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  • Locations: Belfast-North Ireland, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2019 06/28/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Academic Area: Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - Communication, Liberal Arts - Political Science
Academic College: College of Liberal Arts Academic Department: Communication
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language courses available: No
Language requirement: NO Language of instruction: English
Program Leader: Nathan Crick Primary Contact: Ms. Erin Kibler (
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Ireland Political Communication


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Nathan Crick

Study Abroad Advisor

Erin Kibler

Students at Cliffs of Moher.
Trim Castle
Streets of Dublin, Ireland
Students at Newgrange, Ireland

Travel Dates: May 29 - June 30, 2019
Galway and Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland


This five-week program is designed to provide students with insight into Irish history, culture, and politics through the lens of communication, paying close attention to the formation of Irish identity as a unique blend of the ancient and modern. Through the two courses offered in the program, students will explore how the literary and political history of Ireland contributed to Western civilization and defined the Irish character. With a focus on communication, this program seeks to make students aware of how national identity is a product of multiple strands of communication influenced not only by technological innovation but also by a cultural inheritance that in the Irish context dates back thousands of years and yet continues to speak with a vibrancy and spirit.  Students will split their time living and studying in Galway, Dublin, and Belfast, and will go on trips to the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough, Kilmainham Gaol, Newgrange, among others, as well as have the opportunity to experience Irish politics, history, myth, storytelling, drama, and dance. 

Activities Overview
  • Stay in Galway, Dublin, and Belfast
  • Visits to the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Glendalough, Kilmainham Gaol, Newgrange, Dun Aengus, Dunguaire Castle, The Burren, Carrowmore, Sligo, Hill of Tara, Bru na Boinee, Knowth, Giant’s Causeway, Wicklow National Park.
  • Irish music, myth, storytelling, and theater performances
  • Introduction to the Irish language
All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • COMM 289 : Special Topics in Communication (Early Irish Political History) (3 cr.)
  • COMM 440 : Political Communication (The Politics of Irish Independence) (3 cr.)
  • COMM 485 : Directed Studies (3 cr.)
  • Good standing with Texas A&M University
  • 2.5 GPR and approval from faculty leader
  • Completed at least one semester at TAMU at the time of application
  • Must attend all program-specific meetings prior to departure
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $6,700
Lodging, in-country transportation, and cultural activities $5700  
Group Meals (4) $150  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $5  
International Health Insurance $45  
Faculty Expenses $400  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $3,955
Tuition and fees - 6 credit hours for in-state residents -                             See the TAMU Tuition Calculator $2,100  
International Airfare $1,200  
Travel Documents ($155 US passport + visa if needed)* $155  
Textbooks and Supplies varies  
Personal Spending and Meals not included in Program Fee ($50 - 200 per week) $500+  
Total Estimated Cost $10,655+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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*Per the US Department of State recommendation, please review your passport if it is set to expire before 6 months after your return date (i.e. December 30, 2019).

Additional Information

Program Payment

Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. spring 2019 for summer 2019 programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 SAPO Administrative Fee (non-refundable) : Billed to your TAMU Account after you Confirm your Approved application.
  2. $1,000 Program Deposit : Billed during late January/early February. Due February 2019.
  3. Remaining Program Balance : Billed during late March/early April. Due April 2019.
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*Note: Some additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 
  • University-Wide: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:
  • College Level:  Students participating in COMM study abroad programs may be eligible for the College of Liberal Arts Scholarship. Contact Christie Dunn - - for more information about how to apply.
Financial Aid
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form, once they have a Confirmed application status in the Study Abroad Portal.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office: