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  • Locations: Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring/Spring Break
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 5-Grad Student
Program Description:
[enables Grad Ed students to examine issues of practice and policy. Class visits 3-5 HE institutions in Ireland. Topics: national structure of HE and driving national policy; access and equity; community engagement; res life, etc.; compares HE policy and practice in Ireland and the US.]
Short-Term Faculty-Led Course

Merrimack Global Course

Higher Ed Group in IrelandThis course on HED5859 Higher Education Policy and Practice in Ireland enables graduate education students to examine in person the issues of practice and policy studied over the course of the spring semester. During spring break the class will visit to three to five higher education institutions in Ireland – Dublin, Galway and Cork over the course of spring break. Students will learn about the national structure of higher education in Ireland and driving national policy. We will examine issues of access and equity student engagement and experience, community engagement, resident life, and student services and affairs in Irish higher education. We will have an opportunity to see how students are supported through visits to student affairs offices at a variety of Irish institutions. We will learn about policy through visits to the Higher Education Authority, which is the national regulatory body as well at the Irish University Association, the representative body for Irish Universities. Students will draw comparisons between higher education policy and student affairs practice in Ireland and in the United States.

The weekly seminars meet all throughout the spring semester both before and after the on-site component in Ireland. The the on-site component in Ireland itself takes place during spring break.

During the on-site portion of the course, you will visit:
  • Trinity College – Student Services Office, Resident Life
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Ireland Higher Education Authority in Dublin
  • Irish Universities Association
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • University College Cork


Elaine Ward headshotElaine Ward Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Higher Education
Telephone: 978-837-3572
Site Coordinator:
Kate Loughlin, M. Ed.
Promise Program|Academic Success Coach/Learning Specialist
Phone: 978-837-3459


The program cost of $3,400 includes the following:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • On-site transportation
  • Tickets for cultural activities and excursions that are part of the courses
  • International health insurance
***Upon acceptance, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm acceptance. 

BILLING: The Bursar's Office will charge the program fee to your account. Payments are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Institutional and Federal Financial Aid can not be used towards these program fees. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: The Office of Global Education (GEO) offers scholarships to students who participate in our short-term, faculty-led academic courses. The GEO offers both need-based scholarships and academic excellence awards.  To apply, please download and complete the scholarship application form below. Please review form carefully for scholarship instructions and deadlines!

GEO Faculty-Led Scholarship Form.pdf
***Neither the need-based scholarship nor the merit award are guaranteed. 



This course is open to graduate students in the Higher Education and Community Engagement program. Students must complete the following by the application deadline:
  • Submit the online application
***All applicants will have an interview with the faculty leaders after the application deadline.  Faculty leaders will contact applicants to schedule interview.

This program is currently not accepting applications.