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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
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 03/15/2019 09/02/2019 12/20/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 03/15/2019 09/02/2019 05/08/2020
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 10/15/2019 01/06/2020 05/08/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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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STUDY IN GALWAY, IRELAND

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 and Humanities, Business, Law, Science and Engineering
  • In 2013, NUI Galway was ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in five subject areas
  • 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 third 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

International students comprise over 13% of the student body, with over 100 countries represented. In 2009, NUI Galway was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in Ireland for the second time, having previously won the award in 2002.

 
 
 

Academics

Visiting students typically take 5–7 modules (classes) per semester.  *Please note: 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 subjects at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway uses the ECTS credit system. *ECTS (European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students in higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. Students should plan to enroll in between 24–30 ECTS credits per semester.

  • 5 ECTS credits = 3 UMD credits (most modules are worth 5 ECTS credits per semester)
  • 10 ECTS credits = 5 UMD credits
  • 15 ECTS credits = 8 UMD credits (15 credit courses run the full academic year)

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 semester, listing the specific modules available to visiting students. Students should refer to the relevant semester of the most recent handbook when submitting their initial application. However, please note that the 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 and click on the "Classes" tab.
  • View foreign NUI Galway courses and their equivalencies already approved by 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.

Spring Semester 2019 (Semester 2)

  • Arrival: dependent on accommodation contract dates
  • Orientation: January 10-11, 2019
  • Semester: January 14 - May 10, 2019

Fall Semester 2019 (Semester 1)

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

**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 2018 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $10,005
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,925
Estimated Total Cost: $17,930

Spring 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $10,005
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,975
Estimated Total Cost: $17,980

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs
Program Cost: $20,010
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,100
Estimated Total Cost: $34,110

Science & Engineering Track

Fall 2018 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,390
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,925
Estimated Total Cost: $20,315

Spring 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $12,390
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,975
Estimated Total Cost: $20,365

Academic Year 2018-19 Costs:
Program Cost: $24,780
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,100
Estimated Total Cost: $38,880

 
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

Scholarships

(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.
 


Housing

Important: On campus housing is quite limited at NUI Galway so early application is strongly recommended. You can apply before you are formally accepted to NUI Galway. For students planning to study at NUI Galway starting Fall semester, it is recommended that you apply by February. The NUI Galway Accommodation Office has a lot of helpful resources for on and off-campus housing on their website.

There are two main housing options at NUI Galway; a stay in a NUI Galway Student Residence or rent a room (single or shared) in a private house or apartment. With the exception of Corrib Village, the NUI Galway student residences are located off campus, which means most of the residences are located within a10-20 minute walk from campus. Residences vary by size and you can 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 they are equipped with cooking facilities to cook your own meals, which can be less expensive. Each unit usually includes 2–3 bedrooms, a small kitchen area, and a shared living area.

  • While Galway is a relatively compact city, areas such as the City Centre, Newcastle, Lower Salthill and Shantalla are usually the preferred option for students who want to be close to the campus but also within walking or cycling distance from the city centre.

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.
    • The NUI Galway International Affairs Office will help you with this process when you arrive. The registration fee is €300 which you will pay for once you arrive in Ireland and this is included in the estimated out of pocket expenses for this program.
  • 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

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.


d.umn.edu/studyabroad

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

(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200
studyabroad@d.umn.edu

 

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