What about Cell phones?

If you are planning on studying at SHU in Dingle for a semester, we recommend you have a working, unlocked cell phone. We will supply you with an Irish sim card and pre-paid phone credit upon arrival, to get you started. You will be on the Prepay Option, which allows a customer to ‘top up’ […]

What about banking abroad?

You are recommended to travel with a credit card, as well as a debit card, so that, in case of emergency, a student does not have to worry about how much money is in their debit account. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are recommended as they are the most widely accepted in Ireland. You are […]

Can I have family and friends visit?

Of course! However, family and friends are not permitted to stay overnight in your housing as it is against program guidelines to do so. We recommend that those wishing to visit you do so after your midterm exams/break. This will give you enough time to become acclimated into your program, and get to know Dingle. […]

What about medical insurance?

As part of the study abroad fee, you will automatically be enrolled in the mandatory GeoBlue International Health Insurance plan. This comprehensive plan provides medical and evacuation coverage. You will be provided with an insurance card prior to departure, as well as guidance on how to use your health insurance while abroad. We recommend you […]

How much Money will I need?

Each program has a different program cost depending on what is included in the total program fees. An estimated budget sheet for each program is available on the budgeting section. You will pay the regular Sacred Heart University tuition plus a study abroad fee, which includes international insurance. You will be billed directly by SHU […]

What about passports and/or visas?

You will need a valid passport to study in Ireland. It is our policy that you present a copy of your valid and signed passport (valid for at least 6 months after the study abroad program end date) during the application process. If you do not meet this requirement, apply for a passport immediately. You […]

Do I need a certain GPA to be approved?

The minimum GPA required to be approved to study abroad is 2.8, although some courses will have higher requirements for acceptance. Students who may be worried about their GPA impacting on their wish to study abroad are encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss possible options.  

How do I apply?

All applications are to be completed online through the OGA website. Applications can be accessed here. You should meet with you study abroad or academic advisor before applying as there may be additional requirements you need to meet prior to applying.  

Do I have to study abroad for a whole semester?

No! There are short-term winter and summer programs if you’re not ready to do a full semester abroad. Check out the programs section to see what courses are available in the short-term programs.  

When is the best time to study abroad?

Choosing when to study abroad can depend a lot on your major and it’s requirements. Most students that go for a semester do so sophomore or junior year. For athletes or students with strict academic schedules, short-term winter or summer programs can be great options.