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BME Galway Summer Program, Galway Ireland

Galway Ireland

2024 BME Galway Summer Program

Program Dates
May 11 – July 20, 2024
(arrival and departure dates)



Program Fee*: $6,500
(includes 4 days of meals per week, housing, field trips, and mandatory insurance)
Tuition: $341.93/credit hour (undergraduate)
Student Fees: $107

*Airfare not included. Students make their own flight arrangements.


Program Description

The West of Ireland has become the European capital for the healthcare and medical device industries. The majority of the companies (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Abbott, etc.) are international. This program, a collaboration between the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and the University of Galway, seeks to leverage this remarkable concentration of medical device companies. It is designed for students who are interested in an international experience which enables them to combine classroom learning with field trips to medical device companies to learn first-hand their R&D and manufacturing practices.


Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Enrollment in the program is capped at 70 students. The application is not considered complete until a $500 application fee is paid. This fee is applied toward the program fee.


The program is based at the University of Galway. Since the University opened the doors of the Quadrangle in 1845, the campus has been constantly evolving to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students. The main campus today has more than 90 buildings on 260 acres of land situated on the banks of the River Corrib. Classes for this program will be held in one of the newest of those buildings, the Engineering Building, which was voted by architects as the favorite new building in Ireland in 2012.

Galway, Ireland, has a unique combination of a bustling city and a thriving university, which means it has something to offer everyone and caters to young people like few other places. Galway was recently ranked as the top destination to visit in Ireland by The Lonely Planet Guide. They describe Galway as being steeped in history yet with a contemporary vibe.

Students benefit from all the facilities that a modern city has to offer, including extensive shopping outlets and entertainment venues, two cinemas, cafes and restaurants, nightclubs and an abundance of music venues. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.

Galway is a great sporting city — from horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, motorsports, greyhound racing, and more. The city has hurling and Gaelic football teams at all levels, and major matches are played at Pearse Stadium located in the city.

Galway is renowned for its natural beauty, including its Mountain Ranges with the Twelve Bens dominating the Connemara skyline. There are many islands off the coast, including the popular Aran Islands. Galway has lots of freshwater lakes, with trout and salmon in abundance. County Galway has several Blue Flag beaches. Galway is also home to the greatest array of castles in Ireland, some in ruin, but some magnificently restored.


  • BMED 2400R Intro to Bioengineering Statistics, May 13 – June 14 (asynchronous), Dr. Mitchell, prereqs MATH 1552 & CS 1301/1371
  • BMED 3310R Biotransport, May 13 – July 19, Drs. Chang & Blumling, prereqs MATH 2551 & MATH 2252 & BMED 2110 & PHYS 2211 & CS 1301/1371
  • BMED 3520R Biomedical Systems & Modeling, May 13 – July 19, TBA, prereqs BMED 2110 & BMED 3100 & MATH 2552 & CS 1301/1371
  • BMED 3600R Physiology of Cellular & Molecular Systems, May 13 – June 14, Dr. Gautam, prereq BMED 3100
  • BMED 4813R Tissue Engineering, June 17 – July 19, Dr. Davis, prereq BMED 3600
  • BMED 4823R Introduction to Neuroengineering, May 13 – June 14, Dr. Stanley, prereq w/concurrency BMED 2400
  • BMED 4833R Regulatory & Quality Issues Medical Device Development, June 17 – July 19, Dr. Hollister, prereq BMED 2310
  • BMED 4699R Undergraduate Research, (1, 2 or 3 credits)*


*Suitable only for students with an existing undergraduate research or masters project with permission from their mentor to continue to work on the project while in Galway. 

Scheduling Constraints

  • Students must register for a total of 9 to 12 credit hours. Note some financial aid providers will require students to be registered as a full-time student, i.e. ≥ 12 credit hours.

  • Students require the permission from the program director to withdraw from courses.

Payment Schedules and Cancellation Policy

  • February 1, 2024 - Application deadline ($500 application fee applied to program fee)

  • February 9, 2024 - 1st payment of program fee ($3,000) is due

  • March 8, 2024 - 2nd payment of program fee ($3,000) is due


Tuition and student fees are due on the dates published on the Bursar's Calendar.

Students who choose not to participate after being accepted into the program will be subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • Students canceling prior February 9, 2024, will forfeit their application fee**

  • Students canceling between February 10 and April 12, 2024, must pay 50% of the program fee (i.e. $3250)**

  • Students canceling after April 12, 2024, must pay 100% of the program fee** 

**unless their place in the program can be filled by a student on the waitlist.


Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. 


For more information contact Professor Paul Benkeser.