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Ireland: Culture, Creativity, and Community

SBIO 3954 and 5954
Summer 2017

Spend your summer studying culture, creativity and community in beautiful and historical Ireland. Experience the culture and history of the rugged west coast. Explore the city of Galway and the Claddagh, hike in Connemara National Park, study in a converted monastery building at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and participate in a hands-on design project. Experience the world.

The course will be based in Galway, a vibrant European city with a rich heritage and numerous summer festivals and events.  Galway is home to a large and growing creative community.  From our base in Galway we can elect to visit sites such as Connemara National Park, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Burren, the Aran Islands, and the city of Dublin.  Outdoor activities include bicycling, beaches, surfing, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking and hiking.  The schedule will allow time for individual as well as group travel.

Through a partnership between Virginia Tech and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, students will study Irish culture and history as well as the creative process and the community.  Hands on projects and interactions with community groups will help you to understand the people and culture.


Study abroad group posing in front of the Spanish Arch in Galway City, Ireland. An Póirse Spáinneach, The Spanish Arch, one of four arches built in 1584 in Galway City, Ireland


No prerequisites; open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Participants can earn academic credit from Virginia Tech and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Courses will utilize a combination of lectures, labs, studio/workshop and field work.  Students will participate in a service-learning project with a local not-for-profit organization or government agency.

Course will help you:

  • Better understand the culture and history of Ireland and Irish/United States relations
  • Improve their creative skills
  • Develop project design and management skills
  • Appreciate the interconnected nature of the world
Course Duration and Dates

Five weeks during July and August 2017 (Exact dates to be determined)


To be determined

Interested in this program? Contact the instructor now to receive updates on the course and for registration information when it becomes available:

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The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic individual to serve as professor and department chair. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position available July 1, 2017.

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