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International Exchange with Ireland

The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship exchange with Ireland was created jointly by the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System as a tribute to the Honorable George J. Mitchell in recognition of his efforts to facilitate peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Students spend either a semester or an academic year in Cork at the Cork Institute of Technology (MCCS students) or University College Cork (UMS students).

To learn more about the exchange from a student's perspective read former student (spring 2011) Lacy McMoarn's blog. Hear from other students on the scholarship's Facebook page.

During the 2008/09 academic year Mitchell Peace Scholar Tracy London (SMCC) wrote about her experiences in Ireland for her hometown newspaper, the Waterville Morning Sentinel.  You can read her blog at

The exchange program is coordinated by the community colleges' Center for Career Development. For more information on how to apply, contact Dorry French, Coordinator, George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange, at (207) 699-4899 or email at