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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Direct Enrollment
Language Courses Offered: Gaelic
Program Description:

National University Ireland, Galway Summer School

Study abroad this summer at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway, located just minutes from the Irish coast! This program offers students the opportunity to study in Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland! 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 modules from a range of subjects. 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. 

Program Details

Credits Available in the Following Disciplines:

  • History
  • Art History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • English


This program is open to all George Mason University undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.


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. All courses at the NUI Galway Summer School 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:
  • 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
  • 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.


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. Click here for more information.

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.

Program Cost (Summer 2017):
If staying in student residence: $4,650
If staying in homestay (double occupancy): $4,950
If staying in homestay (single occupancy): $5,100


  • Tuition 
  • Housing (breakfast included if homestay option is selected)
  • Guided tours
  • Field excursions including, but not limited to, Dingle and the Aran Islands (other field excursions will vary depending on the course you enroll in)
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal spending
  • Most meals
  • Personal transportation

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Contact Information

Program Officer

Dianna Leonard

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/19/2017
Rolling Admission 06/20/2017 07/19/2017

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.