|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2019||01/25/2019 **||Rolling Admission||06/06/2019||06/23/2019|
|NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact Program Director to confirm the most updated information.|
** 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.
|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 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 2019 (May 29 to June 29). The first week of the course classes (May 29 to June 6) 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 6 with our departure from Philadelphia International Airport, and we will return to that airport on Sunday, June 23.
EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE EXCURSIONS
In the west: Lyric FM (the national classical music radio station); the Cliffs of Moher; King John’s Castle; the Limerick Leader newspaper, Leamey School (home of the Frank McCourt Museum) Galway city; the Limerick Leader (region’s largest newspaper), Southern Communication Agency and TG4, the world’s only Irish-language television broadcasting facility. In the east: the General Post Office (including the 1916 exhibit); Kilmainham Gaol; The Guinness Storehouse, The Irish Times newspaper and The Irish Film Institute.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay a program fee of $2,740 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 weekday meals (Monday through Friday). 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).
Additional costs not included in the program fee above include additional meals not provided by the program, and personal spending money.
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2018-2019, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.
Dr. Edward Lordan
237 Wayne Hall