Study Abroad Semesters
For four years (204, 205, 2016, 2017) in partnership with Hobart and William Smith College, St. John Fisher College offered a faculty-directed study abroad program in Galway, Ireland. Through an affiliation with the National University of Ireland- Galway (NUIG) Fisher provided students with the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university.
Galway is a university town with a vibrant artistic and cultural atmosphere, and is the largest city in the west of Ireland. This area of the country is noted for its geographic and cultural distinctiveness and has the largest concentration of Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland. In addition to classwork, students completed service learning projects that gave them unique opportunities to interact with the local community.
Students in the program took two classes as a group. One was a course on Irish history and culture taught by staff from the NUIG Center for Irish Studies, which included several field trips around the country to locations such as Dublin, Cork and Kerry. The other common course was a Director's Seminar taught by a faculty director from either Fisher or from Hobart and William Smith (directors came from each school, in alternating years). More than 20 Fisher students took part in the program over its life span.
Fisher now offers study abroad programs at the University of Limerick (in Limerick City) and Maynooth University (near Dublin) through the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS). Information for students about these opportunities is available through the college's Study Abroad Program Office.
For more about the Galway experience, check out the Galway Report blog kept by Fisher professor of Media and Communication Jack Rosenberry during his time teaching there January to May 2016.