The backdrop of the Galway program is on the spectacular rugged west coast of Ireland. A place famous for its poets, musicians and artists, for its splendid vistas of green mountains, constantly changing skies, endless rows of field stones fences, swaths of bog land, and rugged coastline. Students on this program are immersed in the rural Irish countryside near Spiddal.

Program Highlights

  • Major overnight excursions include Dublin, the Ring of Kerry, and Northern Ireland.
  • The location of the program overlooks the Galway Bay and makes for a picturesque setting.
  • This is our most rural program setting for those not looking for big city action


The faculty consists of a CSB/SJU professor who accompanies the group and distinguished professors from nearby National University of Ireland, Galway. All classes are taught on-site at the Park Lodge Hotel with the other CSB/SJU students. The program affords students an opportunity to explore the history, culture, literature, and theology of Ireland. While students will be exposed to Gaelic as a living language, courses will be taught in English. If a field trip to a particular location outside Spiddal would enhance the student's learning experience, then it is included in the program, e.g., Aran Islands, the rugged Burren of County Clare, and Gaelic-speaking Connemara. The focus is on a structured curriculum, leaving room for the exploration of unique opportunities presented by the intellectual and cultural resources of Ireland.

For a complete list of classes please refer to page 2 of the Galway brochure.


Housing is with CSB or SJU students in cottages on the grounds of the Park Lodge Hotel, located on the Galway/Connemara coast road, 9 miles west of Galway City and l½ miles east of the village of Spiddal. Each cottage is equipped for five people and has the additional Irish charm of a stone fireplace in its common living room. Since each cottage has a kitchenette, students will be able to prepare their own meals.

Program Dates

The approximate program dates for Ireland Galway are early-September to mid-December.

Financial Considerations

For more information on the "Program Fees" for this program, please refer to the Ireland-Galway Program Brochure for specific information. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. In this brochure, there are estimates of what past participants spent on this program. Also included in this brochure is information regarding scholarships and financial aid.

See which Scholarships you may qualify for with participating on this program. 

Explore Further

Fall 2020 Program Director: Janna LaFountaine, Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Program Advisor: Joy Ruis, Center for Global Education