Fall 2015 Courses

This program consists of a combination of special courses taught for the group and regular university courses. All students will take two required courses:

Contemporary Irish Culture and Society (1 credit)
Professor Louis De Paor is Director of The Centre for Irish Studies at NUIG and serves as our on-site Academic Coordinator. He and several faculty colleagues from NUIG will collaborate to offer this survey of Irish culture and society.

Fall 2015 Director's Seminar: Writing Place and Displacement (1 credit)
This course explores the twin concepts of "place" and "displacement" as sources of inspiration and creative production through a hybrid of creative writing, critical writing, literary study, and theory. Students will read theory of place and displacement; analyze Irish/Irish-American narratives of exile and return; build a portfolio of creative/ critical writing produced "on location" and about location; attend a range of live literary events in Galway and other sites we visit; and interact with local writers in a "literary crawl" drawn from Galway Stories, a contemporary collection of fiction focused on Galway itself. By writing both in and about this place—the "cultural heart of Ireland" as many call it—students will interrogate their own experiences of being dislocated from home, investigate Galway/Ireland as a new place, determine what these experiences mean for developing a sense of creativity, sense of self, and sense of locatedness in the world.

Elective Courses (2 courses/2 credits)
In addition, students will select two electives from the regular NUIG catalogue. Following are examples of courses taken by students on previous programs. Consult the NUIG website for further details on course offerings: NUIG website. You should only look at courses that are offered in Semester 1 (the Fall Semester).

Introduction to Northern Irish Politics Feminist Thought Shakespearean Comedies
Short Plays of Samuel Beckett Women in Irish Society Climatology
Drama and Theatre Studies Gaelic Language Scottish Short Stories
Church and State in Ireland Contemp. Irish Poetry The English Language in Ireland
Anatomy and Physiology Cell Biology Irish Famine in a European Perspective
Medieval Ireland 5th-9th Centuries Irish Art



  • This program is offered every semester.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office on a selected date in October (for fall programs) and March (for spring programs).
  • For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.



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