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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Astronomy, Behavioral Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Biology, Business Information Systems, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Engineering, English, History, Journalism, Law, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Experience / Activity Type: Classes, Internship, Research
Credit type: LU credit Minimum GPA: 2.7
Class Eligibility: First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Option: Apartment
LU Program Director: Munley, Vince (, Watkins, Todd (, Weisman, Rick ( Number of Credits: 6
Host: Lehigh Program LU Study Abroad Advisor: Katy Rene (
AACSB accredited: No Exchange: No
Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:
Read about Lehigh in Ireland alum Catherine M.'s experience studying and exploring in Galway! 
INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday, 1/30, 4:10pm, RBC 271
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling admissions 
June 5 - July 19, 2018

This includes tuition for six credits, program activities/excursions and double occupancy room.  Not included:  $50 registration fee, airfare, local travel, meals, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel or other costs.
*Students in the bioengineering research course will stay an additional 1-2 weeks and will incur an additional housing fee.
* A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. Deadlines are posted on the Travel Grant Form.

Students are encouraged to review the Finances section of the Lehigh Study Abroad website for information on additional funding opportunities.
Supervised Research & Irish Studies (3 credits each, must choose one research practicum and one Irish Studies course)

PRACTICUM COURSES (note: Past projects are only examples and are not guaranteed for future students)
ASTR 273: Research (3 credits)
BIOE 242: Bioengineering Research (3 credits) (Students in this course will stay in Ireland until July 27, 2018) *WAITLIST
BIOS 161: Special Topics in Biological Sciences (3 credits)
CEE 211: Research Problems (3 credits) 
CHE 185: Undergraduate Research (3 credits) 
CSB 198: Independent Study (3 credits) - Past projects include updating coding for improved website functionality
CSB 314: International Practicum (3 credits)
CSE 190: Special Topics (3 credits)
DES 375: Design Internship (3 credits) - Past projects include front-end web development for site redesign to raise awareness about water and energy use at the university
ECO 273: Community Consulting Practicum (3 credits) - Past projects include consulting for the NUI Galway Summer School, the Galway Museum, and the Galway Sessions music festival *WAITLIST
EES 293: Supervised Internship (3 credits) *WAITLIST
ENGL 282: Professional Internship (3 credits) 
JOUR 232: Journalism Practicum (3 credits) 
LAW 372: Special Topics (3 credits) 
ME 310: Directed Study (3 credits) - Past projects have been primarily in an environmental engineering lab, and include using reservoir models to experiment with inlet orientation to optimize flush time of stagnant water
PSYC 161: Supervised Research at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (3 Credits) 
SOC 393: Supervised Research at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (3 Credits) 
WGSS 271: Independent Reading and Research (3 Credits) 

IRISH STUDIES COURSES (full course syllabi available here on pages 14-30):
ANTH 100-011: The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland (3 credits/SS)
ANTH 100-010: Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance (3 credits/SS)
ART 69-010: Special Topics in Art History (3 credits/HU)
ENGL 191-012: Representing Ireland - Literature and Film (3 credits/HU)
ENGL 191-013: Gaelic Culture and Literature; From Cú Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and Beyond (3 credits/HU)
ENGL 201-010: Special Topics: Creative Writing - Poetry and Fiction (3 credits/ND)
HIST 104-010: Irish History (3 credits/HU/SS)
SOC 100-010: Irish Society (3 credits/SS)

PARTICIPATION Students are expected to participate in all field trips, meetings and discussions to successfully complete the class. There are several mandatory weekend activities. 

Students travel to The National University of Ireland, Galway for a 6 week summer experience. During this time students complete a research practicum for 3 credits and take an Irish Studies course for 3 credits. The research practicum is done in collaboration with a faculty member at NUI Galway and overseen by a Lehigh faculty member. The Irish Studies course is taken through the NUI Galway Irish Studies Summer School.  

The University, situated close to the heart of Galway, enjoys an intimate relationship with the city and during the academic year, students comprise 15% of the city’s population. A compact, thriving city, Galway caters to youth like few other places can. The University's graduates have played a pivotal role in all areas of the development of Galway, including the arts, industry and commerce. The University was founded in 1845 as Queen's College Galway. It was one of the three Queen's Colleges founded under the Queen's Colleges (Ireland) Act, 1845, the others being located in Belfast and Cork. The College opened for students on 30th October 1849. By the Irish Universities Act (1908), Queen's College Galway became a Constituent College of the new National University of Ireland, and under a new Charter the name of the College was changed to University College, Galway. In 1929, the College was given a special statutory responsibility under the University College Galway Act in respect of the use of the Irish language as a working language in the College.

Under the Universities Act, 1997, University College, Galway was reconstituted as a University, under the name of Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh / National University of Ireland, Galway, and became a Constituent University of the National University of Ireland (together with NUI Dublin, NUI Cork and NUI Maynooth). Since the 1960's the University has experienced significant and continuous growth, both in its stock of buildings, facilities and physical resources and also in the numbers of its students and staff. Its total student enrollment during 2002/2003 academic year was about 12,500, with academically strong programs of teaching and research throughout its seven Faculties: Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law.

Galway city was founded in the 13th century by the Anglo-Norman de Burgos family as a medieval settlement on the eastern bank of the River Corrib. It became a walled and fortified city-state ruled by fourteen powerful merchant families, later known as the "Tribes of Galway". Today the city is a vibrant, bustling center of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city, with its medieval streets, waterways, extensive range of shopping facilities, wealth of music sessions and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured. The seaside town of Salthill, a Galway suburb, is a renowned summer resort. Its fine beaches open directly onto spectacular Galway Bay. Galway sponsors numerous annual festivals and celebrations - among them the Galway Arts Festival. Galwegians can justly claim a quality of life that is surpassed nowhere in the world. Being a university city, Galway is a lively energetic place throughout the year.
Students will make their own arrangements for arrival in Galway on the program start date.  All flights depart the U.S. in the evening and arrive in Ireland the following morning (allowing for the five hour time difference). Commercial bus service is easily available from both Shannon and Dublin airports to Galway. Students should make their own return flight arrangements, depending upon whether they wish to spend additional time touring Ireland after the program or return to the U.S. immediately. The cost for round trip airfare between the U.S. and Ireland during the summer high season can vary substantially depending upon when the booking is made. The cost of the flight is NOT included in the total program price.  Students should not plan to travel outside of Ireland during the program dates, as it may interfere with their coursework.
Students will live in a complex of two bedroom apartments, located in the city centre and only a ten minute walk to the university. Each apartment has one single room and one double room. There is a $60 supplemental charge to reserve a single. Each apartment has a fully fitted kitchen equipped with refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, dishwasher and a combination clothes washer/dryer. The living room/dining area is comfortably furnished, complete with all-channel T.V (about ten channels in Ireland!). Linens (bedding but NOT TOWELS) are provided. A supermarket is located only a three or four minute walk from the apartments.