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Engineering and Irish Studies

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 6 weeks, late June to early August
  • Application deadline: April 1
  • Program advisors: Julia Lieberman
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on this engineering and Irish studies program for the summer. This program is hosted by Ulster University and based at the university's attractive Magee campus in lively Derry.

What the Engineering and Irish Studies program has to offer

  • Students take an Irish Studies course and choose one of two engineering courses
  • Based at Ulster University, which offers outstanding programs in engineering
  • Instruction provided by regular Ulster University faculty
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • Ideal for majors or minors in engineering
  • Excursion to County Tyrone and a week-long stay in the Gaeltacht (the traditional Irish-speaking region of Ireland)
  • Other cultural excursions, including sites of engineering interest, also included in the program
  • Click here to view a video of the program's cultural activities organized by Ulster University


  • Housing located on campus within walking distance of classes
  • Students have single bedrooms and share bathrooms and common areas


Academic Structure

What is this program's structure?
This program offers three courses. The Irish Studies course is mandatory, and students choose either Microcontrollers or Dynamics. See the Academics tab for full course descriptions. Please note that Engineering courses require a minimum enrollment of six students to run.

Are there any course prerequisites?
Applicants must have taken the equivalent prerequisites for Microcontrollers or Dynamics on their home campus.

Is there a social program as part of the program?
Yes, excursions and events are part of the program and mainly provided by Ulster University. Excursions and activities include:

  • One-week stay in beautiful Gweedore, County Donegal, one of the few remaining Irish-speaking villages in Ireland. The stay will include traditional dancing, table quizzes, outdoor activities and tastes of Irish life!
  • Three- to four-day cultural excursion to County Tyrone, including tour of Shane's Castle
  • "Game of Thrones" tour
  • Belfast City tour with visit to Titanic Quarter
  • Tour of historic Derry city walls
  • Sites of engineering interest throughout Derry and the surrounding area


Program participants take the mandatory Irish Studies course and choose either the Microcontrollers or Dynamics course. Please note that Engineering courses require a minimum enrollment of six students to run.

Irish Studies (required)
Click here to view a PDF of the course syllabus.

Click here to view a PDF of the course syllabus.

Click here to view a PDF of the course syllabus.

Course Restrictions

Students attending this program are required to take two courses for credit and to complete all required work.


Students will receive 4 U.S. semester credit hours for each course, for a total of 8 credits for the summer. Courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or audit.


Students are required to take all course exams. See course descriptions for specific course requirements.


After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned from Ulster University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

About Ulster University

Ulster University is a large, multi-campus university in Northern Ireland. It is world renowned for its peace and conflict studies program and offers highly ranked studies in engineering and other pre-professional studies. The university enrolls over 30,000 students across its campuses and attracts students from throughout the U.K. and around the world.


Program Housing

Duncreggan Student Village comprises 14, three-story blocks offering a mix of self-catering accommodation ranging from en-suite study bedrooms to a selection with shared bathrooms. Recent redevelopment of onsite sports pitches have created a great community feel. A dance studio, cash machine and convenience store serving hot food and drinks is available within the Village. The site contains two launderettes with vending machines for after-hours snacks. En-suite apartments are equipped with a dishwasher. Reception located onsite with residential advisors on call 24/7. Picnic tables and BBQ space creates a lovely ambience in the halls.


Students are responsible for preparing or purchasing their own meals. Residences include kitchens, and there are grocery stores, cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes housing while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of any additional housing if you arrive before the start of the program or stay in Northern Ireland after the program ends.

Will I have access to a computer?
Yes. All students have access to one of the university's computer facilities. In addition, housing is equipped with wi-fi if you plan to bring a laptop. Internet cafés are also available in Derry.

Will I need to bring my own sheets?
Bed linens, including duvet and pillow, are provided. Towels are provided, but students will need to provide their own washcloths.

What should I do if I have any special needs?
If you have any special needs related to your accommodation, please notify IFSA-Butler as early as possible so that we have adequate time to make appropriate arrangements. Please note that special needs are not the same as accommodation requests or preferences. Accommodation is guaranteed, but your preferences are not.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will receive your housing assignment when you arrive in Belfast for the IFSA-Butler orientation.

Can I arrange my own housing?
No. Independent housing is not allowed for this program.

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Summer 2017

  • Mandatory arrival in Dublin*: June 27
  • Program starts: June 27
  • IFSA-Butler orientation: June 27-28
  • Residence begins: June 30
  • Local orientation: June 27-30
  • Classes begin: July 3
  • Program ends: August 5

* There are no longer direct flights from the U.S. to Belfast. Summer students should plan to fly into Dublin. IFSA-Butler will arrange for group transportation from Dublin to Belfast via a coach. Please contact your program advisor for more details.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.

Program Fees

Engineering and Irish Studies at Ulster

  • Summer 2017
  • Tuition/Services: $7,075
  • Housing: $500
  • Supplemental Charges: none

What's included in our Ireland summer program fees
Expense calculator

Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast.

† Housing Deposit
Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

Personal Cost Estimates

  • Summer 2016
  • Travel to Northern Ireland: $1,200
  • Student Visa: N/A*
  • Books: $100
  • Meals: $600
  • Personal Misc.: $400
  • Commuting Costs: N/A

Expense calculator

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work, internships or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for the Engineering and Irish Studies program:

julieProgram Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.


donnettaStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

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