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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
History and Politics of Ireland

History and Politics of Ireland

This course explores the history and politics of Ireland from approximately 1600 to present day. The course will begin with a brief overview of Neolithic inhabitants, and the effects of Christianity and the influx of the Norse on Celtic Ireland. We will then investigate the repercussions of over 800 years of English/British influence in Ireland, specifically examining the road to independence and ‘The Troubles’ of a divided island. Finally, students will consider Ireland of the 21st century: a member of the European Union, and a place of vibrant culture and immigration—after a long history of isolation, censorship and emigration.  

This program will be transitioning to a summer program for 2018.

Program Details

Credits Offered:

  • Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • History (HIST) 388: Topics in European History
  • Anthropology (ANTH) 398: Study Abroad
  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. 
Application Checklist


Double or triple occupancy in hotels.

Program Cost (Winter 2017): $3200

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Cultural tours and excursions
  • Some meals (breakfast daily and additional meals as outlined below)
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Personal spending


Day 1 Arrive in Dublin. Group dinner and Celtic night.
Day 2 Coach Tour of Dublin, including Kilmainham Gaol & Glasnevin Cemetery.
Day 3 Free Day. Traditional Music Walking Tour in the evening.
Day 4 Tours of Leinster House and Dublin Castle Tour.
Day 5 Coach to Galway with stop at Clonmacnoise.
Day 6 Day trip to Connemara.
Day 7 Day trip to Burren & Cliffs of Moher.
Day 8 Free day in Galway.
Day 9 Coach to Belfast with stop at Newgrange.
Day 10 Coach tour of Belfast, including visit to Stormont.
Day 11 Day trip to Antrim Coast, including Giant's Causeway.
Day 12 Final exam. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 13 Students return to US.
 *Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed. Full syllabus available upon request.

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Kelly Dunne

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.