This course explores the history and culture of Ireland to present day. We 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. We will finally 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.
Students will complete several online modules prior to the in-country portion of the course, which is May 16 – 31.
- Explore the history and culture of Ireland from prehistory to present day, focusing on key historical events and cultural aspects such as music, literature & folk tales, politics, religion, identity, and the land itself.
- While based in Dublin, Kerry, and Galway, students will visit significant historical and cultural sites in the following counties: Meath, Wicklow, Kildare, Tipperary, Mayo, and Clare.
This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Minimum GPA: 2.25
Students will choose two 3-credit courses during the application process for a total of 6 credits.
- INTS 399: Study Abroad (can be taken for 3 or 6 credits)
- HIST 398: Historical Study Abroad (3 credits)
- GLOA 480: Study Abroad (can be taken for 3 or 6 credits)
May 16-May 31, 2021
||Arrive in Dublin – check-in to hotel
Hop On/Hop Off Dublin bus tour
Celtic Night group dinner @ 7:30pm
||Kilmainham Gaol (morning) and Dublin Castle (afternoon)
||Day trip to Meath: Knowth & Newgrange (9:30am – 5:00pm)
||Day trip to Wicklow: Powerscourt & Glendalough (9:30am – 5:00pm)
||Coach to Kerry with stop @ Irish National Stud and Rock of Cashel (9:00am – 6:00pm)
Check into hotel
||Day tip to Ring of Kerry
||Day trip to Dingle Peninsula
||Seminar (10:00am – noon)
||Coach to Galway with stop at Adare for group lunch
Check into hotel
||Day trip to Clare: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
||Day trip to Connemara with stop at Glenglowla
||Day trip to Inisheer with base of Cliffs boat tour on return
||Final Exam (10:00am)
Group Dinner (6:30pm)
||Coach to Dublin Airport @ 7:30am
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Summer 2021: Coming soon!
Summer 2019: $5,010
Included: Tuition for 6 credits, cultural tours and excursions, some meals (breakfast daily), international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
March 10, 2021
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.