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|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|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?:||Yes|
|Faculty/Staff Director:||Edward Lordan||College:||Arts & Humanities|
Media in Ireland
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: The Republic of Ireland. Through a combination of learning modalities students will learn about the Easter Rising in 1916, the birth of the Republic of Ireland and other significant events that have had the most significant impact on the development of the nation and its major media: Irish newspapers, films, music, broadcast stations and internet operations. Much of this will occur through firsthand experience as we will meet and talk with professionals and academics across media disciplines in Ireland. These include newspaper reporters and editors, radio hosts, advertising/public relations professionals, as well as authors/teachers who study the Irish media. We won’t simply invite them to our classroom – we will go to where they work to talk with them about their jobs. Ultimately, students will work with and talk to the men and women who are central to Irish media today.
This program will take place in three of the major cities in the Republic of Ireland: On the west coast, Limerick and Galway and on the east coast, Dublin, the nation’s capital.
Participants will be housed in residence halls on the campuses of three universities: Mary Immaculate University (Limerick); National University of Ireland Galway (Galway) and University College Dublin (Dublin). All three are safe but vibrant campuses in the city limits, with secure dorm rooms requiring passkeys to enter.
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. For students who are not majoring in Communication Studies or are not members of the university's honors college, the course will count as a general elective.
The course runs in the first summer session of 2020 (May 29 to June 20). The first week of the course classes (May 29 to June 4) will meet on the WCU campus, as students get to know each other and learn about Ireland. The in-country portion of the course will begin on Thursday, June 4 with our departure from Philadelphia International Airport, and we will return to that airport on Saturday, June 20.
EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE EXCURSIONS
In Limerick: the Limerick Leader newspaper (the region’s largest newspaper); the Cliffs of Moher; Southern Communications Company (marketing group); King John’s Castle; Belltable Theater; Leamey School (home of the Frank McCourt Museum) In Galway City: TG4, the world’s only Irish-language television broadcasting facility; . In Dublin: the General Post Office (including the 1916 exhibit); Kilmainham Gaol; The Guinness Storehouse, The Irish Times newspaper and the Abbey Theater, the national theater of Ireland.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay a program fee of $2,945 which includes round-trip airfare from the USA to Ireland, all the housing for the duration of the program, all excursions, in-country ground transportation, and all meals in Limerick and Galway. Participants will also be billed a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Application Fee through the WCU Bursar's office upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance (estimated $45) prior to departure.
Additional costs not included in the program fee above include all meals while in Dublin, and personal spending money.
All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website. The CIP has developed a series of very generous scholarship opportunities, and while these scholarships are unlikely to cover the entire cost of the program, they can help students to reduce the overall cost of the program.
Dr. Edward Lordan
237 Wayne Hall