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UK Partner: Celtic Blue: National University of Ireland - Galway (Arcadia)
Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Website:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||UK applicants only|
|Program Cost and Budget||
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2017||10/15/2016 **||Rolling Admission||01/03/2017||05/12/2017|
|NOTE: Program dates are approximate.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
|Experience Type:||Study Abroad||Area of Study:||European Studies, Finance, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Law, Management, Marine Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sociology|
|Course Language:||English||Minimum Language Requirement:||None|
|Housing Options:||Apartment(shared)||Eligibility:||1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Student Type:||Undergraduate students only|
|Advisor:||http://www.uky.edu/international/the_team||UK Travel Medical Insurance:||Provided by program partner|
$1,000 scholarships available for UK students!
The picturesque campus of National University of Ireland is only 10-15 minute walk from the center of Galway. While classes are taught in English, the university maintains a strong commitment to the Irish language which you'll hear spoken on campus and throughout the local area. You’ll be able to choose from the University's extensive variety of course offerings in the humanities, sciences, business, engineering and law. To make the most out of the study abroad experience, many students take advantage of courses in Irish history, language and culture.
University of Kentucky, in partnership with Arcadia University, introduces Celtic Blue – a unique study abroad experience in Ireland and Scotland. Students can complete courses and/or an internship during the semester or summer, while drawing connections between Celtic lands and Kentucky. The heritage of Celtic culture is evident in Kentucky culture - whether in music, art, language, or folklore - and students will have the opportunity to study and encounter these connections directly.
Co-curricular Learning Certificate
One of the most important and potentially challenging aspects of the study-abroad experience is creating a meaningful engagement with the culture of the host country. Arcadia’s Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) offers students a formal incentive for your not-for-credit development. This is Arcadia's way of recognizing thoughtful participation, reflection and rich learning achieved from getting involved in the local culture and communities. Read about other students' CLCs in blogs, or as published works in IMPACT magazine.
Possible CLC themes in Ireland include Roots of Irish America, Gaelic Language, Irish Identity, and Irish Campus Life. Students may also work with the on-site staff to design their own CLC theme.
Highlights- $1,000 scholarships available for UK students!
- Choose from courses in Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, and Science.
- Complete a Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) – document your experiences in words, video or pictures - show graduate schools and employers how your activities have impacted you.
- Engage both local and other international students by joining any of the 80 student societies and 40 athletic clubs on campus.
Students will earn transfer credit from Arcadia University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Arcadia University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Students at the National University of Ireland will reside in an apartment-style flat. The number of students residing in each apartment may vary depending on the style of accommodation. Students should expect to share a bedroom and bathroom. Student flats may be co-ed, though your roommate will be of the same gender if in a shared bedroom. The apartments are self-catered and you will find convenient food markets nearby. Please also see Arcadia's general Ireland Accommodation information for further details regarding living in Ireland.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
- $1,000 scholarships available for UK students!
- UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
- Arcadia offers additional scholarships for participation on this program. Please visit the UK EA website for Arcadia Scholarships for more information.
- Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost and Budget" information page in the program header at the top of this website. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Arcadia. For the Arcadia application, click the "Partner Website" link at the top of this page.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to participate on this program, but will be required to obtain a residency permit upon entry. For more visa information, visit the country's Department of State information site. It is strongly advised that students work with a visa expediting service, such as ABriggs or VisaHQ. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the host country's embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.
All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc.
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.
For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
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