office of international programs
The land of faeries and heroes, of songs and poetry, Ireland is a country that has captivated the human imagination for centuries. Scholars and writers have found inspiration in the Emerald Isle, and that tradition continues to this day. Coupled with a global economy and history marked by conflict and reconciliation, Ireland has much to offer students of all disciplines.
Students are integrated into the Irish university system and choose from classes in the humanities, business law, and science.
BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
BC students wishing to study in Ireland have the choice of several programs, including National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork. All of these programs offer access to their host cities, as well as excellent academic programs.
BC Programs - Summer
Please visit our Summer Programs Page to learn about current offerings.
Approved External Programs
Boston College has over 60 BC programs around the world. To accommodate those students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.
Please note that if Boston College has a contractual agreement with an institution abroad, BC students may attend that institution only through a BC program and not through direct enrollment or through another college, university or independent organization.
In preparation for your study abroad in Ireland, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Ireland, your advisor is Sara Brown.
To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Sara, please click here.
As an EU member, the euro is Ireland's official currency. Euros come in seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros) and eight coins (1- and 2-euro coins and 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-cent coins). You can exchange money at many banks and post offices as well as foreign-exchange offices.
It is important to remember that euros and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Ireland, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Irish Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
English is the most widely spoken language in Ireland and is the main language of communcaiton in most areas of the country. However, Irish Gaelic maintains an important symbolic status in politics and literature, and students are encouraged to explore the language through coursework or independently, particularly if the student wishes to visit the Gaeltacht, or the Irish-speaking sections of the country.
Irish customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some times for successful cultural integration may be found here.
You do not need a visa to study abroad in Ireland. Upon arrival in Ireland you must also have a letter of admission from your host university and a letter from a parent or guardian guaranteeing the amount of funds available annually to support you there. Without proper documentation you may have difficulty getting through customs. When you are admitted by the Irish Immigration Officers your passport will be computer-swiped and date stamped; you will have to register with the local Immigration Office within one month of that date.
There is a 300 € charge for registration with the Immigration Office. Representatives of the Aliens Office will contact the University shortly after the start of term to facilitate registration for all international students. To register with immigration you will be required to produce the following:
- Application form provided by host university
- Valid US passport
- Host university student ID card
- Evidence of financial support
The acceptable form of financial evidence is generally considered to be an Irish bank statement (your name and address must be on it) showing funds of at least 500 € per month of your stay. Your host university will advise you about this; however, if you need to open an Irish Bank account you will need proof of residence in the US (driver’s license), an address in Ireland (letter from your host university's International Office), and a valid US passport.
Vaccinations are not required for U.S. citizens.