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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Restrictions: Union applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Curricular Focus: Broad-based Curriculum, Community-Based Learning
Program Description:

Based at the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), this is cooperative program with Hobart and William-Smith Colleges run through the PGE (Partnership for Global Education). Galway is known for its vibrant artistic and cultural atmosphere and is the largest city in the West of Ireland. Students will encounter a variety of physical landscapes, from the long, jagged coastline to rugged countryside terrain. With the largest concentration of Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland, the West is widely recognized as the most typically “Irish” part of the country.

Course of Study

This is a faculty-led program and students take four courses. There will be two required core courses, one of which is taught by the faculty leader titled: Exploring Irish Traditional Music in Galway. What is that Irish tune they are playing?  What makes it sound different from the version played yesterday by a different group?  What might the tune have sounded like 100 years ago?  Intended for students with little or no musical training as well as for those with an extensive music background, this interactive course invites participants to explore some trends in the performance of Irish traditional music in and around Galway.  Three approaches are interwoven:  analytical and historical; listening and performance; and reflective.  Students will gain an understanding of this important art form that has captured the attention and imagination of many.

The second core course is:

Contemporary Irish Culture and Society (GAL 210)
The director of Irish Studies at NUIG (also our local program coordinator), joined by several guest lecturers from NUIG and the local community, will offer this survey of Irish culture and society.

Students will also select two electives from the NUIG catalogue, choosing among the Fall semester offerings. Note that access for international students to some NUIG courses is limited due to such factors as the duration of the course and the nature of course prerequisites. The following are a few examples of courses taken by students on previous programs:
  • Introduction to Northern Irish Politics
  • Church and State in Ireland
  • Irish Art From the Early Iron Age to the 8th Century
  • Medieval Ireland 5th-9th Centuries
  • Shakespearean Comedies
  • Irish Famine in a European Perspective
  • The English Language in Ireland
  • Women in Irish Society
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry
In addition, community service opportunities are available.


  • Students will be required to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to apply to this program.  Students are required to maintain this cumulative 3.0 GPA until the program departure date.


Several excursions linked to the Irish Culture and Society course are included as part of this program. They typically includes visits to Northern Ireland, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, and the Aran Islands. Some local excursions in and around Galway may be organized as well.


Students on the program will be housed with other Union, Hobart and Irish students in flats at the Gort na Coiribe complex, four or five total to a flat. Fully equipped kitchens are included in the flats and local shopping is convenient. Full meals can also be purchased at the university student canteen.


(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
  • January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
  • February: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation 
  • Spring term: Orientation meetings
  • Early September: Program begins
  • Mid-December: Program ends

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.