Students will travel to England (London, Bath, and Oxford), Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, and Doolin), and Wales (Cardiff) while earning three UNI credit hours toward the capstone CAP 3102/TECH 3102: Living in our Techno-Social World course. The course will include a number of excursions and visits in different parts of England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to enhance the themes of the course such as industrial tour, science museum and exhibitions, and national parks. The course will cover technology, transportation, politics, economy and the policy for each country. At the same time, the students will become familiar with the rich cultural, historical, environmental, and industrial sites of these countries.
I absolutely would recommend this program to everyone. While on the trip I saw the most beautiful places I could imagine and that pictures do not do justice. Traveling around and being able to explore cities like Dublin and London really helped me to experience what life in a big foreign city is like and how different it is from the United states. The places we stayed were nice for college students and always very hospitable. Also, anyone would be able to find delicious food in these countries no matter how picky of an eater. Also along the trip I made some lifelong friends and really got to know the other people in the program on a personal level. It was fantastic!!! - Darrian, 2019
I learned so much and gained a lot of knowledge not just about Europe, but on how to travel. I have a lot more confidence now with going abroad. Going abroad in college with classmate is so worth it. You get to see and do so much in 2 weeks that normally an average person couldn't do. The school takes care of all the headaches like the hostels and travel once over there. It's an amazing opportunity.. - Jorja, 2019
This program gave me a new view on life. I experienced so much in such a short time. I got the experience of going abroad with strangers and coming back home with friends. - Brookelyn, 2019
Dr. Ali Kashef, Professor
Campus Address: ITC 29
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Wednesdays 12 - 2 pm; email Dr. Kashef in advance in order to ensure availability or to schedule an appointment outside of office hours
“The internal reward I get when I see I have changed the students’ lives for the better is priceless.” - Ali Kashef
Ali has been leading study abroad programs for 20 years and has taken students to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, Japan, and Italy. Ali loves to explore the world and has visited more than 30 different countries. He believes that when students travel abroad, they develop certain skills that are difficult to teach in a regular campus environment in addition to having life-changing experiences.
CAP 3102/TECH 3102: Living in Our Techno-social World (3 credit hours)
The purpose of the course is to explore how technology is socially, politically, and economically constructed by individual, cultural, and social forces; and how individuals, culture, and society are in turn affected by technology. More specific, we look at the symbiotic relationships between society and technology for the United States, England, Ireland, and Wales. This course will promote students to develop skills for the self-directed life-long learning. These skills are primarily analytical, but also include research, writing, and presentation. The goal is for students to learn how to link theory to practice, incorporating applied problem solving activities. To view the syllabus, click HERE.
Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester, although the capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will direct enroll participants in the capstone course during the spring semester. Contact your Course Leader for more information on academic requirements.
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Wednesday, July 1 (depart the U.S.) to Thursday, July 16, 2020 (return to the U.S.)
Sample itinerary is subject to change.
Day 1: Arrival in London; free day to rest from travel with group welcome dinner in evening
Day 2: Tower of London (home to England's crown jewels!) and HMS Belfast, a Royal Navy Warship
Day 3: Churchill's War Rooms, where Churchill and Britain's leadership directed WWII
Day 4: Free day in London - included in program package are Oyster cards for public transportation. Recommended activities for this day include: the London Eye, National Gallery, Oxford Street, Tower Bridge, House of Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard, Hyde Park, Covent Gardens, St. Paul's Cathedral, Museum of Science, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Natural History Museums.
Day 5: Travel to Oxford with a stop at Windsor Castle along the way
Day 6: Tour Oxford University, the oldest English-speaking university, then travel to Bath for visit to ancient Roman baths
Day 7: Visit to Big Pit Coal Museum to learn about the Welsh coal mining industry that fueled the Industrial Revolution, then explore Snowdonia National Park, claimed to be the home of the last true Prince of Wales
Day 8: Ferry crossing to Dublin; group dinner
Day 9: Dublin sight-seeing with Hop-on-Hop-off tour, including entrance to the Old Kilmainham Jail, where many Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned
Day 10: Dublin sight-seeing with Hop-on-Hop-off tour, including entrance to the Guinness Brewery, where you will learn how this famous stout is brewed
Day 11: Travel to Belfast with time to visit the shipyard where the Titanic was built, then explore Giant's Causeway, a natural wonder of perfectly shaped basalt columns
Day 12: Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, stop at Dark Hedges, a row of ancient trees made famous in shows such as Game of Thrones, and explore the ruins of medieval Dunlace Castle.
Day 13: Travel to Doolin with a stop in Galway, a beautiful city along Ireland's Western Coast, famous for its old stone and wooden shops, restaurants, and pubs
Day 14: Explore the Cliffs of Moher and unique beauty of the Burren; return to Dublin
Day 15: Departure from Dublin
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in a hotels and hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone in England & Ireland
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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, only one of the letters can be from a course leader.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.