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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
Galway Collage

Program Information | Course Information | W&M Faculty | Dates | Deadlines | Program Fees | Eligibility | Handbooks

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.

Things to Do and See:
Check out the Cliffs of Moher (; Connemara National Park (; and visit one of its four beaches ( Number one travel guide for Galway Ireland

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.

Course Information:
Students choose two 3-credit courses. Summer course options are:
  • FILM 351: Themes in Irish Cinema
  • ENGL 465: Modern Irish Literature
  • MATH 110: Brewing up Statistics ( COLL 200 attribute) rooted in NQR and reaches out to CSI. 
  • ENSP 249: Local Course taught by NUIG Faculty titled: "Galway Bay Landscapes".  The course will focus on Irish Landscapes, geology, hydrology, and ecology. 
Math 110 Course Description: In 1899, W.S. Gosset was hired as a brewer for Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. While attempting to brew the best beer possible, he ended up revolutionizing the field of statistics. How did he do this?  This question steers the course through topics in elementary statistics.  The course uses the discoveries by brewer/statistician, W.S. Gosset and historical data from Irish industries and natural phenomena to investigate ways to collect, describe and analyze data. Special focus is placed on Gosset’s papers, published under the pseudonym, “Student”.  Analysis of his methods and correspondence with contemporary statisticians are emphasized to better understand the statistics used today in business and in the natural, social and behavioral sciences. 

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.

Book list for MATH 110 class: There will be the course packet of lecture and outlines.  There will be some readings but no textbook required.

W&M Faculty:Marylou Zapf

Arrival Date: mid-June 2021
Departure Date: July 17, 2021
Application ($75*):  February 1
Deposit ($600):  March 12
Final payment:  April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2021 Program fee: TBD
2020 Program fee: $6665
Students are responsible for airfare, visa fees if applicable and some meals.

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here. 

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

Program Features: 

  • Welcome dinner
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Ground transportation
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Farewell dinner
  • Re-entry Programming
  • Some excursion admissions tickets
  • Some day or weekend excursions 
  • CISI Insurance
  • Housing
  • Wifi
  • Library and computer room  access 
  • On-Site support services
  • W&M credits 
  • Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university to offer reputable and academic rigorous courses 
  • Breakfast M-F, Lunch Monday-Thursday and dinner Tuesday-Thursday are included in the program fee. Some meals are included on excursions


  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Click to view the
Galway Handbook 2020.pdf
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/03/2021 02/23/2021 TBA TBA