WHY IRISH STUDIES IN GALWAY?
In four weeks you can earn 6 credits at the National University of Ireland's International Summer School while exploring Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland.
Learn through lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, guided tours and informed contact with the music, language and people of Ireland.
Explore the country on trips throughout Western Ireland
Live in vibrant Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland
Dr. Eamonn Wall
UMSL Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor in Irish Studies
See program costs above for summer.
BEST MAJORS: Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Music, Sociology
Also Good: Any student looking for credits in Humanities, Fine Arts, or Social Sciences.
This program works well for the UMSL majors listed above, but most programs can work well for all majors if students can take courses for elective credit. Check with your academic advisor and the study abroad office to learn about your options!
Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, guided tours and informed contact with the music, language and people of Ireland. An interdisciplinary approach will be used within each course and between the courses of the Irish Studies program. Students will have access to library, audio and visual facilities of the University.
Students choose between 2 of the courses below in Irish Studies and earn 6 credit hours of transfer credit. This program is available for undergraduate or graduate credit. The courses are listed with the number & name at Galway/UMSL equivalent (how it will transfer).
||UMSL Course Equivalency
|SS115 Representing Ireland: Literature and Film
||ENGL 4950: Special Topics in Literature
|SS116 Archaeological Heritage of Ireland
||ANTHRO 2192: Anthropological Perspectives in Western Culture
|SS117 Irish History
||HIST 3000: Selected Topics in History
|SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland
||ART HS 3391: Selected Themes in Art History
|SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
||ENGL 4130: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop or
ENGL 4140: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
|SS120 Gaelic Culture and Literature
||ENGL 3500: Special Studies
|SS121 Irish Society
||SOC 3291: Current Issues in Sociology
|SS122 Irish Traditional Music & Dance
||M H L T 4000: Directed Studies
You can read the course descriptions and find other information on the Irish Studies homepage.
After you have been accepted to study abroad you will be given directions to register for classes directly with the International Summer School at NUI-Galway. After you have finished all of your acceptance tasks in Triton Globetrotter, you will be registered for a placeholder course here at UMSL for the time that you are abroad.
UMSL students studying abroad on the Irish Studies program will pay a program fee that includes academic fees instead of tuition, and they will earn transfer credit. If you are a transfer student, please contact your academic advisor to confirm that you will not exceed the maximum number of transfer credits allowable at UMSL.
Galway is a perfect base for seeing the West of Ireland, but it is also worth a visit in itself. Although it has only a few typical sightseeing spots, what makes it a wonderful place to stay is the atmosphere, the culture, the people, and the events. Although Galway is the fouth largest city in Ireland, it has retained much of its small town character and is home to many artists, writers, and artisans. Galway is the unofficial cultural capital of Ireland and its lively arts scene peaks during the summertime Galway Arts Festival. Outside of Galway City the wild and sparsely populated Connemara region offers spectacular scenery of valleys, mountains and lakes and unparalleled hill walking across the peaks of the Twelve Bens. The coast line is wrought into rocky inlets sheltering white sand beaches, and is studded with the beautiful Aran islands that make for interesting day trips. Below is a list of categories detailing the best places to visit in and around Galway. (Courtesy of https://www.galwaytourism.ie/places-to-visit-galway/)
Students stay at residences near the NUI-Galway campus. Students have private bedrooms but share a kitchen and common space with other students.
Typically chosen from the Aran Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Clonmacnoise, and W.B. Yeats' sites in Galway. There is also a small amount of money that participants can use to fund their own excursions. See Professor Wall for details.
WHAT UMSL STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Check out what these students have to say about the Irish Studies program!
"I am happy to say that I took a leap and was able to explore another culture, even learn some of a new language, and make lasting friendships all over the course of a summer...." (continue reading)
"Study Abroad in Ireland has been one of the most outstanding experiences in my life. Not only was I given the opportunity to dive right into centuries of Irish history, explore castles, and enjoy engaging conversation in many a pub, but I discovered what living is truly about. Stripping away familiarity and living in a different culture forced me to appreciate the beauty of living one day at a time rather than taking life for granted..." (continue reading)
"Irish people live up to their reputation—almost everyone I met was friendly, hilarious, and full of unexpected stories. There was a joke in Galway that it is "the San Francisco of Ireland" because a lot of creative people tend to flock there..." (continue reading)
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