Study Abroad at Burren College of Art

  • Study art on the grounds of a 16th century castle in rural Ireland.

  • Your creativity will be inspired by both the facilities and the surrounding area.

  • You will experience a personal studio space, with one-on-one guidance by faculty and visiting artists.

  • With fewer than 40 students – all practicing artists – study abroad at Burren College of Art offers an intensive and highly individualized experience.


Course offerings include a variety of studio art classes such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture amid the magnificent landscape of the Burren, an area that has long been an inspiration for artists of all genres because of its ethereal and intriguing beauty. In addition to traditional art courses, the College offers Insight on Site, a special program that encourages integration of various creative pursuits to broaden and advance artistic perception and methods. You’ll also be able to choose courses in

Irish history and art history. Optional trips to galleries and museums in Dublin, London and Paris put your experience into the broader context of the art world and its global influences.

Among the many marvels of the Burren lies the village of Ballyvaughan, a lively little community where Arcadia program housing is based. Filled with quaint shops, musical pubs, and excellent restaurants, the residents of Ballyvaughan take pride in helping visitors appreciate the Burren’s unique environment through a wide variety of geological, archeological, and botanical workshops.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Fall and spring semester: 15 credits.
  • Academic year: 30 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The Burren College of Art requires students to have completed four semesters worth of university course work prior to studying abroad.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

To apply, you will need to submit a non-returnable portfolio of 12-15 color slides or a CD of recent work.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: October 15
  • Academic year: April 20