529 COLLEGE SAVING PLANS

Your 529 Plan & Irish Gap Year

Did you know that you can use your 529 Plan to pay for ANY Irish Gap Year program and earn up to 16 college credits while you gap? 

We are an accredited Gap Year provider with the Gap Year Association (GYA). The GYA offers college credits through Portland State University to students attending GYA-accredited programs which operate internationally. Students can therefore, attend one of our programs while also taking courses for college credit.

There are no online classes or academic impacts during your program time and registration with Portland State University is handled entirely through Irish Gap Year. 

Follow the 9 steps below to avail of college credits during your Gap Year Program.

Steps to Using Your 529 Account with Irish Gap Year

Step 1

Register here with Irish Gap Year and start your application for one of our gap year programs

Step 2 Interview and get accepted into your Irish Gap Year program of choice
Step 3

Choose the PSU course(s) you want to take for credit while on your Irish Gap Year program

Step 4 Confirm which course(s) you wish to take with Irish Gap Year directly at info@irishgapyear.com
Step 5 Your PSU Instructor of Record will then get in touch with you directly with your course sylabus, next steps and work with you throughout your Irish Gap Year program.
Step 6 Submit all course work, journals and papers directly to your Instructor of Record following your program with Irish Gap Year. 
Step 7 Wait for official grading report by GYA Grading Instructors
Step 8 Approve final transcript with GYA Grading Instructor & wait 2-6 weeks for PSU Registrar to create official PSU transcript
Step 9 Receive your official transript from you PSU Instructor of Record

College Credit Courses Available

Up to a full semester (16 Credit Hours / 4 Credits per Course) of college credits are available for transfer. Taking one or more courses allows you to pay for your entire Irish Gap Year Program fees through your 529 plan. 

In most cases, a daily journal (one per semester, not one per course) is required, as well as papers based on recommended reading to be written once you’ve returned home. A reading list and presentation may also be included in the full course descriptions, with reading lists available for amendment, upon approval from your Instructor of Record.

Please visit the frequently asked questions page here for more details on the college credits process. 

Listed below are the courses available for college credit. Learn more about the course descriptions on Gap Year Association page here.

 

ANTH103 – 4 Credits PEOPLE AND PLACES – HOW LOCATION AFFECTS CULTURE
GEOG230 – 4 Credits GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL ISSUES
PHE299 – 4 Credits  HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS AND THE AFFECTED
PHL299 – 4 Credits INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL / RELIGIOUS STUDIES & THEIR ROLES IN CULTURE
PSYCH204 – 4 Credits CULTURE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE WAYS PEOPLE OPERATE
SOC199 –  4 Credits SELF AND COMMUNITY – CULTURE, COHORT, SELF
MGMT299 – 4 Credits PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS; INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
HIST199 – 4 Credits COLONIALIZATION AND WESTERN INFLUENCES
INTL199 – 4 Credits GLOBALIZATION AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT    
INTL299 – 4 Credits LEADERSHIP ACROSS BORDERS   
ESM101 – 4 Credits ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY   
ESM102 – 4 Credits GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES   
ESM199 – 4 Credits CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACTS