Study Abroad in Galway
National University of Ireland, Galway
NUI Galway is an Instant Response program
Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the NUI, Galway as your destination. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What NUI Galway has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about NUI, Galway by visiting their website.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Are there any special courses at NUI Galway?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
Please indicate the subject areas in which you would like to take courses on the appropriate lines of the departmental preference form. Generally, you must have some background in the subjects you wish to study overseas. Nominate only those subjects for which you are academically prepared.
Please note the following special circumstances:
NUI, Galway imposes a higher tuition fee for courses in sciences and some other laboratory courses. If this fee applies to you, the payment is your responsibility. Students who enroll in two or more courses classified as science, engineering or another laboratory course will be charged an additional fee. These fees can be found under the fee table located under the Dates & Fees tab of this page.
Mix of Arts/Commerce & Science/Engineering - Visiting Students
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
1 ECTS credit = .5 U.S. credit hours
RegistrationThe course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Registration occurs on campus after a two-week trial period, which is similar to the add/drop period in the U.S. Students sit in classes before registering.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full NUI, Galway course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
ExamsWhat do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
TranscriptsHow will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at NUI Galway. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
Menlo Apartments and Gort na Coiribe offer mostly double rooms, but single rooms are available upon request and will incur a supplemental fee.
Both Gort na Coiribe and Menlo Apartments are within walking distance of the NUI, Galway campus and the center of Galway city. Each self-catering flat/apartment accommodates three to six students in double rooms. You will share a bedroom as well as a bathroom, kitchen facilities and living/dining areas in both complexes. Kitchens are fully equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery.
When Menlo and Gort na Coiribe housing are full, students will be placed in off-campus apartments at Dunaras VIllage. Each flat accommodates three to six students in single study bedrooms and is equipped with basic cooking facilities, shared living area, TV and Internet access. Bed linens are provided. Please note that this housing may include a supplemental fee.
You must supply your own linens (sheets and towels), which can be purchased upon arrival in Ireland. Duvets and pillows will be provided. There are phones for incoming calls in every bedroom. There are also public pay phones located onsite at each complex. You may also purchase call cards at the Reception of each student village to make outgoing calls from your bedroom phone. Rates to the U.S. vary per minute and using the specific calling cards available is the only way you can make outgoing calls from your room. (See your Preparing to Study Abroad guide for information about telephone services in Ireland.)
Rooms are equipped with Internet connections, a free service. You must speak to the on-site staff when you have moved in to get your Internet connection set up. If you bring a laptop, insure it before you go
There are no meal plan options for NUI, Galway. Students will have kitchens in their accommodations to cook thier meals.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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Summer ProgramNUI, Galway offers a summer program!
What the NUI Galway summer program has to offer
For more information on the summer program, please click here.
Study abroad students can learn more about Irish culture through three exciting community-based learning opportunities:
Here's what one IFSA-Butler 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 making 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! The students that attend homework help have been recommended by their teachers to participate because their homework is rarely ever completed due to certain home situations. These kids create a bond to you as a helper and you create a special bond with them as well! At the end of the year the college students throw a party for the kids, as well as give the school a gift by fundraising throughout the semester. It is an incredible opportunity to give to a community that is sharing so much with you, and is a special way to feel further connected to the place you'll be living for the semester or year. I highly recommend applying for this course; it was my favorite experience while abroad."