Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)
Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia will be admitted on a space available basis.
An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed in this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University. Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.
Because of space limitations, acceptance will be on a first come-first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure themselves of a place in the program. The application deadline for the 2013 program is March 1, 2013.
The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above.
Advice from Previous Waterford Students
-Even if the price seems insurmountable at first, push yourself to save for the program!
You will never regret making the sacrifices to go on the trip, but you will regret giving
up this opportunity! Also, if you don't see a class that you need being offered, look for
similar classes and talk to the professors and your school about receiving credit!
- Budget your money, everything is more expensive in Europe. Stay in Ireland the whole
time, explore what it has to offer.
-Apply early and keep up with the work load while there. It's easy to get distracted by all
the fun and shenanigans, but there's schooling to be done too, and if you fall behind you
might miss out on fun stuff later scrambling to catch up.
-SAVE LOTS OF MONEY!!! You are going to want to see everything possible, so plan
ahead and bring cash with you where ever you go. Try staying in some of the smaller
towns like Doolin and you will have amazing experiences. Pack warm and waterproof
clothing, and be prepared to enjoy the experience of a life time. You won't regret
investing in this trip...I promise.
-Have fun. Be safe. Pack light: three pair of jeans and a variety of shirt styles; don't forget
your comfortable shoes and raincoat; bring plenty of undies/socks. Don't worry about
your appearance the weather will take it's anger out on you vanity. Travel as much as
possible, even in the rain. Stay in the country. Get involved with every opportunity given
-They will say this at orientation, but it should be stressed again: pack light! You WILL
bring back a lot of souvenirs! Plus, you really don't need many clothes. I would also like
to remind students that it is STUDY abroad, and school comes first! If you goof off too
much, you'll fall behind really fast. Most of all, don't be nervous if it's your first time out
of the country, it'll be a first for a lot of you!
-Relax! Don't stress out about anything; the directors know what they're doing, will help
you through any problems you have. You'll meet plenty of fun people and have the time
of your life on this trip!
-Take in as much of the country as you can while you're here. Five weeks will fly by too
fast for you to notice until it's over!