Perhaps one of the most unique and cherished study abroad programs at Mercyhurst University is Mercyhurst in Ireland. Each spring semester, a limited number of students are given the opportunity to travel alongside multiple Mercyhurst professors to the small coastal town of Dungarvan, Ireland to live and study for a period of twelve weeks.

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.

Mercyhurst in Ireland differs from any other program at the university because it allows students to spend an entire semester in a foreign country and integrate themselves fully into the culture and the community. The town of Dungarvan has warmly opened its heart to each new crop of Mercyhurst students since the beginning of the program, even giving them a special opportunity to march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

While living and studying in Dungarvan, students are also given the opportunity on weekends to travel in small groups around the rest of Ireland, as well as other European countries. These excursions allow for students to practice a great deal of independence, since students are given the freedom to arrange their own plans and itinerary for traveling, with the approval of the professors. During spring break, the entire group of students also travels to a different country with their professors. These mini excursions serve as a way for students to learn and broaden their horizons by experiencing different cultures and practicing independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing to live abroad for twelve weeks can be stressful, which is why a list of FAQs can often help to settle the most anxious of travelers. The following FAQs have been compiled from past students that completed a semester in Dungarvan, Ireland. Their experiences, their triumphs, and their laments can now be used as knowledge for future student travelers awaiting their own adventure in the land of Éire.

Are there scholarships available for Mercyhurst in Ireland?

Yes. Each fall semester, students are notified via email of scholarships that Mercyhurst offers, with help from several generous donors. The scholarship amounts vary from one to the other. The following fall term, each recipient of the scholarships must make a presentation to fellow students that include information, event details, and photographs from their study abroad experience.

Am I allowed to use Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to assist with my Ireland fees?

No. Unfortunately, TMS must be cancelled before the travel period, and each student must have paid in full before they are permitted to leave. TMS may be reinstated once the student has returned from their study abroad trip.

What classes will I take?

Students often take the opportunity to complete many of their core requirements while in Ireland, including literature, philosophy, and history. The list of classes offered for Ireland vary from year to year. Online classes are also available to choose from.

What should I bring with me from home?

Most students feel pressured to bring more items from home with them than are necessary. Many who have completed a semester in Ireland will gladly pass on the advice that "less is more." Dungarvan is indeed a small town, but there are several stores and places to buy clothing, toiletries, groceries, and anything else one may need. Living abroad is a great opportunity to learn how to live with the essentials, but no matter what, each student can be sure that by the end of their semester abroad, they will be an expert packer!

Peanut butter is one of the only products from home that is difficult to find in Ireland, so most past travelers suggest that students who love their peanut butter pack a jar of their favorite spread in checked luggage

Contact Us

Dr. Heidi Hosey
Dean of Global Programs and Experiential Learning
Office: Preston 105
Phone: 814-824-2336