Welcome to the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland
The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland are the experts at arranging educational and cultural visits to Ireland for school and college groups, and independent students of all ages.
Since 1996, we have introduced hundreds of teens and adults to an authentic Ireland through programs that have included history, literature, arts, music and culture.
Our programs include our legendary global scholars summer camp for teenagers, and our college programs and faculty-led trips which facilitate authentic and focused study abroad experiences for students in a safe, friendly and culturally rich location.
We offer authenticity, value for money, courtesy, genuine enthusiasm about what we do, professionalism, efficiency and friendliness.
- Safe and friendly
- English speaking
- Scenic and historic
- Culturally rich & diverse
- Great food and all diets catered for
- Easy access from US & European airports
- Wifi widely available and free
Why Institute of Study Abroad Ireland?
- Our mantra is authenticity. We take you off the beaten track, bypass commercial and ‘touristy’ locations and introduce you to a rich culture with a local flavor.
- Donegal wears Irish history on her landscape; ancient tombs, monasteries, castles, stately homes and Irish cottages.
- Donegal includes several Irish language speaking areas called Gaeltacht’s along the coastline.
- Donegal is the heartland for traditional Irish music and culture.
- Donegal’s proximity to Northern Ireland allows us to study the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Irish Civil Rights Movement, ‘The Troubles’ and the Irish Peace Process.
- Neighbouring Yeats’ Country is associated with the literature and folklore of Ireland.
- Donegal is the home of Irish surfing.
- Donegal is Ireland’s friendliest county. There is a Céad Míle Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes) everywhere you go.
Who We Are
Niamh Hamill Ph.D
Dr. Niamh Hamill founded the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland in 1996. Niamh is a lecturer in Irish history and culture and has lectured and presented both as an academic and a fervent promoter of study abroad programs worldwide. She gained her Ph.D. in History and Culture from Drew University.
John O’ Connell
John O’Connell is co-director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland. A Donegal native, John ensures excellent hospitality and a warm welcome for all our visitors. John oversees all your requirements in accommodation, transport, meal plans and the other logistics of your study abroad program.
See what our visitors are saying
I just wanted to say thank you for providing such a safe, caring and fun program. It was the perfect trip for Maya’s first time abroad on her own and she had an absolute blast! I think the friends she made will also determine future travel plans for her. She mentioned your invite to intern… how cool. I don’t doubt she will be back at some time or another. Getting to see the adventures on FB each day was a real treat – thank you so much !!
Hillary Clark, Maya’s Mom, Summer Camp 2016
Thank you again for the AMAZING trip. Everyone had such a meaningful experience. Before returning to teaching, I worked for several years sending Americans on short-term abroad programs. I can honestly say that I have never experienced a program than was better organized, educational, enriching, and plain fun. You have an outstanding program.
Karen Hindhede, M.A., Professor of English, Central Arizona College
I want to thank you SO much for taking such wonderful care of Charlotte and all of the others in your care! Charlotte had the most wonderful time! She loved every minute of her stay in Ireland, and I am so happy that we chose your camp to host her and Keri. She has never been away from home for that long, and it was so wonderful for us not to have to worry about her because she was in such good hands with you.
Karen Thornton (Charlotte’s mom), Summer Camp 2016
I have more than 25 years’ experience leading travel study projects for students in Ireland and South Africa, and my and my students’ experiences this January 2017 were some of the most positive and life-changing we’ve had. The Peace Studies field trips and Transatlantic Connections conference offered my students real life and also factual knowledge, not a bus window or television tourist view of Ireland. On the ground, the connections my students discovered between civil and human rights struggles in the U. S. (and particularly in the American South) and in the Republic of Ireland and N Ireland were profound and life-changing. Transatlantic connections conferences and peace studies travel are vitally important now more than ever, in my opinion.
Dr. Sandra L. Sprayberry, Robert Luckie Professor of English, Coordinator, Program in Human Rights and Conflict Studies, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
ISAI was able to plan an exceptional program for International Business and Entrepreneurship students.
The visit to Letterkenny Institute of Technology reinforced the importance of small business and entrepreneurship. The students were really impressed by the amount of support given to entrepreneurial ventures by the European Union. Our visit to the Donegal Craft Village had a very personal touch and students were able to see the intersection of art and business. I am convinced that our students are more prepared for management and business ownership because of their experiences while in Ireland. The opportunity to study business and entrepreneurship overseas gave our students the chance to expand their cultural knowledge and it provided an international perspective on business that a traditional classroom format (no matter how good!) just doesn’t provide.
The experience in Ireland was enriched when we were joined with students and faculty from two other community colleges from the United States. Collaborating with other colleges added diversity, knowledge, and laughter to the experience. I highly recommend, if possible, collaborating with other schools!
Katherine Clyde, Dean, Business Division, Pitt Community College