Ohio University

Ireland: Reading in the Enchanted West of Ireland

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Program Feature

Gen Ed

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Humanities and Social Sciences

Application Deadline

February 15 at 11:59pm

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


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

Upcoming Info Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 29th, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Baker 233

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.

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.

This program is offered annually.


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


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

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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.

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

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

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

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here