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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Direct Enrollment
Language Courses Offered: Gaelic Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

National University of Ireland, Galway Summer School

Ireland, Summer 2018

Galway
Study abroad this summer at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, located just minutes from the Irish coast. Students have the opportunity to study in Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland! The NUI Galway Summer School program has two track options - the Irish Studies program and the Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland program. Both give you the opportunity to earn 6 credits in 4 weeks!

NUI Galway ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world with a prestigious history that spans almost two centuries. Located close to the city center, the campus stretches along the River Corrib. Galway, the fourth largest city in Ireland, is located just minutes from the coast and the surrounding area boasts a unique landscape and is considered a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

Students have the opportunity to participate in one of two different programs during the NUI Galway Summer School:
 

Irish Studies Program

June 18, 2018 - July 17, 2018
Students will participate in a four-week Irish Studies Program at the National University of Ireland, Galway where they'll be able to choose two courses from a range of subjects (worth 3 credits each). Some of the courses include field study, such as visits to archaeological sites of interest, theatre performances, and film screenings. Introductory Irish language classes are also available for interested students (see Academics tab for details). 


Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program

June 17, 2018 - July 13, 2018
This course offers students practical experience in the natural environment in western Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainable use and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources.

County Galway, on Ireland’s Atlantic West Coast is a land of contrasts. Influenced by its oceanic climate, glacial history, hydrology, geology and human habitation, it has developed a variety of beautiful landscapes with unique and fascinating habitats and species. From the fertile rocks of the Burren karst limestone, to the raised bogs of the midlands, the sheer cliffs of the Aran Islands to the salt marshes of Galway Bay, there is a wealth of natural history to explore. The program is divided up into two segments, each offering the equivalent of three U.S. credits (see Academics tab for details).

Eligibility


Irish Studies Program

This program is open to George Mason University undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Undergraduates must have completed two years of university by the time of departure.

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program

This program is open to George Mason University undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Undergraduates must have completed two years by the time of departure. Students must have previously taken or be currently taking a course with a focus in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History, or Natural Heritage.

Courses Available

Irish Studies Program

All courses are delivered through lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, educational field trips, guided tours, and informed contact with the music, language, and people of Ireland. An interdisciplinary approach is used within each course and between the courses of the Irish Studies program. Students will have the option of selecting two of the following courses (2018 list):
  • Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance
  • Representing Ireland: Literature and Film
  • The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland; from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles
  • Gaelic Culture and Literature: From Cu Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and Beyond
  • Irish History: Conflict, Identity, and the Shaping of Modern Ireland
  • Irish Society: Status and Change in the Ambiguous Republic
  • Introduction to Art in Ireland: Exploring Ireland's Vibrant Artistic Heritage from Prehistory to the 'Golden Age' of the 8th Century AD
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction & Memoir
  • Optional: Irish language classes available (not for credit)
Students wishing to obtain graduate credit will need to attend special advisory sessions and will need to complete an additional essay.


Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program

This summer school course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology, by looking at all aspects of how these habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment (2018 information). 

The program is divided up into two consecutive segments, each offering the equivalent of three U.S. credits:
  • Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country
  • Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Housing

While in Galway, students have the option of staying in a self-catering student residence or in a homestay. Those wishing to stay in a student residence will be placed at Corrib Village and will have a single room in a multi-bedroom, fully furnished apartment, which includes a living room and a kitchen facilities. Wireless internet is also available. 

Students are able to request a homestay option instead for an additional fee. Students will have a single room in a family guesthouse with a daily Irish breakfast included in the price. All guesthouses will be within walking distance of the university.

Excursions

Both the Irish Studies Program and the Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program include related excursions that are included in the cost of the program.

Program Cost

Irish Studies (price varies depending on selected accommodation option)

  • Family Guesthouse (with breakfast - single occupancy): To be determined

  • Family Guesthouse (with breakfast - double occupancy): To be determined

  • Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy): To be determined

Ecology (price varies depending on selected accommodation option)

  • Family Guesthouse (with breakfast - single occupancy): To be determined

  • Family Guesthouse (with breakfast - double occupancy): To be determined

  • Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy): To be determined

Included:

  • Application Fee
  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing 
  • Excursions/activities included in program
  • Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
  • Personal spending

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by April 18, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments and financial aid:
Payments

Scholarships

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program Scholarship
Students enrolled at IEE Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners in the United States, may apply for a Generation Study Abroad Scholarship worth €500. Three scholarships are available for this program. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be:
  • Registered at a Generation Study Abroad partner College or University in the United States (which Mason is);
  • Studying an Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History or Natural Heritage course at their home institution;
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements of a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);
How to Apply for the Scholarship
Applications for Ecology, Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland should be made using the online application form. Students are required to submit the following additional documentation for the scholarship application by emailing them to summerschool@nuigalway.ie and referencing the email "Generation Study Abroad Application".
  • Personal statement (500 words) which outlines the student’s motivation and commitment to the study abroad experience and how the scholarship will benefit their studies or research in the field of Ecology;
  • Academic reference: applicants should submit a reference from an academic familiar with their academic record.Closing date for applications is 4 May, 2018.

Both Programs
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

March 12, 2018

 

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

?Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Officer

Name Dianna Leonard
Email dleonar7@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-3604
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/17/2018 07/17/2018
NOTE: Irish Studies Program: June 18 - July 17; Ecology Program: June 17 - July 13

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.