About the Program

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Barry Vaughan

Philosophy & Religious Studies Department
P: 480-461-7620
Office: BP 43A - 44


International Education - Study Abroad: Athlone, Ireland

A valid passport book or card is required to enter or re-enter the United States - Passport Info Here

Selection for Participation 

All applicants will be screened by the college prior to acceptance and will be notified of their status in a timely manner.


The estimated cost for the 2013 program is 4254.00 USD (United States Dollars), and breaks down as follows:

Program Fees = $3780.00 (transportation, lodging, instructional support, etc.) Tuition = $486 (two courses at $81 per credit hour)

Registration Fee = $15

Course Fees

 Some courses may have an extra course fee, see the Program page for details on which courses may have a fee

NOTE: Food is NOT covered as part of your program fee since your apartments are self-catering and personal preferences vary widely between participants.

Our recommendation for your minimum food allowance is $1000 estimated at $33 per-day for 30 days (we do not collect this money). Participants should plan to bring more money for discretionary spending. Actual participant cost may vary depending on the number of courses taken, amount spent on food and entertainment, currency fluctuation, and oil prices. Base currency for the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (EUR). For currency conversions visit OANDA.com.

All payments should be made to the MCC Cashier's Office and can be in the form of:

  • Cash - in person
  • Check - in person or via mail (MCC Cashier's Office, 1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202)
  • Credit Card - in person or via phone (480.461.7000, 1.866.532.4983)

Payment of Program Fees

  • Program fees exclude tuition and food, and must be paid separately from tuition.
  • Program fees for 2013, excluding tuition and estimated food cost, equal $3780.
  • Program fees must be paid no later than March 22, 2013.
  • You may, if you wish, pay in installments so long as the total program fee is received by March 22, 2013.
  • If you need to withdraw from the program after you have been notified of your acceptance, but before departure, you must provide written notification to the program director by mail or email.
  • While abroad, you are provided travel insurance included in your program fee.
  • During the Spring semester, prior to departure, you will receive information regarding your benefits and enrollment procedures.


If you do not have a Passport, you must apply for one.

You should allow six weeks for processing. If you have a passport, it is your responsibility to insure that it is current and valid through the travel dates of the study abroad program.

No visa is required for entrance to the European Union. (It is a good idea to make sure you have at least six months of validity on your passport past the end date of Study Abroad Ireland.)

You must submit two copies of the picture page of your passport to the MCC Office of International Education.

Registration for Classes 

Registration for classes begins on March 1, 2013.

  • You are responsible to enroll yourself for courses by APRIL 1 and pay course tuition by the due date (failure to pay tuition will result in being dropped from my classes).
  • If you withdraw from the program, You are responsible to withdraw yourself from the course(s) you enrolled in.
  • If you withdraw from the college or classes under the prescribed withdrawal process, you will receive a tuition refund based on the MCCCD Refund Schedule.
  • Deadlines that fall on a weekend or college holiday will advance to the next college workday.
  • (Course fees are refundable only if the participant qualifies for a 100% refund.)

Payment of Tuition

  • Tuition must be paid no later than the first day of class.
  • Tuition is based on the standard MCCD in-state tuition rate of $71 per credit hour.
  • Out of state students are subject to a higher tuition rate as determined by the MCCD Governing Board (see printed Summer 2013 Course Schedule for more information).
  • Some courses may require extra fees in addition to base tuition.
  • See the printed Summer 2013 Course Schedule for more information.

Orientations and Evaluations

All participants are required to attend the mandatory MCC Study Abroad pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2013, the SAI pre-departure orientation on April 25, 2013, and the on-site orientation on May 25, 2013.

Upon return to the United States, all participants are required to complete the MCC Study Abroad Evaluation.

Cancellation and Refunds

The Study Abroad in Ireland Program is designed with a projected minimum of 30 participants.

If there are an insufficient number of participants who sign up for a session, it may be cancelled due to low enrollment. In the event of a program cancellation due to low enrollment, a refund of all fees paid prior to the payment deadline will be provided. See the MCCCD Refund Policy.

Mesa Community College must make payments to its partner institutions and vendors, based on the number of participants enrolled, before the program start date. Therefore, it is not possible for payments to be refunded in full if a participant chooses to withdraw after the payment deadline but before departure.

You may be eligible for partial refunds of program costs with the exception of contractual obligations that are non-recoverable (i.e., have already been paid or encumbered) as of the date of cancellation.

No refunds will be provided after the date of departure. If Mesa Community College has expended non-recoverable funds to vendors using your financial aid or scholarship award, you are liable to MCC for the amount of scholarship or financial aid expended on your behalf.

It is a goal of Mesa Community College to provide dependable, safe, enjoyable, and academically sound study abroad programs for all participants. Every effort had been made to insure the best possible study abroad experience at the most reasonable price. However, neither the Maricopa Community College District nor Mesa Community College can control all circumstances.

A study abroad program may be canceled due to war, terrorism, political instability, global pandemic, natural disaster, or other unforeseeable circumstances that would compromise the safety or health of its participants.

The Maricopa County Community College District and Mesa Community College are not liable for any refund of program fees if a program is canceled. MCCCD Study Abroad programs are self-funded; all costs are paid by the participants in the program. Once expenses are paid on behalf of participants, it is not possible to provide a refund of those funds.

For those programs that include airfare as part of the program fee, there will be no refund of the cost of airfare after tickets have been purchased, regardless of circumstances.

It is recommended that you purchase an optional third party travel insurance policy that includes trip cancellation coverage. If you withdraw from the program after departure, for any reason, program fees will not be refunded, and you will be responsible for all costs of returning home.

Itinerary Changes

MCC and the Study Abroad in Ireland program are not responsible for any costs incurred by a participant who alters their itinerary after tickets (air, train, coach, etc.) have been purchased.