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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Housing options: Residence Hall Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

National University of Ireland, Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway first opened its doors on October 30, 1849 and was built at the height of the famine as part of a public works relief scheme. Now, with over 16,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and especially Celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science. Each year NUI Galway welcomes over 1,500 international students from more than 95 countries across the globe.


Located on the western coast of Ireland, Galway itself is often regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is a vibrant and cosmopolitan compact city where NUI Galway students are assured of a warm welcome. The city's lively arts and social scene, rich sporting culture, and reputation as a laid-back festival town mean there is something to suit all interests. Galway is close to the Connemara Gaeltacht, one of several Irish-speaking regions in Ireland, and the location also provides a perfect base for those who want to explore the rugged beauty of the West Coast of Ireland. Galway is well-connected to Dublin and other cities in the Irish Republic by train and bus. It also has a small airport serving flights within Ireland and to a small number of airports in the UK.

Courses & Credits

NUI Galway is a research-led university with internationally recognized expertise in a number of areas including internet technology, biomedical science and engineering, marine science, Celtic studies, human rights law, stem cell and gene therapy research, and environmental change. UNC-Chapel Hill students are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University and follow the same courses as regular NUI Galway students.

NUI Galway is organized by disciplinary schools located within the five Colleges, three of which UNC-Chapel Hill students will be able to take classes in:

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies,
  • College of Business, Public Policy and Law
  • College of Science.

NUI Galway will be of particular interest to English and Comparative Literature majors and minors given its research strengths in Chaucerian studies, theatre, Irish studies, women’s writing, post-colonial studies, and travel and periodical literature. Furthermore, The Centre for Irish Studies is a designated Area of Excellence at NUI Galway, providing specialization and distinction in Irish literature and language.

NUI Galway is on a semester-based course system, which facilitates transfer of credits back to UNC-Chapel Hill. Visiting students can expect to take 5 - 7 courses per semester and will receive transfer credit at UNC-Chapel Hill provided a grade of ‘C’ or better is achieved in each course. It is University policy that international students undergo the same assessment as NUI Galway degree students, and assessment is usually by end-of-semester examination or essay(s). And, like universities in the UK, instructors at NUI Galway expect students to take responsibility for their education, and reading lists and essay exams take the place of pop quizzes and multiple-choice tests.

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International students at NUI Galway will be offered accommodation in University approved residential housing. There are twelve housing options in the vicinity of the university campus and most offer self-catering options, although two provide full board accommodation. The student residences are in easy travel distance from campus on foot or via public transportation. The campus itself is situated on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the centre of Galway, and the original mid-nineteenth century University buildings are in a Tudor architectural style.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change. 
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.  
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad  
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/10/2021
09/16/2021 01/05/2022 05/06/2022
Fall 2022 02/10/2022
02/24/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/10/2022
03/05/2022 TBA TBA

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Apps for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1