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Students who choose to study abroad in Galway with API during the summer are provided an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines. It consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as identity, emigration, and religion, and a broad range of elective courses. The series of field trips is designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall program structure. In addition, as part of the Irish Studies program, an introductory non-credit class in the Irish language (Gaelic) is provided for interested students.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors & seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport/birth certificate
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Galway programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Aran Islands

    On the very edge of Europe is a group of three islands, rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in their long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland. Aran takes you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. It is a timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and welcoming island people.

  • Dingle

    Dingle is renowned for its landscape panoramic views and also for the warmth of its people. It is a small fishing village with many castle ruins, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.

  • Connemara

    The mountains, lakes, and terrain of this area west of Galway in the heart of the Gaelgeacht area (Irish speaking zone) of Ireland are a wonderful reminder of the natural beauty of Ireland. The mountainous 12 peaks that hug Lough (lake) Corrib and Lough Mask dominate the landscape. The region is also filled with an abundance of Irish character – old castles, abbeys, cottages and pre-famine artifacts.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

Students who choose to study abroad in Galway with API during the summer are provided an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines. It consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as identity, emigration, and religion, and a broad range of elective courses. The series of field trips are designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall program structure. In addition, as part of the Irish Studies program, an introductory non-credit class in the Irish language (Gaelic) is provided for interested students.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive their transcript from the National University of Ireland, Galway upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Fionnghuala Geraghty

    Fionnghuala Geraghty will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Kevin Hennessy

    Kevin will be one of your Resident Directors in Galway and will be a resource for you on-site.

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    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - mariana.delmonte-gladstone@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that students have 3 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. Students will be asked to indicate their choices in order of preference on the application form.

Each student will choose two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credits.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.

SU401 Representing Ireland Literature and Film

The aim of this course is to analyze the varied ways in which ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irishness’ have been represented in a range of English-language media, including fiction, poetry, drama and film. The course will be structured around particular themes such as the representation of ‘The West’, the contrast between city and country, the politics of theatre, gender identity, and the meaning of Irish nationality.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU402 Archaeology of Ireland

This course charts the evidence for human occupation in Ireland over eight millennia from the island’s initial colonization by small groups of hunter-gatherers through to the Medieval period. The course addresses key themes such as ‘Megalithic Tombs and the Age of the Ancestors’, ‘The Age of Metal’, ‘Iron Age Royal Sites’, ‘The Arrival of Christianity’, ‘The Vikings in Ireland’, etc. The archaeology of the entire island of Ireland will be covered but there will be a particular emphasis on the archaeology of the Burren, a remarkable upland area just south of Galway where archaeological remains of all periods are well preserved and visible.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU403 Irish History

This course will cover the history of Ireland, including its different settlers over the centuries and their contributions to the development of Irish society, economy, art, and politics. It will consider both early and medieval history, but will focus mostly on the modern centuries. Special attention will be given to English and Scottish Protestant settlers and their interaction with the existing Catholic populations as well as the major political and military conflicts that occurred.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU404 Gaelic Culture and Literature

Students will study narrative literature from 600-1200 through a selection of translated texts to better understand the mindset of that period. Students will consider the history and tradition of Gaelic literature as well as its role in contemporary literature in the Irish language today.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU405 Irish Society

This course introduces students to Irish Society, using a sociological and anthropological frame of reference. Students will explore the social change resulting from industrialisation and urbanisation as well as the role of tradition and the balance between old and new. Particular attention will also be paid to special features of social life in the West of Ireland, an area that received much attention from Irish and non-Irish anthropologists and sociologists.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU406 Negotiating Identity in Irish Music and Dance

This course will examine key practices in Irish traditional music and dance since 1800. Students will explore how the role of music and dance has changed over time as well as how it has impacted Irish society, identity, and tradition. Students will also have the opportunity to take sean-nós singing and dance workshops as vocational support to the academic programme.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU407 Introduction to Art in Ireland

This course will trace the development of Irish art from Newgrange to the 2009 Venice Biennale. It will consider the development of a distinctly Irish cultural identity in the visual arts and the influence of international trends on Irish artists throughout the ages.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SU408 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction

This course explores several aspects of fiction and poetry writing through various reading and writing exercises as well as talks and readings from distinguished writers. Students will use experimental compositional techniques, and they will share and discuss their work with the class.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Great opportunity to study Irish literature, history, and culture!

API students live in student apartments located within 20-25 minutes walking distance of the university. Apartments generally consist of 3-5 double bedrooms, a shared living area, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. During the semester, API students may be housed with Irish and other international students, while summer students live alongside American and other international students. It is common for apartments to be co-ed.

Meals are not included in these housing options.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun, 2020 - Jul, 2020 $5,980 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 1 Jun 16, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019 $5,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019