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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: English, Music College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science
Credits: 3-6 credits Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Students in Galway
Study in Galway, Ireland

  • 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 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 to Dublin.
  • Trace your Irish roots through a genealogy course.

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Programs Of Study
Irish culture and heritage

Language of Instruction

Galway City
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Study in Galway!


The USAC program is located on the National University of Ireland, Galway campus. The university was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Galway and today there are over 13,000 students attending classes on the 260-acre campus, which is situated along the banks of the River Corrib. The original university buildings and old stone quadrangle are flanked by new buildings, reflecting the steady growth of the university. The university is among the world's highest ranked universities, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012.


Galway is celebrated throughout the world in song and story and takes center stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. 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. Today it 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, with its medieval streets, waterways, range of shopping facilities, wealth of music, and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured. The center of the city is closed to traffic and compact enough for you to wander around comfortably.

Academic Calendar

  • Summer Semester: Late June to Early August
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Galway web page.


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.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1USAC Tuition See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
Housing Included in USAC Fee
Airfare $1000 - $1500
Meals $450 - $850
1Personal Expenses $600 - $1000
Housing Deposit $250
Books and Materials $85 - $150
Local Transportation $30 - $120
Visa (for US Citizens) NA
Passport $150
2US Based Health Insurance NA
3Personal Travel and Spending $400 - $800
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Students will enroll in three to six credits during the summer session. At least one 3-credit course is required. An additional one credit may be earned if you enroll in the optional Dublin Field Study and/or In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

During the summer term the USAC Galway program normally offers coursework focusing on Ireland.  Past offerings have been in English, Music, Journalism, and History.  Course options change each summer.

For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the USAC Galway website.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Cork program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.