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Study abroad: Scotland and Ireland

Friday, November 14, 2008JOHNSON CITY—From Scotland’s Orkney Islands to Edinburgh and throughout Northern Ireland, East Tennessee State University’s new Department of Appalachian Studies offers a unique opportunity to study abroad in 2009.

Since 1988, ETSU’s Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies program – then under the auspices within the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, a state Center of Excellence – has enabled students of all ages to explore the relationship between Appalachia and its major cultural progenitors — Scotland and Ireland. Through discussions, lectures, research and hands-on experiences, program participants immerse themselves in history, geography, literature, storytelling, music, art, language and folklore.

Student travelers begin with online preparation in late May, travel through Scotland and Ireland from May 31-June 21, and complete their studies with an online wrap-up in late June.

Three or six undergraduate or graduate credit hours are offered, and financial aid is available through an ETSU International Education Scholarship. Students should submit applications for the scholarships before the end of ETSU’s fall semester in December.

This study abroad program costs approximately $3,700 and includes all transportation, lodging, field trips and lectures, as well as some meals. Participants must also pay ETSU course tuition. The deadline for registration is January 31, 2009. A $500 deposit is due at that time, with the remaining balance required by March 31.

This “adventure of a lifetime” will be led by Jane MacMorran, director of the Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies program. An accomplished musician, she was the United States National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 1992. In addition, she teaches Celtic and bluegrass fiddling in the department’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music program and directs the Celtic Bands. MacMorran also serves as the concertmaster of the Symphony of the Mountains and artistic director of Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia. The 2009 study abroad will be her 16th trip to the British Isles.

For more information, contact MacMorran at (423) 439-7992 or


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