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The History and Archaeology of Medieval Ireland: Trim and the Blackfriary

Program Highlights


May Session 2015: May 9-June 6, 2015 (Arrival being on May 10)


OSU Sponsored





Partner Institution

Irish Archaeology Field School

Academic Credit

History 3798.01

Application Deadline

January 19, 2015
Term: 1154


3.0 cumulative GPA;
Full time undergraduate student

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $3,998 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Tiffany Pierskalla (.5)

Resident Directors

Alison Beach


This four-week May session course is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience first-hand the history of medieval Ireland. The program gives students an introduction to medieval history, with a special focus on the religious landscape of the area and an introduction to the field of bioarchaeology. Students will travel to Trim, Ireland for a first-hand experience of discovering the past. The group will spend four weeks participating actively in an archaeological excavation of a medieval monastery and cemetery: the Blackfriary. In Trim, students will be trained in excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists from the Irish Archaeology Field School. Students will also participate in group field trips to surrounding areas and have the opportunity to explore parts of Ireland on their own.


The Blackfriary is located in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. This is a small town approximately 40 minutes from the city of Dublin. Trim retains much of its medieval street pattern, with buildings of archaeological and historical importance including the surviving elements of the original medieval town wall, church buildings dating from the thirteenth century. The town is dominated by Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Trim is also a vibrant market town with shops, cafes and walking trails.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of History 3798.01 for May Session.

At the dig site


In Ireland, students will live in group houses with common kitchen facilities in the town of Trim. Students and instructors will prepare and share group meals. Students should plan to bring approximately $65 for food.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,998 program fee. The program fee includes lodging, most group meals, local transportation, activities and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, some meals and personal expenses.

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students enrolled full time in spring semester may take up to three credits during the May session with no tuition costs. Fees, however, will continue to be charged. Tuition for enrollment beyond three credits will also be charged.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.Action

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad via buckeyelink.osu.edu by January 1, 2014. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application date. Students are required to submit a personal statement.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be a full time undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
The History and Archaeology of Medieval Ireland: Trim and the Blackfriary: go.osu.edu/MedievalIreland

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.