Galway, Ireland

Overview

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 teaches one course to the students and accompanies the excursions with a local guide and students. Excursions may include Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Cork.

The Program Faculty Leader for spring 2019 will be Jonneke Koomen, Associate Professor of Politics.  She will teach Transnational Human Rights Advocacy: Ireland and Beyond. This course will examine Irish human rights activism, its history, its achievements, and major challenges. 

The Program Faculty Leader for spring 2018 is Courtney Stevens, Associate Professor of Psychology.  Past Faculty Leaders for this program include David Craig (2017, Biology) Scott Pike (2016, Environmental and Earth Sciences), Richard Ellis (2015, Politics), Ann Nicgorski (2014, Art History), David Gutterman (2013, Politics), Seth Cotlar (2012, History), Wendy Petersen Boring (2011, History), Todd Silverstein (Chemistry, 2010), Ortwin Knorr (Classical Studies, 2009), Mike Strelow (English, 2008), Mark Conliffe (Russian, 2007), Charlie Wallace (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).

Academics

While at NUI students take an Irish Studies course (1.0 WU credit) that provides an introduction to Irish life and culture through the disciplines of Irish, English, History and Sociology.  Students take a second course (1.0 WU credit) taught by the WU professor and two to four additional elective courses from NUI (credit varies). 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.

Housing

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

Dates

The Galway program is available during the spring semester only. The program starts in early January and exams conclude by mid-May. Students will be provided information on arrival schedule to facilitate group pick up. 

Cost

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 (2017). A sample budget for meals, books and transportation can be found on the International Affairs Office website.

Pre-departure Resources