The SISLT Ireland Experience

Two courses. Six credit hours. Eight weeks of online classes. Sixteen days abroad.

COVID-19 Updates

As of February 26, 2020, the IFLA Committee was moving forward with plans for conference. More information can be found on their web page: https://2020.ifla.org/information-on-covid-19/.

The University of Missouri is also actively monitoring the situation with COVID-19 outbreaks, and has canceled some Spring Break trips and study abroad sessions. As yet, travel to Ireland is not restricted. More information can be found at https://mualert.missouri.edu/coronavirus/


ISLT 9410, Libraries in Ireland & Northern Ireland (3 credits)

Learn about Dublin, Belfast, and Derry/Londonderry. The class will meet online for four weeks prior to class, during which time you will read about the libraries, culture, and history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The trip will bring your readings to life, as we tour libraries and important cultural and historical sites. Nightly discussions and optional fun cultural events will round out this educational experience.

ISLT 9448, International Libraries in Context (3 credits)

Join the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Conference (WLIC) in Dublin, Ireland, August 15-21, 2020. The conference features hundreds of librarians from a variety of countries and contexts. Make international connections and study global issues in library and information science.

Syllabus: http://sislt-ifla.missouri.edu/syllabus/

About IFLA-WLIC 2020: https://2020.ifla.org

Costs

The University is still finalizing cost estimates, and cost is subject to change. Below we present a very rough estimate, based only on the IFLA portion of the SISLT Ireland Experience.

PAID TO MU

  • Program Fee (includes housing & metro passes): $541
  • Tuition (3 credit hours): $1,158
  • Mandatory Fees: $426
  • Mandatory Insurance: $40

PAID ON YOUR OWN

  • Conference Registration: USD $235
  • Airfare (estimated RT from St. Louis): $1000
  • Meals: $500
  • Personal Expenses: $300

How to Apply

MU Study Abroad Application

Please go to https://mystudyabroad.missouri.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=11038.

If you are an MU student, you will have to log in with your user ID (Pawprint) and password. You should be directly routed into the application form. Once you have filled out the study abroad application, you will also be asked to attend a virtual safety orientation.

Check your Passport

Your passport needs to have at least six months of validity past your arrival date, and at least one blank page.

You do not need to apply for a visa for stays of less than 90 days. The U.S. State Department recommends “normal travel precautions” and does not recommend any special immunizations before traveling.

Register for Conference

You will need to register for the conference independently. To do that, go to this page: https://2020.ifla.org/congress-registration-information/registration-fees-and-payment-methods/. Click on the green oval button on the top of the page that says Register Now. Then choose the Sign Up option to create a new profile. Once you have created your profile, log in and fill out the registration form.

At the end of the registration form, you will be asked to pay for your registration by credit card or via bank transfer. The student rate is 255 Euros before May 15 and 295 Euros before August 11. If you find you cannot attend, you can get a refund (less 50 Euros) before May 15.

If you wish, you may include a Library Visit Programme with your registration. The Library Visits happen on August 21. Costs range from 8-22 Euros, and they may last until the evening, so plan your return trip accordingly.

Make your Airline Reservations

You will need to make your own airline reservations. Be sure you are flying into DUB (Dublin Airport) and are arriving on August 6. From the U.S., this likely means that you will leave on August 5. We will be departing from Athens to our home destinations on the afternoon/evening of August 21.

If you wish to spend more time in Dublin, you may arrive earlier or stay later at your own expense.