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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Trim, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Housing Option: Guest House Areas of Study: Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, History, Humanities, International Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W2 Four Week Session 2 Academic Credit: History
Education Abroad Coordinator: Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Program Description:




This 4-week session 2 course is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience first-hand the history of medieval Ireland. The program gives students an introduction to medieval history, with a special focus on the religious landscape of the area and an introduction to the field of bioarchaeology. Students will travel to Trim, Ireland for a first-hand experience of discovering the past. The group will spend four weeks participating actively in an archaeological excavation of a medieval monastery and cemetery: the Blackfriary. In Trim, students will be trained in excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists from the Irish Archaeology Field School. Students will also participate in group field trips to surrounding areas and have the opportunity to explore parts of Ireland on their own.

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The Blackfriary is located in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. This is a small town approximately 40 minutes from the city of Dublin. Trim retains much of its medieval street pattern, with buildings of archaeological and historical importance including the surviving elements of the original medieval town wall, church buildings dating from the thirteenth century. The town is dominated by Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Trim is also a vibrant market town with shops, cafes and walking trails.


In Ireland, students will live in homestays in the town of Trim. 

Resident Directors

Alison Beach is a historian of medieval history at The Ohio State University, where she is an Associate Professor. She was an undergraduate at Smith College, where she studied with Prof. Lester Little and received a B.A. She did her graduate work at Columbia University, where she received an M.A. (History), an M.Phil. (Religion) and a Ph.D. (Religion). Her Doktorvater was Prof. Robert Somerville and she also worked closely with Prof. Caroline Walker Bynum. Professor Beach has held visiting and permanent positions at the College of William and Mary, Temple University, the University of Cologne, the University of Trier, the University of Bonn, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary (New York). In addition, for two years she was a post-doctoral research assistant for Prof. Giles Constable at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Dr. Alison Beach

Education Abroad Coordinator

Tiffany R. Pierskalla
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Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of History 3798.01 for the Summer. 



Application Requirement

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. 

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,359 program fee. The program fee includes lodging, most meals, local transportation, activities, and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, some meals, and personal expenses.  Please refer to the programs budget sheet for complete breakdown of billed and out-of-pocket expenses.

The program fee has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.




Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 15th from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Enarson Classroom Building room 160
  • Thursday, January 11th from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Enarson Classroom Building room 160


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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I struggled a bit with the physical aspects of the program, especially walking to and from site every day. The program director does make it clear that you have to walk to and from site every day though. I did wish we had been forewarned about the hiking we did during one of our field trips, which I think will be done again in the future. So do be warned, you might have a day where you hike 10 miles up and down hills.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 02/15/2018 06/02/2018 06/30/2018
NOTE: Program dates include estimated travel time to and from the US.