“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
SPRING : October 15
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
Student, New Zealand
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
“I enjoyed study abroad the most when I got courage to speak at my first poetry SLAM, befriend a fanzine publisher, and speak up (in my broken Spanish) in my film class. Having the courage to own who I am made me feel good.
Unpacked: Student Stories
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