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Ireland: National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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National University of Ireland, Galway


Program Information | Requirements | Academics | Support Services | Housing | Cost Estimates | Resources

Program Information

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.


nui galway campus

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:

NUI Galway Course Offerings

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.  

Support Services

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, provids support services and advice for all overseas students.



Students participating on the NUI Galway program arrange housing independently. While there is an Accommodation Office at NUI Galway, the actual University has no housing of their own. While it is possible to arrange housing prior to arrival in Galway, many students also decide to book their accommodation upon arrival. Please note that if you decide not to find accommodation upon arrival, we recommend that you arrive *at least* one week prior to the start of your term to search for adequate housing.

There are two housing options from which to choose:

1. Pre-book accommodation prior to arrival:  You must book these ASAP as space is limited and quite competitive. To find out more information on these options, please visit: Privately Run Student Housing Options in Galway

2. If you'd prefer to choose your housing upon arrival, there are many furnished apartments located in the heart of the city from which to choose from.  Please note there is a lot of competition for housing and it may take more than a week to find suitable housing in Galway. For more information these options, please click here:

Accommodation Office at NUI Galway

Meals will vary according to the option you chose. While on campus, NUI Galway has several relatively inexpensive cafeterias but does not offer meal plans. In most cases you will be expected to purchase and cook food on your own.



1. Costs for students taking coursework in the Arts/Commerce departments: 

Ireland Galway Arts&Commerce Cost Estimate for Exchange Students 2015-2016

If you are taking a majority of your courses in Science OR Engineering, the costs will be higher. Please contact the Office of International Education for a cost estimate. 

Some students may have the opportunity to attend Galway as an exchange student if studying in the Art/Commerce departments. This option is competitive as the costs are significantly lower.  For 2014-15, up to four students (depending on the length of their program) will be sent as exchange students.  Other qualified students will be accepted but will pay the non-exchange prices.
Ireland Galway Science&Engineering Cost Estimate 2015-2016
Ireland Galway Arts&Commerce Cost Estimate for Non-Exchange Students 2015-2016

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid


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!

NUI Galway Homepage

Studying at NUI Galway

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 04/01/2015
Rolling Admission 09/01/2015 12/18/2015
NOTE: **Insurance dates: 8/25/2015-12/25/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015
Rolling Admission 09/01/2015 05/11/2016
NOTE: **Insurance dates: 8/25/2015-6/3/2016
Spring 2016 10/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2016 05/11/2016
NOTE: **Insurance dates: 1/3/2016-6/3/2016
Fall 2016 04/01/2016 04/15/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 04/01/2016 04/15/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed