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*Faculty-Directed: Geography in Ireland
Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: UCCS Faculty-directed Programs Areas of Study: Geography
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

Geography in Ireland

OPEN TO ALL MAJORS (GES Credit Available).

Program Leaders: Senior Geography Instructors Eric Billmeyer and Michael Larkin


Cliffs of Inishmore-IrelandProgram Information

This 4 credit captsone course will explore the physical and cultural geography of the west coast of Ireland. The trip is a 10 day/9 night field school and will spend 4 days in Galway and 5 days on Inishmore Island, one of the Aran Islands. This region is not only the cultural hearth of Irish culture, but also offers one of the most unique physical geologies in Europe. GES 4460 offers students a unique opportunity to explore and apply learned geographic skills in the field.

Course and Credit Information

Undergraduate Credit: 4 credits of GES 4460

Participation is open to ALL students interested. GES 4460 is a Geography Capstone Credit, so only students eligible for the credit will receive it. Students will be evaluated through direct participation and in class activities, the completion of a workbook designed for the course and a final paper. 

Come spend ten days this May in learning Geography in Ireland! Field Studies in Geography will present basic field techniques, such as map making, reading, landscape, interpretation, paleontological surveying, stratigraphy, journaling, and much more while hiking and biking through one of Europe's most unique cultural and geological locations; Western Ireland! This 4 credit, upper division course is being offered through the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, fufilling the GES capstone requirement, but is open to all students!


Student will need to depart, if leaving from the U.S., on May 25th to arrive in Galway on May 26th
May 26: Travel: Arrive in Galway
May 27: Explore urban geography of Galway
May 28: Geology of western Ireland in Galway
May 29: Travel to Inishmore with overview of Inishmore
May 30: Coastal Geomorphology of Inishmore
May 31: Physical Geography-Karst Topographies
June 1: Human Geography
June 2: Human Geography
June 3: Return to Galway from Inishmore
June 4: Depart Galway


Students will be expected to room with other students in the program. In Galway students will be staying at Sleepzone Youth Hostel and in Inishmore, accommodation will be at Pierhouse Guesthouse. 


Program Fee: $1120.00
Includes: Ground transportation, daily breakfast, accommodation 
Does NOT Include: Airfare, tuition, lunch and dinner daily, 50$ application fee, cost of obtaining a passport, or personal expenses

Payment of $50 goes to the Global Engagement Office
Payment of $700 due on February 15th, 2018 - Non-Refundable
Payment of $750 Due April 1st, 2018 - 2nd Payment for Program.

Please see the budget sheets for a more comprehensive cost breakdown. Program fee is subject to change. 

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination in which they wish to go. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit the following links to find more information:
U.S. Department of State:
Centers for Disease Control:


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** 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.