What do our visiting students say?
Jo Moore (Visiting Student, 2015-2016)
"While studying Celtic Civilisation at NUI Galway, I enjoyed the breadth of subjects I was able to explore! Something very important to me is the approachability of the department at NUI Galway, which is not overwhelmingly large but rather a smaller but intellectually deep one, which enabled me to form a more personal connection with my lecturers.
From historical linguistics to mythology, every class was engaging – and I encountered a fantastic blend of literary and archaeological history, along with important attention to how these historical elements are present in today’s world. That attention to the connection between the past and present really captured my interest: learning the degree to which the presence of ancient Celtic civilisations is felt in the modern day helped contextualise my other studies. It also emphasised for me the relevance of studying Celtic Civ in college, because learning about past cultural and societal climates is the only way to truly understand the modern ones.
I particularly liked the multi-angle approach to our study of Early and Medieval History of the Celts, for example, because my personal interest in languages was fuelled by referencing linguistic evidence for the history of the Celts alongside archaeological studies and literary or oral evidence. It is truly a well-rounded approach, which engaged students of many varied interests, meaning there were a wide range of experiences in the classroom which added depth to the course!
Galway city, with its history so visible, was an especially good place to dive in to Celtic Civilisations, and NUI Galway couldn’t have been a better place for me."