Friday, September 7, 2012

What is Travel-Study Like? Check Out Ireland

Many students seem unaware of the travel opportunities that are present right here at Vol State. Through TnCIS, the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, students at Vol State, as well as MTSU, ETSU, TTU, and all other educational institutions under the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), have opportunities to travel to nearly every corner of the globe.

With nearly eighteen study abroad programs for 2013, students accepted into the program could find themselves studying in China, Scotland, India, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, and numerous other amazing locations.

During the summer of 2012, I traveled with TnCIS and a group of students and faculty from Vol State to Ireland for three spectacular weeks. I was even selected to be in a small performance group with the Vol State Music Department under the direction of Mr. James Story. This group performed in small pubs, grandiose cathedrals, and an auditorium filled with local community patrons.

Our trip began in Dublin, Ireland's capital, where we visited museums, the historic Kilmainham jail, the Guinness Brewery, and explored Dublin's shopping and dining districts. From Dublin, we traveled to the town of Thurles (pronounced "turl-lis"), which is where we stayed for the bulk of our visit. Here, we completed our coursework. Music Appreciation, British Literature, and Speech were the three courses offered to the students on this trip.

Galway was our last destination. We visited the world famous Cliffs of Moher, where scenes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Leap Year were filmed. We took a ferry to the Aran Islands, home of the Aran sweater. With beautiful coastal sunsets, an exciting nightlife, as well as great shopping and local cuisine, Galway provided an excellent conclusion to our Irish experience.

I strongly suggest all students to look into traveling abroad at Vol State with TnCIS. Scholarships are available to eligible students. Learning in another country provides an entirely new perspective on education and opens you up to so many new and diverse viewpoints. Check out www.TnCIS.org to view the available programs.

The program will be taking applications soon. Visit this web page to get details on how to apply here at Vol State:  http://www.volstate.edu/International/
 
-Jesse Walker

 

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Great info about Ireland Jesse. Well Done.
Patrick Coady Jnr