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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: UP applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language: English
Program Description:

Galway, Ireland: Spring 2020

“Studying abroad in Galway was the most memorable semester of my time at UP! Galway has tons of shopping, amazing restaurants, and a vibrant pub culture. I made lifelong friends, experienced a unique culture, and grew to be a more well rounded person.”
-Payton Bushaw
Psychology and Sociology, Spring 2017


Curriculum : Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits. There are two mandatory courses during the semester. A visiting American professor from Willamette University will teach one of the mandatory courses. The Program Faculty Leader for spring 2020 and their course is currently being determined. 

In addition to the mandatory courses, students will take three to four elective courses offered through the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. The NUI courses are listed here: Admission is subject to agreement of the department head and academic background.

Prerequisites: Students should have finished at least 45 credit hours by the time the program starts, including ENG 112 – Introduction to Literature, PHL 150 – Introduction to Philosophy, and THE 101 – Introduction to Religion and Theology. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.5.


Program Dates:

The spring semester dates are TBA. Typically, there is an early January start. Final exams conclude by mid-May. Students will receive an arrival schedule to facilitate group pick up.

Photo by Lucy Kelly

The Experience:

On the River Corrib, between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay in the West of Ireland lies the city of Galway, the fourth most populous urban area in Ireland. The city was originally founded in 1124 as a fort, and has evidence of various historical cultures , including the Spanish Arch, due to its history. Galway is just an hour and a half away from the Cliffs of Moher.

This semester-long program will allow students to have a first-hand look at Irish culture. The program includes excursions to Northern Ireland, Dublin, and the Aran Islands. The program also includes a short 3-day home-stay with a Gaelic-speaking family at the beginning of the program and a tour of a Gaelic village in Connemara. This program works best for humanities students who have an interest in Irish culture and history, but is open to any student with the prerequisites.


Students live in a University-owned apartment village with Irish flatmates in the Gort na Coiribe student housing center, a 10 minute walk from the National University of Ireland. Most students have single rooms and share bathrooms and kitchen facilities with two or more students. Students are from Willamette University and the University of Portland.  

Photo by Lucy Kelly

Financial Aid:

Cost: $32,480.00
This program is eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid. For more financial aid information visit:

Important Dates:
The priority application deadline is October 15th, 2018. The decision deadline is February 1st, 2019. 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.