Spiddal, Ireland

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Program Overview

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers the ability for 20 UNK students to participate in a Spring Semester in Ireland program. The purpose of the program is to offer all students the possibility to study abroad and travel in the country of Ireland. This group program is led by a UNK Faculty member and taught in combination with professors from the University of Galway. Students will reside and study in the township of Spiddal, Ireland which has the approximate population of 1,500 citizens and is located about 12 miles west of Galway City.



Location and Housing:

  • Students will reside in cottages located near Park Lodge Hotel bed and breakfast near the village of Spiddal.


  • Spring Semester: February - April

Cost: $7,175 (Fall 2019/Spring 2020 pricing)

  • Includes:
    • $250 application fee (due at application deadline)
    • $400 security deposit (due at application deadline)
    • $6525 program fee (includes 12 credits of UNK tuition and fees (based on Undergraduate Resident rate) on-site and fieldtrip housing, international health insurance, local transportation, course materials)
  • Financial Aid
    • Study abroad scholarships are available for this program. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at (308) 865-8520 or finaid1@unk.edu with further questions.


Students will earn 12 credit hours while in Ireland.

  • Irish History (HIST 290) - 3 credit hours / Instructed by a University of Galway professor
  • Irish Literature (ENGL 254) - 3 credit hours / Instructed by a University of Galway professor
  • Intro to Gaelic (FORL 110) - 3 credit hours / Instructed by an Irish Language Teacher
  • Special Topics (INTS 480) - 3 credit hours/ Instructed by the UNK Program Director. This course will make full use of surroundings and field trips taken during the semester by analyzing experiential learning to complement classroom instruction.

Credit Transfer:

All students will register through the University of Nebraska at Kearney for a minimum of 12 credit hours (listed above). All students without a NUID, will be required to apply as a non-degree seeking student at UNK through the Office of Admissions (308.865.8702). Credits earned may be applied toward degree work at the students' home campus through the transfer process.

Application Process:

  • Application Contents as displayed in your ‘Lopers-Abroad Portal’.  In order for UNK students to obtain a portal, they must Schedule an Advising Appointment.
  • Security Deposit and Application Fee are non-refundable unless the program is canceled.


  • Last Friday in September
  • 20 applications can be accepted.


  • This program is open to all UNK students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

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