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Study Abroad

Program Information



September 5-12, 2018

DCB Photography Instructor Clint Saunders is organizing a photo trip to the scenic Northwest coast of Ireland from September 5th – 12th of 2018. Come and experience the amazing culture and photograph the breathtaking scenery of Northern Ireland. This trip will include informative lectures on outdoor photography, Ireland’s history and culture, and daily excursions for sunrise and sunset photo opportunities along the “wild Northwestern coast” of Ireland.

Age requirements

The program is open to anyone who wants to participate in this opportunity. College students and community members are welcome.

Students must be over the age of 18 to travel alone with the program. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. Students under the age of 13 are not allowed on the trip.

Program Highlights

lightbulb-50px.pngThe course before and after the week of the trip will be available both online and on campus.

Academic course work

Photography majors will enroll in PHOT 496 Outdoor Photography Abroad (3 credits)

Non photography majors will enroll in the DCB Photo study abroad class through the Community Education program. This class is NOT for credit.

This is a three week intensive course in which students will learn all aspects of outdoor photography including lighting, equipment, locations, techniques, post production, image editing, presentation and careers. Students will explore a variety of subject matter including landscapes, scenic, wildlife, rustic, rural, and urban photography. Students will spend one week in the classroom combining online and on campus lectures prior to travel. One week traveling abroad in a photo intensive program where students will have daily lectures and photo excursions. One week preparing a digital portfolio along with matted and framed, gallery ready, prints for display. (the final week only applies to the students taking the class for credit.)

PHOT 296 Study Abroad Syllabus

List of scenic locations we will visit and photograph

Donegal, the Hill of Tara, Tullan Strand, Fairy Bridges, Sligo Horseshoe, Drumcliffe, Mullaghmore, The Ancients, Cavan Burren & Surrounds, St. Patricks Well, Port Na Marbh, Ballyshannon, Glenveagh Castle, Fanad Lighthouse, Errigal & Poison Glen , Sliabh Liag Cliffs, Creevykeel, Glencar Waterfall, Parkes Castle, Giants Causeway, Eagle’s Rock, Kinlough, Boat trip to Devinish Island Monastic Site with visit to Enniskillen, Belleek & Castle Caldwell

Program Cost

Base Program Fee:* $1500

International Transportation up to: $1500

TOTAL: $3000

* Additional cost for mandatory international medical and emergency insurance:

Applicants between ages of 40 – 49 years at time of travel, add $20 for the added cost of international insurance.

Applicants between ages of 50 – 59 years at time of travel, add $130 for the added cost of international insurance.

Applicants age 60 and above at time of travel, add $255 for the added cost of international insurance.

** Students taking the course for full credit as part of their degree requirements will also be required to pay regular tuition fees for the course.

**Non Photography majors who take the course for no credit will be required to pay the community education course fees.

Payment Deadline

Make checks payable to DCB Photography

For credit card payments, please call the business office at 701-228-5612

Program Cost

Base Program Fee:* $1500

International Transportation up to: $1500

TOTAL: $3000

February 15th: $400 due with Application

April 15th: an additional $1,300 is due

August 1st: All remaining fees are due (approximately $1300)

We accept and encourage people to make monthly payments towards the deadlines as this can make the lump sums easier to manage.

Late Payments:

  • If a payment is received 7 business days or more after the payment due date, your application will be considered withdrawn and you will be responsible for any cancellation penalties.
  • If for any reason your payment cannot be processed, a fee of $50 will be incurred, plus a late payment of $75 penalty to the Institution of Study Abroad Ireland, if applicable.

Payment Policies:

  • Under no circumstances will a participant be allowed to depart on the trip unless the program fees are paid in full.
  • DCB is not responsible for delays caused by late passport applications, late visa applications or visa denials. Any additional costs incurred for such reasons will be the responsibility of the participant.
  • Transportation Deviation Fees: Group transportation will be arranged from, and to Bottineau. Any costs due to deviations or special requests (such as early departure or late returns) will be the sole responsibility of the student. Community Education students may make their own travel arrangements if they so desire. They will be responsible for meeting at the Dublin airport on September 6th by 11:00am.

* Additional cost for mandatory international medical and emergency insurance:

Applicants between ages of 40 – 49 years at time of travel, add $20 for the added cost of international insurance.

Applicants between ages of 50 – 59 years at time of travel, add $130 for the added cost of international insurance.

Applicants age 60 and above at time of travel, add $255 for the added cost of international insurance.

** Students taking the course for full credit as part of their degree requirements will also be required to pay regular tuition fees for the course.

**Non Photography majors who take the course for no credit will be required to pay the community education course fees.

Cancellation and Refunds

Withdrawal from the program is effective on the date that written notification is received by DCB’s Photo Study Abroad Program, and any airline tickets that have been issued on your behalf have been returned.

If you withdraw the cancellation penalty will be:

After Application is Submitted: $300

After May 1st: $1,000 or price of airline ticket

After August 1st: $1,800

After September 1st: Refund of tuition fees only, per DCB Business Office Policy.

After Departure: No Refund

Financial Aid

Financial Aid can be applied to cover study tour fees, so students might want to consider the possibility of obtaining Financial Aid (generally including loans) to assist in funding their program. For more information about this option, please visit the Financial Aid Office, call 1-800-542-6866 or visit their website: http://www.dakotacollege.edu/admission-and-aid/

Financial Aid Considerations: In order to be eligible for fall term federal financial aid, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. At least 3 of these credits must be from the course listed above.

Course Audits: Program participants may choose to audit coursework for a 50% discount on tuition only. Financial Aid is not available for audited courses, and grades will not appear on transcripts.

Community Ed Course: Community members who are not college students may sign up for the course through the community education program. Financial aid is not available for community education courses.

Program Rules

Age requirements

The program is open to anyone who wants to participate in this opportunity. College students and community members are welcome.

Students must be over the age of 18 to travel alone with the program. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. Students under the age of 13 are not allowed on the trip.

Visas and Other Travel Documents

A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. Passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports.

Just as you do with any important financial documents, keep a photocopy of your passport picture page and any visa pages and paperwork in a separate safe place. Leave a copy at home with a trusted person as well. If your passport is lost or stolen, having a copy of the original greatly expedites the replacement process.

Adult passports are good for ten years. If you already have a passport, check the expiration date to make sure it will be valid for the time period in which you are gone.

New Application for a U.S. Passport
To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to go in person to one of 6,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license.

You’ll need to apply in person if you are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time; if your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession; if your previous U.S. passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago; or if your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under 16, or if your currently valid U.S. passport has been lost or stolen.

In Minot, a passport can be obtained at the County Recorder Office located in the Ward County Courthouse, 315 3rd St. SE, Minot, ND. A passport costs about $85.00. More information can be obtained at travel.state.gov/passport

Renewal of a U.S. Passport
You can renew by mail if: your most recent passport is available to submit and it is not damaged; you received the passport within the past 15 years; you were over age 16 when it was issued; you still have the same name, or can legally document your name change. You can get a passport renewal application form by downloading it from the website listed in the previous paragraph.

Visas/Residence Permits
A visa or a resident permit is official permission to visit another country for a specified period of time, issued to you by the government of that country. The formats vary greatly, from electronic notification to a simple stamp on your passport, to several pages of documentation including your photo, a variety of official signatures, stamps and seals. Not all students will need to get visas to study abroad, it depends on which country you will be visiting and how long you intend to stay there. If required, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence.


As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit. The following website will assist you in determining whether or not a Visa will be required in the country you are planning to visit: travel.state.gov/visa/americans1.html

ISIC (International Student ID Card)
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only globally recognized student identity document. The ISIC is the choice for over 4.5 million students, issued throughout 120 countries, with student access to over 40,000 benefits. The ISIC offers serious savings on stuff like airfares, accommodation, entertainment, museums,food, clothes, movies and more!

For more information click here: www.isic.org/student-card/the-isic-student-card.html

ISIC cards can be purchased at the MSU Office of International Programs for $25.00. Students must bring an electronic passport photo (or a similar headshot photo) when requesting the card.

MSU Office of International Programs

1st Floor Student Center
500 University Ave West Minot, ND 58701
Phone: (701) 858-4155

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation

All DCB Photo Study Abroad participants are required to attend a pre-departure orientation session prior to departure. The orientation meetings will be held in an online, video conference room. You will receive an email confirming your invitation to the orientation with a link and instructions to attend the meeting. It is very important that you attend an orientation session, not only because it is required for participation in the program, but because it will greatly contribute to your experience while abroad.

The orientation meeting is open to students as well as parents and guardians and will focus on issues such as: passports, registering for classes, purchasing plane tickets, money issues and financial aid, how to find out more about your host country, safety issues, logistics, cultural adjustment and other topics relating to your studies abroad. It will also be a chance for you to meet other DCB study abroad participants.

Health and Safety

Your health and safety during your study abroad experience will depend on the choices you make and precautions you take prior, during, and following your time overseas. Before your departure, make sure you are in good health, get any immunizations that are required and learn as much as you can about the health and safety conditions in your host country.

DCB Photo Study Abroad Program endorses the guidelines published by NAFSA (Association of International Educators) on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad, and employs the recommendations and guidelines set by the SAFETI Clearinghouse (Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information). We recommend that you review the following websites for detailed information on how to prepare for and avoid any unsafe situation while abroad:

Center for Global Education’s Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information (SAFETI): www.studentsabroad.com
The SAFETI Clearinghouse contains a wealth of information on topics such as:

  • Checklist to help you find a quality program
  • Judicial Assistance Overseas
  • Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
  • Newsletters
  • Health and medical issues, medical evacuation
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Cross cultural training
  • Financial planning
  • Advice for parents
  • Student conduct
  • Special topics such as SARS and Avian flu

U.S. State Department: Students Abroad - studentsabroad.state.gov
This web site offers college-age Americans a one-stop reference for international travel. Resources target students, their parents, education abroad professionals, and universities. The site provides Country Specific Information, tips for safe travel, and other important information about traveling and living overseas. Students may download flyers called go! guides as well as a Tips to Go Wallet Card. http://studentsabroad.state.gov

United States Department of State's Consular Information Sheet: www.travel.state.gov
Provides information and links to pages containing background and requirements for Americans traveling abroad. Also includes information on passports, visas, immunizations, medical information and additional fees related to traveling abroad. The "International Travel" section also includes information concerning conditions abroad that may affect your safety and security:

Travel Warnings - travel.state.gov.
When the Department of State recommends avoiding travel to certain countries, they issue an official Travel Warning. Minot State University monitors consular reports and travel warnings on a regular basis. It is a good idea to become familiar with the services available through the Department of State web site before you travel.

Association for Safe International Road Travel - asirt.org
ASIRT prepares travelers with road safety reports and information about specific highway conditions in over 140 countries.

Global Scholar - Online Learning for Study Abroad- globalscholar.us
This resource offers a serious of online courses that prepare students for safe international travel.
The intention of the Global Scholar Online Courses, developed by The Center for Global Education, is to introduce students to the opportunities and challenges inherent in participating in study abroad programs. Students will benefit from the courses by finding out tips and techniques to prepare for their program, how to cope with challenges that may arise while they're abroad, how to make the most of their study abroad experience while they’re there, tips for dealing with issues that may arise after their return home, and advice on where they can go from here personally and in their career preparation.

Check-ups and Vaccinations
It is a good idea to visit your physician and dentist for check-ups before you spend any extended period of time outside the country. Your doctor can also give you any vaccinations recommended to travel in your host country.

Health Issues Abroad
For details on safeguarding your health while abroad, visit the following website resources:

  • Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
    Information on current health concerns and tips for disease prevention, including information on any immunizations that you should get before you depart on your program. While some countries require immunizations for a visa or entry, others do not. These requirements can change according to the health conditions of a particular country.
  • International Society of Travel Medicine: www.istm.org
  • World Health Organization: www.who.int

Mandatory Health Insurance
All DCB study abroad participants must be covered by an international insurance plan designated by the DCB Photo Study Abroad Program. Insurance coverage is critical in obtaining medical assistance abroad, and the approved policy will include the following benefits: major medical, emergency evacuation, legal assistance, accidental death and dismemberment, repatriation of remains, bed side visit for family members. Your current medical insurance coverage will not extend to services outside of the United States, nor offer specific benefits.

It is recommended to know exactly what is and is not covered by your insurance plan. For example high risk sports injuries, dental care, and optical care might not be covered by basic medical insurance. Also if certain pre-existing conditions are excluded, check on the exact definition of "pre-existing".

The fee for health insurance for must be paid prior to the start of the study abroad as detailed in the program fees information on the trip information webpage.

Program Rules

  1. Code of Conduct: Participants in a DCB Photo Study Abroad Program are subject to the student conduct regulations described in the Student Handbook. DCB students, if attending a foreign university as part of a DCB Photo Study Abroad Program, are also subject to the conduct regulations of the host institution. DCB Photo Study Abroad Program participants are viewed as a representative of the U.S. and DCB. Therefore, it is expected that students act as a good-will ambassadors and conduct themselves in a fitting manner at all times during the program.
  2. Laws of the Land: Study Abroad participants will be subject to the laws of the host country, and must comply with the regulations of the host country and the United States of America. If a student should fall into legal problems with any foreign nationals or government jurisdictions of the host country, the student must attend to the matter personally with their own personal funds. DCB may be limited in its ability to provide assistance in the event of arrest and may also institute disciplinary proceedings.
  3. Program Activities: DCB study abroad participants are required to participate fully in all portions of the program. Any deviation in program activities must be approved in advance in writing by the DCB Photo Study Abroad Program or the on-site Program Director.
  4. Academic Standards: DCB students are responsible for maintaining an adequate standard of academic work while abroad.
  5. Disciplinary Procedures/Program Dismissal: DCB has sole discretion to terminate or limit participation in a program if: (i) a student engages in actions endangering to him/her self or others; or (ii) a student’s conduct is considered to be detrimental or incompatible with the best interest and welfare of the program. If expelled from a study abroad program for such reasons, the student will be responsible for all expenses incurred in returning to the United States.
  6. Independent Travel: Students must notify the DCB Photo Study Abroad Porgram, or the on-site Program Director (in the case of a faculty-led program), if individual travel is being planned during the program. When possible, students should provide the on-site Program Director with details of the proposed trip including plane, bus, and train schedules. Students are personally responsible for any additional fees incurred due to independent travel.
  7. Modification/Cancellation: DCB reserves the right to cancel programs in the case of insufficient participation or for other reasons deemed appropriate. DCB also reserves the right to make changes to the program or alterations in the program’s proposed schedule and itinerary. Should the program, or any portion of the program, be canceled, DCB shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of all deposits made and monies paid to DCB by participants. Minor alterations in the programs will not result in refunds. Neither DCB, the State of North Dakota nor the employees or agents of either, shall be responsible or liable for any expenses or losses sustained because of program modifications or cancellation.
  8. End of Program: Any responsibility Dakota College at Bottineau has for participants on a DCB study abroad program terminates once the program is finished.
  9. Dissimilarities or Differences in the Host Country: Study abroad participants are expected to make every effort to adapt to the culture and lifestyle of their host country. There may be significant cultural, economic, and lifestyle differences between the participants home country and host country including those in health care services, living conditions, transportation systems, educational systems, criminal justice, civil liberties, customs, values and acceptable behavior with regards to age and gender. Participants on a DCB Photo Study Abroad Program must make themselves aware of and accept these differences as part of the program, and accept the risks associated with traveling and living in another country. Participants must take responsibility to educate and prepare themselves for the inherent risks associated with foreign travel and living abroad.

    In addition, participants on a DCB Photo Study Abroad Program must be willing to learn about their host cultures and be open to new ideas even though they may be culturally challenging. It is both inappropriate and culturally insensitive to use the program as a time to promote religious or political agendas; further, such behavior can cause offense and potentially place students in harm’s way. While the United States respects the right of freedom of expression, this is not a universal right and may not be protected by law in some countries. Consequently, students must demonstrate a respect for the host culture even though they may not agree with all aspects of that culture. Behavior that is inconsistent with this statement may lead to removal from a program
  10. Insurance: International medical and travel insurance coverage is a requisite for participation in a DCB Photo Study Abroad Program. Therefore, all DCB study abroad participants agree to purchase a comprehensive international travel insurance policy for the duration of the program that will cover medical expenses abroad, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and accidental death and dismemberment. Participants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the coverage, exclusions and limitations of their travel insurance policy before the start of the study abroad program to determine what activities are excluded from coverage. Policies might not cover pre-existing conditions, injuries resulting from driving motorized vehicles, certain categories of sports injuries, injuries resulting from the commission of a crime, self-inflicted injuries, or injuries sustained from participation in high-risk (extreme) sports.



Depending upon available space late applications might be accepted after February 1st. Applicants who submit an application after this date are not guaranteed a spot on the program and might be required to pay slightly higher program fee due to rate fluctuation in transportation costs. Rate increases are typically not significant.

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Clint Saunders

Email: clint.saunders@dakotacollege.edu

Phone: 307-702-1368