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 new and exciting course offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the west of Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainable use and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources. Located in Galway, the summer school is ideally located to immerse students in the wonderful wealth of wildlife and habitats found in County Galway and the West of Ireland.
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This course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology by looking at all aspects of how these habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment.
The summer school will consist of two courses, each two weeks in duration, which will focus on a selection of habitat types in the east and west of the county.
Course I: SS1151 Living Landscapes in the Connemara & Joyce Country: Focusing on Connemara, Lough Corrib and Joyce Country and examining the ecology and conservation of blanket bogs, uplands and freshwater habitats of County Galway.
Course 2: SS1152 Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway: Focusing on the habitats and species of the Burren and East County Galway including limestone pavement, turloughs and the raised bogs as well as the special coastal habitats of County Galway.
Each module comprises seminars, fieldwork and assessment. Assessment will be in the form of blogs, wikis, podcasts, short films or learning journals. Students can chose an
individual module, or do both modules and attend the entire four-week course. The course is delivered by the Applied Ecology Unit, NUI Galway.
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
This application serves the three different sessions available for the Ecology program. Please select the applicable term when beginning your application. If you selected the wrong term, or would like to switch terms during the application process, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
The term lengths (with arrival and departure dates) are as follows:
Summer I: 2 weeks (June 17- June 30)
Summer II: 2 weeks (July 1 - July 14)
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.
Application Deadline: February 15
Program Balance Due: April 1
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 includes tuition, housing, and breakfast daily in both modules.
Module 1- two weeks, 3 credits: $3,400
Module 2- two weeks, 3 credits: $3,400
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.