Galway, Ireland


The National University of Ireland, Galway is located on the banks of the river Corrib in Western Ireland. Galway is a modern urban center of 80,000 people that is known to many as a cultural center of Ireland. A Willamette professor accompanies the students to Galway. The WU professor teaches one course to the students as well as leads the excursions. Excursions include Dublin, Northern Ireland and Cork among others.

The Program Faculty Leader for the spring 2017 will be David Craig, Professor of Biology. The Program Faculty Leader for the spring semester 2016 will be Scott Pike, Associate Professor of Environmental and Earth Sciences. Other Faculty Leaders for this program include Richard Ellis (2015, Politics), Ann Nicgorski (2014, Art History), David Gutterman (2013, Politics), Seth Cotlar (2012, History), Wendy Peterson Boring (2011, History), Todd Silverstein (Chemistry, 2010), Ortwin Knorr (Classical Studies, 2009), Mike Strelow (English, 2008), Mark Conliffe (Russian, 2007), Charlie Wallece (Religious Studies, 2006), Steve Hey (Sociology, 2005), Lane McGaughy (Religious Studies, 2004), Ken Nolley (English, 2003), Myles Jackson (Science Studies, 2002), James Thompson (Art, 2001), and Bill Braden (English, 2000).


While at NUI students take an Irish Studies course equivalent to 1.0 WU credits, a course taught by the WU professor also equivalent to 1.0 WU credits, and two to four additional elective courses from NUI. The university has approximately 17,000 students and offers a large variety of courses to choose from. This program offers the best fit for humanities and social science majors due to course scheduling of NUI classes with the WU program classes and excursion schedules. All participants should have a good deal of flexibility about the local classes they can take from NUI.  Search for courses available to visiting students on NUI's website.


Students live in campus housing with Irish flatmates. Most students have single rooms and share bathrooms and kitchen facilities with one or more students.


The Galway program is available during the spring semester only. The program starts in early January and exams conclude by mid-May.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. Students should plan on paying their police registration fee upon arrival to Galway - the registration fee is 300 Euros (2015). A sample budget for meals, books and transportation can be found on the International Affairs Office website.

Other Information

Famous Irish poet Dr. Louis de Paor teaches part of the Irish Studies course.

Pre-departure Resources