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Intercultural Practicum in Northern Ireland


Dublin, Newry, Derry / Londonderry, Belfast, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Program Description

The program is open to undergraduate or graduate students in a variety of majors that include art, music, theatre, or general education – in elementary, middle, or in secondary subjects. Each student will work in a public school in Northern Ireland.

A number of school settings in Newry and the surrounding communities will provide a valuable teaching experience for JMU students preparing for teaching in any subject area and serving children of any age. All participants will collaborate with classroom teachers and building administrators to develop classroom lessons. Each participant will receive classroom support from the program directors.

Location Description

Newry, a small city in County Down, Northern Ireland, is a center of natural beauty and cultural intrigue. Newry presents an ideal location to take in the range of the Irish experience. With its location between Dublin and Belfast, Newry offers an ideal staging area to visit important natural and cultural sites.

Participants will visit the historic walls of Derry/Londonderry and the Titanic Center in Belfast. Key prehistoric settings like Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, as well as natural sites like the Giant’s Causeway and the Hill of Tara will provide unique touring experiences. Visits to cultural artifacts like Trinity College’s Book of Kells and traditional music played by locals in a neighborhood pub will round out a range of Irish immersion.


Aaron Bodle | | College of Education

Robbie Higdon | | Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education


Accommodations will be provided in a furnished dormitory-style setting. Students will live in comfortable shared double rooms with internet access and kitchen and laundry facilities. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 10 meals for the week. The program will provide two group dinners each week as well as breakfasts each school day. Students should plan to spend their own money to cover the cost of additional meals.

Additional Items to Consider

Applicants who are accepted must provide a criminal background check to school officials in Northern Ireland.

Only enthusiastic, positive-minded, culturally-aware-and-interested students need apply. Students who will look for the very best in every situation, especially as it relates to the demands and challenges of living, working, and traveling in a foreign country, will be accepted into the program only. While social opportunities will abound, this practicum is first and foremost an academic experience and carries along with it significant responsibilities and expectations for professional behaviors and dispositions.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisites: PSYC 160 Lifespan Human Development; EDUC 300 Foundations of Education

Students must be pursuing an initial teacher-licensure program at JMU or at another NCATE/TEAC/CAEP accredited institution. Education students from other universities/colleges are welcome to apply!

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Resume 
  • Interview with Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


EDUC 501: Workshop in Education: Intercultural Practicum in Northern Ireland (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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