Study Abroad

National University of Ireland: Galway

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


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.

GPA exceptions may be made if the student has a higher GPA in the intended area of study in Ireland.

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.


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


Students receive a day of orientation to Ireland and the University system.

Number of Students

Approximately 13,000 undergraduates of whom 1,000 are international students.

Housing/Meal Plans

Student Residences – There are 8 student residences, one of which is located on campus (Corrib Village). Corrib Village has 100 beds reserved for incoming study abroad students every year. The other student residences are off campus, but within walking distance of the university. Students are strongly recommended to apply for housing as soon as they receive an admissions 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 15
  • Semester II: October 15

Faculty Contact

Phil Meneely