Study Abroad programme in Irish and European Archaeology

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, Study Abroad students can 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 programme consists of individual modules, comprising lectures, practicals, laboratory work, seminars, fieldwork and fieldtrips to major archaeological monuments and landscapes, all taught by leading international researchers. Module assessments vary including individual and/or group assignments, presentations, reports, quizzes and portfolios. An outline of the undergraduate programme is available here >>

Study Abroad students with an Anthropology/Archaeology major taking the Autumn Trimester have special opportunities to take two intensive modules timetabled immediately before the teaching trimester. Non-UCD accommodation in Dublin and/or Glendalough can be recommended for these periods.

Excavations at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

The excavations focus on a major early medieval monastic complex, set deep within a remote valley in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. This module includes the two weeks of field training before the start of Autumn Trimester, supplemented by laboratory work during the trimester. For those staying in Dublin transport is provided to and from Glendalough each day.

Experimental Archaeology Intensive module

This is a week-long module set in our on-campus Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture. You will get hands on experience in a range of ancient technologies and an in-depth understanding of experimental archaeology. It runs after the Glendalough excavations and before the start of trimester.

Both modules provide incoming Study Abroad students with a friendly introduction to the School of Archaeology and a chance to work alongside their new classmates.

In 2021:

  • Glendalough excavations run from Monday August 16th – Friday August 27th
  • Experimental Archaeology module from Monday 30th August – Friday 3rd September
  • The Autumn teaching trimester begins Wednesday September 8th.

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.”

The cost of the program is €8,400 (Fall semester) or €14,500 (Full year) which include tuition fees & travel from UCD to Glendalough for each day of fieldwork. Details of the CD28 & CD29 programme fees can also be checked here

Accommodation Costs are separate.

  • During Fieldwork and/or Experimental Archaeology: (Discuss with Programme coordinator) Non-UCD options include the Montrose Ziggurat (5 mins from UCD) (
  • During trimester (from Sept. 8th): On campus accommodation places are limited and we regret that we are unable to guarantee accommodation to all international students. Your on campus accommodation application will be managed by UCD Global.


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


Applicants must be undertaking a major in Anthropology/Archaeology. Applicants must take at least 25 European (15 US) credits in archaeology per trimester.

In addition to the above, students must complete the UCD online application process and upload a standard form of identification (e.g. passport/birth certificate), 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.

Application deadline: 1st May 2021