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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer VI
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
  • Courses Approved
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer VI 2018 12/03/2017
Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 06/06/2018
Summer VI 2017 02/01/2018
02/20/2018 TBA TBA
Summer VI 2019 02/01/2019 02/01/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.80
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: No
Internships: No Service Learning: No
Great for these academic disciplines: Psychology Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

Galway Shannon2
May 23 - June 6, 2018

Don't miss the opportunity to spend 10 days on-site in Galway, Ireland this summer! Earn three Psychology credits that fulfill a social science core requirement while exploring the coastal city of Galway!
Are you in need of a social science course or a Psychology elective?  Why not enroll in PY 274: Drugs and Behavior a two-week course that begins at Fairfield University (3 days) and continues at our partner institution in Galway (NUIG)?  This faculty led course will cover the fundamentals of pharmacology while on Fairfield's campus, and once in Ireland, will delve deeper into the subject with guest lectures, group presentations, and observations of cutting edge research in Neuropharmacology at NUIG.  The pubs of Galway will also serve as a backdrop for research, where students will work in teams to study social behaviors.  Outside of the classroom, we will travel to the Cliffs or Moher and Dublin or Connemara to experience Ireland’s exquisite scenery and rich cultural history.  Prerequisite: PY 261 or permission of instructor (Dr. Shannon Harding).  Priority will be given to Seniors and Juniors, but everyone is encouraged to apply.

Shannon Harding, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Shannon Harding is an Associate Professor in Psychology with research interests in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Specifically, she examines how hormones work on the brain to affect social behaviors using rodent models for different clinical conditions, including autism.

 May 3: Pre-departure meeting and distribution of syllabus.
• May 23-26: Classroom instruction at Fairfield University
• May 27: Arrive in Shannon, apartment check-in. Walking tour of Galway and welcome dinner.
• May 28: Explore the city. Afternoon lecture.
• May 29-June 1: Classroom lectures and exams (mornings), literature search and data collection in the field / pubs or research observations in NUIG laboratories (afternoons).
• June 2 and June 4: Sightseeing: organized trips to Cliffs of Moher and Connemara / Dublin (based on student interest). 
• June 3: Free time to sightsee and write up results of pub study.
• June 5: Write-up of results due (AM) and research talks: NUIG graduate students & departure dinner (PM).
• June 6: Departure
• June 15: Final 10-pg. review paper due.

NUIG PY 274 students
  • Three Fairfield University Undergraduate Credits (PY 274 fulfills a social science requirement for FFLD Students)
    3 Nights Housing at Fairfield University
    10 Nights Apartment Housing in historic city center of Galway
    Transportation to all planned excursions and site visits
    Ground Transportation to a US airport from the University
    Ground Transportation to and from Shannon Airport
    Welcome and Farewell dinners in Galway
    Health Insurance
  • Group Airfare
  • Additional meals/incidental expenses(approximately $50/day)
  • Passport

Rolling admissions based on requirements so early applications are encouraged! For more program specific information please contact Dr. Shannon Harding.

Rolling Admissions - this very competitive program participates in a rolling admissions which will begin on October 1st and continue until February 1, 2018 if need be.  There is a limited of 12 participants.  Apply Early!!!

Commitment/Balance due: November 15, 2017
A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required.

Application form, costs, dates and details at

The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.