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!
- 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
Anticipated Course Options*
- AMGT 599: Directed Study Abroad
* subject to change
July 31 - August 14, 2020
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND BY NOON
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
Galway City Museum visit (Optional)
Visit the Claddagh Arts Centre & Katie’s Cottage Museum
Stop at Murphy’s Ice Cream
Meet with Donnchadh O'Baoill from Udaras Na Gealtachta
Meet with staff at the Druid Theatre Company
Traditional Music/Dance/Storytelling Performance (Optional)
DAY TRIP TO THE ARAN ISLANDS & THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
Tour the Galway Arte Centre
Meet with the staff of the Galway 2020 European Union Capitals of Culture Organization
Traditional Music/Storytelling Pub Tour
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
Meet with Staff and tour the Town Hall Theatre
See a performance TBA at Town Hall Theatre Space
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
TRAVEL TO DUBLIN VIA BUS
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
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)
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
Visit the National Museum of Ireland (Optional)
Departure Dinner at THE CHURCH with Irish Céilí
Blarney Castle, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel Day Trip (12-hour tour)
END OF PROGRAM ACTIVITIES IN DUBLIN / CHECK OUT
* 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.
Summer 2020: $4,602
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, some meals, transportation between countries, group activities/tours/lectures as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare,* passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 22, 2020. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 19, 2020. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
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:
March 8, 2020
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.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
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.