Over the past 30 years, Mercyhurst University has established a strong connection with Dungarvan, a thriving seaside harbor town in County Waterford, Ireland. Our presence in Dungarvan and relationships with local leaders have helped foster one of the most immersive and engaging study abroad opportunities in the region. With your support, together we are eager and prepared to expand the scope of an already successful international endeavor.

In 1843, Frances Ward, a 33-year-old Irish nun and protégé of Catherine McAuley, left the House of Mercy in Dublin and made the voyage to America with six other Sisters of Mercy. Within 15 years, the Sisters of Mercy had established three U.S. foundations. It would be another 68 years until the Sisters of Mercy, led by Mother M. Borgia Egan, founded Mercyhurst College on a stretch of Pennsylvania farmland overlooking Lake Erie. The evidence of Mercyhurst’s Irish heritage can be found all over its campus today. Now, Mercyhurst University finds itself confronted by a remarkable opportunity to reaffirm and ultimately reimagine its bond to Ireland. Through the support of Waterford City and County, Mercyhurst University has the chance to establish a full-fledged international campus, including residence facilities and a theater, on six acres of land in Dungarvan, Ireland.


Director of Study Abroad
Dr. Heidi Hosey
Preston 105
Phone: 814-824-2336