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*WCU Summer in Ireland: The Irish Media Experience
Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Campus Dormitory Max Credits Offered: 3
Area of Study: Communication Studies, Film, Journalism, Media, Television Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Faculty/Staff Director: Michael Boyle College: Arts & Sciences
Program Description:

Media in Ireland

River Liffey in Dublin

The Irish Media Experience offers students a unique opportunity to gain exposure to and appreciate the evolution of media systems in one of the most dynamic environments in Europe: Dublin, Ireland. Through a combination of learning modalities students will learn about the Easter Rising in 1916 and other significant events that have had the most significant impact on Irish newspapers, films, music, broadcast stations and internet operations. Much of this will occur through firsthand experience as we will meet and talk with major media figures. These include newspaper reporters and editors, Irish bloggers and radio hosts, as well as people in the public relations, advertising, and filmmaking industries. We will also visit many locations of the burgeoning film industry in Ireland to meet with area professionals. We won’t simply invite them to our classroom – we will go to where they work to talk with them about their jobs and consider the role and evolution of media in the nation. Ultimately, students will work with and talk to the men and women who are central to Irish media today.



This program will take place primarily in Dublin with visits to Northern Ireland and the west coast of Ireland included as well.


Cliffs of Moher

All participants on this program will be housed in Residence Halls at Dublin City University throughout the duration of the trip.

All instruction for this program will be conducted in English.  No prior language experience is required.


Participants will earn credit for HON 320 (3 credit hours) for participation in this program. The HON 320 course counts as an interdisciplinary course as well as an upper-level course for COM majors.

Wicklow County film tour - Travel through the Wicklow Mountains to explore filming sites for movies such as Braveheart, Excalibur, and others while also taking in the amazing sites at Glendalough and St. Kevin's Monastery (built in the 6th century). We will also discuss the Irish film industry and history of film in Ireland during this excursion.
General Post Office and Kilmainham Gaol tour: Visit the site of the 1916 Irish uprising and then experience the jail where many of the leaders of the Irish rebellion were held and ultimately executed. In visiting both sites we will learn about key moments in Irish history and also develop an understanding of how important the General Post Office was in the development of Irish society. As a note, the film In the Name of the Father was filmed at Kilmainham and will serve as another part of our focus on the Irish film industry.

In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay a program fee of $2,350 which includes all instruction and housing for the duration of the program, all excursions and in-country ground transportation. Additionally, breakfast and lunch will be provided for all week days during the trip.

Additional costs not included in the program fee above include the round-trip airline ticket (approximately $1,400) and international travel insurance (approximately $45).
Prof. Michael P. Boyle