Is this Program Right for You?
Experience Ireland's lyrical landscape and vibrant city life firsthand! Find out for yourself how the emerald isle's population 'saved civilization' from barbarians thanks to diligent scribes, and how the country, crippled by a great potato famine, was able to rise to great prominence in the EU community. Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture, while studying at one of the country's most prominent institutions.
Established in 1845, the National University of Ireland, Galway
has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research. With over 160 years experience of academic excellence, this is one of Ireland's most popular universities. On the beautiful western coast of Ireland, NUI Galway is located in the heart of the historic city of Galway, Ireland's fourth largest city and a cosmopolitan, cultural center.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to participate in this program.
AU students directly enroll in NUI Galway for either a semester or for a full year and earn AU credit. AU students are completely integrated into life at NUI Galway, taking classes alongside Irish and international students. Students can select courses in a wide range of academic subjects and typically enroll in five courses per semester. Subjects range across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Sciences including some unique offerings in traditional Irish arts & culture. Course descriptions are available at NUI Galway's study abroad website.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Special Custom Classes for Visiting Students
--> Literacy and Learning in the Community is a new service learning class for Visiting Students from the United States at National University of Ireland, Galway. It comes back to AU as a 3 credit class and is delivered via a series of academic lectures, reflective seminars and over 20 hours of service at an after school homework club at a local elementary school. NUI Galway has long been recognized as the leading university in Ireland in the area of student volunteering and service learning. While visiting students have always had the option to take part in the universities volunteering programs, Literacy and Learning in the Community is a unique opportunity to earn credits through service learning. Learn more on their website!
--> Exploring the Indigenous Arts is class about indigenous Irish music, song and dance for visiting students from the United States. It offers students studying abroad at NUI Galway a practice-based opportunity to learn about indigenous Irish music, song and dance, set in the unique landscape of Connemara. The semester long class (worth 3 AU credits) seeks to analyze 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. The course is delivered via a two hour class each week at the main NUI Galway campus and two field trips to the Irish-speaking Connemara region west of Galway, where students take part in master workshops led by leading artists from the west of Ireland. Students also attend a series of lunchtime concerts on the main campus as part of the University’s Arts in Action program. Learn more on their website!
--> Exploring Irish Theatre is a credit bearing practice-based class with two elements: a critical examination of Irish theatre history including archive activities; and theatre practice including workshop in acting, playwriting and direction.
Life in Galway
Galway is a vibrant, thriving city on the west coast of Ireland. It has a population in excess of 80,000 people and while it has all the facilities of a major city, it has the security and friendliness of a small town. Western Ireland prides itself on being in the center of traditional Irish culture, language, music, and dance.
The university has a beautiful campus located in the center of the city and students live on campus or in the city. Galway is recognized as a student-friendly city, with students accounting for almost 20% of the population during the academic year. The campus itself is situated on a picturesque 250 acre site on the banks of the River Corrib, just a short 10 minute stroll from the center of Galway city - a very walkable town. The city hosts internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural and sporting events that are hosted in the city every year. The University's close proximity to Connemara and the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht region, provides a uniquely Irish dimension to the campus.
Housing and Meals
NUI Galway offers accommodation in various student residences on or near campus in Galway. AU students are housed alongside Irish students and other non-Irish students. Off-campus independent housing is also available. While there is no meal plan at NUI Galway, there are a variety of on-campus eateries open to students. Students will have access to kitchen facilities in the various student residences.
See the NUI Galway website for more information on accommodation options!
The NUI Galway program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the NUI Galway website for specific program dates.
* Fall Semester: September - December
* Spring Semester: January - May
* Academic Year: September - May
Check out other US students' perspective on life as a study abroad student in Galway.