Innovation & Imagination in Ireland

Innovation & Imagination in Ireland — About

About Innovation & Imagination in Ireland

At the mouth of the River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast lies Ireland’s principal city, Dublin. Be prepared to be enchanted by Dublin’s friendliness, colorful history, and fascinating museums, castles, and quirky statues.

Dublin can trace its origins back over 1,000 years making it a center for history, however with its expansion in the 17th Century, Dublin has taken an innovative turn in becoming both a historical and modern center for the arts, education and economy. Introducing technologically innovative sites like the Trinity Research University, Dublin continues to display a mixture of creativity and diversity.

Course Description

Dublin is the emerging "heart of technology in Europe" and home to a host of start-ups and proven gurus such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Travel to Dublin over spring break to explore how people, organizations, and locations foster creative thinking and industries.

Humans are naturally creative beings, but our brains can constrain innovative thinking through fear, the urge to conform, and the tendency to interpret information in familiar ways. Explore biological and social perspectives of creativity and innovation through studying familiar technological examples and iconoclasts—innovators such as Apple, Disney Pixar, and Henry Ford.

Housing & Meals

You will live in shared apartments with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee, and additional meals can be eaten at local pubs and restaurants around Dublin.


While in Ireland, the surroundings will become your classroom and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. Excursions will take place in and around Dublin and may include: Dublin Castle, Silicon Docks tech hub, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College Science Gallery & Research Hub, Ingenious Dublin tour highlighting ideas and inventions that have changed the world, behind the scenes access to the makings of the St. Patrick's Festival Parade, Hurling match, and Newgrange—a prehistoric monument older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids!

Group Flight

All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight, you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

Innovation and Imagination in Ireland is taught by John Ward, Associate Dean in the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Ward previously taught this Freshman Seminar Abroad in March 2017.

About the Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad Center programs are: