Studies Abroad: Galway Ireland Program Information
Students are required to take two mandatory courses during the semester. One course will be offered by Professor David Gutterman, a visiting American professor from Willamette University, in his or her specific discipline. The other mandatory course is in Irish Studies organized by the noted poet, Louis de Poar. This course includes lecturers from various disciplines relating to Irish society and history, with excursions to sites of interest. In addition to the mandatory courses, students will take three to four elective courses offered through the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. Admission is subject to agreement of the department head and academic background.
The cost of the program is $24,795 which includes tuition, housing, excursions and admissions, a meal allowance, and insurance. Institutional financial aid does transfer, except for work study. The cost of the program does not include airfare.
Students should have finished at least 45 credit hours by the time the program starts, including ENG 112 – Introduction to Literature, PHL 150 – Introduction to Philosophy, and THE 101 – Introduction to Religion and Theology.
Minimum GPA of 3.5.
The spring semester begins in the first week of January 2014 and ends by mid to late May 2014. Exact dates will be announced by January 2013.
This semester-long program will allow students to have a first-hand look at Irish culture. The program includes excursions to Northern Ireland, Dublin, and the Aran Islands. The program also includes a short 3-day home-stay with a Gaelic-speaking family at the beginning of the program and a tour of a Gaelic village in Connemara. This program works best for humanities students who have an interest in Irish culture and history, but is open to any student with the prerequisites.
Students live in a University-owned apartment village with Irish flatmates in the Gort na Coiribe student housing center, a 10 minute walk from the National University of Ireland. Most students have single rooms and share bathrooms and kitchen facilities with two or more students. Students are from Willamette University and the University of Portland.