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.
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 one course for a total of 3 credits.
Tentative 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.
December 28, 2021 - January 15, 2022
Tentative Itinerary (Subject to Change)*
Arrive in Dublin on own | Group travel to Achill Island
Guided Tour | Group Dinner
Class Meeting | Meet local Irish dancer
Class Meeting | New Year's Eve
Class Meeting | New Year's Day
Group Activities around Achill Island
Class Meeting with Guest Speakers
Historic Guided Tour
Day Trip: Guided tour of Croagh Patrick and/or Westport
Group travel to Wexford | Free Evening
Workshop on filming folklore | Free Evening
Workshop on traditional songs | Free Evening
National Heritage Park | Group travel to Dublin
Day Trip: Boyne Valley
Class Meeting | Free Afternoon
TBD | Free Time
Free Time | Farewell Dinner
Program Ends | Depart for U.S. on own
*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.
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The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.
Tuition for 3 credits
Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
International emergency medical insurance
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure, COVID-19 testing while abroad, vaccinations, some 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 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.
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. All payments and charges are reflected in the student’s Mason Student Account.
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 October 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 November 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."
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.
** 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.