IFSA National University of Ireland, Galway Partnership

Galway, Ireland


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About National University of Ireland, Galway

Soak up the bohemian atmosphere of Galway as you study in the coastal town known as the cultural heart of the country. From classes in Irish language, history and culture to science and engineering, NUI-Galway has something for you. In Ireland's "most Irish" city, you will surely feel welcome.

National University of Ireland, Galway Benefits

  • Youthful and lively city filled with art and music
  • Located in a Gaeltacht area, where the Irish language and culture is celebrated and preserved
  • Courses that focus on Irish history, arts, commerce, engineering or sciences 
  • An active Student Union that sponsors more than 50 social and cultural clubs and societies 

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at National University of Ireland, Galway Partnership


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the NUI Galway Semester Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Explore the available courses at NUI Galway by downloading the NUI Galway Visiting Student Handbook: Fall and the NUI Galway Visiting Student Handbook: Spring. These handbooks show available courses and credits in the previous year, as well as website links to additional course details.


Credit Conversions

At NUI, Galway, a full course load consists of 30 ECTS credits for the semester (equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours).

1 ECTS credit = .5 U.S. credit hours


Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
French is available only to students who have previous knowledge of the language. First-year (i.e. yearlong) courses in Spanish, German, and Italian are available for beginners. Students interested in studying a language at NUI, Galway should be aware that it is difficult to determine what level they should enroll in until they have experienced the language teaching at the university.
Visiting students may take only one English seminar per semester and admission to seminar courses is limited.
Visiting students are restricted in the number of courses they can take.
First Year Courses
Most first-year (i.e. freshman year) courses are offered on a yearlong basis only. Full-year students may enroll in first, second, and third year classes; however, students applying for a semester program are generally limited to second- and third-year classes.
Experiential Learning
Learn more about Irish culture by taking one of three exciting community-based learning opportunities for 2.5 Bulter University US semester credit hours:
Exploring the Indigenous Arts 
This class offers students a practice-based opportunity to learn about indigenous Irish music, song and dance, set in the unique landscape of Connemara. The course analyzes Irish identity and history, and its current position within a global context, and to examine the impact that Irish culture has had on the development of music, song and dance globally. Students from any discipline are welcome to take this course. Weekly concerts and field trips are included.
Exploring Irish Theater
This course allows students to explore Irish theatre and performance, through both classroom-based and practical activities. Students form an understanding of the distinctive characteristics of Irish theatre, analyzing works of writers from W.B. Yeats to Martin McDonagh and beyond. They consider critically the history of Irish theatre through hands-on, archives-based activities and develop practical skills by engaging in workshops that cover acting, playwriting, direction and more. No prior experience of Irish theater is needed, nor is it necessary to have any experience with acting.
Service Learning Course in Literacy and Learning in the Community
Here's what one IFSA student had to say about her service learning experience: "The servicing learning class is a great opportunity to get more involved in the Galway community as well as make friendships that will last forever. The people I met in the service learning course became some of my best friends abroad because we shared such a unique bond. The class is very small and hands on; students go into the local primary school at least once a week and work with different age groups on their homework for the night. It is only one hour long, but the memories created during these short times will last a lifetime!"
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at National University of Ireland, Galway Partnership
Accounting American/Canadian Studies Anatomy/Physiology Animal Science Archaeology Art History Asian Studies Astrophysics Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics Communications Community Studies Computer Science Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Earth Science Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering English English Literature European History European Studies Finance Foreign Language, Other French Geography Geology German Health Administration/Management History Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Information Technology International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Irish/Gaelic Italian Latin Law/Legal Studies Literature Management Management Information Systems Marine Science/Oceanography Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medieval History Molecular and Cellular Biology Occupational Therapy Organizational Management Philosophy Philosophy of Science Physics Policy Studies/Public Policy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Psychology Spanish Statistics Theater/Drama Women and Gender Studies World History Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
There are no meal plan options for NUI, Galway. Students will have kitchens in their apartment/flat to cook meals.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kendall Hook

Program Advisor - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Maria Keane

Resident Director, Ireland

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 2, 2019
Program End Date
December 21, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Housing is based on a shared room in Menlo Park Apartments or a shared room with a shared bathroom at Corrib Village. Students incur a supplemental fee if placed in a single room at Menlo Park Apartments ($550), a room with a Jack and Jill bath at Corrib Village ($1100), or a room with a ensuite bath at Corrib Village ($1300), NUI-Galways charges higher fees for certain courses. Students enrolled in two or more science or engineering courses will incur a supplemental fee of approximately $2,175.   Please Note: There is an affordable housing shortage in many parts of Ireland, and student housing is particularly limited. We cannot guarantee that all students can be accommodated in our standard housing, and in some cases a supplemental fee may be unavoidable.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 6, 2020
Program End Date
May 9, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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