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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Auburn applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Communication & Journalism Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Ric Smith,
Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: FR-Freshman, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates)
Program Description:

Mass Communication & Religion in Dublin, Ireland


Mass Communication & Religion in Dublin will examine the relationship between mass communication and religion. We will look at how different religions are portrayed along with how groups utilize mass media. A variety of religious traditions will be addressed with the primary focus directed to Islam, Judaism and Christianity. 

Dublin is an old city and the course will involve some walking during excursions on uneven surfaces, including cobblestone. One excursion will be to churches to view stained glass windows, so stairs will be likely.  Public transportation (taxi/bus/metro/train).


Students are required to submit a brief essay (250 words or more) describing what the student hopes to gain from this experience and what they hope to contribute to others during our time in Dublin.  Send all essays to Ric Smith (

Students will be selected based on both their academic record (minimum GPA of 2.25 for undergraduates) and the ability of the individual to meet all objectives, participate in all activities, and evaluate all related tasks.

Availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis. (Students will be advised of all pre-departure deadlines upon registration.) Students should be able to easily travel using mass transit (trains, buses, etc.). A passport is required.



  • 15 March 2020: Program application deadline
  • 29 June 2020: Course begins
  • 12 July 2020: Travel to Dublin
  • 13 July 2020: Arrival day in Dublin
  • 25 July 2020: Depart Dublin
  • 31 July 2020: Course endsgirl cliff



CMJN 4370: Mass Communication & Religion (3 credits)



The program fee is $3,409 which includes the cost of courses, housing, meals, activities, excursions and site visits, transportation within Dublin, Auburn University international insurance and cancellation insurance. This does not include the Auburn Abroad Fee of $691.

For a complete description of charges and estimated expenses, download a copy of the CMJN 4370 in Dublin Summer 2020 Budget.

Contact the faculty director for information regarding payment and withdrawal dates.


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Students will be housed in shared furnished apartments within the city of Dublin.  WiFi is included.


Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is a warm and welcoming city, known for the friendliness of its people and famous for its craic (“crack”)—that mixture of repartee, humour, intelligence, and acerbic and deflating insight that has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors for centuries. It has faded grandeur and a comfortably worn sense.

Famous Dublin sons such as writers Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift had it, playwright Samuel Beckett had it, and so have more contemporary cultural ambassadors such as U2. The city is steeped in rich history, starting with the Vikings laying its first streets. Through the centuries, The Craic and an unruly artistic streak have helped shape Dublin into what it is now: A vibrant capital that moves at an easy going pace.

As a city, Dublin's character is firmly shaped by its people. Dubliners are a friendly and mildly inquisitive lot. Rarely will you venture into a pub without somebody standing near you striking up a conversation. If you ever find yourself lost, ask somebody and more than likely you'll be greeted with a little friendly chat. Dubliners are also known for their sharp wit and deadpan humour. Any bookshop in Ireland will sell you books of 'Dublin Humour'.

With three of Ireland's largest universities in town, Dublin is a very young city. Part of Dublin's charm is that all ages and all walks of life mix together.


  • Guest speakers from varied religious backgrounds.
  • Catholic Churches to view stained glass windows.
  • Irish media outlets to discuss coverage of issues related to religion.
  • A visit to Irish Museum of Modern Art to consider portrayals of religious themes.

  • Glasnevin cemetery
  • Temple Bar Farmer's Market
  • Marsh's Library (est 1701)
  • Dublin street art


If you DO NOT have a PASSPORT, please check for the nearest local passport office at Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • This program does NOT require a student visa for U.S. Citizens.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Contact the Faculty Director, Ric Smith (

This program is currently not accepting applications.