Communication in Ireland


This faculty-led experience will expose students to communication in an international setting. Students will learn from a Truman instructor, as well as Communication professors and professionals from the destination country. Areas of discussion will focus on public relations, journalism and photography. Students will learn theoretical foundations, as well as apply those concepts in various settings.

Where You’ll Go*

The information below represents a preliminary draft for some of the events and experiences being considered for this course. We are still working with our overseas partners to complete a final itinerary for this program. Please speak with this program’s instructor or the study abroad office for more information, or check back later for updates.

  • Tuesday, May 12 – Leave U.S.
  • Wednesday, May 13 – Arrive in Dublin, Ireland. Basics of the city. Tour of Campus. Group dinner
  • Thursday, May 14 – Morning – meet
  • Afternoon – on-off bus tour
  • Friday, May 15 – Morning – journalism
    • Afternoon – Book of Kells tour
  • Saturday, May 16 – National Gallery of Ireland –
  • Afternoon – free time
  • Sunday, May 17 – Cliff Walk – all day
  • Monday, May 18 – Morning – introduction to reporting assignment
    • Afternoon – Kilmainham Gaol
  • Tuesday, May 19 – Morning – public relations
    • Afternoon –  free time
  • Wednesday, May 20 – Morning – Public Relations Institute of Ireland
    • Afternoon – Visit PR agency?
  • Thursday, May 21 – Introduction to photography
  • Friday, May 22 – Application of photography concepts
  • Saturday, May 23 – Kilkenny Castle and city walk
  • Sunday, May 24 – Afternoon – Review of story and photo assignments
  • Monday, May 25 –  Transfer from Dublin to Belfast. Introduction to Belfast. Group dinner
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Morning – Political tour
    • Afternoon – one-on-one with former political prisoner
  • Wednesday, May 27 –  Trip to Giant’s Causeway
  • Thursday, May 28 –  Morning – talk with journalists covering the Troubles
  • Friday, May 29 – ferry to Isle of Man
  • Saturday, May 30 – Castle tour
  • Sunday, May 31 – Scenic day on Isle of Man
  • Monday, June 1 – Return to Dublin from Isle of Man / farewell dinner
  • Tuesday, June 2 – Depart for U.S.

*Please remember that this itinerary is tentative and subject to change. More details will be shared as they become available.

What You’ll Study

Course Name: Communication in Ireland
Course Number: SA 300
Credits: 3.0
Pre-Requisites: None
Degree Fulfillments: Satisfies LSP Intercultural Competency Requirement
Click Here to See the Complete Course Syllabus.

Course Objectives

After successfully completing this experience, students will:

  • Be able to describe the application of public relations
  • Be able to compare public relations in America to an international setting.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to write a news story, while adhering to commonly accepted journalism practices.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of photojournalism techniques through theory and application.
  • Be able to reflect on and discuss journalistic practices outside of the United States

Course Requirements

This class will include a variety of activities and assignments aimed at helping the student understand Communication and a new culture.

  • Blog posts – students will be required to set up a blog using and create at least 10 posts during the trip. Posts should focus on a common theme of the experience, not simply be an online journal.
  • Journal – Each student will be required to post to an online journal through Blackboard created by the instructor. A total of 10 entries is expected during the trip (about one every other day).
  • Reflection on public relations 4-5 pages. Grading will be based on development of topic and writing quality.
  • Reporting – Students will work on a group reporting project. This project will use suggested story topics. Students will then develop the story, including gathering sources and writing the story. Students should take photos to illustrate the story.
  • Photography – Students will be required to submit a variety of images.. Photographs will include elements from discussion, including lighting, composition and storytelling.

Course Materials

  • There is no textbook for this course
  • Readings will be made available through Blackboard. These readings will cover both Communication-related topics, as well as country-specific information. These readings will appear before the trip.
  • Laptop – A laptop will be necessary to complete several of the assignments.
  • Smartphone – A smartphone will be helpful (see below)
  • Camera – Students should have access to a camera. A smartphone camera is acceptable.
  • Audio recorder – Students should have access to an audio recorder. An audio recorder app on a smartphone is acceptable.
  • Students will be expected to use media in the host country, including TV news, newspapers and social media.

What You’ll Pay


Study Abroad Enrollment Fee: $973.50

Calculated at $324.50 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Course Fee: $54.00

Calculated at $18.00 per credit x 3 credits

Study Abroad Insurance Fee: $38.00

Calculated at $38.00 per month x 1 months

Study Abroad Travel Fee: $3,734.00

Including: International Airfare, Transportation in Country, Admissions and Cultural Experiences, Guest Lectures, Contingency Fund, and Instructor Travel Expenses

Study Abroad Housing Fee: $1,652.00

Including: Accommodations

*All pricing is TENTATIVE PRICING ONLY. These prices are only an estimate of this program’s cost at the current time. This price will be updated and finalized only after additional details and pricing for various aspects of the trip have been confirmed by the Center for International Education Abroad.




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*Early deposit is required for consideration for Foundation Scholarships. Early Deposits received before 11/15/2019 will be refundable until 1/17/2020.

What Students Say

“It is a wonderful opportunity to get to experience another country without committing to a full semester or too much of a cultural difference. I loved the flexibility to be able to plan different excursions on our free days and afternoons that allowed me to travel to other locations and explore the cities we were in. It is also a great chance to further your experiences in the communication field and to be able to gain a more global perspective of what that looks like in other countries.”

Kara De Bruin, Communication Major, Class of 2021

“My favorite part of the whole trip was meeting with the CEO of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. For two hours we got to ask her questions about her 25-year public relations career and pick her brain on current trends in the industry. She was also able to give us tips as new professionals starting out in our careers. It was amazing to learn from someone as accomplished as her.”

Mollie Doughterty, Communication Major, Class of 2019

Your Instructor

Prof. Don Krause
Associate Professor of Communication | BT 1203

Don Krause served as a print journalist for 15 years before starting at Truman in 2007. In addition to teaching, he serves as the adviser to the student newspaper, The Index, and news website for the Truman Media Network. He also advises the Ad and PR Organization. He is a regular judge and organizer of journalism contests through College Media Association. His interests include social media, public relations and journalism, more specifically, the role of social media within public relations, convergence of news media and student media. Krause was named Truman’s Educator of the Year in 2015 and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education in 2016.

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Early Application Deadline: November 15th, 2019

Students who wish to be considered for Foundation Scholarships will need to complete ALL OF the steps outlined below before November 15th, 2019. Last year, Truman awarded over $80,000 in Foundation Scholarships for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs in individual awards ranging from $250-$3,000. Foundation Scholarships will be announced by December 6th, 2019, and students will have until January 20th, 2020 to either accept or decline any award. Deposits made before the early deadline of November 15th, 2020 will be refundable until January 20th, 2020 regardless of whether an award is received.

Regular Application Deadline: Rolling until January 20th, 2020

Admissions for this program are rolling, but we encourage students to complete ALL OF the application steps outlined below as soon as possible, and no later than January 20th, 2020, in order to secure their place in a program. All deposits made after November 15th will be non-refundable unless the program is cancelled.

How to Apply:

    • Apply through TruView. To access the Study Abroad Application on TruView, click on “Student” > “Registration” > “Apply to Study Abroad” > “Application”>”Term: May Interim 2020″. The application will ask for responses to several short-answer questions, two emergency contacts, and your acceptance of an assumption of risk and release form and media waivers. You may submit passport information with your application, but you do NOT have to have a passport before applying.
    • Complete Your Registration Agreement. At the time of application, you must complete your registration agreement for the May Interim 2020 term through TruView. To access the Registration Agreement, click “Student” > “Registration” > “Registration Agreement”.
    • Pay the Truman Cashier a $200 deposit. At the time you apply, pay your deposit online through your Truview account in the Student Account Suite, with the “eDeposits” option for May Interim 2020 term, mail a check, or make payment at the cashier window.