Fairfield University: Galway - Semester or Year in Ireland

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GALWAY, IRELAND Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. Located on Ireland's west coast, it is one of Europe's fastest growing cities. This seaport city on Galway Bay has been a center of trade sin... read more

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I learned how I truly The independent how to buy my own groceries and cook for myself how to travel and fend for myself when I needed to, and his to trust my own instincts and abilities to take care of myself. I really learned how to relax during this trip: how to not sweat the small stuff and take everything in stride. This was... - Fairfield University View Entire Review
It was so amazing, words can't even describe - Fairfield University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Galway - Semester or Year in Ireland
So worthwhile. I am personally Irish, so it was very great to return back to my culture and learn more about it. The people were friendly and it was easy to travel in Ireland. Loved it. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
School is not the most important thing, relationships with people are. It's good to go out of your comfort zone a little bit, but keep your senses about you, and don't let people push you to places you truly are not comfortable with. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, what I can do and what my limits are. It was extremely worthwhile. I find myself a much more confident and adventurous person after study abroad. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
How to truly be by myself and become more responsible for simply things in life as well complex things. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned to break out of my comfort shell and just say yes to experiences I normally would not say yes to. It all pays off in the end, whether the outcome is good or bad. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned new cultures, independence and much more. It was 100% worthwhile. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
Friends, Cultural experience, Easy travel access to the rest of europe. Amazing night life and pubs. TOTALLY worthwhile. best 5 months of my life! - Fairfield University View Entire Review

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GALWAY, IRELAND

Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. Located on Ireland's west coast, it is one of Europe's fastest growing cities. This seaport city on Galway Bay has been a center of trade since its founding in the 12th century, and traces of its medieval past still survive. Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. In nearby Connemara, the country's largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking community) carries the native language and culture into modern times. While Galway's economy and population continue to grow, it remains a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Eyre Square, the city's center, is ringed by streets full of boutiques, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting. The National University of Ireland at Galway (NUIG) is a short walk from Eyre Square. Its original quadrangle dates from the 1840s, but modern buildings and state-of-the-art facilities reflect its growth. With an enrollment of over 15,000 students, NUIG contributes significantly to Galway's rich cultural and social life.

ACADEMICS

Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. At the National University of Ireland at Galway, there are a wide variety of courses from which to choose. You'll receive Fairfield University credit and grades for all coursework.

HOUSING
The choice is yours! There are a number of options, including homestay with an Irish family, which can be arranged on request. You can request to live with a friend, or ask to be matched with other students attending NUIG. Fairfield offers a limited number of beds in specially-reserved apartments for early applicants. You can also choose housing from a list of suggested lodgings. Simply contact the management and reserve your placement; you pay directly, and the cost is often less than dorm housing in the U.S. Apartments are all fully furnished, well-maintained, and within a 20-minute walk to campus. You'll have a full kitchen so you can cook your own meals.You can also eat inexpensively at NUIG's restaurants and snack bars. Galway's dining scene offers everything from fast food to fine cuisine.

ACTIVITIES

There are many extracurricular activities available at NUIG; joining is a great way to meet Irish students. There are over 50 athletic clubs, from archery to windsurfing, and 60 other societies, ranging from academic groups to choir to volunteer opportunities. The River Corrib, the shoreline, mountains, and hills nearby all provide opportunities for outdoor activities, and you'll have use of the Recreation Center, computer labs, the campus travel office, and, of course, health and counseling services. The International Student Office sponsors events and trips for visiting students, and is also a resource for any concerns you may have, whether academic, social, or health-related.

Each semester there will be approximately three events provided for students on the Fairfield program. The offerings may change in response to the seasons and timing of special events, like festivals. Here is a sample:

Overnight trip to the Aran Islands, including boat, bus, and bed and breakfast (B&B)
Weekend in Dublin, including train, B&B, entrances to museums and galleries
Theater performance/music festival
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:

15 Fairfield University undergraduate credits and grades
Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
Orientation in Galway
Cultural Activities
Access to Fairfield University library resources online
Study skills assistance/tutoring
Internship option
Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical evacuation insurance

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • International Business
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