This course will take place in the Republic of Ireland. The main location for the course will be Limerick City which is a city of approximately 60,000 people in the med-west of Ireland, close to the Atlantic coast. While most of the course will take place here, the program will also involve visits to other parts of Ireland, including Dublin and the Southeastern coast. Participants will get an opportunity to see the rural and urban contexts of Irish life. Ireland is a small country and so it is relatively easy to see a variety of settings over the course of the three week stay. Ireland is a beautiful, green country with a rich cultural history. The climate is very temperate and the weather is not extreme, although it is likely to rain at any time – hence the nickname “The Emerald Isle”. Participants can expect to experience a great deal of history in a beautiful natural setting.
Visas for Ireland should be easily obtainable for U.S. students. There are no required immunizations. Most accommodations will be in college residences although some low-budget hostels or hotel accommodations will be required. It is possible to get international roaming on U.S. cell phones for Ireland. Otherwise cell phones can be acquired there.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in hotels as well as residence halls/dormitories for the duration of the program. Most meals will be covered by the program fee (2 meals a day - 14 meals per week).
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
This program would be best suited for Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology majors although any student interested in identity or history could benefit.