The program travels throughout Ireland. Starting with six nights in Dublin, you will begin your exploration of Ireland in its largest city. Students stay in the heart of the city center at historic Trinity College. From Dublin you will head to the south of Ireland to stay in Cork for two weeks at University College Cork and explore the surrounding countryside and attend events at the Cork Midsummer Arts Festival. Following a two-night stay in the small coastal village of Doolin, renowned for its traditional Irish music venues and the nearby Aran Islands we visit, you will travel on to Galway for a two week stay in centrally located apartments during the Galway Film Festival and the Galway Arts Festival. Finally, you will head back to Dublin for four more nights before the program ends. A personal travel block is built into the calendar for exploring other parts of Ireland or nearby countries.
THE COURSES. (You must enroll for 6 hrs of credit. Courses are open to students in any major.)
ENG 302 / SMAD 322 / THEA 303 JOURNALING SEMINAR. 3 hrs. All students will take the Journaling Seminar. In this writing course, you will create and maintain an online travel journal (blog) documenting your experiences and/or serving as an outlet for your personal expression in various forms including poetry, fiction, captioned photo essays, and scriptwriting. There will be regular excursions to historic sites, cultural activities, and other exploration throughout the course.
Students will choose their second course from the following:
ENG 382 / SMAD 398 IRISH FILM. 3 hrs. This course will focus on analysis and criticism of contemporary Irish film, and how issues of history, politics, class, and gender have been dramatized in recent Irish films. Each week you will screen Irish films and complete a film review assignment. Additionally, you will attend a number of films during the Galway Film Fleadh, and international film festival. Highlights include the opening and closing films and the receptions for casts and filmmakers that follow. *Students enrolling in the Irish Theatre course are welcome to attend any film course event.
ENG 302 / THEA 440 IRISH THEATRE. 3 hrs. This course will study and experience contemporary Irish Theatre. Included in the course are performances at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Cork Midsummer Festival and the Galway Arts Festival that showcasing the best Irish playwrights as well as cutting edge experimental theatre. *Students enrolling in the Irish Film course are welcome to attend any Irish Theatre course event.
For more information contact:
ENG Prof. Erica Bleeg (email@example.com)
SMAD Prof. Tom McHardy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THEA Prof. Roger Hall (email@example.com)
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 reside in residence halls/dormitories in Cork, apartments in Galway and Dublin, and hostels on overnight trips. Some group meals and a weekly allowance will be provided.
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.
In addition to the oIP application, students are required to complete a supplemental essay addressing the following question(s):
"Why do you want to participate in this program?"
Applicants must have a 2.7 minimum GPA, and have Sophomore status or above.