Academic Director:  Prof. Michael Gormally

Course Overview 

This new and exciting summer school course offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the west of Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources, and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainable use and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources.

County Galway, on Ireland’s Atlantic West Coast is a land of contrasts. Influenced by its oceanic climate, glacial history, hydrology, geology and human habitation, it has developed a variety of beautiful landscapes with unique and fascinating habitats and species. From the fertile rocks of the Burren karst limestone, to the raised bogs of the midlands, the sheer cliffs of the Aran Islands to the salt marshes of Galway Bay, there is a wealth of natural history to explore.

This summer school course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology, by looking at all aspects of how these habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment.

The course handbook is available for download at the bottom of this page. 

Course Modules

Module I: SS1151 Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country (6 ECTS/3 Semester Credits)

Focusing on Connemara, Lough Corrib and Joyce Country and examining the ecology and conservation of blanket bogs, uplands and freshwater habitats of County Galway.

Module 2: SS1152 Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway (6 ECTS/3 Semester Credits)

Focusing on the habitats and species of the Burren and East County Galway including limestone pavement, turloughs and the raised bogs as well as the special coastal habitats of County Galway.

Dates

Arrival on Sunday, 17 June, 2018; orientation & classes commence on Monday, 18 June, 2018 with departure on Saturday, 30 June, 2018:  SS1151 Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country.

Arrival on Sunday, 1 July, 2018, orientation & classes commence on Monday, 2 July, 2018 with departure on Saturday, 13 July, 2018:  SS1152: Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway.

Tuition & Accommodation Costs

Tuition

1 module:  €1,475 per course

Accommodation 

€700 – Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast -  single occupancy)
€550 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast - sharing)
€475 – Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy)

Apply

The course is aimed at students who have completed two full years at University or College level before being admitted to the course and are undertaking any Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History or Natural Heritage course.  Students should have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Required documentation 

  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • A digital image/passport photo for your student identity card (headshot)
  • An official transcript of examination results

 Applications open  6 October, 2017 and close 20 April, 2018.

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Scholarships 

Students enrolled at IEE Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners in the United States, may apply for a Generation Study Abroad Scholarship worth €500. Three scholarships are available for this programme.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be:

  • Registered at a Generation Study Abroad partner College or University in the United States;
  • Studying an Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History or Natural Heritage course at their home institution;
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements of a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);

How to apply for the Scholarship

Applications for Ecology; Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland should be made using the online application form. 

Students are required to submit the following additional documentation for the scholarship application by emailing them to summerschool@nuigalway.ie and referencing the email Generation Study Abroad Application

  • Personal statement (500 words) which outlines the student’s motivation and commitment to the study abroad experience and how the scholarship will benefit their studies or research in the field of Ecology;
  • Academic reference: applicants should submit a reference from an academic familiar with their academic record.

Closing date for applications is 7 May, 2018.

Further Information

Gesche Kindermann 
Applied Ecology Unit
NUI Galway
Tel:  + 353 91 493572
Email: gesche.kindermann@nuigalway.ie 

OR

Programme Administrator
International Summer School Programme
NUI Galway
Galway
Ireland
Tel: +353 91 495442
Email: summerschool@nuigalway.ie