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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 6
Language Courses Offered: Gaelic Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Music, Art History, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, English, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Film and Video Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Global Affairs, History, International/Comparative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: No
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

University of Galway Summer School

Galway, Ireland (Summer)

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

Arrival: June 20, 2022
Classes: June 21, 2022 - July 19, 2022

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

Arrival: June 19, 2022
Classes: June 20, 2022 - July 16, 2022

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).


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.

Students should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for field trips most days on the course.  This may involve short hikes over trails and uneven surfaces.

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 (See list):​
  • Representing Ireland: Literature and Film
  • The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland; from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles
  • Irish History: Conflict, Identity, and the Shaping of Modern Ireland
  • 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
  • Gaelic Culture and Literature: From Cu Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and Beyond
  • Irish Society: Stasis and Change in the Ambiguous Republic
  • Irish Traditional Music and Dance
  • Economic Policy in Ireland
  • 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 (See more information here). 

The program is divided up into two consecutive segments, each offering the equivalent of three U.S. credits:
  • ​Module 1: Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway
    • Focusing on the habitats and species of Burren and East County Galway including limestone pavement, turloughs, and the raised bogs as well as the special coastal habitats of County Galway.
    • This course has been pre-approved to transfer back to Mason as following: EVPP 440 (3)*
  • Module 2: Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country
    • Focusing on Connemara, Lough Corrib, and Joyce Country and examining the ecology and conservation of blanket bogs, uplands and freshwater habitats of County Galway.
    • This course has been pre-approved to transfer back to Mason as the following: EVPP 440 (3)*
*Additional credits in other departments may be approved to transfer back to Mason.

​Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

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.


While in Galway, students will stay in a self-catered student residence. Students 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. 


The Irish Studies Program include related excursions to sites to be selected among the following sites: the Aran Islands; the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry; Inisboffin Island; and Yeats’ sites in Galway. 

The Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Program does not include these excursions but may be available at an additional cost.

Program Cost (2022):

Irish Studies

  • $3,279


  • $4,415


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

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Housing (Single room in shared apartments)
  • Passport fees
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
  • Personal spending

Program Payments

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

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

First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. 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.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments and financial aid:


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

Application Deadline:

April 10


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 Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.