Study Abroad

IFSA National University of Ireland: Galway

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


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

Inclusive Ireland Scholarships – New for Fall 2021 study abroad, these scholarships are specifically for BIPOC students to study abroad in Ireland.

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 the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

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

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

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


Provided by IFSA

Number of Students

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

Housing/Meal Plans


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


Additional Resources

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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