Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

International Health Care Ireland

International Health Care Systems: Ireland


Program Details
Location(s)  Dublin, Ireland
Term   Spring 2018
Credit   NURS 379/679, 3 sh   
Class Sessions In-person classes are held on the Macomb campus January 29-April 30, 2018. Exact dates, times, and location TBA
Travel Dates March 8-16, 2018
Housing   Hotels 
Passport Required
Program Eligibility
GPA 2.5
Grad credit Yes  Contact Dr. Monahan for details
Non-WIU   Yes  Contact Dr. Monahan for details
Pre-requisite Restricted to Nursing and related health care profession majors
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


About Program

What you will learn

The Republic of Ireland has a national health care system, making it a great case study as the US struggles to decide the structure of health care here.  In this Study Abroad Course, you'll learn about: the healthcare system of Ireland, the services it provides, how they are administered, both provider and consumer view points on the financial aspects of the system, the history behind the system currently in place.  By studying a system with years of growth and development, you'll be better equipped to analyze the current systems in the US and guide the changes to come as new systems are implemented.


Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least September 30, 2018

Visa required if not a US citizen


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you will be on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG.
Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - Expect to walk 5-8 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.  Walking will sometimes be over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost*

$3,780 per person if committed by November 17, 2017

Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double/triple/quad occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline  October 29, 2017
Non-refundable deposit  $185 due when accepted, paid to WIU.  Cash or check only.     Last day to submit: November 16
Remaining payments

$3,595-$3,695 paid to EF Tours, depending on EF committment date.  Last day to confirm with EF: November 17, 2017

EF has a variety of payment plans.  Information on these is available by contacting Study Abroad and Outreach.

* Early bird discount from EF Tours.  Costs are higher for students 30 and older; please contact Study Abroad and Outreach for details.  Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.


Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: December 1, 2017  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2018



Credit offered

NURS 379 - Fulfills the FLGI requirement for Nursing majors.  Can be used as a substitute for NURS 316 or as a Nursing elective.

NURS 679 - Continuing education for current medical professionals, including licensed medial professionals, nurses with BSN, and allied health services.

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.


Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. P. Lea Monahan .



Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. P. Lea Monahan
Faculty leader

Currens Room 510