Welcome to the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

Our Story

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 summer programs, summer camps and faculty led programs that have included history, literature, arts, music and culture.

Our specialist and summer 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.

summer camp to Ireland

Why Ireland?

  • 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.

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Why A Summer Program In Donegal?

  • 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.

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Who We Are

Dr Niamh Hammill of Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

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, Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

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.

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