National University of Ireland, Galway
Program Site: NUI Galway’s 260-acre campus, located along the banks of the River Corrib.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and completion of two years of college before the start of the program (NUIG does not count AP courses toward junior status). Second semester sophomores are welcome to apply.
Description: Galway is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Despite its relatively small size, it is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a rich history and large student population. Due to its support and celebration of the arts, Galway is considered the ‘Cultural Capital of Ireland’, and its large Irish-speaking community gives it a distinctive Gaelic dimension. Dublin is a three-hour train ride away, and Shannon is two hours away by bus; from both cities there are flights to continental Europe. From Galway airport there are daily flights to Scotland and England.
Founded in 1845, NUI Galway is in the top tier of research-intensive universities in Europe. Students are directly enrolled and study alongside Irish students.
Academics: Courses are available in a wide range of disciplines, from arts and humanities to business and the sciences. The university is particularly strong in Biomedical Engineering, Celtic Studies, English, Sociology, History and Classics. Interested students can also take Irish language courses.
Course load and Credit: Students take between 5 and 7 courses, depending on the field of study. The maximum number of units granted per semester is 15. Visiting students are strictly limited to courses published in the Visiting Student Handbook.
Activities and Other Program Features: Students are encouraged to take advantage of NUI Galway's Host Family Program and to participate in one of its over 50 clubs and sports teams. The Students’ Union organizes entertainment throughout the year, and NUIG is home to one of the main musical venues in the west of Ireland. Galway is also an excellent location for outdoor sports such as mountaineering, kayaking, rowing and sailing.
The university’s ALIVE program gives students the opportunity to become involved in the community and gain skills-based training. Volunteer positions include working with NGOs, the NUI Galway student newspaper and radio station, and with disadvantaged youth.
Accommodations: NUI Galway does not have on-campus housing nor does it own any student residences. However, its accommodation office can offer assistance in finding housing in student apartments and private residences. Housing is located throughout the city and most is a short walk or bike ride from campus.
Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from early September to mid December, spring semester runs from mid January to late May.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Arts (humanities and social sciences) Program:
Sciences & Engineering Program:
Cost Updated: 4/24/14
Text Updated: 7/11/12
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.