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Program Description


   Quick Facts

  • Live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a thriving student culture
  • Enjoy summer festivals, especially the Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland’s most prestigious film festival, and the Galway Arts Festival, one of the most vibrant celebrations of music, theatre, and arts of all sorts in Europe
  • Join in field trips that include the ancient Aran Islands and the rugged mountain landscapes of Connemara
  • Explore one of the cultural capitals of Europe on the optional tour/field study of Dublin
  • Trace your Irish roots through a genealogy course
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USAC - Galway Eyre Square

USAC - Galway downtownPhotos courtesy of USAC

Location Details

Galway (population 73,000) is the third largest city in Ireland and a vibrant, bustling center of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The city has medieval streets, waterways, range of shopping facilities, wealth of music, and other cultural events. The city was founded in the thirteenth century by the Anglo Norman de Burgos 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.

Galway is famous for its numerous annual festivals and celebrations, such as the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races, and the Oyster Festival. Anyone who knows the song "Galway Bay" will be familiar with Claddagh, an old fishing village of thatched cottages, now just outside the city center. This is the birthplace of the world famous Claddagh ring (a crowned heart clasped by two hands) which is a popular souvenir.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The Galway program consists of one 5-week session offering academic coursework in literature, history, theatre, music, and the Gaelic language taught by established Irish and US scholars.

Enroll in at least three and up to six credits, plus one or two additional credits if you enroll in the optional Dublin Field Study: Exploring the Sites of 1916 and the War of Independence and/or In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions.

For more information on Courses see the USAC: Galway, Ireland Courses

ACTIVITIES:  Additional immersion opportunities include getting involved with the Galway Arts Festival by working with visiting theatre companies or taking a role in the Macnas street spectacle that is a traditional highlight of the Festival for Galway locals. You can get your feet tapping and your body moving in the sean nós (“old-style”) dance workshop organized by the music class. Practice your Gaelic skills at the Gaelic-language club in the city center. Explore the art of film-making with Film Fleadh screenings and director and actor Q&A sessions.  See USAC: Galway, Ireland Activities which include Field Trips and Tours & Field Studies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades

This USAC program follows U.S. grading and credit standards. 
  USAC Galway ASU
Course Levels 100 & 200 level Lower Division
300 & 400 level Upper Division
Credits 3 credits 3 credits 

USAC - Galway cathedral
USAC - Galway Connemara trip
USAC - Galway field trip to Kinvara
USAC - Galway field study group at the Garden of Rememberance
Photos courtesy of USAC


USAC - Galway housing Corrib V

USAC - Galway housing Corrib Village bedroomPhotos courtesy of USAC

Program Housing

Residence Hall: Students stay in Corrib Village, the main residence complex located adjacent to the university. A modern student complex, it is just a five- to ten-minute walk from classrooms and a twenty-minute walk from the city center. A free shuttle bus runs from Corrib Village to the city center every hour, from late morning until early evening. Wifi, coin-operated laundry, and a minimarket are available on site. The residence hall fees for a shared room are included in your summer program fees; there is a surcharge for a single room.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Ireland, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/24/2020 07/31/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed