National University of Ireland, Galway, established in 1845, is located in the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Galway is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural and commercial community. Traces of Galway's rich medieval past are evident on all sides.
Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theater, arts and culture, Galway has earned the title "Cultural Capital of Ireland." The University now has over 8,000 students, seven faculties, and more than 50 academic departments and research centers. Academic resources include a library, computer resource center, an Irish Language Center, and the Applied Languages Center.
About 1,000 international students attend University of Ireland, Galway each year, mainly from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. The school is situated on the banks of the River Corrib, and offers a variety of student services that are all close to Galway's city center.
Students may take advantage of the wide variety of courses offered at the University's Faculty of Arts, which includes the following disciplines: archaeology, Italian, classical civilization, Latin, economics, legal science, English, mathematics, French, mathematical physics, Irish studies, philosophy, geography, psychology, German, sociological and political studies, history, and Spanish.
Offerings in the sciences are available to Americans on a case-by-case basis. A 3.0 GPA is required for participation in this program and students earn 12-15 undergraduate credits for their work at the university. The program is open to juniors and seniors.
Housing options at University of Ireland, Galway include on-campus accommodation for full year students, family accommodation, and off-campus apartments. The director of accommodation assists students with making the best choice and an international student officer on campus provides advice, information and support services for overseas students.
There are a variety of student activities on campus such as clubs, recreation, and the International Students' Society, which arranges social and cultural events throughout the year and fosters cross-cultural understanding. The orientation program at the outset of the semester provides practical information regarding life in Galway.
The University of Limerick, established in 1972, is located in Limerick, the third largest city in Ireland. Founded as a Viking fortress over 1,000 years ago, Limerick today contains many architectural reminders of the city's past and offers a variety of cultural, artistic and theatrical events for students. Galway, Clare, Cork, Tipperary and Kerry are all within a day's excursion from Limerick.
The University of Limerick is on a 160-acre site that was formerly a great estate on the banks of the river Shannon, three miles from Limerick city. Facilities include modern, well-equipped classrooms, a student center with lounges, a theater, and an art gallery. The University has gained a national reputation for its programs in business and engineering, and its campus offers modern, state-of-the-art technology in its programs.
The study abroad program at the University of Limerick is designed to meet the learning needs of American and other foreign students. CCIS students may choose from hundreds of fully integrated courses at the University in the following Faculties:
College of Humanities, College of Business, College of Engineering and Science, and College of Education.
Course offerings are provided well in advance of the semester in order for students to choose from the wide range of courses available. Students earn up to 15 undergraduate credits on this program, which is open to students at the undergraduate level with at least a 2.9 GPA.
Students live with Irish students and others from throughout the European Community in two residential villages. Individual two-story terraced houses with 4-8 bedrooms are arranged in landscaped courtyards in an attractive village style. Each house offers single study bedrooms, a large kitchen/living room and two showers. The program immerses students into the academic and social life of the university, and in addition there are field trips and on-campus activities arranged for program participants.
NUI Maynooth, founded in 1795, with a student body of about 6,000, is located in a quiet area of Maynooth, a suburb fifteen miles form the Dublin city center conveniently accessed by train. The town offers a variety of shops. Traditional Irish pubs, and other student attractions and excursions to limerick, Galway, Belfast, and other Irish towns are within three hours travel by train. In 1910 St. Maynooth became a recognized College of the National University of Ireland, and, since 1966, the College has been open to students of Arts, Sciences, Philosophy, Celtic Studies, and Theology. Anthropology, Sociology, and Physics are especially strong fields of study at NUI Maynooth.
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