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Dublin, Derry, Galway, Ireland

Program Description

Experience Ireland and its culture for six weeks while earning a combined 6 hours of SMAD and/or SOCI credits. Selected students will visit major landmarks and cities and come to appreciate Ireland’s rich culture and society by analyzing its films, media, and community dynamics.

During their stay, students will collaborate on a community and media based project with the Galway division of the nonprofit organization Foróige in order to examine the perspective of young people in today’s Irish society. Students will also examine the social and cultural context of Galway with a special focus on media, food, and music. The program will provide students a special opportunity to help document the stories of local youth and their communities in Galway.

Throughout the trip, students will also document the impact of their own journeys and experiences by creating reflexive content in various media formats. This study abroad program is designed to help develop participant’s analytical, media, and cross-cultural skills while gaining a greater knowledge of Irish society/culture and self.

6 Credit Program

Choose 1: 

SMAD398a - Contemporary Irish Film
SMAD398b - Irish Culture & Interactive Media

Choose 1: 

SMAD305a - Documentary Storytelling for Impact
SMAD305b - Interactive Storytelling & User Experience

Location Description

During the program students will travel throughout Ireland. The journey begins in the country’s largest city and capital, Dublin. Staying at historic Trinity College in the heart of the city’s center, students can easily explore Dublin’s diverse, vibrant, and acclaimed cultural offerings.
Next the program travels north to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. The city has a long, colorful and at times troubled history, but today the city is in the midst of a compelling transformation into a more positive, creative and welcoming place.
Finally, the program heads south along the Wild Atlantic Way where students will spend the last four weeks in the city of Galway (considered the arts capital of Ireland) during the city’s internationally recognized film and performing arts festivals.


Shaun Wright | | Media Arts and Design

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Shelly Hokanson | | Media Arts and Design


Housing will be provided and students will share accommodations in conveniently located apartments, residence halls, and hotels. All locations include free Wi-Fi and access to on-site kitchens.

The program will provide students with a weekly meal allowance, and several group lunches and dinners will be covered as well.

Additional Items to Consider

A full itinerary will be provided once students are enrolled in the program.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.6

Sophomore, junior or senior standing

No prerequisites

Application Process

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

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • 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


SMAD 305: Special Topics in Media Arts and Design (3 credits)

SMAD 398 / ENG 385: Contemporary Irish Film (3 credits)

SMAD 398: Irish Culture & Interactive Media (3 credits)

SOCI 395: Socialization and Society (3 credits)

SOCI 395: Ireland: Media, Culture & Society

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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