BREXIT - History, Political Implications and Possible Outcomes

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United Kingdom
Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
Program Director(s): 

The Ireland & London trip during Spring Break 2020 will offer an opportunity to explore the history and government in two EU countries, one which is trying to leave the EU.  During class time prior to the trip, students will discuss the history of the European Union, the history of Ireland and the United Kingdom, the vote for exit, and the implications for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Informational Sessions

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:10 - 5:00 p.m.
272 Heady Hall

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
5:10 - 6:00 p.m.
272 Heady Hall

Program Goals and Outcomes
The United Kingdom's vote to leave the common market of the European Union raises questions about the rationale for and possible outcomes of this decision. This course will examine the economic and political logic behind the vote and evolving public views about implementation of this decision. It will also provide a broader historical and economic context in which to think about these issues, including a visit to Ireland, which is not leaving the EU but shares a border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. The 9 days spent in Ireland and England will include trips to historical sites, national museums, agriculture farms, and industrial sites of interest. 

By the end of the program, students will:

  1. Provide an historical understanding of the development of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  2. Examine the benefits and costs of international trade
  3. Examine the reasons for the creation of the European Union and its economic and political consequences
  4. Evaluate the implications of the UK’s participation in the EU
  5. Understand the issues surrounding the UK’s vote to leave the EU (Brexit) and its potential consequences

Participant Selection Criteria

Program Prerequisite

  • 3 credits in economics (recommended)
  • GPA: 2.0

Additional Skills and Requirements

  • Willingness to walk in urban and rural locations

Note: Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office

Course Information
You will earn a total of 3 credits for ECON 496 during spring 2020 semester

ECON 496 - This course has a pre-departure course component and a travel component.
For Pre-departure part of the course, class will meet during the spring semester at a location and time TBD. This course will

  • Set the tone for the program
  • Discuss academic portion 
  • Lay out expectations and procedures 
  • Answer your questions and concerns
  • Cover topics about itinerary, accommodation, meals, safety, health, logistics, travel documents, finances and more.
  • Travel portion of the course will take place during spring break.

 Students must take both the on campus course and complete the travel component.  

Program Fee*
$3,700 (includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, in-country arrangements)

Other ISU Fees*
$105 Study Abroad administrative fee
$14 CISI health insurance and travel assist

*charged to U-Bill

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
$550 (meals, souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, visa-if required, vaccines and preventative medicines)
$175 Passport and mailing*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed (up to $145)

There are study abroad scholarships available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad office in 0018 Curtiss Hall. Scholarship application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the study abroad program application. Application deadline for Spring term scholarship applications is November 1, 2019

Other Scholarship Resources

Office Of Students Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline of November 1, 2019.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Tentative Program Itinerary

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Departure from Ames

Friday, March 13, 2020
Arrive in Dublin
Sight-seeing tour of Dublin including Trinity College, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Countryside tour including a stop at a dairy farm

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Horse farm visit and free time in Dublin

Monday, March 16, 2020
Irish Parliament Tour
Visit to Kilmainham Gaol

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Depart Dublin,
Arrive London for a panoramic tour of the city

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Visit the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Free time in the afternoon
Evening theatre show

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020
Beef and lavender farm visit
US Embassy visit
Dinner cruise

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Depart London for U.S.