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Ireland: Reading Literature in the Enchanted West of Ireland

Group photo in Ireland from 2018 program



This program is a unique way to learn about the literature of Ireland first-hand!
Students will begin their experience by spending four days in Carraroe, a small village in the Gaeltect (or Irish speaking region of Ireland) where they will participate in a cultural immersion program that will include a range of activities designed to familiarize the students with Irish language, culture, and history. While in Carraroe, students will stay with Irish speaking families.
After the immersive experience, student will head to Galway, where they will spend the next four weeks taking classes taught by OHIO program directors at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Located in the west of Ireland, Galway is known for its rich cultural heritage and the physical and geographical beauty of the areas that surround it. In addition to taking courses, students will have the opportunity to visit several historical and cultural sites throughout the west of Ireland.
Photos from past programs can be found on Instagram @bobcatsingalway

Info sessions

  • Tuesday, November 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Ellis 109
  • Wednesday, November 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Ellis 109

Program Dates

July 6 - August 6, 2020

*Students will need to depart the U.S. on July 5 in order to arrive in Ireland on July 6.

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to all undergraduate Ohio University students with a sophomore, junior or senior class standing that have successfully completed ENG 1510. The minimum GPA for admission consideration is 3.0, but students not meeting this requirement may petition the directors to obtain permission to apply. An interview with the directors is required.

This program accepts Non-Ohio University students. Non-Ohio students must have achieved sophomore standing at an accredited college or university and must submit transcript(s) for college course work completed.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2020

Apply here

Living Arrangements  

Students will be housed in shared residencies/apartments in Galway with kitchen facilties available. During the four-day homestay portion of the program, participants will be staying with Irish host families and may share a room with other OHIO participants. During this portion of the trip, students will be provided with three meals per day.

Courses and credits

Students will earn a total of 6 credits. Students choose from the following courses:

  • ENG 3070J: Writing and Research in English Studies, 3 credits (J-COMP)
  • ENG 3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II, 3 credits (J-COMP)
  • ENG 3350: Irish Literature
  • ENG 3850: Writing about Culture and Society


Students will visit Gort, Carraroe, Connemara & Cong, and Aran Islands during the program. 


Undergraduate Summer 2020 Budget Worksheet 

Program fee includes: accommodations, in-country transportation during program activities, excursions, welcome and farewell dinners and international health insurance.

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Ireland

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accessibility accommodations

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Please review the  entry and exit requirements for Ireland. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. However, you may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.

Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information, contact:

Thomas Scanlan
Program Director

Heather Edwards
Program Director

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu






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