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 from all majors with emphases 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 directs the USAC-Galway program and will be responsible for providing the on-site orientation, leading the Dublin tour and other excursions, and assisting your 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.

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:

  • Documentary and Travel Photography
  • Dublin Field Study: Exploring the Sites of 1916 and the War of Independence
  • 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: Course Information – 2019 Summer

Optional Dublin Tour
You will have the opportunity to participate in an optional Dublin tour before classes begin in Galway.

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.

Housing Description

Accommodation for the length of the program is located in Corrib Village, a student apartment complex located along the banks of the river Corrib at the National University of Ireland, Galway. 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. You will have your own bedroom. Room types are subject to availability. Bed linens, towels, and all kitchen necessities are provided. Apartments are shared with other USAC students. Most apartments are coed. If you prefer to share an apartment with students of the same gender, you may indicate that on their Housing Options form.

Dates and Deadlines

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Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Departmment of State country webpage.

Course Equivalencies

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.

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