Learn about spending a semester in the Emerald Isle

An information session to learn about spending spring semester of 2017 studying in Galway, Ireland, is planned for 12:30 p.m. (free period) Tuesday Sept. 20 in Basil 210.

By Peggy Hogan-Rao, News Editor


Fisher student Clare Holahan kicks the wall at the end of the Salthill Prom, an Irish tradition, early in her 2016 semester at the National University of Ireland at Galway. (Provided photo.)

Interested in studying abroad in Ireland? If so, on Tuesday Sept. 20 come learn about why you should visit Galway at the 2017 Galway program recruitment meeting where you will discover how to get “Your bang for your buck” (as one 2016 participant phrases it). This meeting is an opportunity to learn about all the different facets of the Galway aForeign Study program.

Studying in Galway, Ireland, for a semester abroad is a way to immerse yourself in another culture. Living with Irish students in Gort Na Coiribe, attending classes with Irish students, and participating in sports or clubs with Irish natives are just a few ways that you can become a part of the Irish culture.

There will be excursions to Dingle Peninsula in Kerry, Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland, Dublin, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Limerick, and the Aran Islands. These excursions are a hands-on way to understand subjects talked about in the Irish Life & Culture class, which all students take. Kathryn Morris, a Galway foreign study 2016 alumna, says “I don’t think I would have seen and done all the things that we did while on those excursions.”

Along with seeing all these lovely sights in Ireland, you will attend classes with Irish students – taking two NUIG (National University of Ireland Galway) taught courses, one course taught by NUIG professors with other American students, and the Director’s Seminar. The 2017 Director’s Seminar will be a class on Irish Cuisine and Economics taught by a Hobart & William Smith College economics professor Elizabeth Rachy.

Along with all these opportunities to meet Irish natives at the university, there is one other way to meet native Irish folks in the community: service learning. There is a required service-learning component in the Galway program, as a way to meet local Galway natives in the city. Morris explains why this was the best part about her abroad experience, saying “It was interesting exchanging cultural differences between my fellow volunteers, and I learned quite a bit.”

This is a joint program through St. John Fisher College and Hobart & William Smith Colleges, which means that you will get to know students from another college nearby while meeting NUIG students. About half of the students that participate in the trip are usually from St. John Fisher College, adding up to approximately 20 students from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and St. John Fisher College.

The meeting will be during free period on Tuesday Sept. 20 in Basil 210. Any questions about the program can be directed to Cara Welch, the Foreign Study Director, in Basil 113.

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