Study Abroad Ireland

June 2 - July 3, 2017

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Barry Vaughan

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

Spend summer school in Ireland!  Students will spend a full month immersing themselves in the study of Irish culture and history while exploring and experiencing the rich and diverse heritage of Ireland!

Using picturesque Athlone, Co. Westmeath as a home base, participants will make field trips to locations such as Dunamase and Emo Court, the megalithic monuments at Loughcrew and Trim Castle, spend several days in Ireland's Cultural Heart, Galway, and take a boat to Clonmacnoise.

Did You Know?

  • Ireland is home to Newgrange, an ancient stone-and-earth burial site that is older than Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids.
  • At least one million people died in five years in Ireland during the great potato famine of the 1840s.
  • Ireland did not legalize divorce until 1997.
  • Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Island because of its expansive lush, green fields.
  • Currency used is the Euro.

Cultural Excursions

Program Location

The program is held on the campus of Athlone Institute of Technology located in the medieval city of Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland. Situated in the heart of Ireland astride the River Shannon, the city is rich in culture and history. 

Modern Athlone is a center of industry and education and home to one of Ireland's major institutes of technology. Because of its central location (between Dublin and Galway) it is a transportation hub by road and rail, and makes access to the rest of Ireland convenient.

Courses Offered (6 credits-choose 2 courses)

  • ART142   17542 Introduction to Digital Photography (3 cr); requires $35 course fee
    • Instructor: TBA
  • REL250  18118 Religion in Ireland: Neolithic to Early Medieval (3 cr) [HU, H]
  • STO290  18262 The Irish Storytelling Tradition (3 cr) [G]

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, and secondary medical insurance.


Program Fee Due: March 1, 2017

Still accepting late applications

Registration Fee

Tuition: 6 credits
In-state: $86 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour

$  15


Tuition Due: 35 days prior to course start date Registration begins in March.
Airfare (estimated cost) $1,400

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.


Meals are NOT included in program fee

TOTAL Estimated Costs $4,531  (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
Dependent upon chosen courses
$100 Prior to start of class
$135 Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing.

Passport Information Available Here

Study Abroad Ireland Program Details

  • Study Abroad Ireland is held on the campus of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) located in picturesque Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland.
  • Participants will be housed in the Croi Oige Student Village apartments conveniently located across from AIT's campus. Each 4-bedroom apartment is fully furnished and comes equipped with TV, iron and ironing boards, oven, microwave oven, refrigerator, electric kettle, all kitchen utensils, and bedding. Each bedroom comes with a study/computer desk and is internet ready with high speed internet access.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Ireland provided by CultureGrams™

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6-6:45 pm

September 14 & 28, 2016

October 12 & 26, 2016

November 9, 2016

Jan. 25 & Feb. 8, 2017


Room 608 AB in Building 38 (Use Compliance Services entrance at the south side of Bldg 38.)

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm

September 15 & 29, 2016

October 13 & 27, 2016

November 10, 2016

Jan. 26 & Feb. 9, 2017


Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)

All Info Sessions located at the Southern & Dobson Campus

Financial Aid Workshops from 2:15-3:15 pm following Thursday Info Sessions.

For information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312.

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion

In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2017 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2016

Workshops:  Location: AS195 (SD Campus)

Monday, Sept., 26 at 10 am

Monday, Oct. 24 at 2 pm

For information, contact 480.833.9200 x3417.

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

11:59 PM MST

Maximum Award: $1,000

Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.

Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Ireland

Lois Kellogg-Duncan Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

11:59 PM MST

Maximum Award: $800


  • Currently enrolled full-time at Mesa Community College for Spring 2017
  • Must have completed one (1) course (3 hours) in either Philosophy or Religious Studies at Mesa Community College at time of application.
  • Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • Participating in Study Abroad Ireland Program for 2017.

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 24, 2017

Must purchase your own airfare as deadline has passed for group airfare.

Complete the online application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place!

Payment Deadlines

Friday,  March 1, 2017

Program Fee Deadline: March 1, 2017

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 8, 2017

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation! There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.