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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Autumn Semester 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship, you must apply by the priority deadline of May 15th

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Information:
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  Location   Galway, Ireland
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-25 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   Instruction in English
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  October 31 (Spring Semester)
  General   This program is geared to students who
  want to fully immerse themselves in the life
  and culture of Irish society and student life.
  Worthy of particular distinction is the
  University's Celtic Studies Program offering
  classes in the language, literature, history
  and civilization of Celtic peoples.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations


Where You Will Study

The City of Galway, with a population of 73,000 (20% of whom are students), is rich in culture, activity and charm. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Ireland offering all the conveniences of a modern city while maintaining the appeal and traditions of a small town. A particular feature of Galway's cultural opulence is the tight link between its present and past. Time-honored festivals, music, songs, art and other customs continue to be observed and performed, and it is common to overhear everyday conversations in traditional Gaelic. Galway's allure, however, extends far beyond its metropolitan borders; characterized by some of the world's most scenic coastline and replete with beautiful lakes, bogs and mountains, the city's natural environs are spectacular and ripe for exploration.



Founded in 1845, the National University of Ireland, Galway, has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and scholarship. In all, the University has seven Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science.

With a student population of 15,000 the National University of Ireland, Galway offers an invigorating atmosphere in which to study. Superb academics co-exist with an active social atmosphere both on campus and off. The Student Union supports more than eighty campus societies and clubs catering to a diverse array of interests while the city nightlife is typical of a "college town". The University's prime location on the River Corrib and proximity to the Connemara also provide excellent opportunities for a variety of water sports, mountaineering, and other recreational pursuits.

When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Ireland are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized and structured compositions of Irish curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations.

In general, Irish universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Although many Irish courses are designed as full-year units, most allow students the option to enroll on a semester or per-term basis. Irish university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are smaller discussions with the professor teaching the course.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

NUI Galway course Information

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges and affiliated programs



Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Ireland but are encouraged to apply for university accommodations. Student housing is an exceptional way to meet Irish students and to integrate into campus life. Although university housing is not guaranteed, most international student applications are accepted.

Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls, to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not choose to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or apartments.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

UW students have a unique opportunity to pay Galway's tuition directly to Galway at the EU-student rate. Although currency exchange rates vary, the EU student rate has, historically, been the rough equivalent of in-state tuition at the UW.

An IPE administrative fee will be charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on  Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This program also requires the completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the National University of Ireland-Galway program, click on the link below.

National University of Ireland Galway Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email