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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Dormitory, Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Program Description:

LSU in Ireland 2018

Please note: as of 3/19/2018, this program is full.  Applications received after this date will be placed on a waitlist.

St. Patrick may have driven out the snakes, but there are Tigers in Ireland every summer!

2014 LSU in Ireland group

You need General Education credits anyway, so why not earn them in one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in Europe?  You can learn about the literature, history, politics, and culture of a country that continues to influence American thought and culture.

Ireland has inspired cultural giants such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, U2, Van Morrison, and The Pogues.  There are many others who have offered their minds, hearts, and spirit to our American mindset.  


Come learn about these people and many others.  The beauty of Ireland will inspire you, the music will hook you, and the warmth of the people will make you want to stay.

Just a few of the things you could see and do this summer include:

  • Aran Islands
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Connemara Region
  • Famine Museum
  • Guinness Brewery
  • Book of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity College
  • James Joyce Museum
  • Giant's Causeway
  • St. Stephen's Green
  • Abbey Theatre
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Irish Parliament
You've heard a lot about Ireland; this is your chance to live there and see it for yourself!  Want to meet the students and faculty who will be traveling with you this summer?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
July 1 July 31 $3,100 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888

Program Fee Includes

  • girlirishguidebook

  • Many meals (see below for details)
  • Ground transportation in Ireland
  • Transportation between sites
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing: Bedding will be provided at all housing locations.  All locations have been chosen for both their convenience to local attractions and their safety and security.

Meals: Breakfasts on most days are included in the program fee; some lunches and dinners will also be provided (exact schedule to be determined).  

Advice and Suggestions (from students who went last year):

  • Do the pre-departure assignments right when they are available.  They take longer than you think.
  • Plan on not getting a lot of sleep and being very active every day.
  • Pack lightly and for all types of weather!  
  • Write a journal.  Don't be afraid to look like a tourist and take plenty of pictures.
  • Make sure you can unpack and repack your suitcase easily.
  • Buying groceries while in Ireland can help to save you a lot of money!
  • Bring more than three short-sleeved shirts and layer when needed.
  • Actually read the packing tips they give you at orientation!
  • Leave space in your suitcase for souvenirs.
  • Don't focus too much on what's going on back home.  Make new friends.
  • Review your class notes daily so you don't have to cram for exams!
  • Be prepared and bring your materials that you need or usually use to study.
  • The washing machines at Menlo are small; wash small loads only!
You can download a suggested packing list here: LSU in Ireland packing list.pdf and a list of packing essentials compiled by Dr. Veldman (who taught on the program last year) here: Veldman Packing Guide.pdf

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition and fees you pay are based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will be charged out of state tuition for courses taken through LSU, including courses taken on the LSU in Ireland program.

Mike on a planeAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own airfare to and from Ireland.  Do not purchase your ticket until you are told to do so by your Program Director, Dr. Geheber.

Once you are told to buy your ticket, you should plan to fly into Shannon Airport (near Galway) on July 2 (which means you will leave the US on July 1) and out of Dublin Airport on July 31. 

Note: You are not flying out of the same city in Ireland that you flew into!  

Spending money: You should budget €35 ($47) per day for food, although it will be possible to spend less, if the local grocery stores and kitchen facilities (available at all accommodations) are utilized.  You will also want spending money for souvenirs and nights out with friends.


UlyssesENGL 2123 (Location, Locale, and Landscape: Geography and Irish Literature) - Irish literature is strongly rooted to landscape and location, and this course will use "place" to give you an experiential reading of Irish literature.  The course will study prose, poetry, and drama that are associated with specific places in Ireland, whether through subject matter, settings, or the author's life.

ENGL 3220 (Writing the Revolution) - At the centenary of the Easter Rising, this course will examine literary works that focus on the rebellion in 1916 as well as other revolutionary movements in Ireland to give you an experiential reading of Irish war literature.  

This course will study prose, poetry, and drama that are associated with revolutionary and violent movements in specific places in Ireland, whether through subject matter, settings, or the author's life.  

HIST 2025 (Early Modern Irish & British History) - This course provides a survey of Early Modern Europe from the age of Reformations to the age of Revolutions with a concentration on Irish and English history.  You will explore the critical events and developments that shaped the development of the modern 'West' as we know it.  Through the use of primary and secondary sources, you will understand the progression of Early Modern European history, social and state structures, and cultural, religious, and intellectual developments.

girls in costumeHIST 3118 (Medieval Irish History) - This course will introduce you to the history of England and Ireland from 1175 - 1500 AD.  You will come to understand the complicated events that came together to help England first conquer Ireland and then advance from a medieval kingdom into an Early Modern state through a study of the medieval and biblical theme of the apocalypse.  

The Four Horsemen theme will be used to illustrate the turbulent nature of the time and the seriousness in which contemporary people looked upon the events.  The English Conquest of Ireland, the Great Famine of 1315, the Black Death Plague, the Hundred Years War, Subjugation of the Irish, the Peasants' Revolt, the War of the Roses, economic, social, and medieval issues relevant to the course will be discussed and situated within the historical context of Western history.

Natasha BinghamPOLI 2053 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) - This course emphasizes not just politics, but also historical and cultural conditions that shape the country's current economics and politics.  The first section of the course focuses on concepts, themes, and approaches in comparative politics; the second section focuses on individual case studies of Great Britain, France, Germany, and Ireland.

WGS 2900 (Gender, Race, and Nation) - This course explores the ways in which gender has been incorporated into discussions of citizenship and aims to familiarize you with the main theories and debates about gender and sexuality in order to highlight citizenship as a gendered, sexed, raced, and nationalized phenomenon.
Course Description Prerequisites
ENGL 2123* Location, Locale, and Landscape: Geography and Irish Literature ENGL 1001
ENGL 3220 Writing the Revolution ENGL 1001, 2000
ENGL 3920 Independent Study permission of instructor
HIST 2025 Early Modern Irish & British History  
HIST 3118 Medieval Irish History  
POLI 2053* Introduction to Comparative Politics  
WGS 2900* Gender, Race, and Nation  

* = meets general education requirement

All students on the LSU in Ireland program take two courses (six credit hours).  You must meet all prerequisites for the courses you take in Ireland.  Prerequisites are listed in the LSU Course Catalog.


Please note: This itinerary is tentative and may change based on cost, availability, and/or scheduling
April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
July 1 Depart the US
July 2 Arrive at Shannon (SNN) Airport; bus to Galway; move into Menlo Park apartments; orientation and walking tour of Galway
July 3 Galway: classes; Basics of Ireland quiz; free afternoon 
July 4 Galway: Aran Islands day trip
July 5 Galway: classes; farmer's market; traditional music night
July 6 Galway: classes; Trad on the Prom
July 7 Galway: classes
July 8 Galway: Connemara day trip; Kylemore Abbey; Cleggan; Omey Island near Clifden
July 9 Galway: classes; free afternoon
July 10 Galway: free day
July 11 Galway: day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren; Coole Park
July 12 Depart Galway; bus to Belfast; Clonmacnoise and Drogheda; check into Belfast International Youth Hostel; evening walking tour of Belfast
July 13 Belfast: classes; Ulster Museum
July 14 Belfast: Troubles Neighborhood Tour & Stormont with Ken Harper; afternoon classes
July 15 Belfast: classes; free afternoon
July 16 Belfast: classes/midterms
July 17 Depart Belfast; Giant's Causeway and Rope Bridge; arrive in Derry; check into Hostel Connect; evening Derry tour of the Bogside and Murals
July 18 Derry: classes; free afternoon
July 19 Depart Derry; Folk Park in Omagh; arrive in Sligo; check into St Angela's College
July 20 Sligo: classes; Lissadell House; Drumcliffe Church/Cemetery; Glencar Waterfall
July 21 Sligo: classes; free afternoon
July 22 Sligo: Parke's Castle; Carrowmore/Carrowkeel and Knocknarea
July 23 Depart Sligo; Newgrange & Drogheda; arrive in Dublin; check into Kinlay House; evening tour of Dublin
July 24 Dublin: classes; Book of Kells/National Library
July 25 Dublin: classes; Leinster House
July 26 Dublin: classes; Glasnevin Cemetery
July 27 Dublin: free day
July 28 Dublin: classes; Kilmainham Gaol & War Memorial Gardens
July 29 Dublin: study day; concert performance at National Concert Hall
July 30 Dublin: final exams; group dinner
July 31 Program ends; bus to Dublin Airport; fly home from Dublin or continue to travel Europe on your own
Aug 1 Grades are available via myLSU


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Keel Geheber
Program Director
English Keel Geheber
Dr. Natasha Bingham Political Science bingham
Ms. Erin Halloran History Erin Halloran

Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.