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What are the Iona Programmes?

There are three programme types:

  1. The Spring Semester Abroad Programme
  2. The Passport Western Europe Programme
  3. The Iona in Mission Programme

The Spring Semester Abroad Programme

Each January MIE welcomes students from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York. The students come to MIEas part of the 'Study Abroad' programme offered by Iona College. The Mission Statement of this programme is: 'To enrich the liberal arts education of Iona students, undergraduate and graduate, through study abroad experiences that maintain high academic quality and offer diverse opportunities for study and travel.'

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While in MIE the students may take the following six courses:

  • History and Culture of Ireland
  • History and Development of the EU
  • Irish Literature
  • Catholicism: Peace and Justice
  • Major Representatives of Modern Philosophy
  • Fine & Performing Arts

If the courses are successfully completed the students may be awarded eighteen credits towards their degree programme.

While in Marino the students are offered a rich cultural programme including:

  • Study Visit to the South and West of Ireland
  • Study Visit to the North of Ireland
  • Visits to Newgrange
  • Glendalough
  • Abbey Theatre

Many of the students also avail of the opportunity to visit many European Countries.

The Directors of the Programme are Dr. Christina Carlson and Dr. Tommy Van Cleave at Iona College, New York and Br. Leo Kelly at the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin.  Secretarial services are provided by Maureen McDonagh.

Iona College takes its name from the island of Iona located in the Inner Hebrides just off the West Coast of Scotland.  It was on this tiny island that the Irish Monk, Columba established an Abbey from which missionaries went forth to teach and evangelise.  The island of Iona became a centre of faith and learning that contributed significantly to the civilisation and cultural development of Western Europe.  It was in the spirit of this heritage that the Congregation of Christian Brothers founded Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 1940.

The Passport Western Europe Programme

This programme was established in 2015. The students spend five weeks at MIE in Dublin, five weeks at the University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and five weeks at the American University of Rome. in each city, the students study tow modules and obtain six credits. When at MIE, the students have a choice of studying philosophy, Anglo-Irish literature and economics.

The Iona in Mission Programme

Each January, a student group comes to MIE for two weeks on a service learning experience where they follow the footsteps of Edmund Rice and work with local charities.

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The trips are organised by Ciarán Fogarty for the department of Mission & Ministry in Iona College.  Each mission is led by a faculty member from Iona College and a Student Leader. The group look at many issues relating to the area of Social Justice in Ireland and are keen to see what was being done for people in Ireland who find themselves marginalised and disadvantaged. While in Ireland the group have a mixture of immersion visits to sites like the Drop-in Centre for the homeless of Fr Peter McVerry on Sherrard Street, the soup kitchen at the Capuchin Day Centre, Merchants Quay Ireland and Wheatfield Prison.

They also visit sites important in the Edmund Rice story (Edmund Rice House Dublin, Mount Sion and Callan) and they receive tremendous support from the Congregation of Christian Brothers wherever they go. Last year the trip was expanded to include a 2 day visit to the Westcourt Centre Belfast with Cormac McArt where the group works with their homeless initiatives and their education programmes. 

Contact Details

Leon O Ceallaigh cfc

+353 18057778

Maureen McDonagh


+353 18057706