The History of Ireland

Revolutionaries, rich traditions, religious conflicts and more will guide this historical tour across Ireland

Learn about places and spaces of authority in Irish history and women’s cultural contributions to the country’s history while exploring the iconic settings and rich traditions of Ireland and experiencing contemporary Irish life. This GSP will help students to explore various aspects of Irish history and writing through direct experience in the culture.


In an interdisciplinary approach, employing tools from social and cultural history, theology, gender studies, and military history, for example, students will learn about Irish history first hand. The program’s itinerary is designed to maximize participants' exposure to important locations throughout Ireland, in and around Belfast, Derry, Roscommon, Cork, and Dublin. Students will find themselves immersed in a culturally dynamic experience through interactions with local experts, public memorials, cultural institutions, and ordinary people.

Key information






Spring 2021

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status


Application deadline


Eligibility requirements

This program is open to accepting students from all majors. For additional eligibility requirements, please see below.

Information sessions

Watch video here (info session from Sept. 17, 2020)

Student experience

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Info session Fall 2020

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Glenn Wilkinson ( or Dr. Laurel Halladay (

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Travel advisory for Ireland
Lonely Planet Guide for Ireland

Program details

Students must take both of the listed courses.

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses Offered

    HTST 493.XX: Special Topics in History: Women in Irish History (3 units)
    HTST 493.XX: Special Topics in History: Places and Spaces of Authority in Irish History (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

    Both courses require consent of the department for to enroll

  1. Pre-departure

    Date TBD: Pre-departure orientation on campus

    May 1 - 5: Academic Sessions on campus

  2. In-field

    May 7: Depart from Calgary to Belfast

    May 8 - 10: Belfast

    May 11 - 13: Derry

    May 14 - 16: Roscommon

    May 17 - 20: Cork

    May 21 - 25: Dublin

    May 26: Depart Dublin for Calgary or further travel

    For a detailed itinerary, click here

  3. Post-field

    To be determined

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of The History of Ireland Group Study Program is $7,129. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Students will stay at safe, clean and student appropriate accommodations. 

More details to come. 

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application, unofficial transcript, and supplementary questionnaire have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. **Additional Documents

    1. Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
    2. Download the 2021 History of Ireland Questionnaire, answer the questions, and email your completed questionnaire to your Group Study.
    3. Email both to
  3. Discussion with instructor

    If your instructor has any further questions, they will contact you to clarify via email or in-person. 

    Once they have determined that you are a good fit for the program, your advisor will email you with a notification of your acceptance and your next steps. 

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.


It was incredible to be surrounded by so much information all the time, whether through museums, professors, tour guides, road signs, books, or people we passed on the street. I truly learned something new every day.


Past Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.