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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

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.

Courses

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. We will be reading works by Irish writers such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Augusta Gregory, J.M. Synge, Liam O’Flaherty, Brian Friel, Eavan Boland and Patrick McCabe. We will also view and discuss a number of films from both American and Irish filmmakers. The course may include a visit to Yeats’ ‘Thoor Ballylee’ and Lady Gregory’s Coole Park estate in south County Galway.

*These two courses (SU401 and SU406) are taught at the same time and cannot be taken together.

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SU402 Archaeology of Ireland

Ireland’s archaeological heritage is one of the richest in Western Europe. The development of Irish Society down through the ages can be seen in the great Neolithic monuments of the Boyne valley such as Newgrange and Knowth and also in the wealth of bronze implements and gold ornaments of the succeeding Bronze Age. The Celtic Iron Age is represented by sites like Tara, Co. Meath, and the great stone forts of Dún Aenghusa on the Aran Islands and Aileach in Donegal. From the early Christian Period, monastic ruins and high crosses survive at sites such as Clonmacnoise while the finds from Dublin, Ireland’s millennium capital, tell us of the Viking raids and settlement. Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles and abbeys represent the early medieval heritage and Galway, itself an Anglo-Norman foundation, provides an immediate and local wealth of sites and features dating from the later medieval period.

The course, outlining the archaeological heritage of Ireland from its beginnings, about 8000 B.C., to the early Medieval period, will be particularly suitable for students majoring in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology or History. The lectures will be fully illustrated throughout, with field trips to several relevant prehistoric and historic locations.

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SU403 Irish History

This course will treat of the different peoples who became permanent settlers in Ireland over the centuries and of the contribution that each has made to the development of an Irish society and economy, and to a distinctive Irish artistic and political life. The earlier lectures will consider the Celts, the Vikings, and the Anglo-Normans, but the principal focus will be on the modern centuries with a detailed treatment of English and Scottish Protestant settlement in Ireland and of the interaction of these settlers and their descendants with the existing Catholic population. Special attention will be given to the major conflicts that occurred, especially those of 1641-52, the 1790’s and the current conflict in Northern Ireland. There will also be lectures on the role of women in Irish life and especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course will be of interest to majors in History, Politics, and Literature as well as anybody wishing to be guided to the best recent literature on Ireland’s past. There will be field trips as an integral part of the course

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SU404 Gaelic Culture and Literature

Gaelic Literature is the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe; this course will trace the development and its cultural context from earliest times to the present day. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the flagging fortunes of the Gaelic language, this literature not only manages to survive but is, now, actually displaying signs of vibrant and exciting creativity. Though very much citizens of the world, contemporary Gaelic writers are conscious of their inherited tradition, and freely exploit the rich resources of Gaelic folklore, thus creating a unique and distinctive spirit in their writing. A knowledge of the Gaelic language is not a prerequisite; classes will be in English.

**These two courses (SU405 and SU407) are taught at the same time and cannot be taken together.

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SU405 Irish Society

A comprehensive study of issues in modern Irish society including family, kinship and marriage patterns; the impact of religion; the role of women; rural and urban communities; social change and social problems such as emigration, poverty, and conflict in contemporary Ireland. The course will also act as an introduction to Irish community studies, which commenced in nearby Co. Clare with the classic anthropological study, Family, and Community in Ireland. This course is suitable for all students interested in contemporary Ireland, especially students majoring in Sociology and Anthropology, students from Liberal Arts programmes or those who are interested in the social background to Anglo-Irish and Gaelic Literature.

**These two courses (SU405 and SU407) are taught at the same time and cannot be taken together.

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SU406 Negotiating Identity in Irish Music and Dance

Musical expression allows individuals and communities to negotiate identities and declare boundaries. The complex relationship between Irish traditional music and a national/ethnic identity is one of the main areas which will be examined in this course. Irish immigrant communities used traditional music as a means of maintaining ethnic identity. Because of the particular strategies that were employed, Irish traditional music also served, on occasion, as a means of assimilation. Particular social, geographical and political circumstances also meant that Irish communities in Britain differed significantly from their counterparts in the U.S. Parallel negotiations of identity took place on Irish soil, which was very often bound up with the aspiration towards a national ideal. This course will offer the opportunity to explore such issues through readings, discussions, and seminars

*These two courses (SU401 and SU406) are taught at the same time and cannot be taken together.

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SU407 Introduction to Art in Ireland

This course traces the development of Irish art from Newgrange to the 2009 Venice Biennale. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of prehistoric art before moving on to consider the outstanding artistic achievements of the ‘Golden Age’ of Irish art, including the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch and Irish High Crosses. The second half of the course will focus on how the ‘rediscovery’ of this early artistic legacy informed later artists, culminating in the ‘Celtic Revival’ of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In exploring the development of modern art in Ireland, students will learn to appraise and evaluate a broad spectrum of Irish art both iconographically and art historically, including the work of Jack Yeats, Mainie Jellett, and Louis le Brocquy. The course will conclude with an overview of trends in contemporary Irish art. A key question underlying the various strands of the course will be the development of a distinctly Irish cultural identity in the visual arts and the influence of international trends on Irish artists throughout the ages.

**These two courses (SU405 and SU407) are taught at the same time and cannot be taken together.

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SU408 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction

This course will be a workshop in the writing of prose and poetry. Students may choose the genre they wish to emphasize, engaging in experimentation, writing and rewriting under the supervision of the directors and the faculty. Workshops will involve review, analysis, and editing, in an atmosphere of constructive criticism and support. There will be individual contributions from a number of the country’s leading writers.

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

Faculty

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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

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.

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 16, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019 $5,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019