USAC: Irish Cultural Studies in Galway

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Ireland
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

The USAC program in Galway combines an unparalleled location for the study of the Irish past and present with a rich array of classroom speakers, field trips in the West of Ireland, and opportunities to sample the delights of Ireland’s premier film festival and arts festival. The program offers a variety of courses in history, music, theatre, literature and Gaelic. You will take courses with US faculty and Irish university faculty affiliated with the program. A faculty member from the University of Oregon Department of English directs the USAC Galway program and will be responsible for providing the on-site orientation, leading the optional Dublin tour before the official start of the program, accompanying students on the other excursions during the program, and assisting with your other academic and personal needs.

Scholarship funds are available for students accepted to this program. If interested, please refer to the Scholarship Essay in the program application or contact your study abroad advisor. In addition, USAC offers a range of scholarships for students attending this program, more information can be found on their website.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2023 4/15/2023 Late June Late July
Academic Details

You will choose two from the list of several courses offered by the program. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. The courses include:

  • Dublin Field Study: Exploring the Sites of 1916 and the War of Independence (Optional Tour at the start of program)
  • In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy
  • Introduction to the Gaelic Language
  • Irish Music – Performance, Transmission and Practice
  • Modern Irish Literature: From Celtic Twilight to Celtic Tiger
  • Re-staging Irishness: Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Irish Theatre
  • Troubling the Past: The Place of History in Ireland’s Modern Emergence

Course descriptions can be found at the USAC Galway program webpage.

Optional Dublin Tour 
You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional Dublin tour and field study before classes begin in Galway. For more information, visit the USAC Galway Tours webapge.

Program Coordinator
Mark Quigley is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and his own research and teaching focus on Irish literature and culture and postcolonial theory. Professor Quigley serves as the program's director, both in the United States and on-site during the program period. He will be available to assist you with academic, cultural, and personal issues that may arise while in Galway.

For further information about course descriptions, please visit Galway Course Information.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

Students are housed in Corrib Village, a student apartment complex located along the banks of the river Corrib at the National University of Ireland, Galway. It is about a five-minute walk from the classrooms and about a twenty-minute walk from the city center. A free shuttle bus runs from Corrib Village to the city center every hour, from late morning until early evening. Apartments are arranged in groups of four bedrooms and occupants share a common living area and a kitchen/dining area. Most residence hall apartments have three full bathrooms. If you would like a single bedroom, you may request that for an additional fee. Room types are subject to availability. Bed linens, towels, and all kitchen necessities are provided. Wifi, coin-operated laundry, and a mini-market are available on site. Apartments are shared with other USAC students. Most apartments are co-ed. If you prefer to share an apartment with students of the same gender, you may indicate that on their Housing Options form that you will have to complete for the secondary USAC Galway application through their system.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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