The Irish Heritage School (IHS) has a long track record of working with a host of universities and faculties to develop and successfully deliver unique study abroad options. Our programs are typically two to four weeks in duration but can be structured to meet the individual demands of your institution. In the past we have customized programs related to natural heritage (for example geology, environmental science and landscape studies), cultural heritage (for example archaeology, history and anthropology) and entirely different disciplines, including health, arts and theatre. For more information or to arrange a study abroad programs contact us now.

Every Irish Heritage School Program: 

Is custom built specific to your requirements to ensure that participants get to visit the most appropriate sites and organisations and gain access to the leading experts and academics, which best complement their program of study

Has at its core a strong academic foundation, which is balanced by practical experiential learning, with a focus on our fantastic ‘outdoor classroom’

Is centred around local communities with whom we have long-standing and committed relationships – so you are guaranteed a warm welcome from a community that is eager to make your stay as enjoyable as possible

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Why Choose the Irish Heritage School for your customised trip?

Our staff includes some of the foremost academics from a variety of heritage sectors in the country, with a wealth of experience in several different sectors.

We only work with a small group of core committed communities, helping to create an immediate sense of community/belonging for incoming institutions

Our host communities are actively supportive of IHS and are eager to make your stay as productive and enjoyable as possible

We are committed to what we do and are passionate about it

Natural Heritage Programs

We provide a range of environmental science programs, exploring themes on biodiversity, sustainability and environmental management. Our expertise in environmental science means we are well equipped to plan and deliver any program related to natural heritage, land-use and environmental management.

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Cultural Heritage Programs

Under the aegis of the Irish Archaeology Field School, we provide a suite of cultural heritage programs, including archaeology, anthropology, history, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology and forensic anthropology. Each program allows students to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation or research project in a supported teaching environment

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Community Engagement Programs

IHS operates in a small number of committed host communities, meaning extensive community buy in, significant local support and established community partnerships. Our ethos lends itself well to community engaged programs, especially Service Learning, but in reality, any faculty programs which wants to work with and understand Ireland at a community level

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Customised Programs

IHS specialises in using both our experience and extensive academic and local partnerships to create unique one of a kind bespoke faculty led programs. While most past programs are ‘heritage related’ we have also created numerous programs outside this sphere, in disciplines such as Health, Arts, Literature, Religion, Tourism etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is usually included as part of the package?

  • Placement on program led by a dedicated academic / industry leader
  • Airport transfers
  • Homestay accommodation and all meals
  • All required facilities, laboratories, field stations, classrooms etc
  • Field trips, workshops and lectures
  • Welcome/project pack
  • In-country orientation and welcome event
  • Pre-departure advising and application assistance
  • 24/7 in-country support team.

What else can be included on request?

  • Health Insurance (if not already offered by the travelling institution)
  • Additional extras (as requested by the institution)

What is not included?

  • Airfare and spending money

How much do your customised programs cost?

All our programs are bespoke and cater individually for institutions based on their budget and desired length of stay. If you wish to discuss a customised program, please contact us for more information 

How can we apply for a customised program?

Our customised programs can be arranged at any time throughout the year (although certain local partners and activities are only available at specific times). We individually match each institution to their most suitable locations and activities, so typically encourage interested individuals/institutions to make contact with us as soon as possible to start creating their program.

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Photos of some of our recent guests.


We had such a great time working with the Irish Heritage School both virtually and on-site in Birr. Denis and Steve were able to accommodate all of our requests ahead of arrival and both our faculty/staff leaders and students enjoyed having Mairead joining us on our excursions throughout the week. As a performing arts-based program we were impressed to see the extent of the IHS’s network across Ireland. We were able to visit all of our ‘dream’ locations (including a fiddle maker’s workshop) as well as some big tourist destinations like the Cliffs of Moher. I think a big highlight of the program for our students was the homestays. We had first time travellers in our group and I think the homestays and small-town feel of Birr helped them feel more at home. I would recommend the Irish Heritage School to anyone looking for a faculty-led program in Ireland.’

Emily Dougherty,Education Abroad Advisor, University of North Dakota

‘Working with the Irish Heritage School has been an extremely positive and productive collaboration for Meath County Council. The IHS have a proven track record for delivering projects, are truly experts in their field and their can-do attitude has transformed a site neglected for many centuries into an award winning community-driven project recognised both nationally and internationally. They are excellent communicators and can engage students and the public in a participative and engaging manner. They have built very strong community relationships and have gained local respect and support in recognition of this effort. They are experienced in tailoring bespoke programs, specific to the requirement of individual institutions.’

Dr Loreto GuinanHeritage Officer for Meath County Council, Ireland

To date we have built custom programs for a number of institutions including: