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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/13/2020 05/08/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Other Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Established in 1845, National University Ireland (NUI), Galway is one of Ireland's oldest and most prestigious universities
  • Galway is popularly known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart and is one of Ireland’s most popular student cities with a strong tradition in the arts and music
  • International students can select classes from across the university in the Arts & Humanities, Business, Law, and Science & Engineering
  • In addition to regular courses offerings available to study abroad students at NUI Galway, students can also apply for a Literacy and Learning service learning course as well as an Indigenous Arts class

Program Overview

Galway is Ireland’s fourth largest city and the perfect college town – large enough to offer everything you would want in terms of shopping facilities, theatres, restaurants, music venues, sports facilities – but small enough to be able to get to know people and get around easily. Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is home to the world-renowned Druid Theatre Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company, and An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish language theatre company. Students account for approximately 20% of the population which gives Galway a young and vibrant feel. This creative energy of Galway is reflected in the many internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural, and sporting events that are hosted every year. Connemara, the Burren, and the Aran Islands are also major draws for visitors who come to see the Ireland of rugged countryside, castles, lakes and rivers and savor the unique atmosphere of its seafood restaurants, cafes and traditional Irish music pubs.

NUI Galway offers a wide range of internationally recognized degree programs in a welcoming academic community. Students pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs across five colleges:

  • Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
  • Business, Public Policy and Law
  • Engineering and Informatics
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Science


Visiting students typically take 5–6 modules (classes) per semester. *Students selecting 2 or more modules from the areas of Science and Engineering will be charged the higher program fee due to the higher tuition rate in these subject areas at NUI Galway.

Modules are generally taught in large or medium sized lecture halls and are the foundation on which you're expected to explore further through independent reading and self study. Smaller seminars or tutorials sometimes supplement lectures and allow for discussion. Most modules have an end of semester examination, however, some modules also include mid-term assignments and/or continuous assessment. Grades can be determined heavily by final exams.

NUI Galway publishes the Visiting Student Academic Handbook before the beginning of each academic year, listing the specific modules available to visiting students. Students should refer to the relevant semester in the most recent handbook when identifying modules. Exact classes made available can vary from year to year.

If you're planning on taking courses to fulfill Liberal Education requirements, you should stay away from modules starting with codes of 3 or 4, especially if you don't have a background in the subject area.

  • To view the subject areas offered at NUI Galway and the most up to date Visiting Student Module Handbooks, visit the NUI Galway Study Abroad website click on the appropriate Visiting Students Academic Handbook (Semester 1 = Fall  |  Semester 2 = Spring)
  • View NUI Galway courses already reviewed at UMD (select National University of Galway from the "Foreign University" list)
  • If you have trouble finding a module description online, you can notify the Study Abroad office and the Program Coordinator will contact NUI Galway on your behalf to request more information. Request a syllabus.
  • Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the NUI Galway Grade Conversion.

Important Dates

View the NUI Galway academic calendar.

Fall Semester 2019 (Semester 1)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: September 5 - September 6, 2019
  • Semester: September 9 - December 20, 2019

Spring Semester 2020 (Semester 2)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: tbd
  • Semester: January 13, - May 8, 2020

**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by NUI Galway** 

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Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for NUI Galway:

Liberal Arts Track

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $8,707

Estimated Total Cost: $19,302

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $10,595
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,350

Estimated Total Cost: $19,945

Academic Year 2019-20 Costs
Program Cost: $21,190
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $15,747

Estimated Total Cost: $36,937

Science & Engineering Track

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,150
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $8,707

Estimated Total Cost: $20,857

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,150
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $9,350

Estimated Total Cost: $21,500

Academic Year 2019-20 Costs:
Program Cost: $24,300
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $15,747
Estimated Total Cost: $40,047

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


(Note: study abroad program credits cannot be used in tuition banding.)

Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others.


Important: On-campus accommodation (housing) is quite limited at NUI Galway. If you are interested in on-campus accommodation, speak to the UMD program coordinator early in your application process.

Corrib Village and Goldcrest village are the two on-campus student residence options. There are also off-campuses 
residences or rooms for rent in a private house or apartment. Most off-campuses residences are located within a10-20 minute walk from campus. Refer to the Accommodation Office at NUI Galway for a full list of residences. Student residences at Irish universities are usually self-catered which means you will cook your own meals. Each unit usually includes 2–3 bedrooms, a small kitchen area, and a shared living area.

Housing payments are made directly to the student residence or accomodation option.

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • Visa or residence permit guidance will be given by our office as applicable
    • US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland as students but they must register with the immigration service after arrival. NUI Galway will help you with this process after you arrive.
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Ireland
Program Name: Study in Galway, Ireland (select your track if applicable)

*If you plan to take two or more modules from the areas of Science and Engineering as listed in the Visiting Student Module Handbook, you should apply for the Science and Engineering track and you will be charged the higher program fee.

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Note: Although applications are received and processed at UMD, NUI Galway also requires an application and they will issue final acceptance.

After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

Review the Ireland specific pre-departure information for this program.

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

UMD Program Contact

Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812

(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200


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