International Summer School at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Exciting Winter Break

Study abroad this summer in Galway, located just minutes from the Irish coast! This program offers students the opportunity to study in Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland! 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 modules from a range of subjects:

Irish Studies Summer 2014 Course Descriptions

Some of the courses listed above include field study, such as visits to archeological sites of interest, theatre performances, and film screenings. Introductory Irish language classes are also available for interested students. The program also includes excursions to the Arran Islands (pictured below), Dingle, and tickets to the famous Galway Theatre Arts Festival

While in Galway, students have the option of staying with an Irish family or staying in the Gort na Coiribe student residence.

Students staying in Gort na Coiribe 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.

view of Arran Islands

More about NUI, Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway "combines excellence with innovation." Established in 1845 as Queen's College Galway, NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. With over 15,000 students, it has a long-established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law.

More info on Ireland:

Dates:June 24- July 23, 2014

You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Galway, Ireland for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Galway, Ireland for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee:

Stay in a student residence: $TBD

Stay in a family guesthouse: $TBD

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Guided tours
  • Field excursions: Bike ride in the Arran Islands and day trip to Dingle
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation


Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

One Monroe "Chip" Whitton Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student at George Mason University who has a minimum GPA of 3.0. To be considered for the scholarship, students must participate in a Summer Program in the UK or Ireland.

To apply for a Monroe "Chip" Whitton Scholarship, submit the following:

  • One academic letter of reference.
  • A 500-word essay detailing how you hope to benefit from this study abroad experience.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions. Start by completing the online application. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Upon completion of CGE's online application, students will be directed to fill out NUI Galway's online application. Students should wait to hear from the Program Officer before starting the second application.

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

There is a secondary online application for NUI. The program officer will send you the link and let you know when to apply.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.