Study Abroad Ireland

June 3 - July 4, 2022

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 (2021). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
    • Diversity Abroad Ireland Destination Guide

    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, April 1, 2022

    $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


    Airfare (estimated cost) $1,665

    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

    $1,000 Not needed until you land in Ireland!
    TOTAL Estimated Costs $5,337 (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals)
    Possible PCR Tests/Transportation (estimate) $133

    Subject to change

    Textbooks Approx. $50

    Passport Info Here

    Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.
    $ 165/130
    • Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
    • Visit the U.S. Department of State websitefor current fees and processing times.

    Program Application Deadline

    Space is limited.

    Apply early to reserve your place!

    • Application Deadline: Extended to April 1, 2022
    • Complete online application.
    • Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
    • Applications are reviewed/approved on a rolling basis.

    Scholarships and Funding Your Program

    Title Date(s) More Information

    A New Leaf Individual Development Account (IDA)

    An IDA is a match savings program designed to help individuals save their own money in a special savings account and have their money matched for tuition, textbooks, and some study abroad program expenses with an 8:1 match after 6 months.


    Student Contribution: $ TBA
    Match (after requirements are met): $ TBA
    October 31, 2021


    • Must have earned income
    • Must meet income and net worth requirements (income must be at or below 200% of federal poverty limit; net worth cannot exceed $10,000)
    • Agree to save for 6 months
    • Complete a financial wellness workshop

    IDA Match Savings Program

    IDA Fact Sheet

    IDA Application

    480-833-9200 (Ask for an IDA staff member)

    International Education

    1 application for 2 scholarships!

    IE Study Abroad Scholarship

    • Does NOT require FAFSA
    • If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
    • Maximum Award: $1,000

    Maricopa Grant

    • Requires 2021-22 FAFSA
    • Maximum Award: Tuition for classes

    Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2022
    12 noon MST

    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.

    2022 Study Abroad Ireland Scholarship Application:

    Global Ties Arizona Study Abroad Scholarship


    Award: $TBA

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

    Eligibility (subject to change):

    • 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


    Friday, March 11, 2022

    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

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

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

    October 5, 2021
    11:59 PM PST

    Summer Application Deadline
    1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)

    March 1, 2022
    11:59 PM PST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    • Must be a Pell Grant recipient.  Students apply indicating the school they are receiving their Pell Grant funding from.
    • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
    • Review Gilman Essays Writing Tips.
    • Review writing resources for ideas on crafting your Statement of Purpose:
    • Bring your draft to the Writing Center and get feedback on how to polish your diamond in the rough!
    • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
    • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select "Other" and indicate Mesa Community College
    Gillman-McCain Scholarship


    1st Tues. of October (awards announced in December)

    October 5, 2021
    11:59 PM PST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
      • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
      • Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
      • Direct PLUS Loans
      • Federal Pell Grants
      • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
      • Federal Perkins Loans
    • Must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member.
    • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard).
    • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gillman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.
    Title Date(s) More Information

    Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

    Application Opens:

    November 10, 2021

    Deadline: Jan. 12, 2022
    12 pm EST

    Minimum Award: $1,250

    • Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries.
    • Only MCC's England/Scotland France & Ireland programs qualify.
    • 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

    Deadline:  March 4, 2022
    11:59 PM MST

    Maximum Award: $800


    • Must be enrolled in 6 credit hours during Study Abroad Ireland.
    • 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 2022 Study Abroad Ireland program (REL250)
    • Must be able to demonstrate financial need by completing the 2021–2022 Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form at
    • Apply at:

    Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

    Title Date(s) and Time More Information


    General Information Sessions

    1-1:50 pm

    February 4
    February 11
    February 18
    February 25

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    ‪(US) +1 602-666-0783‬ (toll)

    Access code: 2480 109 9143

    Financial Aid Contact Information

    Financial Aid FAQS

    At Southern & Dobson, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at

    At Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton in Financial Aid 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 2022 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2021. For information, 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 9, 2022

    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.