about a 10 minute walk from the college, that includes private room and bath with a shared living room and kitchen.

Costs listed are for summer 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $37
Tuition $3,173
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $640
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $300
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,400
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Linda Krakaur is the Program Director. She also works for the Maryland State Department of Education as a consultant for the Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms.  Dr. Krakaur is an expert on inquiry-based arts integration. She has presented at the Drama Across the Curriculum and Beyond Conference at New York University and the International Drama in Education Association conferences in Hong Kong and France. As a graduate of Trinity's Drama in Education program and UMD, Linda strives to build collaborative relationships between educators and artists both here and abroad to expand how students engage in global acts of meaning making. 

Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan is a noted scholar, researcher, and practitioner in the field of drama in education. She is the director of the Summer School for Drama in Education and founded the Trinity College Arts Education Research Group and the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland. Dr. O'Sullivan's ten-year project with students with Asperger's is  groundbreaking work that is shifting how the needs of learners with atypical development are prepared for education and occupation. 

Here is a direct link to the Trinity College Drama in Education website.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Ten days of intensive hands-on workshops led by international experts in drama in education and arts integration.
  • Collaboration with teachers and artists from all over the world who wish to join a global community of practitioners. 
  • Cultural events including a night of traditional Irish storytelling, dance, and song.
  • Welcome dinner and final celebration dinner as well as an optional trip to the Irish countryside during the first weekend of the program.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2018 03/15/2018 03/11/2018 07/13/2018 07/28/2018