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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Arts Management Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Ireland and the Arts: Myths, Music, Stories & Dance

Ireland, Summer 2020

Our time abroad will include meetings with top arts managers, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, Gaeltacht specialists, artists, and entrepreneurs; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours. Students will immerse themselves in international arts management organizations and strategies in Dublin, Galway, and the Aran Islands, while exploring the historical and cultural arts heritage of Ireland. Topics to be explored include: the preservation and promotion of heritage arts in the Gaeltacht region of Ireland, national identity and cultural heritage preservation and current issues, economic drivers in the arts, marketing and community outreach initiatives, policy and fundraising strategies, and day-to-day arts management challenges. We will examine how European Union initiatives such as the 2020 Capitals of Culture program have impacted the arts in Galway and how popular culture tourism drivers such as the Game of Thrones franchise celebrate and popularize the arts and heritage of Ireland.

Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with The Embassy of the Delegation of the European Union in the United States, Arts Council Ireland, Galway 2020, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company, The National Leprechaun Museum, Irish Writers Centre, Project Art Centre Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Trinity University & The Book of Kells, National Museum of Ireland, Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum; traditional music, dance, craft and storytelling tours, explorations of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the historic Gaeltacht area. We will take in the sights and sounds of Galway, Dublin, the Gaeltacht, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher, among many other adventures!

Program Highlights

  • Embrace the life of a musician, dancer, storyteller, writer and artisans as we explore the performing, visual, literary arts and cultural heritage of Ireland!
  • Immersive learning experiences will put the students in the field with service learning, interactive projects, behind the scenes access, and meetings with top arts leaders.
  • Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with Arts Council Ireland, Galway 2020, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Abbey Theatre, The National Leprechaun Museum, Irish Writers Centre, Project Art Centre Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum, among many more.
  • We will also explore traditional music, dance, craft and storytelling tours, the Wild Atlantic Way, and the historic Gaeltacht area, and the sights and sounds of Galway, Dublin, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel,The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher, among many other adventures!


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Undergraduates must have completed the course work to have standing of an incoming Senior. Graduate students must have completed 9 hours of graduate course work.

Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.25
Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0


3 credits


Anticipated Course Options*

Undergraduate Credits
  • FAVS 399
Graduate Credits
  • AMGT 599: Directed Study Abroad
* subject to change

Program Dates*

July 31 - August 14, 2020



Day 1
Take coach bus to Galway as a group (two hours)
Check into accommodations: TBD
Walking tour of the Galway historic area, Eyre Square, Salthill, Galway Bay, Spanish Arch
Welcome Dinner

Day 2
Local Orientation 
Galway City Museum visit (Optional)
Visit the Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum
Stop at Murphy’s Ice Cream

Day 3
Meet with Donnchadh O'Baoill from Udaras Na Gealtachta
Meet with staff at the Druid Theatre Company
Traditional Music/Dance/Storytelling Performance (Optional)
Day 4
Day 5
Tour the Galway Arte Centre
Meet with the staff of the Galway 2020 European Union Capitals of Culture Organization
Traditional Music/Storytelling Pub Tour
Day 6 
Meet with staff at the Galway International Arts Festival
Meet with staff and tour Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop and explore the traditional Irish instruments 
Day 7            
Meet with Staff and tour the Town Hall Theatre
See a performance TBA at Town Hall Theatre Space
Day 8
Day 9
Check out and travel to Dublin
Check into Lodging
Walking tour of Temple Bar Area, Trinity College - the Old Library & The Book of Kells
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (Ticket Provided) Meeting point: The Duke Pub, Duke Street

Day 10
Meet with Arts Council Ireland to discuss their Traditional Arts Initiatives  
Meet with staff and tour the Irish Writers Centre  
Tour of the National Leprechaun Museum (Optional)
Day 11
Meet with Melanie Wright, Communications Manager at Project Art Centre & Explore Exhibits
Meeting with Jesse Weaver in the New Works Department at the Abbey Theatre
See Performance TBA at the Abbey Theatre (Ticket Provided) Learn International to Book
Day 12
Visit the National Museum of Ireland (Optional)
Departure Dinner at THE CHURCH with Irish Céilí
Day 13          
Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel Day Trip (12-hour tour)

Day 14
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2023: TBD
Summer 2020: $4,602

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Transportation between countries
  • Group activities/tours/lectures, as described in itinerary
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare*
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroad
  • Vaccinations 
  • Personal spending
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights and/or costs associated with arriving prior to the start of the program. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.


Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid:
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.


If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 

  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in

After acceptance: * Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.


Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

March 10


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

  • Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
  • Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

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Name Karalee Dawn
Phone 646-373-9771

GEO Program Administrator

Phone 703-993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.