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National University of Ireland, Galway
Our affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway offers students the opportunity to study a variety of liberal arts disciplines which provides integration into the university and fosters independence amongst our students. During the academic year, all students enroll directly into regular university courses, with native Irish students and other foreigners, in any area for which they are qualified to study.
Juniors, seniors, and second semester sophomores are eligible to apply for a semester or academic year abroad. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall.
You are expected to register for a full-time course load while in Galway. At NUI Galway, each class is typically worth 5 ECTS credits (3 SUNY credits). Students traditionally take 4-6 classes per semester totaling 12-18 credits. Most of our students attend courses in the Faculty of Arts, which offers courses in a variety of areas. For more information on course offerings, pleasevisit the NUI Galway course catalog:
General Education Information for UAlbany students: Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
Albany hosts a general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. You are encouraged to attend to learn more about our policies and in particular, your program abroad.
Once you arrive in Galway, the staff at NUI Galway organizes an on-site orientation to provide information and advice for international students. The orientation will give you practical information regarding life in Galway and will introduce you to the relevant academic and administrative offices at the University which are responsible for assisting you in course selection, registration, and housing arrangements; they also can advise you on extracurricular and social activities and health care. There is also an International Student Office which, provides support services and advice for all overseas students.
Furthermore, all students on the NUI Galway program will have onsite support provided by the CEA Onsite Director. CEA staff will provide ongoing support to students for any issues that may arise.
For students participating on the NUI Galway program housing is arranged
by UAlbany. Students will be housed in shared apartments or house within a short distance from all amenities and resources available through NUI Galway. Apartments may be co-ed and may be shared with non-SUNY students, international students, and Irish students. Most students will be placed in a twin room. All apartments are equipped with a fully functional kitchen with basic appliances and utensils.
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Galway has a rich history and still retains the charming character of a medieval city. Both a university town and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city makes Galway particularly attractive to students and toursits alike. Galway is also one of the few areas where you will still hear the native Celtic tongue. We encourage you to learn more about Ireland and the cultural capital of Galway!
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