Study abroad in Ireland with IFSA

Burren College of Art Partnership

Program Overview

See painting, photography, drawing, or sculpture with a new perspective on the beautiful west coast of Ireland. Make a restored 16th-century castle your home as you learn from international faculty through one-on-one mentoring and a mix of courses in studio art, interdisciplinary studio art, and liberal arts, with an independent studio option.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

October 15

Minimum GPA

3.00

Credit load

15

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Burren College of Art Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Look at the up-to-date list of courses on the Burren College of Art's online course brochure.

You will select a combination of five courses from the following:

  • One or two studio courses in a core discipline (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography)
  • One or two interdisciplinary studio courses (such as Mixed Media, Art in Context, Art and Ecology, Performance and Time Arts)
  • At least one liberal arts course (Irish Studies, Art History and Creative Writing).

Credit Conversions

1 module = 3 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab and Field Trip Fees

Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Application Requirements

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letters

Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.

Visa and Resident Permit Requirements

  • A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • A resident permit is required for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

Transcript

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. They are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included local rugby matches, theater performances, comedy gigs, and castle tours.

Program Excursions:

IFSA Excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability. Typically, students participate in a long weekend trip to rural Connemara in County Galway. An additional trip to Belfast and the Antrim Coast include visits to Dunluce Castle, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, and Giant’s Causeway.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Housing at BCA is self-catered, and have fully equipped kitchens with oven, microwave, dishwasher, and laundry facilities. There is a cafeteria on campus where lunches can be purchased, or there is an optional meal plan.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

January 4, 2023

April 22, 2023

$20,575

October 15

Fall 2023

Late August 2023

Mid-December 2023

$20,575 (estimated)

April 1

Academic Year 2023-2024

Late August 2023

Late April 2024

Contact IFSA

April 1

Spring 2024

Early January 2024

Late April 2024

$20,575 (estimated)

October 15

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

January 4, 2023

Term ends

April 22, 2023

Program costs

$20,575

Application deadline

October 15

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Late August 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$20,575 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Academic Year 2023-2024

Term begins

Late August 2023

Term ends

Late April 2024

Program costs

Contact IFSA

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early January 2024

Term ends

Late April 2024

Program costs

$20,575 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 15

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