Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. The city is the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. Galway has all of the charm of small town Ireland, while providing a first class academic experience. Galway is a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Visit the vibrant Eyre Square in the city's center, which is ringed by streets full of shops, street musicians, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting!
National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College. After the Quadrangle building was constructed, the University welcomed its first cohort of 63 students in 1849. Today, NUI Galway is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world and is recognized as being one of the best universities for their international outlook. The University has changed with the times and has a blend of historical buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. NUI Galway’s campus is situated on the bank of the River Corrib, has over 90 buildings on 259 acres of land.
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This course comprises an integrated introduction to Irish Studies incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines, a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as Identity, Emigration, and Religion, and a broad range of elective courses as outlined below. The series of field trips is designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall course structure.
Students will choose two of the following courses (3 credits each) to enroll in:
SS115 Representing Ireland - Literature and Film
SS116 THE Archaeological Heritage of Ireland
SS117 Irish History
SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland
SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
SS120 Gaelic Culture and Literature
SS121 Irish Society
SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
Teaching is by means of lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, educational field trips, guided tours and informed contact with the music, language and people of Ireland. An interdisciplinary approach is used within each course and between the courses of the Irish Studies programme.
Fairfield students will live with a host family adjacent to the University. Rooms are shared with another student who is also studying abroad. A full Irish breakfast will be provided daily.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to participate in this program, each student must first complete all application requirements at their home university. Each university has different application requirements so be sure to speak to your study abroad advisor.
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Students applying to study abroad at NUI Galway must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
Visa and Immigration Information
You do not need a visa to study on this program. As a Summer School student, you will spend approximately five weeks in Ireland and therefore do not need to register with immigration. When checked by Immigration on arrival, your passport will be stamped up to the end date of the Summer School. Should you wish to stay for a longer period you may need to notify immigration in Ireland. Please ensure you bring your passport and original letter of offer with you to show to immigration officials at your point of entry to Ireland.
The cost of this program for 2017 for non-Fairfield students is $4,670. This price includes tuition (6 credits), housing, breakfast daily, excursions, and library and IT facilities for the four-week program.
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All Fairfield University students participating in this program are automatically enrolled in CISI Health Insurance from the start date to the end date of their study abroad program. There is no additional cost to the student.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.