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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Science Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Samantha Juárez
Special Opportunities: Community Based Learning, Field Trips Eligible Majors: Irish Language & Literature, PreProfessional-Arts & Letters, PreProfessional-Science
Click here for a definition of this term Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Click here for a definition of this term Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:

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Program Information  

Notre Dame’s newest program in Ireland is located in Galway City on Ireland’s west coast. Galway is the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and has a population of approximately 80,000 people. Galway hosts a rich cultural heritage and is home to several arts festivals, literary festivals, theatre companies, traditional Irish musicians,  and Irish language groups. The City is an ideal base from which to explore the west of Ireland, as it is within easy driving distance to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, and the Notre Dame Kylemore Abbey Global Centre. While studying abroad, students will be taken on cultural excursions to these locations to learn about the culture, archaeology, and history of the West of Ireland.

Students will take courses at National University of Ireland – Galway (NUIG), which ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world. Founded in 1845, NUIG is home to over 18,000 students and is located in the heart of Galway City in a beautiful tree lined campus filled with historic buildings. The university is renowned for its Medical School, Biomedical Science programs, Engineering Programs, and programs in the Arts and Irish Language. Students may be able take an Introduction to Irish Literature course.   

Program Dates
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through mid-May

Academic Programs and Courses
The Galway NUIG program accommodates students for one semester of study. A unique feature of the fall program is the pre-professional track that affords students the opportunity to enroll in credit bearing courses through NUIG’s College of Science. This will include courses that are appropriate for pre-professional majors at Notre Dame, including cell biology. Students who are not science or pre-med may study in Galway during the fall or spring semester, but will enroll in different courses. 

Students may take classes in Irish Language and Culture and other courses across the disciplines that may fulfill university requirements.
An equivalent of 15 credit hours (30 ECTS)  is required for all ND study abroad programs.
All courses taught at NUIG potentially can be taken for credit at ND providing that they are approved by your academic advisor and/or dean. Check the current courses (called modules) link listed under Relevant Links.

Site Calendar
Fall semester students at NUIG will complete their exams before Christmas and then depart. The official start to the NUIG fall program is in late August or early September  when orientation begins. 
All Spring semester students will arrive in mid-January. Finals are completed by mid-May and sttudents should depart on the day following the last possible day of finals.

NUIG eligibility: Sophomores must have a minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year. Participation in the program is during the junior year..  However, course availability is not guaranteed by the host institution, NUIG or ND. Students must also check with their academic advisors and determine if NUIG fits into their academic plan, particularly for pre-professional majors

Application deadline: November 1st of a student's sophomore year.
Students wishing to prepare a good application to Galway should thoroughly understand the specifics of the program and clearly state why they think they would be a good fit. They should inform their academic reference writer and rector of the reasons for their interest in the Galway program. They should prepare an excellent essay, including how the program specifics fit their academic and career goals.
Notre Dame's application deadline is November 1st for participation in the junior year..

Students accepted will submit a secondary application to NUIG requesting admittance into one of the university colleges. Students will then take a majority of their courses within that one college, but may take one or two courses in a different college. These outside courses are dependent upon open places and timetable allowances, as are all study abroad courses.

Special Opportunities
In addition to the academic excursions, there may be other opportunities for community-based learning activities.

Special Consideration
Please be aware that this is a new program, so specific details may change and participants will need to be flexible with arrangements prior to arrival!

Housing and Meals
Students enrolling in the Galway program and taking courses at NUIG will live in dormitories which are a 5 minute walk from NUIG main campus with other international and Irish students. **These dormitories are currently being built and will be open for the Fall 2018 academic semester. Details on new dormitories, including rooming layouts, will be posted once they are available. Students will shop for groceries and prepare meals in their kitchens. Cafeterias and restaurants can be found on campus and in Galway, but tend to be expensive unless a student purchases a meal plan. A stipend to cover partial food expenses is provided to students on a monthly basis.  NUIG dorms are equipped with kitchens and a dining area per each flat. Students will walk to classes held on the NUIG campus. 

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

US students do not need a visa to study in Ireland. Although, they do have to register with the Garda within the first few weeks of their arrival and pay the fee. Program staff will assist students in making appointments with the Garda Immigration Office in Galway City

Relevant Links
Galway Information Session: SP18 Presentation
NUIG Main Page
NUIG Current Courses   (lists available courses taught in the current semester SP18)
Galway City
The Galway Advertiser  (news and events)
NUIG Campus Accommodations
For further information or questions contact Lisa Caulfield


This program is currently not accepting applications.