This program offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish Studies through a combination of interdisciplinary seminars incorporating studies on identity, emigration and religion. Examine these areas through wide ranging elective courses that allow you to choose a particular focus. Programs incorporates opportunities for cultural activities, specific to each elective, to complement the course objectives taught; these provide an invaluable component of the overall educational experience.
Galway offers a small-town and university feel, as well as easy access to the landscapes traditionally associated with Ireland, including the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Aran Islands. The Irish language thrives amongst the Connemara locals who still speak Irish as their native tongue. The creative arts flourish throughout this bohemian city, with music, theatrical production, and literature all contributing to Galway's considerable appeal.
Nicknamed "Ireland's Cultural Heart," Galway offers students the ideal opportunity to explore traditional, vibrant, Irish culture through festivals, celebrations, and events. Galway hosts a number of exciting festivals, such as the Galway Arts Festival in July -- which draws more than 150,000 people for an international celebration of performance and visual arts -- , as well as the famous Galway Races in August, and the Galway International Oyster Festival in September.