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, with dates announced soon!
- Explore the history and culture of Ireland from prehistory to present day, focusing on key historical events and cultural aspects such as music, literature, 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, 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 / June, 2022
||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 2022: Coming soon!
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.
Summer 2021: $4,300
- Application fee
- Tuition for 6 credits and registration fees
- Cultural tours and excursions
- Some meals (breakfast daily)
- Guided tours and excursions, as described in the itinerary
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International emergency medical insurance
- Visa fees
- Personal spending
- COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
- COVID-19 testing while abroad
- 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.
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)
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.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
- Mark "Yes" to "Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?" in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
* 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: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at MasonLed@gmu.edu to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at Military@gmu.edu.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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, 2022
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.
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.