• Students crossing Abby Road in London

    Capstone in England & Ireland

  • Ireland coastline

    Capstone in England & Ireland

  • Group photo in Dublin

    Capstone in England & Ireland

  • Colorful street sign in Galway

    Capstone in England & Ireland


Students will travel to England (London, Bath, and Oxford),  Ireland (Dublin, Killarney, and Doolin), and Wales (Llandudno and 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, 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 can't say enough about how amazing this program is! ...All of the attractions and events we went to were fabulous, and they allowed me to get a great taste of the cultures in England, Ireland, and Wales. I would highly recommend this program to anybody thinking about studying abroad; it was a trip that will always be near and dear to my heart! - Alexander, 2018

This was such an incredible program with an incredible professor leading the way. I would recommend this program to everyone. - Mallory, 2018

I am 100% glad that I went on this trip. My expectations were above and beyond broken over and over during this trip. I have made plenty of friends through this trip, and explored places I had only dreamt of seeing! - Benjamin, 2018


Course Leaders

Dr. Ali Kashef, Professor

Department: Technology
Phone: 319-273-2596
Email: ali.kashef@uni.edu
Campus Address: ITC 42

“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 18 years and has taken students to China, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, and Italy. Ali loves to explore the world and has visited more than 20 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 2019 semester. Tentative meeting dates and times are listed in the course syllabus (see above link). These meetings Contact your Course Leader for more information.

  • 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.


Program Dates:

  • Depart USA to Dublin: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Depart London to USA: Wednesday, July 24,2018

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrival in Dublin; free day to rest from travel with group welcome dinner in evening

Day 2: Dublin sight-seeing with Hop-on-Hop-off tour, including entrance to the Trinity College campus and the Book of Kells exhibition, considered Ireland's greatest cultural treasure. Tour also includes entrance to the Old Kilmainham Jail, where may Irish revolutionaries were imprisoned. 

Day 3: 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 4: Travel to Doolin with a stop in Galway, a beautiful city famous for its old stone and wooden shops, restaurants, and pubs

Day 5:  Explore the Cliffs of Moher and unique beauty of the Burren

Day 6: Full day tour through Ring of Kerry, a scenic route with coastal landscapes, seaside villages, and medieval ruins

Day 7: Return to Dublin with a stop in Blarney Castle, built in 1210 and home of the famous "Blarney Stone." According to legend, people who kiss the stone are endowed with the "gift of gab." 

Day 8: Ferry crossing to Wales; explore Conway Castle, built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales and considered one of the finest examples of early 14th century military architecture in Europe

Day 9:  Morning activities in Snowdonia National Park, claimed to be the home of the last true Prince of Wales (activities are per student choice and any costs are paid on site). Afternoon visit to Big Pit Coal Museum to learn about the Welsh coal mining industry that fueled the Industrial Revolution.

Day 10:  Travel to Bath for visit to ancient Roman baths, then travel on to Oxford and take a tour Oxford University, the oldest English-speaking university 

Day 11: Travel to London with a stop at Windsor Castle along the way 

Days 12 -14: London sight-seeing. Included in program package are Oyster cards for public transportation. Entrances to Tower of London (home to England's crown jewels!), HMS Belfast Royal Navy Warship, Churchill's War Rooms, and Highgate Cemetery are included. The remainder of the time in London will be spent exploring London's many sites, such as the 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 15: Departure from London

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.

Program Costs

Capstone in England & Ireland

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 to Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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 GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • 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.