Irish culture and history are firmly intertwined with sport. Churches and work places have been the origin of many small sports clubs; the birthplace of traditional Gaelic Games, the most popular being Gaelic football and Hurling. You will have the opportunity to learn and experience both of these traditional games from their origin to the present-day game. You will see firsthand how the European model of sports differs from the US. Tours of sports facilities, talking with sports officials and attendance at sporting events will give you firsthand knowledge and experience of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and how it operates. Intertwined with the sports experience, you will explore Irish culture and history including stops in Newgrange, Mellifont Abbey, and both the north and south coast tours of Dublin.
- Learn and appreciate a different culture in current day Ireland and the influence of sport on society.
- Develop an interest in international travel and issues while broadening perspectives on the global marketplace and fostering a desire for future travel opportunities.
- Learn and appreciate the sporting history and culture of Irish athletes.
- Experience the use and impact of social media during international travel.
- Understand fundamental concepts in social media and best practices in online community building with customers, clients, and colleagues.
- As a part of a global community, develop a broader, more enlightened perspective of the world which will help you cultivate an international perspective.
May 6-19, 2018
MCOM 492 Irish History, Sport & Culture], 3 credits (syllabus)
Participants will stay in shared hostel accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.
To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.
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This program is open to students of all majors.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.