Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural and Area Studies, English, Film Studies, Gaelic, History, Literature, Music, Research
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All students must be in good academic standing.
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No previous language study required
University of Galway
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The city of Galway is known for their thriving student population who contribute to the bohemian vibe of the city. With bright colored store fronts, restaurants and homes, Galway is the perfect home away from home. Live music can be found throughout the city, and the sea sides serves as a great view, as well as a source of incredibly fresh meals. City walls from medieval times still stand, only steps away from contemporary shops, cafes and pubs.
With its campus in the heart of the city, The University of Galway offers amazing opportunities for you to engage with international and Irish perspectives. The campus prides itself with providing you with endless opportunities to engage in academia, and the surrounding community. While at your home away from home, you will have access to 82 student organizations, as well as hundreds of student events and volunteering opportunities.
The University of Galway International Summer School offers you a range of courses in Irish Studies, Irish Language and Archaeology. The courses aim to give you a rich and diverse perspective of the subject area and are taught by lecturers and education professionals who have a vast range of knowledge of their subject matter. Irish Studies (6 credits)
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. The seminar focuses on key themes, such as Identity, Emigration, and Religion, as well as providing a range of elective course. Irish Studies Program 2023
*Irish Language (6 credits)
The University of Galway offers you the opportunity learn Irish in its natural environment. A range of Irish-language courses are offered at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Each course includes intensive spoken Irish each day, special classes in singing and dancing, and lectures in English on relevant topics including Irish History, Literature, Folklore and Society. Irish Language Program 2023
Business and International Management (6 credits)
Business & International Management - expand your professional work experience and increase your knowledge of international business and economics. Business & International Management Program 2023. Ecology (6 credits)
Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland - this 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 Ecology Program 2023.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Irish Studies, Ecology, and Business and International Management (6 credits)
A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of two full years at the college level 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.
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.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum one full year at the college level is required. Must be taking some form of Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Natural history, courses in your studies. 'Reasonable level of fitness' is encouraged due to required short hikes and uneven terrain. Business and International Management
A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum one full year at the college level 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. Achill Archaeological Field School (3-9 credits)
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. Must be physically fit, as fieldwork is quite strenuous.
Information below is subject to change.
Field trips are an integral part of the program. You will participate on field trips to Dingle and the Aran Islands.
If you take the SS115 – Representing Ireland – Literature and Film course, you will visit Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee and Kilmacduagh.
If you take the SS116 – The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland course, you will visit sites in the Burren.
If you take the SS118 – Introduction to Art in Ireland, you will visit the Book of Kells and the National Museum in Dublin.
Excursion and visits are arranged for you to visit several Irish-speaking locations to experience language and culture in their natural environment. Towns and villages that are visited include Ros a’Mhil, Ros Muc and An Spideal, with its local specialized craft. This course will include receptions and evenings of traditional Irish entertainment for you.
Achill Archaeological Field School
If you are attending session 1, you will be undertaking a fifth season at the pre-Famine settlement at Keem Bay. If you are attending session 2, you will be investigating the deserted early modern coastal settlement of Caruan Point.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
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About the City
Galway has a rich history and still retains the charming character of a medieval city. Galway is a university town and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that makes Galway particularly attractive to students and tourists alike. Galway is also one of the few areas where you will still hear the native Celtic tongue. We encourage you to learn more about Ireland and the cultural capital of Galway!
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. United States citizens do not need a student visa to study in Ireland unless you are staying in the country for more than 90 days. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
Summer programs: December
Program Dates 2023
Irish Studies: June 18 to July 15
*Irish Language: July 15 to August 12
Business and international management: June 18 to July 15
Ecology: June 18 to July 11
The University of Galway's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. From humble beginnings, the University of 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.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad. Upon arrival at the University of Galway, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
The University of Galway's International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.