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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Killarney, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
Minimum GPA:
Sponsoring College:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Program Description:
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Program Overview

This Study Abroad Ireland will be an intensive eight week (two weeks on-site in Ireland), three credit course examining the Social Policies, Planning and Practices in the U.S. and Ireland with a special study focus on solutions to homelessness. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will include, behavioral healthcare, housing, social work, primary healthcare, criminal justice and sociology. Two of the leading experts on homelessness from the U.S. and Ireland/Europe will be collaborating faculty, along with field vists to successful community-based programs in a successful Housing First program in Dublin. The two week on-site program will be anchored at the historic and prestigeous Trinity College - Dublin for the first week and in Galway/Killarney and the West Coast of Ireland for week two. Educational excursions will be included in the academic package and led by a retired Irish educator who had worked with USF on numerous occasions.

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The primary location and on campus housing will be at the historic and prestigeous Trinity College - Dublin, Ireland, which in the center of Dublin and within walking distance to numerous Irish landmarks. There will also be guided tours in the Galway and Killarney areas and week two will be based out of Galway/Killarney with daily educational tours in the scenic West Coast of Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland has adopted many of the same policies and best practices as the U.S. in their goal to eliminate homelessness. Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan, our collaborating Irish faculty member is the Editor of the European Journal of Homelessness and has an international wealth of knowlege of other European countries, policies and community contacts throughout Ireland to enrich the students experience in the field. One of the other benefits for students is that this program will be an  interdisciplinary experience with future implications for social policies and practices in the U.S.

The US based classes will be at the Tampa campus building MHC, the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy.  The USF classes will feature Dr. Sam Tsemberis  Founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing and US pioneer of Housing First. Via video/teleconference.
Planned Itinerary (Subject to minor changes): Also refer to the syllabus

Week 1 - On the campus of Trinity College, Dublin

Travel to Dublin (Orlando – Dublin Direct)  Students may make their own airfare

Day 1 
Trinity College, Dublin – History of Homelessness in Ireland – Social, political, healthcare factors Walking  tour of Dublin Centre City Dr. Eoin O’Sullivan Class Discussion* & Community
*NOTE: Irish Students of Trinity College will be invited to attend and participate in the classes – voluntary, no credit, exchange of ideas and cultures  Irish students

Day 2 Trinity College – Comparison of U.S. and Irish Strategic Plans – Housing First & Interdisciplinary approaches
Site-visit to a Model Housing First Program in Dublin Dr. O’ Sullivan
Engelhardt Class Discussion & Community

Day 3
Prevention policies and practices for Youth and Families in Ireland; Gender, trauma and special interventions
Community site-visit to the Simon Community Dr. Paula Mayock  Class Discussion
6/29/16 Cross –systems: Behavioral health, criminal justice, health and social supports in Ireland and U.S – Comparative Analysis & Community-based services Dr. O’Sullivan and Mark Engelhardt Class Discussion & Community

Day 4
Current Irish & European Research & Models – Editor – Dr. O’Sullivan & Mark Engelhardt/Class Leadership  O’Sullivan & Student Led

Day 5
Field visit to Midlands Simon Community in Athlon - Arrive in Galway with Guide/Tour Manager Michael O'Conner

Day 6
Arrive Galway with guide/tour manager Michael O’Connor. Galway City/Salthill

Day 7
Day-tour of Connemara and its mountainous setting, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands’ visiting Connemara Marble factory, Kylemore Abbey, Letterfrack and back to Galway via Clifden.

Day 8
Aran Island tour. We take a short ferry ride across Galway bay to visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. A minivan trip of the island with visits to the Seven Churches and the Bronze Age promontory fort of Dun Aengus. (

Day 9
Depart Galway and travel south to Killarney along the West coast through the Burren and visiting the Cliffs of Moher en route. Crossing the river Shannon by car ferry we continue south through Listowel and Tralee arriving in Killarney late evening. (  Check into to Brook Lodge

Day 10
Today is an exploration of the Dingle Peninsula, an area rich in archaeological and historical sites. Our journey takes us along fuchia–lined hedgerows and corblestone beehive dwellings, all the time enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the Blasket Island Centre and Gallarus Oratory.

Day 11
A short van drive brings us to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for today’s trip through the Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. We have a choice of hiking or taking a pony and cart drive through this 7 mile glacial valley. Following lunch we board our boat that will take us through Killarney’s three lakes to the Meeting of the Waters at Dinis Cottage and on to Ross Castle. 

Day 12
We will be driving from Killarney to Limerick to attend the 2nd International Housing First Conference at the University of Limerick. I plan on being a presenter and Dr. Sam Tsemberis will be at the conference and join me on the two person panel. The students will have an opportunity to attend a ½ day of this unique international conference and get lunch.

Day 13
Return to the U.S. from Dublin airport. (recommending a direct flight from Dublin to Oralndo)
Note – Students may stay longer in Ireland or travel elsewhere on their own time and expense.

July 18th, 2017 - Essays Due 
July 18th, 2017 - Final class @ USF – Teleconference with Dr. Sam Tsemberis (NYC) – Lessons Learned – Students & Mark Engelhardt Dr. Sam Tsemberis

The program fee includes use of motor coach with driver/guide, admission to attractions as outlined in the itinerary.  Bed and full Irish breakfast while in Galway and Killarney based on per person sharing. Single supplement applies.

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Host Institution

Trinity College Dublin

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course: MHS 4931 or MHS 6900

Global Social Policy, Planning and Practices: Interdisciplinary Solutions to Homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland: Behavioral Health and Community Sciences

Download Course Approval Form:  
CAF Ireland Glob. Beh. Healthcare 201705

Please note: All students must enroll independently for this course through regular on-campus registration and pay the accompanying on-campus tuition.

Student learning objectives:
• To understand the history and common causes of homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland/Europe
• Students will learn about “Housing First” an evidenced-based practice to ending homelessness
• Students will gain a perspective on the cultural similarities and differences between U.S. and Irish approach to ending homelessness
• Students will learn about unique urban and rural approaches to community engagement
• Students will gain access to the most contemporary websites and resources in the fields of social work and behavioral healthcare in addressing homelessness
• Students will learn how a “fidelity standard for Housing First” is used for program development and quality improvement
• Students will learn about “recovery-oriented’ principles and practices, including client self-determination, choice, and community integration
• Students will learn directly from two internationally recognized authors and researchers in the field
• Students will have opportunities to visit social service, healthcare and successful housing programs serving people exiting from homelessness
• Students will tour a variety of Irish landmarks and settings throughout Dublin and the West Coast of Ireland with an experienced Irish tour operator who has a partnered with USF.

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Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW ACSW

Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW led the Ireland program in 2014 and 2015. He is a leader in behavioral healthcare, with 40 years of experience; including 14 years as a non-profit treatment provider/executive, 11 years as a regional state administrator of substance abuse and mental health (SAMH) based out of Tampa, Florida and  a faculty member at the University of South Florida (USF); Florida Mental Health Institute Department of Mental Health, Law and Policy providing training, technical assistance and evaluation for the past 13 years with various state agencies, county governments, federal agencies (VA), cross-systems advocacy groups, and substance abuse and mental health treatment providers throughout the State of Florida and nationally. He was been Florida’s Olmstead grant coordinator for community integration and served on several Supportive Housing Boards’ of Directors. Mr. Engelhardt concentrates on “systems and program development” with an emphasis on recovery-oriented program development in the areas of healthcare integration, supportive housing, homelessness, co-occurring disorders, Medicaid managed care, jail diversion, veterans, consumer involvement and emergency/acute care.

Mr. Engelhardt is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on several federal SAMHSA Homeless Treatment grants (CSAT), Primary Behavioral Healthcare Integration (CMHS-HRSA) and Jail Diversion grants (CMHS) and leads Florida’s Projects to Transition Persons through Homelessness (PATH) training initiative with the state SAMH Program office (DCF contract). Mr. Engelhardt is a faculty member of the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans with the VA to identify best practices in the HUD-VASH (VA) supportive housing program, implement Housing First, supported employment and is the Director of Florida’s Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center. Mr. Engelhardt has consulted with numerous public and non-profit organizations and is recognized as promoting partnerships among cross-systems, whether, public, private or entrepreneurial ventures.

Mr. Engelhardt has been to Ireland on 6 occasions; has 75% Irish ancestry; is a member of the (International) Irish Red and White Setter Association (Owns two IRWS – rare in the U.S.) and a member of the Irish Music Association.


Collaborating Faculty
Dr. Tsemberis and Dr. O’Sullivan  were Keynote speakers at Ireland’s Housing First Conference held in Athlone, Ireland on September 30, 2013 and faculty for 2014 and 2015. This national conference was focused on the “elimination” of homelessness in Ireland using a Housing First or “Housing Led” approach and model. The Simon Community of the Midlands, one of eight homeless continuums of care (non-profit coalitions and service providers) in Ireland and the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) sponsored the conference. Mr. Engelhardt (USF) was an invited panel presenter and provided training to the local professional community.

Dr. Sam Tsemberis – Founder and  Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Pathways to Housing, Inc. ( an internationally recognized Evidenced-based Practice and model to ending homelessness. Dr. Sam Tsemberis has partnered with USF-FMHI on several federal and state projects and is affiliated with Columbia University (NYC) and is a leader in ending homelessness.  (DVD; Website News Videos, CNN)

Dr. Eoin O’Sullivan – Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Trinity College School of Social Work ( http://www.tcd/ie/ ) and lead Editor to the European Journal of Homelessness ( ) - Field visit coordination with the Simon Communities of Ireland – A federation of eight continums of care for people who are homeless with complex issues throughout Ireland

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Program Costs

Total Program Cost: $3299.00

Included Program Features:

This amount includes all in-Ireland group travel (trains, motor coaches, city tours, ferries, day-trip tours) and also includes full breakfast while in Galway and Killarney. It also includes all scheduled group admissions. It does not include your airfare to and from Ireland. We work to get a group rate and travel as a group to Ireland, but you are welcome to fly separately if you get a special rate (occasionally students get special rates through parents who work for an airline or have frequent-flyer miles, etc).

  • A program of organized visits and excursions
  • Admission fees to museums and historical sites per the itinerary
  • On-site leadership of USF professor
  • Sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • All breakfasts and three evening meals

Not Included in Program:

  • 3 undergraduate or graduate credit hours (on-campus tuition rates apply)
  • Passport
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Meals (other than those specified) and personal spending

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Living Arrangements

Week 1 - Students will be lodged on the campus of Trinity College in a shared apartment with a private room.

Week 2 - Students will be lodged in double-occupancy centrally located hotels in Galway and Killarney.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is intended to be an interdiscilpinary program that should attract both Undergraduate and Graduate students from within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences: Behavioral Healthcare, Social Work, Criminology, Rehabilitation Counseling and outside the college, such as Health, Anthrpology, Sociology and Psychology.  

Preference will be given to USF degree-seeking students.  Applications from non-USF students will be considered.

Class size is limited to 12 students!  Apply Early!

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international airline ticket.  Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the Program Coordinators. 

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health.  For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be.  All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations.  In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety Website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

The College of Behavioral & Community Sciences is accepting applications for study abroad scholarships. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to CBCS students who want to participate in one of the Study Abroad programs offered by the college in summer or fall, 2016. For additional information, download the CBCS Study Abroad Scholarship Application here -- CBCS Scholarship Application 2017.docx

Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad.  USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit for further information.  Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time frame.

The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad.  These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit: for application information.  The deadline for submission of the Compass Award application for Summer 2016 is February 15, 2017.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Mr. James Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad Office
USF World
Phone: (813) 974-4043

Faculty Contact:
Mark A. Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW
USF-FMHI Faculty: Systems Development
USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Dept. of Mental Health, Law & Policy
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2737
Tampa, Florida 33612-3807

Direct Line: (813) 974-0769

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This program is currently not accepting applications.