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Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 3. Junior
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm, shannonq
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Location Galway, Ireland
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20-25 UW credits per semester
Prerequisites Junior standing or above by time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester / 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.
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.


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.


Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will receive approx. 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.


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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



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.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.