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Ireland Summer Abroad | May 17 - June 12

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Program Dates & Locations:
  • Dingle, Ireland May 17 − May 28, 2015
  • Dublin, Ireland May 28 – June 7, 2015
  • Bangor, Wales June 7 – June 12, 2015
Ireland/Wales Study Abroad Overview

Experience this program across the span of three magnificent locations in two countries while being taught by distinguished faculty from America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Commencing in mid-May each year, the program is ideally timed following final exams, allowing students to return early to a summer internship, job or even begin a European odyssey of post-program travel across Europe.

The program starts in Dingle, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way where you will experience stunning scenery, excellent accommodation and experience traditional Irish Culture where many of the inhabitants speak Gaelic as their first language and English as their second. The program then moves to Ireland’s capital, cosmopolitan Dublin, where you will experience some of the friendliest people on earth and the home of Trinity College, Book of Kells and Guinness. Then, we cross the Irish Sea to historic Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom where the people speak an ancient language, full of mystery and beauty in addition to English. The castles in Wales are of World Heritage Status and are a site to behold. Bangor Law is ranked number one in “lecturers [that] are great at explaining things and helping [students] understand,” in the UK wide 2014 National Student Survey.

So, if you want to see mega castles, experience European culture, and learn about the most progressive law-based collaboration between the 28 sovereign countries under the European Union’s “Single Market’s Four Freedoms” system, this program is for you. If you want to learn why U.S. Corporations seek to set up in the EU as their foreign destination, and how the EU has the legal power to block mega-mergers in the U.S., this program is for you. And if this isn’t enough we offer a comparative focus on a different topic of interest each year to round out the program. So, if this seems to be the right fit for you, we cordially invite you to join us for a summer of learning and a memorable cultural experience that will be a highlight of your law school career.

Program Features
  • Up to 6.0 credit hours of ABA-approved credit
  • Courses taught by distinguished faculty (PDF) from America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
  • Same flat fee for residents/nonresidents/international students
  • Included in package price:
    • Visits to legal institutions in Ireland and England
    • Field trips to historical destinations
    • Dublin bus pass for self-guided tour
    • Stop at Kerry Airport for those wishing to travel over long weekend
    • Impromptu gatherings with students and faculty
    • Course materials
    • Transportation between program locations
    • Accommodations at Dingle Harbour Cottages, UCD and Bangor Student Residences
    • Welcome Dinner for program group
    • Dingle Departure Party for program group and invited locals
    • Farewell Dinner for program group with barristers, solicitors and invited guests

A $150 per person, non-refundable deposit must accompany your registration form. A second payment of $450 is due on March 3, 2014.  Deposits can be made online. Registrations received on/after  March 3 (contingent upon space availability) must include both the first and second deposit to reserve space. The balance of $4,450 is due April 11 by check, payable on May 23 to accommodate those seeking financial aid. Please submit the following forms along with your deposit:

Insurance proof: The University requires all program participants to provide proof of insurance from HTH Worldwide for emergency medical evacuation and expatriation of remains. A group policy is available for program registrants through UMKC & HTH. Learn more (PDF).

Passport: Participants are responsible for obtaining a valid passport. Visas are not required.

Cancellation policy: The Ireland program has operated successively since its inception in 2000. However, UMKC reserves the right to cancel for insufficient enrollment or under extraordinary circumstances such as natural disaster, war, political instability or emergency. In such an unlikely event you will be notified by email and receive a full refund, including the deposit, within 20 days after the cancellation. If requested, the program director will use his best efforts to arrange for students to enroll in a similar program. Significant Program initiated changes will be communicated promptly by email to all applicants who may then cancel and receive a full refund within 20 days.
Due to the non-refundable nature of our accommodations, arrangements, and host institutions policies, student initiated cancellations before March 3rd will incur a $150 cancellation penalty. Student-initiated cancellation after March 3, 2014 will incur a $600 per person cancellation penalty. If student initiated cancellation occurs after April 11, 2014, there is a 100 percent cancellation penalty. However, the 100 percent cancellation penalty, less the non-refundable deposit of $600, may be waived if the program is at capacity and a qualified substitute is found to fill the unexpected vacancy.


Participants will be housed at the Cedarwood Lodges in Dingle and at campus facilities in Dublin and Bangor Wales. The modern facilities are variously configured to sleep from five to eight persons per unit. Each apartment features private bedrooms, a bathroom/shower, common living area and fully equipped kitchen to permit self-catering. 

Classes are conducted within easy walking distance and are conducted in modern classrooms on campus and in a historic building in Dingle. Students are responsible for securing their own accommodations for any travel on weekends away from campus. The usual range of food services, shops, pay phones, faxes and postal services are readily available. Commercial transportation to the central city is convenient and reasonably priced at both urban locations.   

Exams, Grading and Transfers

There will be a separate written examination for each course. The primary instructor will grade it as pass/fail (unless your school requires an alphanumeric grade). UMKC is the credit granting institution and in conjunction with the SIU Co-director will evaluate student performance for ABA-approved credit.

This program is ABA-approved for 6.0 hours of academic credit. UMKC will provide supporting documents, but ultimately the decision to accept transfer credit and grades is the responsibility of each academic institution. Further, overseas study programs may not meet your school’s residency or accelerated graduation requirements. Students are advised to confer with your law school’s dean or registrar prior to applying. 

Additional documentation

Before departure the following must be submitted:

  • Letter of Good Standing
  • Course enrollment form (PDF) Please indicate if selecting optional independent study
  • Proof of HTH Worldwide Travel Insurance
  • Health Information Form (PDF)
  • Legible copy of Passport
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Transcript request
  • Small passport size picture
  • Second deposit of $450 and final payment $4,450
  • Non-UMKC students must consult with their school’s financial aid office and provide the UMKC Financial Aid Office with a Consortium Agreement if using aid for the program.
  • Rooming Request - optional (PDF)
  • Welcoming Dinner Participation form - optional (PDF)

Public access accommodations in Ireland and the U.K. are not equivalent to U.S. standards.Persons with a handicap/disability should discuss any concerns with the UMKC course director.