NUI Galway launches Marine Science and Biology Programme for visiting international students

Pictured on board the Celtic Explorer launching the new Marine Science and Biology Study Abroad programme are l-r: J.B. Terrins, International Affairs Office, Alina Wieczorek, PhD Student, Professor Mark Johnson, Ryan Institute, Sophia Wassermann, PhD student, Professor Louise Allcock, Ryan Institute and Professor Donal Leech, Dean, College of Science, NUI Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Pictured on board the Celtic Explorer launching the new Marine Science and Biology Study Abroad programme are l-r: J.B. Terrins, International Affairs Office, Alina Wieczorek, PhD Student, Professor Mark Johnson, Ryan Institute, Sophia Wassermann, PhD student, Professor Louise Allcock, Ryan Institute and Professor Donal Leech, Dean, College of Science, NUI Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon

NUI Galway’s International Affairs Office and College of Science have just announced a tailor-made programme in Marine Science and Biology for international students coming to Galway for a semester or year for a study abroad experience.

The practice-based programme focuses on marine life and environments, and the biological principles that underlie the science of the sea. Students will gain an understanding of how marine life is distributed and evolves, and how it is affected by human activity in the unique marine environment of Galway Bay and further afield.

JB Terrins, International Mobility Manager at NUI Galway’s International Office, said the marine environment is all around us in Ireland, and Galway is internationally renowned for its marine research and teaching.

“NUI Galway has been hosting visiting university students, most typically from the US, for over 30 years, and this programme recognises an increasing demand for science courses in specialisms for which it is known globally.”

Professor Mark Johnson from the Ryan Institute and Head of the Marine Science programme at NUI Galway, says: “We are the only university in Ireland to offer an undergraduate degree in Marine Science, and Galway has the highest concentration of marine scientists in Ireland. This includes researchers in NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute, our Marine Research Station in Carna, County Galway, and colleagues in the Marine Institute in Oranmore. The work ranges from studying the science of marine ecosystems to co-operation with industry and state agencies on how to work with the sea.”

For more information about the new Marine Science and Biology Study Abroad programme, contact Dr Cyril Reddington, International Affairs Office, NUI Galway at [email protected] or 091 492105.

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