529 COLLEGE SAVINGS PLANS

Your 529 Plan & Irish Gap Year

Did you know that you can use your 529 Plan to pay for your Irish Gap Year program?  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. 

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 Use this link to register with Portland State University for the course(s) you wish to take while with Irish Gap Year 
Step 5 Your PSU Instuctor of Record will get in touch with you directly and work with you throughout your Irish Gap Year program. 
Step 6 Submit all course work, journals and papers directly to the Gap Year Association following your program with Irish Gap Year  
Step 7 Wait for offcial 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 Go online to PSU Vikings Abroad & order official transcript

College Credit Courses Available

Up to a full semester of college credits are available for transfer, but most students opt to only take one course so to avail of 529 funds.

In most cases, a daily journal (one per semester, not one per course) is required, as well as papers 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.

ANTH299 - 4 Credits PEOPLE AND PLACES - HOW LOCATION AFFECTS CULTURE
GEOG299 - 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
PSYCH299 - 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