ICUF and BIS support two UPEI students studying in Ireland

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Monday, May 29, 2017
George O'Connor (SDU, 1969), Erin Rowan, John Flood (SDU, 1969)

Two UPEI students will be studying this summer in Ireland, thanks to the support of the Benevolent Irish Society of PEI (BIS) and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF). Lindsay MacGregor and Erin Rowan will participate in an Irish language program offered by the National university of Ireland in Galway.

“We are incredibly excited for two of our UPEI students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, which wouldn't be possible without the generosity and support of ICUF and the BIS,” said Sherilyn Acorn-LeClair, coordinator of International Partnerships at UPEI. “UPEI is committed to international experiential learning and the student experience as it is one of the four pillars in the institution’s strategic vision. This opportunity is also perfectly aligned with the Canadian Bureau for International Education's national initiative of encouraging more students to take part in learning abroad.”

The Benevolent Irish Society will help support the travel to and from Ireland. ICUF, through its Irish Language program—funded by the government of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht—will cover program fees, accommodation, and board. Rowan and MacGregor will be studying in An Cheathrú Rua, located in the Connemara region.

The Benevolent Irish Society is one of the oldest organizations in Prince Edward Island. Established in 1825 the Society was incorporated by an Act of the Legislature in 1882. Originally established to meet the needs of Irish immigrants and the poor of all denominations, today the Society places increasing emphasis on preserving and promoting Irish history, culture, and heritage, and in particular its Gaelic, Celtic traditions.

The Ireland Canada University Foundation nurtures the great friendship between Canada and Ireland, through the support of scholarly exchange. The creation of the ICUF in 1993 recognized that Canada and Ireland share a great history, and there are many links between both countries, but for such a connection to sustain and grow for future generations, efforts must continue to be made to support the development of new links between both countries.

UPEI's Office of Recruitment and International Relations has more than 70 exchange partner schools in 27 countries, offering many ways for students to study abroad!

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

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