Office of International Programs

Travel - Ireland


Tentative dates: June 8-15, 2019


REC 390, Topics in Recreation and Leisure Studies - Elder Care, 3 credits undergrad 



The program will be based out of Cork, Ireland and include a mix of cultural excursions and academic investigations to gain a unique understanding and global lense by which to analyze the topic of Elder Care.

REC 390 will provide a focus on promoting the well-being of older adults by strengthening opportunities, resources and capacities of elders in their environments and by creating positive conditions that pertain to their quality of life. The course is designed to expose students to issues affecting older adults in Ireland.  Students will be introduced to geriatric issues while exploring current health care practices and policies in Ireland.  Students will become conversant with a conceptual framework for planning, organizing, and delivering services to the elderly, including the ability to define the major physical, mental and psychosocial changes and health problems that accompany aging and their applicability to program development. They will be able to describe the impact of demographics and the changing nature of family relationships on senior services delivery programs as well as evaluate various models of service delivery, including their relevance to current economic, political and social conditions. Faculty: Holly Bean, LCPC, CRC, CTRS



The application deadline is March 15, along with a $200 deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following items:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member(s) leading the program)
  • Official copies of USM transcript


All items should be turned in to the Office of International Programs at 101 Payson Smith Hall. The deposit should be paid in cash or check made out to the University of Southern Maine.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tuition and Fees

The estimated program fee is $2,500-2,700.  Three credits of tuition and fees at the in-state rate is an additional expense. The program fee includes accommodation, ground transportation, airfare, site visits, field trips, breakfast and some dinners, and international insurance.

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, some meals, or other personal expenses. Three credits of undergraduate tuition and regular university fees is ~$900. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due TBD

Remaining balance due TBD


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.