Study Abroad programme in Irish and/or European Archaeology with Archaeological Fieldwork at Glendalough

This program consists of a formal introduction to Irish and/or European archaeology, taken over one or two semesters, beginning with participation in the UCD School of Archaeology’s training excavations at the world famous Irish monastic complex at Glendalough. Arts Study Abroad students with an Anthropology major are invited to study with us for one or two semesters, working with an academic mentor to select a programme of modules individually suited to their requirements.

For further information contact:

Dr. Graeme Warren, UCD School of Archaeology, Newman Building, University College, Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Ph: + 353 1 716 8613

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Following completion of the Glendalough excavations, Arts Study Abroad students are required to select a range of modules from our undergraduate pathways. An academic mentor will be appointed for each student, assisting them in selecting the modules most appropriate to their requirements. The archaeology program consists of individual modules, comprising lectures, practicals, laboratory work, seminars, fi eldwork and fi eldtrips to major archaeological monuments and landscapes, all taught by leading international researchers. The assessment varies between the modules and may include individual and/or group assignments, presentations, reports, quizzes and portfolios. 

All incoming Arts Study Abroad students can join us in our training excavations at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow in August each year. The excavations focus on a major medieval monastic complex, set deep within a remote valley in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, and seek to understand the development and character of the monastic landscape and the long term settlement history of the region. This module includes the two weeks of fi eld training, supplemented by laboratory work and reports during the following semester (Semester One, 10 credit module). The fieldschool takes place before the start of semester, and will provide incoming Arts Study Abroad students with a friendly introduction to the School of Archaeology and a chance to work alongside their new classmates. Accommodation is available in Dublin, and transport is provided each day.

These are some of the testimonials that our previous students have written about the Glendalough Archaeological Fieldschool:

“Thank you so much for a wonderful two weeks in the field. I learned so much and it was a fantastic experience which has defi nitely made me want to pursue archaeology further!”

“The experience of being in the fi eld is so valuable – anyone who is studying archaeology should have it!” “A very big thank you for one of the best experiences of my life, I absolutely adored the Archaeological Fieldschool and feel so privileged to have been exposed to so many aspects of archaeological fi eldwork. …such a wonderful module, which in my opinion was a perfect balance between learning and practicing.”

Fees The cost of the program is €7,250 (Fall semester) or €14,500 (Full year) which includes:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel from UCD to Glendalough for each day of fieldwork

Accommodation Costs are separate.

  • During Fieldwork: Two weeks at Montrose Ziggurat (5 mins from UCD) (
  • During semester: On campus accommodation in single ensuite room in shared apartment

The successful completion of the program carries 18 US credits (30 ECTS) per semester. UCD will provide full information on content covered to enable Home Institutions to make decisions regarding the transfer of credits. UCD will send an offi cial transcript to the Home Institution at the end of the program.


Applicants must be undertaking a major in anthropology/archaeology.

Applicants must take at least 25 European (15 US) credits in archaeology per semester.

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete the UCD online application process and upload a standard form of identifi cation for example copy of passport/birth certifi cate, a transcript of academic record to date and a letter of recommendation from an academic referee.

All this information must be with UCD before the application deadline of -------- 2016.

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