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National University of Ireland, Galway Summer

Galway, Ireland (Europe)

Quick Facts

*This program is not currently accepting applications

Summer I

Dates:  June 18, 2018– July 17, 2018
Application Deadline:  April 20
Costs:  $3,686 CCIS Member | $4,086 Non-Member

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Program Overview

Galway is the ideal European university town. A significant number of Galway’s population is made up of current or former college students; the resulting interdependence of town and gown has helped build a compact, thriving city that caters to young people. Galway has been enjoying an economic boom in recent times; yet, it still retains a powerful and intimate sense of community.

For nearly a thousand years, Galway has been the largest and most important city in the west of Ireland. As the capital of Connemara – the outcropping of land between the River Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean – Galway is at the heart of one of the world’s most scenic and evocative landscapes. Cultural richness is reflected by the strong academic programs in Irish Studies offered by the University, and by the lively arts scene for which Galway is renowned.

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Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Rachael Peters
Study Abroad Advisor

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This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University. 

Academics & Program

National University of Ireland in Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway was established in 1845 and is located in the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The school, situated on the banks of the River Corrib, offers a variety of student services that are all close to Galway's city center. Galway is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural and commercial community. Traces of Galway's rich medieval past are evident on all sides. Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theater, arts and culture, Galway has earned the title "Cultural Capital of Ireland." The University now has over 15,000 students and more than fifty academic departments and research centers.

Academic resources include a library, computer resource center, an Irish Language Center, and the Applied Languages Center. Over 1,500 international students, almost 10% of the student population, representing 50 countries attend University College Galway each year. The international students are mainly from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Course Offerings

Representing Ireland - Literature and Film offered at the same time as Irish Society(SU401)

The aim of this course is to analyze the varied ways in which 'Ireland' and 'Irishness' have been represented in a range of English-language media, including fiction, poetry, drama and film. The course will be structured around particular themes such as the representation of 'The West', the contrast between city and country, the politics of theatre, gender identity, and the meaning of Irish nationality. We will be reading works by Irish writers such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Augusta Gregory, J.M. Synge, Liam O'Flaherty, Brian Friel, Eavan Boland and Patrick McCabe. We will also view and discuss a number of films from both American and Irish filmmakers. The course may include a visit to Yeats' 'Thoor Ballylee' and Lady Gregory's Coole Park estate in south County Galway.

The Archaeological Heritage Of Ireland (SU402)

Ireland's archaeological heritage is one of the richest in Western Europe. The development of Irish Society down through the ages can be seen in the great Neolithic monuments of the Boyne valley such as Newgrange and Knowth and also in the wealth of bronze implements and gold ornaments of the succeeding Bronze Age. The Celtic Iron Age is represented by sites like Tara, Co. Meath, and the great stone forts of Dún Aenghusa on the Aran Islands and Aileach in Donegal. From the early Christian Period, monastic ruins and high crosses survive at sites such as Clonmacnoise while the finds from Dublin, Ireland's millennium capital, tell us of the Viking raids and settlement. Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles and abbeys represent the early medieval heritage and Galway, itself an Anglo-Norman foundation, provides an immediate and local wealth of sites and features dating from the later medieval period. The course, outlining the archaeological heritage of Ireland from its beginnings, about 8000 B.C., to the early Medieval period, will be particularly suitable for students majoring in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology or History. The lectures will be fully illustrated throughout, with field trips to several relevant prehistoric and historic locations.

Irish History (SU403)

This course will treat of the different peoples who became permanent settlers in Ireland over the centuries and of the contribution that each has made to the development of an Irish society and economy, and to a distinctive Irish artistic and political life. The earlier lectures will consider the Celts, the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans, but the principal focus will be on the modern centuries with a detailed treatment of English and Scottish Protestant settlement in Ireland and of the interaction of these settlers and their descendants with the existing Catholic population. Special attention will be given to the major conflicts that occurred, especially those of 1641-52, the 1790's and the recent conflict in Northern Ireland. There will also be lectures on the role of women in Irish life and especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course will be of interest to majors in History, Politics and Literature as well as anybody wishing to be guided to the best recent literature on Ireland's past. There will be fieldtrips as an integral part of the course.

Gaelic Culture and Literature (SU404)

Gaelic Literature is the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe; this course will trace the development and its cultural context from earliest times to the present day. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the flagging fortunes of the Gaelic language, this literature not only manages to survive but is, now, actually displaying signs of vibrant and exciting creativity. Though very much citizens of the world, contemporary Gaelic writers are conscious of their inherited tradition, and freely exploit the rich resources of Gaelic folklore, thus creating an unique and distinctive spirit in their writing. A knowledge of the Gaelic language is not a prerequisite; classes will be through English.

Irish Society (SU405)

A comprehensive study of issues in modern Irish society including: family, kinship and marriage patterns; the impact of religion; the role of women; rural and urban communities; social change and social problems such as emigration, poverty and conflict in contemporary Ireland. The course will also act as an introduction to Irish community studies, which commenced in nearby Co. Clare with the classic anthropological study, Family and Community in Ireland. This course is suitable for all students interested in contemporary Ireland, especially students majoring in Sociology and Anthropology, students from Liberal Arts programmes or those who are interested in the social background to Anglo-Irish and Gaelic Literature.

Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance (SU406)

Musical expression allows individuals and communities to negotiate identities and declare boundaries. The complex relationship between Irish traditional music and a national/ethnic identity is one of the main areas which will be examined in this course. Irish immigrant communities used traditional music as a means of maintaining ethnic identity. Because of the particular strategies that were employed, Irish traditional music also served, on occasion, as a means of assimilation. Particular social, geographical and political circumstances also meant that Irish communities in Britain differed significantly from their counterparts in the U.S. Parallel negotiations of identity took place on Irish soil, which were very often bound up with the aspiration towards a national ideal. This course will offer the opportunity to explore such issues through readings, discussions and seminars.

Introduction to Art in Ireland (SU407)

This course traces the development of Irish art from Newgrange to the 2009 Venice Biennale. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of prehistoric art before moving on to consider the outstanding artistic achievements of the ’Golden Age’ of Irish art, including the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch and Irish High Crosses. The second half of the course will focus on how the ’rediscovery’ of this early artistic legacy informed later artists, culminating in the ’Celtic Revival’ of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In exploring the development of modern art in Ireland, students will learn to appraise and evaluate a broad spectrum of Irish art both iconographically and art historically, including the work of Jack Yeats, Mainie Jellett, and Louis le Brocquy. The course will conclude with an overview of trends in contemporary Irish art. A key question underlying the various strands of the course will be the development of a distinctly Irish cultural identity in the visual arts and the influence of international trends on Irish artists throughout the ages.

Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction (SU408)

This course will be a workshop in the writing of prose and poetry. Students may choose the genre they wish to emphasise, engaging in experimentation, writing and rewriting under the supervision of the directors and the faculty. Workshops will involve review, analysis and editing, in an atmosphere of constructive criticism and support. There will be individual contributions from a number of the country's leading writers.

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland

This new course offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the West of Ireland. Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars and excursions to Connemara, Joyce Country, the Burren and East Galway. Field trips will facilitate contact with the Irish countryside, habitats, flora, fauna and Irish conservation practitioners. This course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology by looking at all aspects of how habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. Students will be introduced to key elements of geology, hydrology and ecology and will then develop their field skills in species identification, with a particular focus on the conservation and sustainable management of key habitats and resources in the West of Ireland.

Academic Highlights

Irish Studies: As part of the Irish Studies programme, introductory classes in the Irish Language (non-credit) will be provided for interested students. Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, guided tours and informed contact with the music, language and people of Ireland. An interdisciplinary approach will be used within each course and between the courses of the Irish Studies programme.

Students will have access to library, audio and visual facilities of the University.

National University of Galway offers Irish Language courses at beginners and intermediate levels each Summer. 

Course Credits: Credits vary
Language of Instruction: English, other than language courses

Student Life & Housing


Students may choose residences available to the University. Accommodation charges are listed separately for each program. Student residences on campus are self-catered apartments. Students have the option of preparing their own meals or using any of the many restaurants or cafes on campus or in Galway city.

All of the student residences are single occupancy. Students may live in family owned guesthouses adjacent to the University. A full Irish breakfast will be provided by their hosts as part of the overall cost. Accommodation costs are listed separately for each program.

Duration & Costs


June 18 - July 17


$3,686 for CCIS members | $4,086 for non-CCIS members


Family Guesthouse with Irish breakfast - single occupancy is $1,550
Family Guesthouse with Irish breakfast - sharing is $1,450
Student Residence without breakfast - single occupancy is $1,050

Costs Included: The program fee includes instructional fees, CCIS and sponsor fees, CISI health insurance, educational field trips, theatre visits and a social program.

No deposit fees will be sent to Ireland, all fees will be billed by the sponsoring institution.

Costs Not Included: Estimated costs include passport, housing, meals, flight ($1,500), personal expenses ($1,000)

Please note: Total program cost will vary depending on individual’s choice of housing, meal plan, and other choices that are personal preference

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

April 20

Eligibility Requirements

Interested students should have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale or higher, in addition to transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

Entry Requirements

U.S. Passport, non-U.S. citizens check with Irish Consulate for entry requirements

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