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Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland
Summer 2018 June 2-Week Galway

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Available Sessions

Flight Voucher $1,000 Flight Voucher when you apply with code by January 07, 2021

About the Program

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.

Requirements


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Galway
  • Dates:
  • 6/16/18 - 6/30/18
  • Price:
  • $2,995
  • Credits:
  • 3
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • Closed
  • Withdraw by:
  • 5/15/18
  • Application Requirements
  • Transcript - Official
  • NUIG Application Form
  • Complete Application
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Copy of Passport
  • Digital Photo
  • Eligibility
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 3.0
  • Education
    Completed:
  • 2 Years of College
  • Other:
  • Previous coursework in Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History, or Natural Heritage required.

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.

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.

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 Burren and East County Galway, while the July session focuses on the ecology of Connemara, Lough Corrib, and Joyce Country.

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.  

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Credits

All Levels Course Structure

Courses

The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.

Excursions

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

Co. Clare, with its strong Celtic folklore influences, thriving music scene, and tranquil natural beauty, is the ideal destination for an escape from the city. Experience the Burren, famed for unique exposed limestone geography that’s home to a range of flora and fauna. Explore the cavernous caves, once home to wild bears that roamed the ancient Irish forest. Fill up on scrumptious seafood chowder and buttery soda bread as you take a lunch break in the coastal village of Doolin, famed for its traditional Irish music sessions. Next you’ll travel to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll experience the forces of nature as you explore terrain once inhabited by Celtic warriors; this natural spectacle never fails to impress. Finally, take in the fresh sea air in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara, site of the Dungaire Castle, once home to the legendary King of Connacht.

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Dublin City

Dublin City

Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is a Mecca for culture lovers. From the famous artwork of the Book of Kells, to the Bronze Age artifacts in the National History Museum, to the lyrical prose of James Joyce, Dublin caters to every taste. History lovers will enjoy the fascinating accounts of the 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence commemorated across the city; in the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, you can still trace your fingers over bullet holes and learn about the courageous men who fought in the war. In addition to exploring Dublin’s riveting past, we’ll also stop by the Guinness Factory, the perfect place to sample Ireland’s number one export while learning about the scientific practices that lie behind the brewing of this popular tipple.

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Kerry

Kerry

Kerry is known as The Kingdom for good reason; it’s home to some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery, from gorgeous Killarney National Park to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. We’ll stray from the typical bus tour routes so you can experience these sites in a unique fashion, like early morning horse rides through the park and a gentle bike ride to Muckross House and Abbey. There is much to learn about the park’s flora and fauna, as well as the lives of the Kerry Chieftains that once resided there. No introduction to Kerry would be complete without a visit to Fungi the Dolphin—local fishermen will take you out to sea to meet Dingle’s biggest celebrity and learn about his Atlantic home. We’ll provide a tasty lunch under the canopy of trees at Torc Waterfall, and the evening includes time to relax and mingle with locals while experiencing the nightlife of Killarney town. The trip to Kerry offers a delicious combination of action, history, and nature that is sure to leave you spellbound.

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Aran Islands

Aran Islands

After a leisurely boat ride, spend the day exploring these enchanting Gaelic speaking islands by bike or foot. Little cottages decorate the magnificent landscape; you can even meander along the lovely beaches that dot the coastline. This trip makes for a peaceful, relaxing day in captivating surroundings.

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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Sample Calendar

Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA before purchasing airline tickets.

You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.

Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.

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