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Dublin, Liverpool, Loughboro, London, Paris, France, Ireland, England

Program Description

Many students are familiar with European football leagues such as England’s Premier League. European sport continues to grow and has a substantial impact on European Countries. In fact, the European football market produced revenues of US$30.5 billion in 2016-2017. As North American markets for sport continue to saturate, we see an increasing number of North American sport leagues (e.g., NFL, MLB, NBA) expanding to European markets overseas.

This program focuses on the key differences between the North American and European Model of sport. These key differences include factors involving the oversight structure of sport, systems of relegation and promotion, and funding issues.

The program will take place in Ireland, England and France where you will learn more about the European sport industry and get a taste of the culture in each country. You will also be introduced to Irish Football, Hurling and Cricket and visit stadiums such as Anfield and the Olympic Stadium in London! This is a great program for anyone who is interested in working in European sport or for those who would simply like to learn more about the differences between these two models of sport. This program will collaborate with West Virginia University and Saint John Fisher College.

Location Description

Dublin, Ireland is known for it’s Gaelic culture, music, food & beverage, and of course their Gaelic sports. The city center is quite small and therefore pedestrian friendly. The National Sports Campus is located in Dublin and you will be introduced to hurling and Gaelic football.

When you say Liverpool you think of the Beatles and the Liverpool Football Club in the Premier League. Liverpool is situated on the eastern banks of the Mersy river, where it grew into a major port during the industrial revolution.

Loughborough is a smaller city located a couple hours south of Liverpool that is home to Loughboro University, which is considered to be one of the top sport universities in Europe.

Two hours south of Lougborough you will find London, the capital of England. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye are important landmarks; but the many sport venues such as the Olympic park is a must visit as well.

Finally, Paris is the City of Love with its many churches, museums, and attractions such as the Eiffel tower. Paris city has so much to offer culturally, but also is home of the world famous tennis venue of Roland Garros and the French Open.


David Shonk | | Hart School


Students will be staying in hotels in or very close to the city center. Students will be in twin or triple rooms dependent upon the number of students attending the program. Hotels in each city will be located in areas with access to public transportation.

Breakfast will be served daily in each hotel. Students will be responsible for paying for lunch and dinner. The group will either stop between sites or students will have free time to explore on their own. We will also have one group dinner with local cuisine!

Additional Items to Consider

If you have an American passport you do not need to apply for a visa. If you have a different passport please make sure to check if you need a visa for the following countries: Ireland, England, France.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Program open to all students

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 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

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

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SRM 490: Special Studies in Sport and Recreation Management: The European Model of Sport (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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