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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.3 Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Sociology, English, Anthropology, Integrative Studies Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.5
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Irish Folklore & Ethnography

Ireland, Summer 2021
Irish Folklore & Ethnography takes students into the heart of Irish traditional culture. Traveling to communities from Dublin to Donegal this course allows students to engage with local communities where a variety of traditional artists live and work. Using ethnographic methods, students will document Irish cultural traditions using participant observation and in-depth interviews with musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople.
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This program is open to all undergraduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University. 

Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.3
Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5


Students will enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits.

Anticipated Course Options*

  • ENGH 417: Topics in Folklore Research
  • ENGH 591: Topics in Folklore Studies
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • ANTH 650: Methods in Anthropology
  • Special Topics in Sociology
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

May 2021


Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Date Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin | Group travel to Wexford
Day 2 Morning Workshop | Group Dinner
Day 3 Morning Workshop | Afternoon Free Time
Day 4 Free Day in Wexford
Day 5 Guided Tour | Group travel to Achill Island | Free Time
Day 6 New Year's Day Events | Free Time
Day 7 Explore Kildavent Church and Court Tomb | Meeting with Dooagh Band | Dinner
Day 8 Free Time | Local Dance Group | Free Evening
Day 9 Morning Classes | Intro to Irish dancing with local group | Free Time
Day 10 Tour Achill Island | Lunch | Great Western Green Way via bike
Day 11 Half-Day trip to Village of Dooega | Meet with pipe crafter and Irish music class
Day 12 Explore local music schools | Free Time
Day 13 Day trip to Croagh Patrick
Day 14 Visit National Folklore Foundation | Meet with Camino Society | Guest presentation
Day 15 Travel to Esker | Explore St. Dominics
Day 16 Meet with local calligraphers | Meet with local storytellers
Day 17 Dublin | City Tour | Free Time
Day 18 Dublin | Free Day
Day 19 Program Ends

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. Many of the game schedules have not been finalized and this itinerary is provided as a sample to give you an idea of the types of activities you'll be participating in. 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

Winter 2020: $4,200

Summer 2021: Available Fall 2020
Included: Tuition for 6 credits, accommodations, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, ground transportation between program sites, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport fees, visa fees, meals, 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.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.  

Program Payments

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 20, 2021. 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 10, 2021. 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.

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 on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

August 1, 2020


Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021


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.

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.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

Name Deb Shutika
Phone 703-993-1182

GEO Program Administrator

Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.