Customised Programs – Faculty Led

‘In essence, all Irish Heritage School Programs are custom built, because each faculty / institution brings its own valuable perspective.’

The Irish Heritage School (IHS) has a long track record working with a host of universities and faculty 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, with longer and shorter options available.

We commit that each IHS 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’; and
  • centred around local communities with whom we have long-standing and committed relationships – so you are guaranteed a warm welcome by a community that is eager to make your stay as enjoyable, productive and ‘homely’ as possible.

There are numerous reasons for you to choose the IHS for the provision of your customized program:

  • 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; and
  • We are committed to what we do and are passionate about it.

In the past we have customized programs related to natural heritage (for example geology, environmental science, landscape studies), cultural heritage (for example archaeology, history and anthropology) and entirely different disciplines (including health, arts, theatre, etc). If there is something you are interested in please contact us, as we should be able to facilitate it!

Each customized program typically includes:

  • Placement on program led by a dedicated academic / industry leader;
  • Airport transfer;
  • 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; and
  • 24/7 in-country support team.

All our programs are uniquely designed for your institution. Assistance which may be included as part of your program or offered as an extra include:

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

(Not Included: Airfare and spending money)

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Customized Program Fees

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 customized program, please contact us.


Our customized 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!

For further information please contact us.


‘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 Guinan, Heritage Officer for Meath County Council, Ireland