Students who choose to study at National University of Ireland-Galway, will find a welcoming university in the heart of the city of Galway. NUI Galway's close proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht, the largest Irish-speaking area in the country, provides a unique dimension to the campus. The regular use of the Irish language is an established part of social and academic life, while the city and university reflect the rich cultural ambience of a bilingual environment. Galway has a multitude of classes open to international students, and is home to numerous student organizations, clubs, and sports groups to help students make Galway their home. This program is available for the academic year, fall semester, and spring semester.
During the summer, students may study in the NUI Galway International Summer School. In this summer program, students choose the Irish Studies track to study Ireland through film, literature, archaeology, creative writing, history, fine and applied arts, and political science.
Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Where you will study
Established in 1845 as Queen's College Galway, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. With 17,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence.
Being a university city of 72,000 residents, Galway is a lively energetic place throughout the year. The University, situated not far from the heart of Galway, enjoys a central location in the city. During the academic year, 15% of the population of the city consists of students.
NUI Galway has over 80 societies and sport organizations for students to join. This is one of the best ways to meet other Irish students. The university also has an indoor/outdoor recreation area that offers playing courts for a variety of sports. Being located on the banks of the River Corrib provides students with excellent opportunities to take part in water sports such as rowing, kayaking, and canoeing. The hills and mountains of Connemara are also nearby for students who are interested in mountaineering or hiking.
NUI Galway embraces the holistic and individual development of each student, covering the intellectual, physical, social, and cultural domains. Students that attend NUI Galway for a semester or academic year and study in the College of Arts, Social Sciences or Celtic Studies, have a wide array of courses to choose from. To find which courses are open to visiting students, click here.
Please note that courses are NOT guaranteed to be available every semester. Participants are encouraged to be flexible with their course selection for study abroad.
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
Classes are generally delivered through lectures, which are normally held in large or medium-sized lecture halls, and which provide the foundations on which students are expected to explore further through independent reading.
Lectures are usually supplemented by smaller tutorials or seminar classes, which provide an opportunity for discussion in a smaller group setting.
All other visiting students, including those selecting classes in the Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences etc., are given a two week period at the beginning of each semester to sample the different classes on offer before making their final selections. In addition, visiting students are given a further ‘drop/add’ week.
All classes in this program will be taught in English.
NUI Galway has 40+ active sports clubs and 80+ societies (student organizations). Through clubs and societies you can meet new people, build friendships and improve your talents. Whatever your interests, NUI Galway is sure to have a club or society for you!
NUI Galway also runs a student volunteering programme. Over 1,200 registered student volunteer with opportunities to work on community projects in Ireland or abroad. You will receive a certificate in recognition of your volunteering work which will also look great on your CV/Resume.
International Summer School: Irish Studies
Spend a month in Galway, Ireland learning about the Irish history and culture! This course is an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines, a series of interdisciplianry seminars, and a broad range of elective courses. The interdisciplinary seminars focus on key themes in Irish Studies such as identity, emigration, and religion. Couses are accompanied by a series of field trips, designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules. For more information on the summer program, click here.
Students will earn a total of 6 credits (2 courses, 3 credits each). Assessment will be based on attendance and completion of appropriate assignments. All students are invited to apply - no pre-requisites needed.
Accommodations for the summer program are either in a family guest house or in a student residence located close to the university.
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International Student Office
The National University Ireland Galway has its own international student office to assist with local issues (class scheduling, housing, etc.) and to occasionally plan social events. Find out more about Galway’s international student office by clicking here.
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The Accommodation Service helps students find accommodation, provides advice on accommodation issues (e.g. letting agreements), tenant rights and obligations, and help in the event of a dispute. Fact sheets on a wide variety of accommodation issues are available from the service.
Students are offered the following accommodation options and are responsible for contacting accommodations to arrange housing:
Students cannot arrange housing until they have been officially accepted by Galway and have received their student ID number.
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Minimum Eligibility for ALL Terms:
Dates and Deadlines
- Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completed at least one semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the time of application
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1 .) The Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Application, which includes:
- 1 letter of recommendation - done electronically (must be an Illinois academic advisor, TA or professor)
- Personal essay questions
- Official transcript
- Online questionnaires
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.
Step 2.) The Host University Application, due (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):
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- If you are nominated by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to the National University of Ireland-Galway. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Program Contact Info
112 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Reception hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Please review the program dates table below:
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