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Dublin, Ireland

Program Description

This program will educate students on the History & Culture of Ireland whilst simultaneously taking them inside the European Model of Club Sports where they will receive firsthand experience at various facilities, clubs, universities and other sporting organizations, businesses & events. This international experience will take place during spring break and is taught in conjunction with a spring semester course.

Unlike major team sports in North America, where franchises are awarded to nominated cities, most European teams have grown from small clubs formed by groups of individuals before growing rapidly. Churches and work places have often been the most fertile birth place of many of Europe's major sports clubs. A wide variety of sports are played in Ireland with the most popular being the Gaelic games (such as Gaelic football, hurling and camogie) as well as soccer, rugby union, boxing, cricket and horse racing. By attendance figures, Gaelic football and hurling are by far the most popular sports however soccer has the most participants of all sports. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an amateur organization focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games as well as Irish music, language & dance. It is the largest organization in Ireland with some 800,000 members from the island's population of just six million. Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular activities promoted by the organization.

Varsity student athletes will have the opportunity to visit and experience clubs and businesses as they relate to sports, participate in a service learning with a local refugee community, and gain a deeper understanding of the Irish culture.

Location Description

From an academic perspective, Ireland offers fantastic opportunities for students to visit and study the Model of Sport, Sport Medicine, History & Culture. Ireland has a truly fascinating history and culturally rich people. Sport in Ireland is deeply rooted to the country's history and in some cases the struggle for both independence and identity! Irish Sport provides great contrast to many other countries in that they play traditional Gaelic Games such as Gaelic football & Hurling as well as non-traditional games exported from Britain such as soccer, rugby & cricket.


Neil Marrin | | Hart School

Meredith Crawford | | Student Athlete Leadership Development

Joshua Pate | | Hospitality Sport & Rec Mgmnt

Emeka Anaza | | Hospitality Sport & Rec Mgmnt


Students will be housed in shared dormitories and/or hostels in Dublin and the surrounding area.

Some meals are covered as part of the program. Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of lunch and some dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

This program is only open to JMU Varsity Student Athletes.

*Students enrolled at JMU full-time Spring 2020 will pay no additional tuition to participate in a spring break program. The program fee will be the total required cost.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

This program is only open to JMU Varsity Student Athletes.

Application Process

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

  • Study Abroad Online Application Fee ($25)
  • Short essay
  • Resume
  • 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 298: Special Topics in SRM: Ireland-Sport and Culture (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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