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Dublin, Ireland

Program Description

Sport in Ireland has had a significant impact on country’s history and in some cases 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.

This program will educate students on the history & culture of Ireland Sport while simultaneously taking them inside the European model of club sports with the opportunity to interact with healthcare providers. ​

Athletic Training, as a profession, is unique to the United States. However, the National Athletic Trainers Association, in conjunction with its’ strategic partners have a reciprocity agreement with Ireland (and Canada) which allows healthcare providers with similar educational training, to sit for the Certified Athletic Trainer credentialing exam in each others’ countries. Dublin City University (DCU), one academic partner for this program, offers one of the three Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists (equivalent program) in Ireland.

Students will learn on-site, directly from the DCU program director as well as other health care providers and physiotherapists throughout the course, have the opportunity to interact socially with ART students and learn how to play Gaelic games and Irish Dance.

Location Description

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, will be our home base during this program.

Dublin offers multiple university learning partners, outstanding sporting facilities to tour and opportunities to learn from and with some of the best in the sports medicine business.

Students will have the opportunity to explore on their own using the hop on/hop off bus tour, will take a guided walking historical tour and get tickets to a sporting event (TBD) all within Dublin.

However, no trip to Ireland is complete without the opportunity to visit the countryside. We will take 2 day trips. One will be to Boyne Valley to learn about the history of Ireland at such sites as the Loughcrew tombs, Trim Castle, and Hill of Tara. Our other day trip will be to see the iconic Cliffs of Moher with a side trip to the town of Galway.


Connie Peterson | | Health Sciences


Housing accommodations will be in shared rooms (4-6 students in bunk beds). Each room will have its own private bathroom. The hostel is in a safe location and easy walking distance to shopping, restaurants, night life, bus and rail transportation.

Breakfast will be provided daily. Three dinners and one lunch will be provided. Students should plan to spend their own money for all remaining meals.

Additional Items to Consider

No visas, no immunizations, no background checks, easy access to WiFi, and easy to communicate.

Proposed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival, tour Croake Park (4th largest stadium in Europe), learn about Gaelic Sports, walking orientation to area, dinner as a group

Day 2: Na Fianna sport club, Experience Gaelic Games, Case study lecture on Hurling Injuries, Attend sporting event (TBA)

Day 3: Hop on/Off Dublin Bus Tour – on own, guided tour of Dublin, sight seeing day

Day 4: University College Dublin (UCD) – lectures and learning day

Day 5: Sport Physio Ireland (private physiotherapy practice) for interactive learning experience and Leinster Professional Rugby Club presentations on coordinated care and common injuries.

Day 6: Day Trip to Cliffs of Moher – lunch included

Day 7: Dublin City University – lectures and learning day, historical walking tour OR clinical observation experience

Day 8: Day Trip, Celtic Tour to the Boyne Valley

Day 9: Free day, Irish Nights Dinner and Traditional Dance Show

Day 10: - DEPARTURE day

*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 2.75

Prerequisite: ATEP 205 with grade of B or higher

Students currently enrolled in the professional phase of the Athletic Training program will be given priority consideration. Students enrolled in their Junior or Senior year of KIN with an interest in sports medicine will be considered.

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 
  • 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


HTH 390: Special Studies in Health Sciences: Ireland: Sport Medicine and Culture (2 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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