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.
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!
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.
- To socialize first year students as global professionals who understand that human interaction and culture are relevant to achieving professional goals
- Discover and connect with the University of Minnesota campus and community
- Prepare students to think critically, analyze topics, and appreciate diverse perspectives through pre-departure coursework, learning abroad and guided reflection
- Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
- Develop an understanding of the importance of future international and intercultural learning
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:
- Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
- Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
- Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.