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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Archaeology, Art History, Cultural and Area Studies, History, Literature, Music, Sociology Additional Program Requirements: All students must be in good academic standing.
Credit Load: 6 Exchange Program: No
Faculty-Led: No Internship Opportunity: Generally not available
Language of Instruction: English is the primary language of instruction Language Requirement: NO previous study required
SUNY code: 611 Partner University: National University of Ireland, Galway
Program Advisor: Martinez, Andy
Program Description:
Irish Studies at National University of Ireland
Academics Irish studies looks at the diversity of “Irishness” through literature, culture, history and language. This program gives a comprehensive introduction to the area, taking elements from all the contributing disciplines and providing a series of complementary integral educational field trips.
Course work will highlight Irish Studies while incorporating elements from various contributing disciplines. Interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes such as Identity, Emigration, and Religion navigate the overall topic of Irish studies in various directions. A series of field trips complement the coursework and is an integral part of the overall program and educational component.

Summer 2018 courses include:
  1. SS115 Representing Ireland - Literature and Film
  2. SS116 The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland – from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles
  3. SS117 Irish History: Conflict, Identity and the Shaping of Modern Ireland
  4. SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland: Exploring Ireland’s Vibrant Artistic Heritage from Prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’ of the 8th Century AD
  5. SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction & Memoir
  6. SS120 Gaelic Culture and Literature; From Cú Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and Beyond
  7. SS121 Irish Society: Stasis and Change in the Ambiguous Republic
  8. SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
  9. Irish Language Classes (If interested)
  10. Graduate Credit is also available. Special advisory sessions and an extended essay are offered to students wishing to obtain graduate credits.
For more information on the courses above, please click this link. General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved. 
Accommodations Students can opt to stay in family guesthouse accommodations or in student residence halls.

NUI Galway will arange accomodations for all students based on the type of accomodations they select online.

Residence Halls:
You may choose to stay in the residence halls, located just ten minutes away from NUI Galway and Galway city center. All units are fitted with a fully equipped kitchen/lounge, multi-channel TV, an incoming telephone service with voicemail is fitted in each house/apt. (Outgoing calls can be made with the use of calling cards which can be bought at reception or most newsagents). Free Internet Access, via Wi-Fi or Ethernet (bring CAT5 cable for laptop connection).


You may live in family owned guesthouses adjacent to the University. A full Irish breakfast will be provided by your hosts as part of the overall cost. Accommodation is provided on a Bed and Breakfast basis and you are responsible for all other meals. You will reside with a host family, and note that this is not self-catering. You will have access to a common area for tea/coffee making facilities, TV etc. Please note that you should plan to eat all meals other than breakfast outside of the home stay.

Support Services
The University at Albany hosts a mandatory general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. As an Ireland program participant, you will also have an additional pre-departure session at UAlbany. As a Ireland program participant, you will also have an additional pre-departure session at UAlbany.
At NUI Galway, your welfare is a priority. The University will help you with information on student health. Find out more.
Costs Click here for estimated cost: Irish Summer Programs 2018.pdf

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid


A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. You must be in good academic standing and show an interest in the overall program content. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply.
Location From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognized as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

If you are going to the Ireland to study for 6 months or less, it may be possible for you to apply for a Short-term Study visa. If you are going to the Ireland to study for more than 6 months, you will have to obtain a Tier 4 (General) visa. For more information on apply for a student visa, please see here: Student Visa Support.
Overview The University at Albany's program at the National University of Ireland, Galway offers you the opportunity to study Irish Studies in the Galway region for 4 weeks during the summer term. You are immersed into daily life, live in fully furnished apartments and take classes at NUI Galway along with other international students. There are also a variety of extracurricular activities offered in the evenings and weekends.
The Irish Studies Summer School 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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
03/08/2018 06/18/2018 07/17/2018
NOTE: Arrival and Orientation is on Monday, June 18, 2018 but starts on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.