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Irish American Scholars

Colleges and Universities that participate in the Study USA may send up to three students each year to study in Northern Ireland through the Irish American Scholars program.

Students may apply to study at the following schools:


Applicants must be a current sophomore or junior at a U.S. college or university that participates in Study USA and must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Process

Students must be nominated PDF Icon by their home institution and must submit:

  • A completed application form PDF Icon
  • An academic transcript through the most recent semester
  • A 500-word essay describing their educational objectives while studying in Northern Ireland
  • Two letters of reference—one from the student's academic advisor and one from a faculty member or administrator at the applicant's home institution

Students planning to study art must also submit a portfolio of their work.

Selection Criteria

Final selection and placement of students is done by the institutions in Northern Ireland.

The selection committee will consider a student's field of study to see if there are matching courses in Northern Ireland. Students who cannot advance their studies in a chosen field or who have not completed courses in their major will not be accepted. The committee will also consider a student's extra-curricular activities, especially those that relate to the student's field of study.


Irish American Scholars must register and pay any tuition and fees required at their home college or university. Tuition and fees in Northern Ireland will be waived. Students are responsible for housing, food, travel, books and other living expenses, some of which may be covered by financial aid. Students should contact the financial aid office at their home college or university to learn how this will apply in their particular situation.


Applications must be postmarked by February 1. Applicants will be notified of their placement before the end of March and must accept or decline by April 1.

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