May 27 - June 27, 2016

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Barry Vaughan

Philosophy & Religious Studies Department
P: 480-461-7620
Office: BP 43A - 44
barry.vaughan@mesacc.edu

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 (the newly completed M6 Moterway) and rail, and makes access to the rest of Ireland convenient.

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.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee (due 3/25/16): $TBA
    • Program fee includes: lodging, academic facilities at AIT, cultural excursions, ground transportation, and medical insurance.
    • Airfare: included if traveling with group
    • Airfare: $1,550 allowance if NOT traveling round trip with the group (program fee would be $TBA)
  • Tuition: 6 credits estimated at $504
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins in early March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Course Fees: ART142 requires a $35 course fee.
  • Meals are NOT included - estimated at $1,000

ESTIMATED TOTAL (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals): $TBA

Cultural Excursions

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™

Courses Offered (Choose 6 credits)

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6-6:45 pm
Sept. 9 & 23, 2015

Oct. 7 & 21, 2015

Nov. 4, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm
Sept 10 & 24, 2015

Oct. 8 & 22, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Southern & Dobson Campus

Enrollment Center: Building 39 EC 114B

A financial aid specialist will be available at all Thursday sessions. 

FA Workshops from 2:30-3:30 pm following Thursday Info Sessions.

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

11:59 PM MST

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

Study Abroad Scholarship for Ireland

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 25, 2016

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

Apply early to reserve your place!

Payment Deadlines

Friday,  March 25, 2016

Program Fee Deadline: March 25, 2016

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 9, 2016

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.