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Study Abroad in Ireland


 Kristen Schawalder Studies Abroad in Ireland


Kristen dreamed of traveling to Europe and studying how the agricultural systems differ from Indiana.  She accomplished both by participating in the Study Abroad program to Ireland in the spring semester of 2009.

She says, "I advise everyone who has ever wanted to experience new cultures and new places to give study abroad a chance. I think my semester in Ireland was one of the most adventurous and thrilling experiences of my life. Not only did I have the opportunity to see amazing things, tombs from 3200 BC and monasteries built before Christopher Columbus came to America, but also the courses are great. I learned a myriad of facts about Irish culture, agriculture, and myself by studying abroad, and I would not change it for the world."

Kristen Schawalder
Plant Biology Major

Zoo and Phoenix Park, Ireland
Zoo and Phoenix Park

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher

Trim Castle, Ireland
Trim Castle - This is the Boyne River and part of Trim Castle and the River Gate entrance.  Trim Castle was built in the 12th Century and is the remains of the largest Norman castle in Europe and also is the largest castle in Ireland

Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland
Glendalough - Located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is a monastic site from the 6th century. It was founded by a priest that moved to the area for solitude, but people followed him. In the background is the round tower, a landmark for traveling vistors. In the foreground is the church.

Newgrange tomb, Ireland
Newgrange - 3200 BC Passage tomb. There is a box above the door specially designed so that on the winter solstice, as the sun is rising the sun travels into the tomb and illuminates it.

Allen Bog, Ireland
Allen Bog - I took a field trip with my Wetland Archaeology course to the bog and although it was relatively dry, our professor jumped in one of the wet areas to show how deep the bog can be.