Villanova Semester Programs

The OIS currently coordinates five Villanova year-semester programs that are open to all students. The hallmark of a Villanova semester program is that at least one of the classes students take is offered only to Villanova students.  Villanova semester programs tend to require a higher level of independence and are geared towards immersing students in their host country.

The OIS currently coordinates five Villanova year-semester programs that are open to all students. The hallmark of a Villanova semester program is that at least one of the classes students take is offered only to Villanova students.  Villanova semester programs tend to require a higher level of independence and are geared towards immersing students in their host country.

Specific Major Programs

The OIS also helps coordinate additional programs that are only available to certain majors. Participants in these programs must work with their major/college advisor as well as an advisor from the OIS to plan their semester or year abroad.

Villanova year-semester programs

University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Villanova University/ University of Melbourne, Australian Centre Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is Australia's second largest city. It is widely recognized as a vibrant and multicultural city with nearly 3 million inhabitants, yet has a relaxed pace and welcoming atmosphere. The University of Melbourne is the 2nd oldest university in Australia and is reputed to be one of Australia’s elite research universities. The campus is located just north of Melbourne’s business district in the leafy suburb of Parkville. The University of Melbourne offers visiting students the comfort of a true campus atmosphere and the excitement of city living.

Villanova Course in Australian Studies

Villanova students who choose to study at the University of Melbourne will participate in a special course designed just for Villanova students entitled Reading Multicultural Melbourne, which fulfills a HUM5900 requirement at Villanova. Within this course, Villanova students have the opportunity to study topics that are pertinent to their interests and majors in the context of Australia.  The special Villanova course will be held during the first six weeks of the semester, so that the classes are finished and the assessment will be completed prior to the start of regular university course assessments.

Academics at the University of Melbourne

In addition to the Villanova course, all students will also enroll in a full course load of four classes during the semester at University of Melbourne. This means that students studying at the University of Melbourne will be able to complete five courses while studying abroad.

Prior to departure, students will choose a tentative course schedule with an advisor from the Office of International Studies. Upon arriving in Melbourne, students will be able to register for their desired courses or newly listed courses that meet their academic needs and interests at the University. The University of Melbourne’s extensive course catalog offers a plethora of options for every Villanova major, minor, and concentration. For more information on available courses, please visit the Undergraduate Handbook. Please note that the University of Melbourne refers to their individual courses as 'subjects'. In addition, students planning to study abroad during Villanova's spring semester will be looking for Semester One subjects and students studying abroad in the fall will be looking for Semester Two subjects.

Information about the benefits of studying abroad at the University of Melbourne can be found on their Global Mobility for Incoming Students website.

Housing and Meals

In keeping with VU program policy and to ensure a better immersion overseas experience, students are required to arrange integrated accommodations. All students are required to secure their own accommodations in consultation with their OIS adviser. It is recommended that students begin their accommodation application as soon as possible!

Applications for housing must be made through the University of Melbourne's International Student Services.  This page outlines the housing options along with the estimated fees. All students will be responsible for paying their room and board fees directly to their housing placement in Australia.  

There are two main housing options in Melbourne: Residential College or Self Catered Apartments.

The Residential Colleges are affiliated with the University, offer a uniquely Australian experience and will provide a dorm-like atmosphere. Students who choose to live in the Residence Halls or Colleges should expect to pay for the included meal plan. Each College has its own unique identity so be sure to research the Colleges before you apply.  Competition to live in some of the Colleges is strong, so students can apply to up to three Residential Colleges through Melbourne's online system. Your personal statement from your general application may be used by the Colleges to determine if you will be a good fit.  

UniLodge and RMIT Village offers apartment style facilities and students are expected to cook their own meals. These apartments are best for the independent student. 

Application Procedure

  • Apply online as a Study Abroad student (You will need to register with Melbourne first to receive log in information first - please select the 'Study Abroad' application - not 'Exchange')
  • Upload your passport details, your study plan, and statement of purpose through the online University of Melbourne application (please note: If applying for a Residential College, your personal statement may factor in to your acceptance to a particular living arrangement)
  • Order your Academic transcript online via Novasis and bring it to the OIS
  • Collect one academic letter of reference written to the attention of the International Admissions Office at the University of Melbourne and submit this letter to the OIS.
  • Print out the Institutional Approval Form and submit it to the OIS
  • If you are applying to take Engineering, Psychology or other upper level Science subjects at Melbourne, please include short course descriptions of all relevant courses that you have taken at Villanova

Your Official Transcript, Academic letters of Reference and Institutional Approval Form are due to the Office of International Studies by our fall or spring break deadlines. The OIS will send these application materials to Melbourne on your behalf.

NOTICE:  Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the Program if circumstances warrant.

* Melbourne Application Instructions 2013.pdf
Use these instructions as a guide when completing your application.
Université Catholique de Lille
Université Catholique de Lille

Founded in 1875, Université Catholique de Lille (la Catho) is a private university in France with over 25,000 students. The university is situated at the centre of the Vauban district, a residential neighbourhood in the heart of the city made up of cosmopolitan markets, stylish shops and beautiful gardens. On campus, students have access to shops, cafés, and restaurants which are very convenient for daily life.  The major tourist attractions (Vieux-Lille, Grand Place) are just a 15-minute walk away from campus.

Lille is an attractive and vibrant city with an overall student population of more than 100,000, nearly half the city population in a region with over 2 million inhabitants. The city is recognized as one of France’s most dynamic towns with a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including fine museums, concert halls, and theaters. Famous throughout France and Europe for its warm and friendly atmosphere, the city is alive with cafés, clubs and restaurants.

Its location "at the crossroads of Europe" has made Lille a strategic location in the past as well as a vital city in Modern France. Its history is full of important events, from the different invasions to its role in WW2, which makes it an interesting city to explore. Wandering along its cobbled streets, students will walk past wonderful buildings and old monuments that tell its history. All of these factors make Lille an excellent city to spend a semester or year abroad!

Academic Program

Villanova students who spend a semester in Lille will complete a total of 15 VU credits in France.  All students will participate in a required course Intercultural Communication course, a required language course and then choose from a selection of additional recommended course clusters, taught in French. 

lille, france

In order to guarantee a successful, fully immersive experience for Villanova students spending a semester to a year at la Catho, the program offers one course, required for all students in the program, whose explicit purpose is to help them better understand, and reflect upon, their new living environment. Students will receive a Villanova letter grade for this course, which will impact the VU GPA.

The three-credit Villanova course, taught entirely in French, consists of the following components and requirements:

  • a weekly seminar on intercultural communication, whose content will build upon, and prepare students for, the other components of the course
  • Five interdisciplinary cultural seminars on Lille and the North of France organized thematically (introduction to Lille’s history and its cityscape, Lille and the textile industry, coal mining in the North of France, gastronomy, and art and culture)
  • Five cultural excursions directly connected to each seminar (respectively : a guided tour of Lille’s center city, Vieux Lille, and Euralille; a visit of Roubaix and the Piscine de Roubaix; a visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde; and a visit of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille)
  • A weekly, 1-hour conversation with a French student
  • Participation in a regular activity involving the Lille community. The range of activities can be very broad, including sports clubs, volunteering projects, weekly cooking lessons, danse lessons, book clubs, theatre groups, etc)
  • One student-organized trip to a French city other than Lille or Paris. Each student will provide a detailed itinirary to the instructor, who will help the student refine it before validating it. In order to make the trip a culturally worthy experience, students will not be permitted to travel with other native English speakers, and they will preferably travel with a French person of their acquaintance, with whom they will solely speak French.

Seminar on Intercultural Communication


Working Across Cultures: An Introduction to Elements of Intercultural Communication

The intercultural communication module is designed to allow the students to put in place an individual intercultural development plan based on their individual IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) profile. The objective of this plan is to allow the students to reflect on how best to use their time in France and the activities proposed by the program to develop their intercultural communication competence. A second IDI at the end of the program when the students have returned to the USA will allow all the participants (the students, faculty and administrators) to evaluate how successful the program has been in increasing the intercultural sensitivity of the participants.

The first IDI will be conducted via email before the students arrive in France. This will be followed up by an individual debrief during the pre-rentrée intensive French session where students will be invited to devise their individual intercultural development plan.

Classes will be designed based on the idea that the best way to help students develop intercultural sensitivity and competence is by helping them to reflect on their experiences as they occur. This means having a “just in time” rather than a “just in case” approach.

Students will be invited to use the techniques of ethnography and reflexivity to understand and analyze their experience. An adaptation of the PEER model will be proposed to the students as a framework to use in their interactions with others, especially for the preparation of their weekend trip. The PEER model involves students Preparing, Engaging, Evaluating and Reflecting on their interactions with cultural others.

Below are comments and links to the 5 interdisciplinary cultural seminars and excursions on Lille and the North of France. 

Seminar #1 Art & culture in Lille 

This seminar includes:

. a guided tour of Lille City Center, Vieux Lille, Euralille
. a Visit of the Palais des Beaux-Arts

http://www.lilletourism.com/info-1-0-429-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/monuments_museums_in_lille-1-0-51-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/gardens_in_lille-1-0-53-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/history_of_lille-1-0-83-gb.html

Link to Palais des Beaux-Arts :
http://www.pba-lille.fr/spip.php?article168

Seminar #2 History of Lille and the North

This seminar includes :
. A course on the History of Lille and the North and the connection with First World War.
. A visit of Tyne Cot Cemetery, the biggest British cemetery on the European Continent
. A visit of Ypres in Belgium and In Flanders Fields Museum (history of First World War in Flanders)
. A dinner at restaurant Makt 22 on Ypres Grand’Place
. The “Last Post” Military Ceremony at night  

Seminar #3 The industrial revolution + visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde

This seminar includes :

. A presentation of the industrial revolution in the North of France
. A visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde (coal Mine)
. A debate on the video of Germinal, a film inspired from Emile Zola’s novel 

Seminar #4 Les Châteaux de l’Industrie : how former factories were turned into fashion centers and art museums

This seminar includes :

. a course of this topic
. a visit of La Piscine de Roubaix : a former swimming pool turned into an art museum

Seminar #5 The French Gastronomy

This seminar includes

. a course at ISA Engineer school
. a visit of our sensorial analysis laboratory
. a tasting session of sweet and savory products
. a visit of our student brewery
. a dinner in a French restaurant in Lille city center 

lille, france

FALL SEMESTER
The fall semester begins with an intensive French Pre-course to prepare students for academic university programs, with content material of generalities and specificities of French culture.

Program : 4 hours of class each morning, plus 18.5 hours of conversation during the session plus 1 or 2 hours of personal study per day for ideal optimization.

In addition to the Intensive French pre-session, students are required to enroll in the following French language cluster during the semester:

E3-7       French for International Students (3 ECTS)
E3           Business French (3 ECTS)


SPRING SEMESTER
The intensive French Pre-course isn’t included in the SPRING semester program. Students are required to enroll in the following French language cluster:
E3-7       French for International Students (3 ECTS)
LCE1      French Literature for non-specialists (3 ECTS)

Additional Coursework

Beyond the required Villanova and language courses, students will enroll additional courses taught at La Catho both with other international students and with French students. La Catho has a different credit structure than Villanova and most La Catho classes are roughly equivalent to a half VU class. The general guide suggests that 5-7 ECTS is equivalent to 3 VU credits. To allow VU students to recieve a full courseload, La Catho has created suggested class 'clusters' that add up to a total of 3 VU credits. This means that VU students may enroll in up to six additional classes while studying at La Catho. To receive full credit, VU students must pass each course in the cluster with a "C" or better. All course clusters will be awarded transfer credit.

Translation Cluster (recommended) FRE 1138 - 3 VU Credits
E3           Translation into French for international students (3 ECTS)
LCE2      Intermediate translation into English (3 ECTS)

French Civilization Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) VU Course FRE 2143
E3/2a  French Institutions (3 ECTS)
E3 The Francophone World (3 ECTS)

French Literature Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) VU Course FRE 3412
LM1/1a  French Literature (4 ECTS)
LCE1/3a  Creative Writing in French (3 ECTS)

Fine Arts Cluster (FLSH Faculty) 
AS1/2a Film Criticism (2 ECTS)
AS1/1d  Aesthetics of Static Art (3 ECTS)

History Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) Taught in English - will not fulfill CLAS History Core
LCE3/17b British Social and Policy History 1945 – 1990 (3 ECTS)
LCE3/17a US Domestic Policy since 1945 (3 ECTS) OR LCE2 British History from the origins to the end of the Middle Ages (3 ECTS)

Political Science Cluster (FLSH Faculty) 
LEA1/3c European Institutions (2 ECTS)
MCP1/1b International Issues (4 ECTS)

Theology Cluster (Theology Faculty) 
Introduction au nouveau testament (3 ECTS)
Introduction au mystère chrétien (3 ECTS)

Political Science Cluster - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in English
History of European integration
Philosophy of law            
History, Geography and Globalization

Political Science Cluster - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in English
Comparative law
Global Governance                                      
European local government systems  

Law Cluster - (FLD Faculty) Taught in English or French
Theory of the State                      
Economics of Globalization        

Law Cluster - (FLD Faculty) Taught in English or French
Public Policy    
Public International Law    

Political Science Courses - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in French
Introduction à la science politique - 3 ects
Droit constitutionnel comparé  - 3 ects
Théories de la démocratie - 2 ects
Politique comparée : théories et méthodes - 2 ects
Enjeux juridiques et politiques de l'environnement - 2 ects

Economics Cluster (FLSEG Faculty) 
International economics Taught in English (L2 INTER ECO) (4 ECTS)
La monnaie (taught in French) (L2 INTER ECO) (4 ECTS)  OR Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (L1 CFA) (2 ECTS)

Translation Cluster (recommended) FRE 1138 - 3 VU Credits
E3           Translation into French for international students (3 ECTS)
LCE2      Intermediate translation into English (3 ECTS)

Additional clusters listed by department. All classes are taught in French unless marked with '*' 

   

ECTS credits

Hours

 

Arts & Humanities Faculty-FLSH

 

 

French Civilization

 

 

 

E3           History of France for International Students

3

1h30/w

 

E3           Geography of France for International
                Students

3

1h30/w

 

LM1        19th Century History of France

3

1h30/w

 

 

 

The Arts

 

 

 

AS1            History of Modern Art (1905-1930) 

3

2h/week

 

AS2           20th Century Artistic Movements   

3

1h30/week

 

 

 

French Language

 

 

 

E3           Public Speaking in French

2

1h/w

 

LM1        Rhetoric and Stylistics                  

3

1h/w

 

LEA1      Techniques of Expression          

2

1h/w

 

 

 

Cinema

 

E3           Introduction to French Cinema* 

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3       Reading Pictures : The Moving Image*

                (Adapting works of English Literature for the screen)

3

1h30/w

 


 

AS1        History of Modern Cinema

3

1h30/w

 

AS3       Theory of Cinema

2

1h00/w

 

 

 

Literature

 

LCE3      The American Short Story*

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3      The British Short Story*

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3      Tales of the American South*

3

1h30/w

 




 

Political Science



 

H4 RI     Strategic Intelligence

3

2 h/w

 

H3          Contemporary European Problems

3

2 h/w

 




 

 

 


Economics/Finance Faculty-FLSEG

NOTE : it is important that a cluster consist of courses bearing the same code (e.g. : a L1 Eco course can only match another L1 Eco course)

The 2 clusters below cannot be combined

 

 (L1 Eco) Microéconomie

4

24h + 12h/semester

 

(L1 Eco) Entreprise et vie économique

2

18h/sem

 

or

 

(L1 Eco) Monnaie Banque Finance

4

18h/sem

 

(L1 Eco) Entreprise et vie économique

2

18h/sem

 

 or

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Money Banking and Finance*

2

9h + 9h/sem

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Introduction to human resources*

2

18/sem

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Géographie de la mondialisation

2

18/sem

 

 or

 

(L3 Eco) Décision d'investissement

2

18h/sem

 

(L3 Eco) Analyse des marchés financiers

3

27h/sem

 

 or

(L2 Gestion) Marketing 2 (Marketing Clients)

2

18h + 9h/sem

 

(L2 Gestion) International Economics*

4

18h + 18h/sem

 

 

 

 

The 2 clusters below cannot be combined

 

(L2 Eco)

Macroéconomie + Conjoncture macroéconomique

 

4

 

18h+18h/sem

 

(L2 Eco) Initiation aux calculs financiers

2

9h+9h/sem

 

or

 

(L2 Gestion) Initiation aux calculs financiers

2

9h + 9h/sem

 

(L2 Gestion) Jeu d’entreprise

4

18h + 9h/sem

 

 

 

(L3 Eco ) Conjoncture économique et finance internationale       

 

2

 

18h/sem

 

(L3 Eco) Analyse de la croissance économique

4

 

24h + 12h/sem

 

 

 

Faculty of Theology-FT

 

 

 

 

L’art du XXe siècle et spiritualité           

3

2h/w

 

Introduction à l’Ancien Testament       

3

2h/w

 

 

 

(1314-FT-L1S2-90-19)Religions traditionnelles africaines : un autre regard sur le religieux

 

3

2h/w

 

(1314-FT-L1S2-90-15)Histoire du christianisme 2 : L’Église catholique et le conflit israélo-palestinien

 

3

 

2h/w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Law-FLD

 

 

 

(L1) Relations Internationales (lecture)           

3

24h/sem

 

(L1) Relations Internationales (tutorial)          

3

12h/sem

 

 

 

Political Science-ESPOL

 

 

 

Partis politiques et systèmes partisans en Europe  

2

16h/sem

 

Origines intellectuelles de la construction européenne  

3

24h/sem

 

Political sociology*

3

24h/sem

 

Introduction to sociology*

3

24h/sem

 


 

 

Political sociology of the economy*   

3

24h/sem

 

Migrations & Immigrations in Europe*

2

16h/sem

 


 

 

Introduction to the Law and Institutions of the EU*

3

24h/sem

 

Public opinion and attitudes toward the EU*

2

16h/sem
               

 

Other Courses at La Catho

Beyond the suggested clusters above, students may create their own course clusters from the class offerings found at La Catho. Students will be responsible for getting these course clusters approved by the appropriate VU department. The different academic departments at La Catho can be found on the University website and through the course catalog search function.

In addition, the UCL website offers a general overview of the individual departments/faculties and students can use this information to find additional course information. 

In particular, many interesting classes are taught in the FLSH department/faculty. All courses with an E3 code are taught in French and are recommended for international students.

Housing

All Villanova students will be housed in individual rooms in one of four co-ed on campus residences. In order to make each and every student’s immersion as complete as possible, no more than one Villanova student will be housed on each residence floor. Each room comes with a sink, a desk, and a fridge. Dorms offer shared bathrooms on every floor.

A light breakfast including a drink, French bread, butter and jam is served at no additional charge every morning from 7am to 9am. Washer and dryer in every dorm. Each dorm will also have a student lounge, study room, computer room, and shared kitchen open 24 hours a day. Students are responsible for their own dishes, which they bring back to their room after each meal. WiFi is available in every dorm. Each floor has its own RA (or rather RE : Responsable d’Étage). Access to dorms is secured by key or pass.

More information about living in Lille can be found in the Lille guide for International Students: Passeport pour Lille.

Sports

Students can take advantage of the gyms on campus and participate in group exercise classes. There are also a wide variety of sporting clubs on campus for social engagement.

Transportation

Each month, students will purchase a public transportation pass that gives them access to Lille’s comprehensive bus, subway, and tram system.  Once in Lille, students may also enroll in the V’lille bicycle sharing program for a yearly cost of 24.00 €. Details on the bike sharing program can be found in French on the program website.

Tentative dates - Fall 2014 semester
Do not book flights based on these dates

Event Date
Application due to OIS Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Departure from US Sunday, August 24, 2014
Arrival in France Monday, August 25, 2014
Program ends/Departure from Lille Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tentative dates - Spring 2015 semester
Do not book flights based on these dates

Event Date
Confirmation of intent to apply (for visa letters) Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Application due to OIS Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Departure from US
For students who have chosen Economics faculty classes
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Arrival in France
For students who have chosen Economics faculty classes
Friday, January 2, 2015
Departure from US - all other students Sunday, January 4, 2015
Arrival in France - all other students  Monday, January 4, 2015
VU Program starts Wednesday, January 6, 2015
Program ends/Departure from Lille Saturday, May 30, 2015

 

Apply Now!

* Student Application Form Lille 14-15.doc
Due to the Office of International Studies by April 15 for the fall 2014 semester
* Villanova in Lille - Language Assessment Form.pdf
Please give language assessment form to your most recent French professor. The professor will return the form to you in a sealed envelop and you will submit to the OIS with the rest of your application.
* Lille Cost Worksheet 14-15.pdf
Estimated Costs for a Semester in Lille
Where in the world is Lille?
Where in the world is Lille?
National University of Galway, Ireland
National University of Galway, Ireland

Villanova University and the National University of Galway, Ireland

Villanova University's Center in Galway demonstrates the University’s acknowledgement of and commitment to an increasingly global world. Villanova's program in Galway was established during the academic year 2001-2002, and has had significant success in introducing students to the the many facets of life in modern Ireland. Since 2001, over 300 Villanova students have spent a semester studying at NUI Galway.

With the program, Villanova students are guided through their semester or year-long studies by our Resident Director Dr. Mary O’Malley Madec who will assist students in coordinating and implementing their on-site orientation, registration, and be the on-site liaison between Villanova University and NUI Galway. Dr. O'Malley Madec also teaches the Villanova Irish Studies course with is a hallmark of a Villanova Semester program.

NUI Galway is able to fulfill the enrollment needs of most Villanova University majors including many specific Business and Engineering requirements, as well as a full list of Liberal Arts courses.

In addition to academics, the Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec also coordinates field trips and points students in the proper direction for many extracurricular activities. Returning students have regaled the Office of International Studies with stories of anything from joining local rugby teams to volunteering in the local community!

Academics

All Villanova students studying at NUI Galway for the semester are automatically enrolled in the Irish Studies Seminar IS4100, which it taught by resident director Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec. This required course makes full use of the surrounding city by complementing weekly seminars on such topics as Celtic Ireland, Irish music and dance, and contemporary Irish society, with numerous study trips to area historical sites and towns. Since this course is interdisciplinary, it may count towards various requirements depending on the students' interests and academic needs, including but not limited to the Irish Studies Concentration. Upon successful completion of this IS4100 class, Villanova students will be awarded a letter grade which will count towards their official GPA.

In addition to the IS4100 course, students are required to register in 4 additional courses chosen from a wide-range of subjects taught at NUI Galway.  A preliminary course selection is organized with each student's OIS advisor prior to departure, however official enrollment does not occur until students arrive on site in Galway during orientation.  Information on specific class offerings can be found on NUI Galway's website. All courses taught at NUI Galway will be awarded transfer credit and will not affect Villanova GPA.

The academic environment at NUI Galway is different than that at Villanova. Most classes will be held in a larger lecture style setting and students will be expected to keep up with the readings and the assignments.  Often, classes will only have one or two exams or papers which will be the basis for a student's entire grade. This type of learning demands that students take individual responsibility for their coursework.

More information about academic and cultural life in Galway can be found in NUI Galway's Handbook for Visiting North American Students.

Housing and Meals

Most Villanova University students choose to live at the Gort na Coiribe student village. These accommodations are fully integrated, allowing students to truly immerse themselves in Irish life by living with other Irish and international students. Gort na Coiribe occupies a prime central site at the Headford Road roundabout in Galway. Only a short distance from Eyre Square and approximately 15 minutes walk from the University, Gort na Coiribe provides the perfect location for both the academic and social aspects of a student’s life in Galway.

Villanova University will work with accepted students to submit a separate housing application to Gort na Coiribe. However, once a student is offered placement at Gort na Coiribe, all housing deposits and semester payments will be made directly to Gort na Coiribe.  Estimated housing costs for a semester can be found on the Gort na Coiribe website. 

While living at Gort na Coiribe, students are responsible for buying and cooking all meals. The kitchen in each house/apartment contains an oven, fridge and microwave and is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. There is a grocery store right across the street from Gort na Coiribe. Food services are also available at the university. The Living room contains settees, dining table and chairs and TV with remote control, multi-channel TV and an incoming telephone service with voicemail is fitted in each house/apt. All rooms include Ethernet connections as well. Each property is also supplied with a Hoover, Iron and Ironing Board. Although linens and towels are not provided, our students have found that it is very easy to purchase them at the shopping center across the street from Gort na Coiribe, and makes luggage much lighter!

Additional Programming Option

Students participating in the NUI Galway semester program have the exclusive opportunity to take courses at the National University of Ireland, Galway during the semester and add on a six-week internship in Dublin during the summer months. Students are not required to participate in this opportunity, but it is available to all those who study at NUI Galway for the semester.

The Dublin internship offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of their choosing.  While placement in a particular industry cannot be guaranteed, internships may be available in the following fields:

  • Arts/Architecture/Arts Administration
  • Business/Economics (Finance & Accounting internships are not widely available) 
  • Politics/International Relations
  • Comparative Law
  • International Organizations
  • Health/Human Services
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Film/Radio/Television
  • Journalism
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality Administration

Participating students will be interviewed both prior to departure and upon arrival in Dublin to determine the appropriate internship placement.  Students will need to submit a CV and be prepared to talk about their past work experiences and future career goals and interests.  While placement in an internship is guaranteed, placement at a particular company or industry cannot be guaranteed.  Students should prepare to be flexible during the internship placement process. Upon successful competition of the internship, participating students will be awarded an 'S' and gain 3-credits towards either BA2002 Global Business Internship or LA2993 Liberal Arts Internship.

Dublin Internship Orientation and Social Program

Villanova University’s partner-organization, EUSA, will provide a one-week on-site orientation for students upon arrival to Dublin.

In addition, EUSA will provide a basic social program that will be available to students during the course of the program. This will include a tour of the city, a welcome reception and optional excursions.

EUSA’s Dublin office provides management and support to students for the duration of the program. A EUSA program director will be the principal contact for students on issues of housing, safety, culture and social life in the city. The program director also will serve as the principal contact with the Villanova University campus.

The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and also will be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal or other emergencies.

Dublin Internship Housing

EUSA will provide seven weeks of centrally- located student housing in Dublin. Students will live in Shanowen Square, a student apartment complex especially designed for student use. The fully furnished apartments consist of 3 to 5 single bedrooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living area, Internet connections and on-site laundry facilities. Located approximately three miles from the Dublin city centre, across from the campus of Dublin City University in the Glasnevin/Santry neighborhood, Shanowen Square is well served by public transportation. Once students have been accepted to the program, EUSA will send housing registration.

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the Program if circumstances warrant.

Application Procedure
The Office of International Studies collects and forwards all NUI Galway applications directly to Ireland.  Completed applications are due to the Office of International Studies on the fall break or spring break deadlines and includes the following documents:

  1. Completed application for Admission as a Visiting Student form with photo.
  2. A copy of your birth certificate or a copy of your passport.
  3. Up-to-date original transcript (order online through MyNova)
  4. Letter of Recommendation: A character reference of a current date from a full time staff member at Villanova or other persons of standing who know you personally.
  5. Academic Referees: The names and contact information of two academic references to whom inquiries as to your academic standing may be addressed, if necessary. This contact information should be outlined on a simple word document.
  6. A statement (1-2 pages) as to how you see your proposed course of study at NUI Galway tying in with previous studies and your future academic/vocational objectives.

National University of Ireland, Galway
National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1849. It is one of the constituent colleges of NUI, the National University of Ireland. The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, about ten minutes walk from city center. It boasts academically strong programs of teaching and research throughout its seven Faculties, namely Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law.

Galway
Galway, the third largest city in Ireland, is now regarded by many as the cultural capital of Ireland. Throughout the year, Galway is a thriving center of theater, galleries, readings, and concerts ranging from classical to the best of Irish traditional music. Its natural attraction as a seaside resort is supplemented by events such as the Galway Arts Festival, which brings world-class performers to the city. Galway's location on the west coast places students in easy access to some of the richest and most complex aspects of Irish history.

* Cost Worksheet Galway 2013.pdf
For an breakdown of estimated costs for a semester in Galway, please see the Cost Worksheet.
Universita Degli Studi, Urbino, Italy
Universita Degli Studi, Urbino, Italy

Villanova University/ Universita degli Studi di Urbino. Urbino, Italy

Nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the city of Urbino played a significant role in the Italian Renaissance and offers a unique climate for Villanova students to participate in the Italian language, culture, and lifestyle for a year or a semester. For over 20 years, Villanova University has partnered with the University of Urbino (Universitá degli Studi di Urbino) to provide a summer program for students wishing to improve their language skills. From this longstanding partnership has come an exciting opportunity for Villanova students to study the Italian language and to enroll in courses directly at the University of Urbino, taught in English and in Italian, during the regular school year.

Academic Program

Villanova students who choose to spend a year or semester in Urbino will benefit from a program that combines intensive language study with coursework taught in English or in Italian, by one of the ten University of Urbino academic faculties. The academic program for Villanova students at the University of Urbino focuses on required language study and also offers a selection of Italian art, culture, history and business courses taught in English. Students with a prior knowledge of Italian may opt to enroll in one or more regular Italian-taught courses in any of the University’s ten academic departments. Because some content courses are offered in English, students do not need to possess a background in the Italian language to participate in this program, however it is highly recommended. Participating students should be willing to immerse themselves in the Italian language.

All Villanova students are required to complete a full-time course load for the semester including the pre-semester intensive Italian language, the Italian language course, the Villanova Italian Studies Seminar, and 2-3 additional courses.

  • REQUIRED - Villanova Italian Studies Seminar – ITA4130
  • REQUIRED - Pre-session Intensive Language course
  • REQUIRED - Language course during semester
  • Elective - (In English or Italian)
  • Elective - (In English or Italian)

Required Component - Villanova Italian Studies Seminar

The Villanova program in Urbino provides participating students with an opportunity to explore all aspects of Italian life, from the early years of the Renaissance to modern day issues that currently affect the country. To further emphasize the study of modern Italy, the Villanova Italian Studies Program offers a semester-long seminar series that covers a variety of topics related to contemporary Italian society. Sample topics include: the family, religion, immigration, politics, the educational system, and corruption. Villanova students will receive a letter grade that will count towards their GPA for this Italian Studies Seminar.

University of Cádiz, Spain
University of Cádiz, Spain

Villanova University / University of Cádiz

For over 20 years, Villanova students have spent the summer studying in the beautiful coastal city of Cádiz and now they have the opportunity to spend the entire semester exploring the Spanish language and culture.

Academics

Students enroll in a total of five courses during their time in Cádiz for a total of 15 Villanova credits. The courses are comprised of four main theme areas.  All students will enroll in at least one course from group A, and then choose the remainder of their classes from the other three groups, not taking more than two classes from each group.

GROUP A.  Spanish as a Foreign Language:
The courses aim at increasing language proficiency by developing all language skills (speaking, writing, reading).

  • SPA1131. Conversation and Composition (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): This course focuses on developing skills in Spanish through all types of oral and written compositions. Grammatical points will be emphasized to keep the grammar alive as students practice to use it.
  • SPA1132. Advanced Written and Conversational Spanish (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): The course focuses on developing communicative skills in Spanish through all types of oral, literary readings, and written productions, increasing the students’ vocabulary, syntax and difficult grammatical structures.
  • SPA1138. Advanced Specific Studies on Grammar I (3 CREDITS, 45 hours): A course that deals with specific grammar aspects of the Spanish language: morphology, syntax, etc.
  • SPA3412. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics II (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course will introduce the core disciplines of linguistics, the scientific study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Additional topics to be addressed include dialects, social aspects of language and language change.

GROUP B. Spanish and Latin American Literature
These courses examine works of the most representative writers of Spain and Latin America. At the same time, the courses will help develop students’ communicative skills through reading and discussion over a range of the literary texts under analysis.

  • SPA3513. Early Modern Spain Literature and Culture (3 CREDITS), 45 hours. The course aims to provide deep insight into the understanding of Spanish poetry as a dynamic and complex creative phenomenon. The course offers an inter-textual approach that tries to relate the world of popular poetry (oral poems arising from folk-songs) and the polished poetry by educated writers. It will determine the origin of poetic genres and how they developed from its origin in European mediaeval times to the diverse forms in Latin America.
  • SPA3923. Spanish Narrative from Cervantes to Muñoz Molina (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The connecting thread from the hybrid discourse of Cervante’s Novelas Ejemplares (‘Exemplary Novel’) to the late 19th century novel is essential in understanding the creation and development of the novel features in the Spanish language and in determining the complex relationship between story and fiction in novel writing.
  • SPA4140.Latin American Poetry and Narrative (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The start of a genuine Latin American literature in the early 20th century established the conventions and defined the way contemporary modernism developed in the following decades.
  • SPA3412. The Latin American Avant-Garde Movement, (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The experimentation and departure from the canon that took place at the beginning of last century gave rise to experimentation and continued until it reached its maturity in the eighties and nineties.

GROUP C. Sociology, Communication, Business:
These courses provide deep insight into contemporary cultural aspects of Spain, including its literature, art, history, geography, festivities, gastronomy, as well as current affairs, so as to help students shape their own opinion and take part in social and cultural debates.

  • PSC 4875 Culture, Ideological Context and Democracy: from the Republican Regeneration to Political Transition (Spain, 1931-1975), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). A good grasp of today’s Spain requires good understanding of its political development throughout the 20th century. This course focuses on the understanding of today’s Spanish society organization based on the period from pre-war political and philosophical regeneration and its intermittent stability until the democracy transition period.
  • SOC4000 Tradition, Identity and Interculturality in Today’s Spain (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course aims to reveal the key components underlying a culture, namely the Spanish culture which is built upon three different foundations: traditions and cultural conservatism, the quest for a unique identity but showing overlapping nationalities, and the renewed make up of religions and customs reflected in today’s immigration.
  • COM3290 Representation, Image and Communication: Today’s Spanish Society (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Influenced by Romanticism, in the 20th century Spain became an iconographic repertoire which, through time, ended in the portrayal of the Spanish tipismo (portrayal of Spanish society’s customs). The main objective of the course is to provide students with the tools to critically identify the topics and realities of Contemporary Spanish and analyze to what extents today’s Spanish culture has its foundations in the memory of its own history, image and representations created from the foreigners’ perspective.
  • COM3490 Cross Cultural Marketing & Communication in Europe (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). This course focusses on the analysis and observation of the birth, development and consolidation of the disciplines of Marketing and Communication in the European socioeconomic environment.  The course studies both disciplines within a capitalist society that promotes mass communication and the emergence of commercial and management ventures.
  • COM3390 Designing Tourism Campaign in Media and Film (3 CREDITS, 45 hours).  This course centers around the evolution and economic structures of tourism, as well as the functioning of the variables that articulate the business sector. It will also show how Spain and Andalusia extends through images and media beyond our territory. The overall objective of the course revolves around the different phases that define the birth, evolution and consolidation of this process in order to reach the necessary skills to perform the contextual analyzes necessary for the development of touristic plans.
  • LA 2993/BA 2002 Business Internship (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). Our Internship Program offers several exchanges in a typical Spanish atmosphere. This program is thought to help the students to improve their linguistic skills in a business environment. The most important enterprises at the Bay of Cadiz are involved at the moment in this project. These companies are distributed in different sectors such us: naval, aeronautic, services, etc.
  • ECONOMICS OF THE STRAIGHT OF GIBRALTAR (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) (in development)
  • GLOBAL BUSINESS (3 CREDITS, 45 hours) (in development)

GROUP D. History, Art & Cultural Studies.
The courses seek to provide the students with an analytical and thoughtful view on the most important landmarks in contemporary history and other disciplines of Spain. They also seek to encourage and promote critical thinking over the aspects that shape Contemporary Spanish society.

  • HIS3950. Spain’s Cádiz Constitution of 1812 (Constitución Gaditana) and its repercussion on the constitutions of the Americas (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The new period after the French Revolution gave rise to the Constitution of 1812; a Carta Magna that set the basic principles underlying modern democracy and served as a model for the organization of the Americas’ states. The aim of the course is to analyze such a process from a historical, social and political approach.
  • HIS3950. The Al-Andalus Civilization throughout its texts (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The main objective of the course is to provide students with an insight into the most important aspects of al-Andalus through its texts, both original Arab written texts and their translations that stemmed from this culture.
  • AAH 3009. History of Spain throughout its artistic manifestations (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The course focuses on the most significant landmarks in the Spanish history and their related artistic manifestations.
  • CST3100. Spanish Exile: artistic and editorial activities in Latin America (1937-1977), (3 CREDITS, 45 hours). The Spanish Civil War and the postwar years interrupted a process of cultural regeneration in Spain. However artistic production kept alive in the exile of many intellectuals, especially in the United States, México and Argentina. This course analizes the artistic and literary legacy of Spanish writers in their American exile in their most representative manifestations: popular and children theater, Spanish oral tradition, journalism, fiction and the fine arts. It will also study the material conditions in which the exile culture developed.

Villanova students will receive a letter grade from A to F from the Instructors at the University of Cádiz.  According to OIS policies students will receive transfer credit for these classes upon receiving a ‘C’ grade or better.  The OIS will ensure that these courses are posted on the Villanova students’ academic transcript with the appropriate Villanova University course equivalency, but the Cádiz classes will not impact the VU GPA.  Upon program completion official transcripts shall be issued and submitted to the OIS by the University of Cádiz. 

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