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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • Costs Sheets: Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2020 02/21/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2020 07/02/2020
NOTE: Priority notification date: 11/22/19 and Standard notification date: 2/10/20

** Indicates rolling admission application process (with the exception of UT Faculty-directed programs & CGE Scholarship). 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.
Program Description:
UTK Communicating across Cultures in Ireland

Program Description

Primary Deadline: November 14, 2019

Standard Deadline: February 03, 2020

Spend a month studying communication in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is draped in history, culture, and academia. Stroll through the busy streets in the downtown area or take a weekend excursion across the country to see the lush green farmlands and more rural areas of this Island.

You will take two (2) courses while in Ireland: CMST 442: Organizational Communication Processes and CMST 491: Intercultural Communication

The Organizational Communication course is designed to explore how people in for-profit and non-profit context interact internally and externally. Taken in conjunction with the Intercultural Communication course, students will build on the theory discussed and develop a practical understanding of organizations and their communication issues and methods. Naturally, comparison of organizational communication in the US and Ireland will play a part in the course.

The Intercultural Communication course will focus on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture influences communication processes. In today’s era of rapid globalization, being able to communicate across cultures is imperative to one’s ability to function in a diverse workplace, city, and world. Unique relational beliefs, perceptions, and norms profoundly affect communication; thus, intercultural communication can be challenging and is often hampered by misunderstanding, confusion, and a lack of shared meaning.

Program Activities


    Birthplace to the Titanic, Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It is known for its Norman castles, glacial valleys and mountains. During your time in Northern Ireland, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Tour the city of Belfast
    • Tour "The Troubles" heritage sites along the Antrim Coastline
    • Vist the Giant's Causeway
    • Explore the Titanic Museum
    • Experience Carrick-a-Rede ropebridge, weather permitting

    Causey Farm is a fun-based venue for a variety of entertainment and tourism. Causey Farm will offer you a variety of activities including:

    • Herding sheep
    • Milking cows
    • Bog snorkeling
    • Making Irish soda bread and whatever else is happening on the farm that day.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be in good standing at UT with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Complete CMST 342 before the start of the program or obtain permission from the faculty directors

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a total of 6 credits for:

  • CMST 442: Organizational Communication Processes (3 credits)
  • CMST 491: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

Additional Course Information

You will take classes five days per week, four hours per day. Mornings and early afternoons will be devoted to classroom learning while evenings and some weekends will include travel to area businesses, historical sites and cultural excursions covering the gamut of Ireland living.

Program Housing

Students will live in centrally-located student residence apartments in Dublin city center. Apartments will have shared living and kitchen facilities. Apartments will usually consist of 6-8 single bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom. Laundry, gym, study space and common area are also available in the residence. The apartment residence is typically in walking distance to the city center attractions and shopping. In Belfast students will stay in shared hotel rooms.

Housing is included in the program fee.

Cost Information

Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Dr. Laura Miller
Program Director, Associate Professor
293 Communications Building

Laura Miller

Dr. John Haas
Program Director, Associate Professor
293 Communications Building

John Haas

Heather Grigsby
Programs Abroad Coordinator
Programs Abroad Office- Melrose Hall

Heather Grigsby

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Unique Funding Opportunities to this Program

  • The School of Communication Studies will be offering scholarships for participants on the UTK Communicating Across Cultures in Dublin program. Consult this page for more details shortly or contact your faculty directors, Dr. John Haas and Dr. Laura Miller for more information and application details.