The Ireland program is based at the National University of Ireland, Galway (formerly University College, Galway) and consists of a combination of special courses taught for the group and regular university courses. The affiliation with NUIG provides students with the opportunity to live and study with Irish students at an Irish university. Students also connect with local residents through a service learning project in a community-based organization.
Galway, a university town with a vibrant artistic and cultural atmosphere, is the administrative capital of County Galway and the largest city in the West of Ireland. This area of the country is noted for its geographic and cultural distinctiveness. Students will encounter a variety of physical landscapes in the West, ranging from the long, jagged coastline, numerous lakes and rivers, and rugged terrain in the countryside. With the largest concentration of Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland, the West is widely recognized as the most typically 'Irish' part of the country. The Gaelic heritage is evident in the Aran Islands (Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer), located just off the coast at the entrance to Galway Bay.
Course of Study
Union students will take four courses. There will be two required core courses, one which varies by term. The second core course is:
Contemporary Irish Culture and Society (GAL 210)
The director of Irish Studies at NUIG (also our local program coordinator), joined by several guest lecturers from NUIG and the local community, will offer this survey of Irish culture and society.
Students will also select two electives from the regular NUIG catalogue, choosing among the Fall semester offerings.Note that access for international students to some NUIG courses is limited due to such factors as the duration of the course and the nature of course prerequisites. The following are a few examples of courses taken by students on previous programs:
- Introduction to Northern Irish Politics
- Church and State in Ireland
- Irish Art From the Early Iron Age to the 8th Century
- Medieval Ireland 5th-9th Centuries
- Shakespearean Comedies
- Irish Famine in a European Perspective
- The English Language in Ireland
- Women in Irish Society
- Contemporary Irish Poetry
Students will be required to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to apply to this program. Students are required to maintain this cumulative 3.0 GPA until the program departure date.
Several excursions linked to the Irish Culture and Society course are included as part of this program. They typically includes visits to Northern Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, and the Aran Islands. Some local excursions in and around Galway may be organized as well.
Students on the program will be housed in flats at the Gort na Coiribe complex, four or five total to a flat. Fully equipped kitchens are included in the flats and local shopping is convenient. Full meals can also be purchased at the university student canteen.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- February: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Early September: Program begins
- Mid-December: Program ends
Photo credit: Ursula Williams '09