Study Abroad in Ireland

Student Advising Office

Public Relations Maymester Abroad in Ireland


Program Type: Maymester Abroad Program
Dates: Spring semester, with classes held in Dublin from end of May to end of June 2014
Application Deadline: November 1
Language(s) of instruction: English

This skills-centered course represents a special opportunity for public relations education at The University of Texas at Austin.  This course focuses on all the essential elements of a basic PR class — writing, campaign design, interview skills — but it does so in one of the world's fastest changing environments. Ireland has witnessed dramatic changes in the last decade, as the social and cultural effects of the "Celtic Tiger" boom transformed the land from an agricultural to a technologically advanced industrial European power that is now facing issues related globalization, economic integration and national identity.

Irish landscape
Photo: Tourism Ireland

Students participating in this program will gather a better understanding of what it means to write effectively and how to work as a team to produce a public relations campaign. The program will include several excursions to local organizations in Dublin that relate directly to the immediate writing assignments on hand.

The program is held on the campus of University College Dublin. UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide. With over 5,000 international students from over 100 countries and over 250 exchange partners UCD is Ireland’s most globally-networked university and has prioritised internationalisation as a key aspect of the UCD student experience.


The program is open to all undergraduate students of The University of Texas at Austin with upper-division standing by the time of participation (spring semester). Applicants must be in good standing and meet the appropriate course prerequisites prior to departure.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the Study Abroad program. An applicant's total educational and disciplinary record, educational objective, professional attitude, level of preparedness and interpersonal maturity, advisor recommendations, special talents, personal preparation and personal achievements may be considered in the selection process. The University reserves the right to interview the student during the application process and to deny acceptance to any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications.

Courses and Credit

Participants in this program will be required to register for one of the following courses, which are cross-listed:

  • PR 348: Public Relations Techniques- IRL
  • PR 378: Pro-Social Public Relations Techniques- IRL

Students wishing to enroll in PR348 are required to have successfully completed PR317 and PR319 prior to departure.

Students wishing to enroll in PR378 should have successfully completed at least one writing-component course. Note: Public Relations students who enroll in PR 378 in Dublin will not be permitted to substitute that course for PR348.

downtown Dublin
Photo: Tourism Ireland

Maymester Abroad courses count as in-residence credit. Maymester Abroad courses are factored into the student's GPA and are part of spring registration, although they begin after the spring exam period and conclude prior to the second summer session.

Downtown Dublin at night
Photo: Tourism Ireland


Students will reside in appointed dormitory-style accommodations on the campus of University College Dublin (UCD), convenient to a number of eateries, services and public transportation. The student residences offer single rooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and living room facilities.  University College Dublin is centrally located and within a short bus-ride of city centre. Students will have access to a new, state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool on the UCD campus.


Dave Junker

Dave Junker is a lecturer in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and the Director of the Senior Fellows Honors Program in the College of Communication. He teaches classes on public relations writing and communications techniques as well as special topics courses in communication and culture. He has a doctorate in American literature, a master’s in Afro-American Studies, and a long-time interest in Irish writers, music and culture. He led a Dublin Maymester program in 2011 and everyone had a grand time. He can’t wait to do it again!

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students may use any federal, state, or institutional aid they would normally be awarded by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), excluding work-study, to help pay for study abroad. Financial aid awards can also be recalculated to cover increased costs associated with study abroad. Additionally, most private scholarships are applicable to study abroad - however, students must confirm that with the donor. Learn more about funding for study abroad.

Student Expenses

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Photo: Tourism Ireland


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Apply online now!

Deadline is November 1


Please contact Dan Siefken ( or Study Abroad at 512-471-6490 for more information.

Info Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 5-6pm, BMC 4.204