Ring of Kerry
Study for a semester at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Experience the rich culture of Ireland while studying with 8,000 Irish, American, and international students. Take the opportunity to live with an Irish host family for a weekend.
The city of Galway has earned the title of the "Cultural Capital of Ireland" because of its role in in theatre, the arts, and culture. It is a maritime city with a thriving cultural and commercial community. It is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland.
Dates: Linfield's semester abroad program in Ireland is only offered during spring semester of each year. It runs from the beginning of January to late May.
Curriculum: IDST 031 - Intercultural Communication:Departure & Reentry (required) 1 credit(P/F); SOAN 040 Community Service (required), 1 cr (P/F) -NUIG has a service learning/community service office that will help coordinate a service learning project for each student, encouraging greater civic engagement, linking university and community. Students work with community groups, charities and Non-Governmental Organizations. Linfield students who participate in this program are encouraged to take a course in Gaelic Studies. Students take elective courses at the University. Courses are available primarily in the humanities and the social sciences and are generally worth three credits each.
Selection Criterium: The Ireland program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 at the time of application and are in good social standing. Students cannot participate in both a semester abroad and January Term travel course in the same academic year without special permission from the Director of International Programs.
The number of students in the program is limited, and selection is competitive. On the basis of an application, supporting documents, and a personal interview, a selection committee judges each applicant in terms of personal maturity, motivation, and academic preparation for a study abroad experience. Final decision on participation rests with the Linfield Director of International Programs.
It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) before participating in the program. Courses in European history, politics, culture, and thought (such as Irish Literature) also provide excellent preparation. Applicants are encouraged to attend programs sponsored by the International Programs Office.
Housing: Students live in apartments with Irish or American roommates and prepare their own meals.
Quotes from Students
"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."
"I became involved in other activities by making friends with my flatmates and neighbors, then getting involved with their activities. Because of this, I got to see rural Irish life outside of Galway and other major cities for Irish families in a way that most tourists do not. I can more easily see the value of and even try to adopt the viewpoints of people from other cultures. Communication is much easier when we are willing to be flexible and suspend judgment."