Study Abroad


National University of Ireland, Galway

Fall/Academic Year Application Deadline: March 1
Spring Application Deadline: October 1
(Late submissions will not be considered)

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen's College, Galway. It was one of three Queen's Colleges founded under the Queen's College (Ireland) Act, 1845, the others being located in Belfast and Cork. The College opened for students in October 1849. By the Irish Universities Act (1908), Queen's College, Galway became a constituent College of the new National University of Ireland, and under a new charter, the name of the College was changed to University College, Galway.

Since the 1960s, the University has experienced significant and continuous growth, both in its stock of buildings, facilities and physical resources and also in the number of students and staff. Its student body now numbers 12,000 (over 10,000 fulltime), with academically strong programs of teaching and research throughout its seven Faculties of Art, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science.


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. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with a thriving cultural and commercial community. Settled by the Kings of Connacht and Norman traders in the Twelfth Century, Galway grew steadily in the middle ages. In 1484, the English monarch, King Richard III granted the city its charter.

The campus itself is situated on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway, on a most attractive site. The original mid-nineteenth century University buildings are in a Tudor architectural style. The old stone quadrangle, at the heart of the University, is flanked by new buildings, reflecting the steady growth, in quality and in numbers, of the University.

Ireland is an island of five million people located in the Northwest of Europe and is a member of the European Union. Long renowned for its culture, it has a strong tradition of developmental and educational links with other nations. Ireland is one of six Celtic nations with its distinctive Irish (Gaelic) culture and language. Although Irish is its first official language, English is now the most common language in daily use. However, Irish is still the first language of Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) communities which are located mainly on the west coast of Ireland.

Academic Program
Courses in the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Nursing Studies and Science are, with the exception of first year courses, generally organized on a semester basis. A wide range of courses are offered in the following disciplines in those Faculties:

Archaeology, Celtic Civilization, Classical Civilization, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Greek (Ancient), History, Information Technology, Italian, Latin, Law, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics (including Statistics), Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology, Psychology*, Spanish, and Women's Studies. *Not all courses in Psychology are available to Visiting Students.  For information on the Arts programs, refer to

Commerce (Business, Economics)
Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.  For information on the Commerce programs, refer to

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physics (Applied; Experimental), Physiology, and Zoology.  For information on the Science programs, refer to

Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. 
For information on the Engineering programs, refer to


Nursing Studies
Information on the Centre of Nursing Studies*, included courses available, refer to


The final list of courses offered in an academic year is not normally available until the preceding July.  In practice, thre is little change in the courses offered from one year to the next.  The disciplines in which courses are offered are listed above and details of the courses, including course descriptions, are available on the University website at:


The course system is not the same as that in North America and, depending on the courses being taken, students can expect to take 5-7 courses. The amount of class content time and workload required is broadly similar to that in North American Universities. NUI, Galway has extensive experience in dealing with North American institutions in the matter of credit transfer and course equivalence and can, upon request, suggest a system to translate ECTS to North American credits.

You are requested to indicate only the disciplines in which you wish to take courses although students should also indicate any courses they are required to take while studying abroad and any requirements of their major(s) which they wish to fulfill. During the orientation upon arrival you will receive a list of classes available and a timetable.

Course Listings

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Housing and Meals
Housing and meals are not included in the program fee and cannot be arranged by NUI, Galway. On-campus housing is only available for a full academic year.  Check out the facilities at: Past students have sublet rooms in off-campus student apartments at a cost of approximately $2,000 for the semester. Off-campus apartments have cooking facilities and a number of restaurants are available on campus.  Housing options are available on NUI's student handbook wesbite.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

U.S. passport holders do not need visas.  However, all students from outside the European Union must register with the local Garda National Immigration Bureau in Galway City within 30 days of arrival in Ireland.

Program Dates
Fall: early-September to mid-December
Spring: early-January to late-May
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

Admission Criteria

  • 3.0 minimum GPA required
  • Junior standing required at time of participation
  • Open to students from other universities

Program Fee
The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (12 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included.

The program fee does not include housing or a meal plan of any kind.
Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

For More Information:
NUI Homepage

International Office (and Downloads)
Student Handbook
Tips and Advice from Program Alumni


Back        ● Apply!        ● Fees        Dates       Alumni Comments

Study Abroad Homepage        OIE Homepage


Office of International Education
1209 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 USA

Telephone: 608-785-8016 Fax: 608-785-8923 E-Mail: