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Ireland: Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling

Scenic view off the Irish coast



This six-week summer study abroad program will be based at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Northwest Ireland. Students will take courses in Scriptwriting and Documentary studies with an emphasis on Irish literature, culture and history. Students on this program will attend the  Galway Film Fleadh  (festival) in Galway, meet Irish filmmakers who will screen and discuss their work, and visit Dublin and Belfast.

Check out previous participants' blogs  to see participants' experiences on the program.

"I had a great time. The work I produced was challenging, but I am proud of what I submitted. I became very close with the other students on the trip and formed relationships/knowledge that you can't get in Ohio." - Past participant on their study abroad experience.

Program Dates

June 14 - July 25, 2020*

*Students will need to depart the U.S. on Saturday, June 13 in order to arrive in Ireland on Sunday, June 14.

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to ALL Ohio University students. The minimum GPA for admission consideration is 2.5 for undergrads and 3.0 for graduate students. Admission to the program will be based on academic performance and an interview. No letters of recommendation are required.

No scriptwriting or production experience is necessary.

This program accepts Non-Ohio University students.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Students who apply early therefore have a better chance for acceptance for one of the limited slots in the program.

With enrollment held to just 12 students to ensure program quality, we recommend early application as all the slots may be filled before the final application deadline.

Apply here


Living Arrangements  

Students will be housed at  Ballyraine Estates  in 3-bedroom apartments which have kitchen facilities. These accommodations are a 10-minute walk to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology where classes will be held. Several meals will be provided on excursions but students will be responsible for providing their own daily meals.

"I was set in the country of what my work was going to be based on, I was able to experience a new culture, meet new people, build professional relationships and get professional advice in the field I will be going to." - Past participant on the advantages of taking classes in the host country.

Courses and credits

Students will earn a total of 9 credits. Students choose from the following courses:

  • Short Form Scriptwriting (MDIA 2201) 3 credits
  • Producing for Video (MDIA 3600)3 credits
  • Special Topics: Irish Culture Through Media (MDIA 4901) 3 credits
  • Special Topics: Advanced Screenwriting in Ireland (MDIA 4904) 3 credits


Three multi-day excursions are included as part of the program. Students will spend a weekend exploring the Irish capital of Dublin, have a group meal together and see a play at the world famous Abbey Theatre. A weekend is also spent in Belfast, Northern Ireland and will include a visit to the Titanic Museum. Additionally, the group will spend four nights in the City of Galway and attend the Galway Film Fleadh. Go to:  http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com  


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet - Ireland: Screenwriting 2019

Program fee includes housing, guest lecturers, excursions and some meals.

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

*School of Media Arts & Studies students may apply for an internal scholarship through the  Ralph J. Bitzer MDIA Opportunities Scholarship.
Additional Information on Ireland

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

Health and safety

Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accessibility accommodations

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Please review the  entry and exit requirements for Ireland. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. However, you may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.

Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information, contact:

Frederick Lewis
Program Director
School of Media Arts and Studies
RTV 219
E:  lewisf@ohio.edu

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu






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