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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Galway Collage

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2022 (11:59pm)

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 

Program Description:
The Galway program is hosted by the National University of Ireland at Galway, one of Ireland’s foremost centers of academic excellence. Through these excursions, students will explore a variety of different site-specific themes that draw heavily on Irish history, culture.  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 can choose to take up to 2 courses during the summer program. Students can earn 3 or 6 credits on the summer program. Both courses are taught by W&M Faculty.

RELG 308: Irish Mythology in History and Society (COLL 200 ALV): ( 3 credits)
Irish mythology tells stories of fairies, leprechauns, banshees, and headless horsemen. Come explore the land of these legends in Galway, Ireland! You will learn skills in cross-cultural comparison of myths and delve into the stories that still impact Irish culture and art today. We will connect these myths to contemporary culture by exploring Irish landscape, dancing, sport, art, theater, and film. We will hike the cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way and see films and art by emerging Irish talent at Galway’s arts and film festivals. 

Course #2: OPTIONAL 

RELG 308: Advanced Research Methods
( 3 credits)

A 3-credit opportunity for guided research leading up to, during, and after study abroad in Galway, Ireland. Interested students will develop a research topic and plan in consultation with the professor during the spring 2023 semester. While in Ireland, students will execute their research plan in regular consultation with the professor and with an assigned peer-review small group. The final research paper will be due four weeks after the end of the Galway program to allow for time for drafting, consultation with professor, peer review, and completion. 
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the spring term 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. 

Course is taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Please note that students cannot receive COLL 200 and COLL 300 for the same course.

W&M Faculty: Professor Annie Blazer

Arrival Date: June 23
Departure Date: July 22

Application ( $75) deadline: December 1.  
Deposit ($700) March 10
Final Payment: April 3

Application fee information:
The application fee is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees:
2023 Program fee: 6475
Optional research course is an additonal $950
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.


  • 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 must successfully complete 1 credit virtual summer course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.


Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.