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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Creative Writing, English
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Writing in Galway

"Studying abroad was the most incredible experience ever. I got to visit so many places and learned so much about other cultures. Every day was a new adventure and even the smallest things in every day life became exciting to me. Each morning I would wake up and think to myself where do I want to explore today."
-Tiffany T., Summer 2017

"It was truly life-changing and made me realize there is a whole world out there that I want to explore."
-Fernanda, F., Summer 2017

"[The highlight of the program was] experiencing the beauty of culture shock and being able to tell myself that I am in a different part of the world. It was so surreal and I am happy I was able to be a part of it."
- Gilberto B., Summer 2017

"The highlight of the program was the way it was organized, it allows students to really engage with others, both within the group and locals."
-Anonymous, Summer 2017

Summer 2018
Course Dates: 
June 18-July 26, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 19-July 18, 2018
Price: $4,882


The goal of this program is to expose the students to the culture of Ireland and have students write about their experiences, and in doing so improve the depth, breadth and precision of their writing.


All participants are required register for the following SDSU course, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • English 499: Special Studies in English (3 units)

Participants will be housed in apartments during the program in Galway. Gort na Coiribe is an official off-campus residence of NUIG, located just ten minutes’ walk from both the NUIG campus and Galway city centre. The complex is purpose built for students with a professional management team onsite to ensure your stay is an enjoyable as possible. Gort features ready to connect via Wi-Fi or ethernet! With nearby facilities such as Dunnes Stores across the road, Galway Shopping Centre (with Tesco, 40 shops and bowling) and Galway Retail Park (with McDonalds, Aldi and more) you’re just a 2 minutes’ walk away from whatever you need. Students are housed either one or two per room, with shared bathroom facilities, and 2-6 rooms per apartment.

ISA will arrange two group meals in Galway. A welcome meal helps establish a sense of community among the group and serves as an introduction to the Irish gastronomy and culture. Likewise, a farewell dinner acknowledges the importance of the experience and provides a sense of closure to the program. All other meals are up to the student and not included in the program fee.

  • Welcome dinner
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Galway Farmer's Market
  • Salthill Walk
  • Traditional Music Night
  • 1916 Walking Tour in Dublin
  • Visit Kilmainham Gaol Prison
  • Visit Guinness Store House
  • Tour Trinity College and see Books of Kells at Trinity
  • Day-trip to Glendalough
  • Visit Blarney Castle
  • Spike Island Visit or Titanic Experience
  • Visit to Kilkenny Castle
  • Visit to St. Canice's Cathedral
  • Farewell Dinner

Bret_KoffordBret Kofford has been a full-time lecturer at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus for 10 years. He previously was a part-timer lecturer at SDSU-IV. He mostly teaches writing classes but he also teaches speech and sociology. Kofford previously has taken study-abroad groups to Italy, Spain and Argentina.

Kofford, a former newspaper editor, is still a newspaper columnist and editorialist. He also is a screenwriter, with two movies produced and programs produced for television.


Payment Schedule:
$612        Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$3,175     Second program payment due to our partner WorldStrides ISA by April 15, 2018
$1,095     Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
$4,882     Total Program Fee* **
*A $500 refundable housing deposit is not included in the program fee (to be paid by students directly to WorldStrides ISA)
**If more than 20 students enrolled in the program by March 15, 2018, our partner WorldStrides ISA will offer a discount of $275 per student. This discount will be applied to the second payment due to WorldStrides ISA by April 15, 2018.

Included in Program Fee:
  • SDSU Tuition
  • Housing
  • Activities as listed above
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • On-site orientation
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • International Airfare
  • $500 refundable housing deposit
  • Most meals
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018
  • For the second payment, for withdrawals after March 15, 2018 but before April 15, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee
  • For withdrawals on or after April 15, 2018, no refunds will be issued 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.