Study Abroad Ireland

May 29-June 29, 2020 - Applications Now Open!

Scholarships & Funding

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Barry Vaughan

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

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.

Spend summer school in Ireland and see for yourself why the country is nicknamed the Emerald Island! 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.

    Cultural Excursions

    Courses Offered (6 credits)

    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.
    • 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.

    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 (sign: ; code: EUR).
    • Read more detailed cultural information on Ireland provided by CultureGrams™
      Ireland (2019). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

    Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

    Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

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

    How to Pay


    Program Fee Due: Friday, February 28, 2020

    $250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance

    Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline.

    Registration Fee

    Tuition: 6 credits
    In-state: $85 per credit hour
    Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour

    How to Pay

    $ 15


    Registration for Summer term begins in March.

    Tuition Due: Upon registration for courses

    If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC prior to registering for courses.

    For tuition payment options, visit:

    For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.

    Airfare (estimated cost) $1,365

    Group airfare through STA Travel will be available for (TBA in October). 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.

    $300 airfare deposit deadline: February 27, 2020
    Balance due: April 16, 2020


    Meals are NOT included in program fee

    $1,000 Not needed until you land in Ireland!
    TOTAL Estimated Costs $4,552 (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
    Course Fee $ N/A
    Dependent upon chosen courses
    $50 Prior to start of class

    Passport Info Here

    Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.


    Be sure to allow at least 6 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
    Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.
    Program Application Deadline
    Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

    Complete online application.
    Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

    Scholarships and Funding Your Program

    Title Date(s) More Information

    International Education

    Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
    11:59 pm MST

    Maximum Award: $1,000

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

    PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:

    • Be accepted into the program you are a applying for a scholarship to
    • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.

    2020 Study Abroad Scholarship: link TBA

    Global Ties Arizona Study Abroad Scholarship

    Deadline: October 1, 2019
    5 pm MST
    Award: $2,000

    For students interested in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, Global Ties offers a $2,000 scholarship opportunity.


    • Demonstrate an interest in any of the following areas: international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business
    • Completed at least 12 credit hours of college work
    • Maintained a 3.0 or better GPA (transcripts must be submitted)
    • Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated by Global Ties.
    • Letters of recommendation (2 professors/instructors).
    • Submit a 1,500 – 2,000 word research essay on the following subject: How can citizen diplomacy lessen conflict among nations?

    MCC Honors Program Scholarship

    Up to $500 Award

    Deadline: February 14, 2020

    Submit to Honors Office

    If you are a current MCC Honors Program student in good standing, you can apply for up to a $500 study abroad scholarship!

    Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship Application

    Title Date(s) More Information

    Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    Must be a Pell Grant recipient!

    Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.

    Early Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of October (awards announced in February)

    October 1, 2019
    11:59 PM CST

    Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)
    11:59 PM CST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    Title Date(s) More Information

    Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

    Deadline: check website

    Minimum Award: $1,250

    Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries

    Preferences: FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:

    • First-generation college students
    • Minority students
    • Community college students
    Title Date(s) More Information
    Lois Kellogg-Duncan Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship

    Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
    11:59 PM MST

    Maximum Award: $800


    • Currently enrolled full-time at Mesa Community College for Spring 2019
    • 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
    • Must be enrolled in a Philosophy or Religious Studies course during the 2019 Study Abroad Ireland program.
    • Must be able to demonstrate financial need by completing the 2018–2019 Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form at

    Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

    Title Date(s) More Information

    General Information Sessions

    Room AS196
    (Building 4)

    TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm
    September 10 & 24, 2019
    October 8 & 22, 2019
    November 5, 2019

    WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm
    September 11 & 25, 2019
    October 9 & 23, 2019
    November 6, 2019

    Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
    2:15-3 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
    12:45-1:30 pm following Wednesday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312 or at

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative. 
    Space is limited so apply early!

    General Information Sessions

    Student Life Conference Room M214
    (Mesquite Building)

    MONDAYS 11-11:45 am
    September 9 & 23, 2019
    October 7 & 21, 2019
    November 4, 2019
    January 27, 2020
    February 3, 2020

    THURSDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm
    September 12 & 26, 2019
    October 10 & 24, 2019
    November 7, 2019
    January 30, 2020
    February 6, 2020

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
    11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
    1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS

    For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton at 480.654.7760 or at

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2019. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

    Mandatory Orientation

    Sat., April 4, 2020

    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.