Irish Studies

National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Irish Studies

  • Location

    Galway

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

    National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) was founded in 1845. The current President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the previous Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, Enda Kenny, are just a few of NUI Galway's notable alumni. ISA participants studying at NUI Galway for a semester or academic-year have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students, while ISA participants studying at NUI Galway for a summer have the opportunity to take a wide range of Irish Studies courses with international students. Of particular note is NUI Galway's Literacy and Learning in the Community Service Learning course, as well as its Engineering courses which are accredited by the Washington Accord.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Mid Jun, 2020 - Mid Jul, 2020

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2020

  • Credit

    12 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $6,350

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Program Description

The Irish Studies program is offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). This program offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish culture, society, history, literature, film, and art through a series of courses and excursions. NUI Galway offers non-credit introductory Irish Gaelic language classes that are available to interested students. Courses are taught in English by NUI Galway faculty with other international students.

Service-Learning in Galway
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Galway and for more information about how to receive academic credit.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

You must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at your home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

12

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 2 courses for the Summer 1 program. 
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.   
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancelations.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 12 ECTS credits for the Summer 1 program.
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.
  • Per the National University of Ireland, Galway, 6 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits / 4.5 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the National University of Ireland, Galway will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Matt Gulizia

Program Manager, Ireland

GALWAY TEAM

Aileen O'Flaherty

Resident Director, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Galway. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Galway and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

You will be placed in an off-campus student residence. This student residence will be Gort na Coiribe Student Village, which is located about a 15 minute walk from campus. The student residence is an apartment-style student residence. Semester and academic-year students live with both international students and local students from Ireland, while summer students live with international students only. The student residence includes a shared double bedroom, a shared bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared living room. Bed linens are not included for semester and academic-year students, but are included for summer students. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom; laundry facilities are available in the student residence complex. A $750 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Aran Islands

The rugged Aran Islands lie outside Galway Bay, just miles from the Clare Coast and the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. All three islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, Inis Oírr) have individual character. These islands will not disappoint!Allofthe locals speak Ireland’s native tongue. From forts and churches to flora, fauna, and idyllic scenery, the Islands have it all! They are a must see!

Dingle Peninsula

A highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. It stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast. From Mount Brandon to steep sea- cliffs and to sandy beaches. Dingle peninsula is Ireland’s picture perfect postcard.

Dublin

You will visit the bustling capital city of Dublin to see why Ireland is truly a land of saints and scholars. Explore the Book of Kells, an illustrated Christian bible from 800AD, walk through the famous cobbled courtyard of Trinity College, witness Ireland's revolutionary history at Kilmainham Gaol, and bask in the exuberance of Temple Bar.

Kylemore Abbey

At Kylemore Abbey, you will experience a perfect day in the west of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, for its striking beauty alone. The Abbey is at the cusp of the memorable Inagh Valley and surrounded by the breath-taking Connemara 12 Bens. You will get to explore the rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. You will have time to explore the six acre Victorian Walled Garden and see the beauty of the Gothic Church on site.

Galway & the Cliffs of Moher

Galway (Gaillimh) lies in the heart of the West of Ireland, clinging to the outer edge of Europe. A walking tour will take play along Salthill;then, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at Galway’s farmers Market, partake in a walking tour of Galway's City and listen to some traditional Irish music.

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Belfast

Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland; one of the six countries of Ireland that remain part of the United Kingdom. A “Black Taxi Tour” will take place that accumulates a tour around the Protestant and Catholic sections of the city; the tour will also stop at the Peace Wall. You will have lunch at St. George's Market and will visit the city hall. You will, then, have free time to explore.

Cultural Activities in Galway

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Galway. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Galway special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a tour of Salthill, theatre visits, visit to Galway Market, and a traditional music night.