Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland

Available Sessions





6/16/18 - 6/30/18



Estimated Credits:



Apply by Closed Withdraw by 5/15/18


  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Complete Application
  • Copy of Passport
  • Digital
  • NUIG Application Form
  • Transcript - Official


Foreign Language Proficiency:
All Levels
2 Years of College
Previous coursework in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History, or Natural Heritage required.
Minimum GPA:

About the Program

Program Description

Take a deep dive into Irish physical and social ecology through a dynamic combination of class seminars and fieldwork. Explore how Irish landscapes are created and maintained through both natural and anthropogenic activities. Field trips facilitate contact with the Irish countryside, flora, fauna and conservation practitioners. By introducing key elements in geology, hydrology, and ecology, you'll hone your field skills in species identification and gain an understanding of the essential conservation and sustainable management practices that are unique to the living landscapes of Western Ireland.

Program Structure

Choose a 2-week session in June or July, or combine both.  Each session highlights a different part of the western landscape and includes both ecological seminars and fieldwork.  The June session focuses on the ecology of Connemara, Lough Corrib, and Joyce Country, while the July session focuses on the ecology of the Burren and East County Galway.

You may earn 3 credits (up to 45 contact hours) per session; if you combine sessions, you may earn 6 credits (up to 90 contact hours). Classes meet Monday-Friday.

Upon confirmation of your participation in the program, we’ll register you in the module. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.  

Where You'll Study

Founded in 1845, the National University of Ireland Galway hosts 17,000 students on its central campus along the River Corrib. Attend class side-by-side with Irish and other international students for an integrated experience in western Ireland’s largest, oldest university.

Where You'll Stay

When you study abroad in Galway, you can choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Studying Abroad in Galway with CEA

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursionscultural engagement to other exciting opportunities, our inclusions make studying abroad in Galway easy!

Life-Long Benefits
I made friends I will have for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about not only France, but who I am and what I am capable of. Everybody should have the chance to study abroad because there are so many benefits.

Garret Swinton
Grand Valley State University,
Spring 2014 , Aix-en-Provence, France

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