Galway is a charming city in the west of Ireland where the locals refer to themselves as "Galwegians." It is the fifth largest and fastest-growing city in the country and is known as "Ireland's Cultural Heart." Home to numerous castles, cathedrals, and museums, Galway has an interesting history and culture interwoven with many myths and legends. The city, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle, is also known as a hub for the arts and hosts numerous festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The National University of Ireland was founded in 1845 as Queen's College, Galway and is host to numerous student societies, namely the Literary and Debating Society and the Film Society.
Program Description: The Galway program is hosted by the National University of Ireland at Galway, one of Ireland’s foremost centers of academic excellence. During their time in Galway program participants will take course-related, regional field trips to sites of cultural and historical interest. Through these excursions, students will explore a variety of different site-specific themes that draw heavily on Irish history, culture, policy, and the natural environment. The location in Western Ireland on the Connemara Peninsula is both culturally vibrant and naturally beautiful. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the theater and arts events which flourish across the city.
Students will live in university apartment style housing, equipped with kitchens for student use.
Students choose two 3-credit courses. Summer 2018 course options are:
FILM 351: Themes in Irish Cinema
ENGL 465: Modern Irish Literature
GOVT 391: Irish Politics
GOVT 391 Irish Politics Course Description: An exploration of political behavior and institutions in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with an emphasis on the history of sectarian conflict, migration, economic relations and the Brexit process, and cross-national comparisons with the United States.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Galway and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at the National University of Ireland. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.