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Semester Abroad in Ireland

"While I was abroad, I became involved in the International Student Society which allowed me to not only meet Irish students, but students from all over the world. It also was a great way of seeing Ireland, as they often planned outings in various parts of Ireland. I learned that cultures, although some may seem similar to our own, operate in different ways, but that does not necessarily make it wrong or strange, just different."
-Liv Thomson

Program Highlights

  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 8,000 students
  • Live with an Irish host family for a weekend
  • Galway is known as the "Cultural Capital of Ireland" because of:
    • theatre
    • arts
    • culture
  • Galway is the 3rd largest city in the Republic of Ireland


  • Spring only: early January to late May


  • NUI Galway Academics
  • Courses primarily available in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.  Generally worth 3 credits each.
  • Linfield students are encouraged to take a course in Gaelic Studies.
  • Community Service/Service Learning is a required component of this program.
    • NUIG's Community Service Office will help coordinate this for students.

Selection Criterium

  • Open to sophomore, juniors, and seniors
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 cumulative at time of application
  • In good social standing
  • Number of students in this program is limited and selection is competitive.
  • It is highly recommended students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) before participating.
  • Courses in European history, politics, culture, and thought (such as Irish Literature) also provide excellent preparation.


  • Apartments with Irish or American roommates
  • Prepare your own meals

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