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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Enniskerry, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer, Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Government and International Policy, Anthropology, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

History and Culture

Ireland, Summer 2021

History and Culture Ireland
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 July 6 - 20, 2021.

Program Highlights

  • 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


6 credits

Students will choose two 3-credit courses during the application process for a total of 6 credits.

Course Options

  • 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)

Program Dates*

July 6 - 20, 2021


Day 1 Arrive in Dublin – check-in to hotel
Hop On/Hop Off Dublin bus tour
Celtic Night group dinner @ 7:30pm
Day 2 Kilmainham Gaol (morning) and Dublin Castle (afternoon)
Day 3 Day trip to Meath: Knowth & Newgrange (9:30am – 5:00pm)
Day 4 Day trip to Wicklow: Powerscourt & Glendalough (9:30am – 5:00pm)
Day 5 Free Day
Day 6 Coach to Kerry with stop @ Irish National Stud and Rock of Cashel (9:00am – 6:00pm)
Check into hotel
Day 7 Day tip to Ring of Kerry
Day 8 Day trip to Dingle Peninsula
Day 9 Seminar (10:00am – noon)
Free Afternoon
Day 10 Coach to Galway with stop at Adare for group lunch
Check into hotel
Day 11 Day trip to Clare: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
Day 12 Day trip to Connemara with stop at Glenglowla
Day 13 Day trip to Inisheer with base of Cliffs boat tour on return
Day 14 Final Exam (10:00am)
Free afternoon
Group Dinner (6:30pm)
Day 15 Coach to Dublin Airport @ 7:30am
Depart Ireland
* 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.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: $4,300

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equal the published Program Cost for this course. 


  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Cultural tours and excursions
  • Some meals (breakfast daily),
  • International emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, Passport and visa fees, COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, vaccinations, 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 and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

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. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.

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 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 Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits" forms are available in the MasonAbroad application system once the office of financial aid can review aid for this program. 

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

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:

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021


Application requirements:*

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. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until mid to late February.

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Kelly Dunne
Name Kelly Dunne
Phone 703-993-1454 

GEO Program Administrator

Name Allie Wallace
Phone 703-993-3082
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.