Study Abroad

National University of Ireland: Galway

  • Location: Galway, Ireland
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


Galway, with a population of 65,000, is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and one of Europe’s fastest growing urban centers. Located on the west coast of Ireland, near the sea, it is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with a thriving cultural and commercial community. The campus itself is situated on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway, on a most attractive site.

  • Visa:

    Required after arrival in Ireland. Students must register with the Garda Siochana (Police) in the area in which they reside within three months of arrival in Ireland. There is a €300 fee for registering.

    Non-US citizens should consult with National University of Ireland: Galway and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Students pay NUI Galway room and board fees directly to NUI Galway.

This program has a firm 3.0 GPA requirement. Some departments may have a higher than minimum GPA requirement.

Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives onsite. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Academic Credit

Courses (also called Modules) are credited in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The ECTS protocol allocates 60 credits for a full academic year’s work, and 30 credits to a semester’s work. Most students can expect to take 5 -7 courses per semester, depending on the ECTS awarded for the courses. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.

The intensive Irish/Gaelic course will fulfill the language requirement.

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 can be supplemented by smaller tutorials or seminar classes which provide an opportunity for discussion in a smaller group setting.


Admission as a visiting student is granted in Faculties and subject areas. Comprehensive academic advisory system to help students select courses. Offers non-credit Irish Language classes.


Course Highlights

Accountancy and Finance, Anatomy, Archeology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Cities, Classics, Classical Civilization, Computer Science, Economics, Education Engineering, English, French, Geography, Geology, German, Greek (Ancient), Health Studies, History, Information Systems, Information Technology, Italian, Latin, Legal Science, Management, Marketing, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Nursing, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Oceanography, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies and Zoology.

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


In the week before term begins visiting students are given one half day of orientation dedicated to support services clubs and student societies, student health, counselling services, banking, student safety, volunteering, GNIB Registration (for Non-EU/EEA students). There follows consecutively a full day of academic orientation which includes comprehensive sessions on: classes on offer, prerequisites, timetables, venues, and examination arrangements. Fáilte (Welcome) Mornings are held each morning for one hour during the first week of term. These are informal gatherings attended by newly arrived international students and staff of the International Affairs Office, for the purpose of follow up questions and socializing.

Number of Students

Approximately 18,000 students of whom 1,000 are international students.

Housing/Meal Plans

NUI Galway reserves a limited number of beds for visiting students in its on-campus accommodationGoldcrest Village (opened September 2018) and Corrib Village, both walking distance to the central campus.

Students are strongly recommended to apply for housing as soon as they receive an dmissions decision.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 




Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

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