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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: YES
Partner Institution: NUI Galway Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Participant Selection: Competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Lecture Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: Guest Lecturers, UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: SPIA
Academic Area: Political Science and International Affairs Language Program: NO
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.00 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: NO Volunteer Opportunity: YES
Scholarship Availability: YES Housing Location: On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.

UGA- SPIA- GLOBIS: Study Abroad in Ireland Summer

The Ireland Study Abroad Program is a 4-week program based in Galway, Ireland with classes conducted on the campus of the National University of Ireland-Galway. Offered by the School of Public and International Affairs, the program also includes visits to Belfast, Derry, Dublin, and many other exciting locations around Ireland and Northern Ireland. The classes in this program focus on the historical and current human rights issues facing Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the European Union. Students learn about these crucial issues against the backdrop of modern Ireland, which will be experienced via multiple cultural excursions, including sporting events, city tours, musical performances, and visits to major political and historical sites.

Program Location

The program is primarily based in Galway, Ireland. The trip also includes excursions to other cities and locations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland—Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Aran(Inis Meain).

Contact Information

Chad Clay
Program Director
Phone: 706-542-9810

Academic Program

6 semester hours: 1 course on political repression and 1 course on the EU's human rights policies

Program Itinerary (Projected)


Day Activity
1 Arrival and Orientation in Galway; Welcome Dinner
2 Class Meeting
3 Cliffs of Moher
4 Free Day
5 Class Meeting
6 Class Meeting;
7 Class Meeting; Travel to Inis Meain
8 Inis Meain
9 Class Meeting
10 Free Day
11 Free Day
12 Free Morning; Class Meeting
13 Travel to Derry/Museums
14 Walking tour of Derry
15 Community Group Visit
16 Guest speaker
17 Depart for Belfast; Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
18 Falls/Shankill Tour
19 Tour Game of Thrones sites
20 Visit Public Records Office of Northern Ireland; Visit the MAC
21 Class Meeting
22 Depart for Dublin
23 Trinity College; EPIC Emigration Museum
24 Hop On-Hop Off tour of Dublin; Kilmainham Gaol; Tour of Guinness
25 Free day
26 Class meeting
27 Depart Dublin for USA


Students will stay on the campus of NUI-Galway and in hotels on excursions. 

Program Cost

Program fee is still being determined. Program fee does not include airfare, tuition, or institutional fees. Hope/Miller Scholarships can be applied where applicable. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on these scholarships.

Registration for classes will begin when notified by the program.  Once notified, participants should register by March 1.  

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2019 Participant
Dr. Clay and Dr. Welch were both phenomenal professors.

Olivia Grace Barnes, Summer 2019 Participant
It was the trip of a lifetime.

Molly Wadman, Summer 2019 Participant
This study abroad felt like it was made specifically for me. I was able to use this experience to deepen my understanding of other cultures and their political and historical experiences. My study abroad experience has made me begin seriously looking into furthering my education in Ireland after I finish my undergrad at UGA.

I learned so much about Irish culture and its history. I also learned more about myself as an individual and a student.
     — Katherine Branch, Summer 2019
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