Ireland: Galway Semester

Program Overview

Galway, with a population of 62,000, is the ideal European university town.  A significant number of Galway’s population is made up of current or former college students; the resulting interdependence of town and gown has helped build a compact, thriving city that caters to young people. Galway has been enjoying an economic boom in recent times; yet, it still retains a powerful and intimate sense of community. For nearly a thousand years, Galway has been the largest and most important city in the west of Ireland. As the capital of Connemara – the outcropping of land between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean – Galway is at the heart of one of the world’s most scenic and evocative landscapes. Cultural richness is reflected by the strong academic programs in Irish Studies offered by the University, and by the lively arts scene for which Galway is renowned.


Academic Profile
Academic Profile

National University of Ireland in Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway was established in 1845 and is located in the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The school, situated on the banks of the River Corrib, offers a variety of student services that are all close to Galway's city center. Galway is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural and commercial community. Traces of Galway's rich medieval past are evident on all sides. Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theater, arts and culture, Galway has earned the title "Cultural Capital of Ireland". The University now has over 15,000 students and more than fifty academic departments and research centers. Academic resources include a library, computer resource center, an Irish Language Center, and the Applied Languages Center. Over 1,500 international students, almost 10% of the student population, representing 50 countries attend University College Galway each year. The international students are mainly from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Course Offerings

Students may take advantage of the wide variety of courses offered at the University's Faculty of Arts, which includes the following disciplines: Archaeology, Italian, Classical Civilization, Latin, Economics, Legal Science, English, Mathematics, French, Mathematical Physics, Irish Studies, Philosophy, Geography, Psychology, German, Sociological and Political Studies, History, Film School, Health Promotion, Information Technology, Women’s Studies Center and Spanish. Offerings in the Faculty of Science are available to qualified students basis. The program is open to juniors and seniors.


Please be advised that not all modules are on offer to Visiting Students and only those moldules in the College of Arts Acadamic Handbook or on the relevant College Website as available to Visiting Students should be selected.  Students must abide by the Colleg offerings and should not attempt to select courses outside of the available offerings.

Academic Highlights

NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. With over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law. Faculty of Commerce offers Accounting & Finance, Management, Economics, and Marketing. Anesthesia, Anatomy, Bacteriology, General Practice, Health Promotion, Medical Informatics, Medicine, Nursing, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Speech & Language Therapy, Surgery are available in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. The University’s seven Faculties provide a comprehensive range of programs, from primary to higher degree levels. The student experience is of a paramount importance by a commitment to enhancing the quality of academic programs and of all aspects of the student experience.


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

There is a variety of student activities on campus such as clubs, recreation, and the International Students' Society, which arranges social and cultural events throughout the year and fosters cross-cultural understanding. The clubs include field sports (Gaelic football for males and females, rugby, cricket, camogie and soccer for females), outdoor (athletics, cyclying, equestrian, mountaineering, and tennis), indoor clubs (archery, badminton, basketball, fencing, handball, racquetball, and volleyball), martial arts (aikido, judo, karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do) and water sports (kayak, rowing, sailing, sub-aqua, surf, swimming & waterpolo, and windsurfing). Sport facilities such as sports halls, squash courts, and handball/racquet courts are available. The orientation program at the outset of the semester provides practical information regarding life in Galway.

Galway Video


NUI Galway helps students find appropriate accommodation in Student Residences, flats, apartments or houses. There are now nine Student Residences providing self-catering housing specifically for NUI Galway students. Each student residence is managed independently of the University. Application Forms for residency are available directly from each residence. Details of location and costs for each student residence can be found at the Galway housing Web site. Homestays and off-campus apartments are also available.

Alumni Feedback

"It was rewarding meeting the Irish students and others through societies and other shared interests."
- Johanna Biviano

"The environment and the people were extraordinary. I made some great friends, and the chance to explore and travel was wonderful."
- Angelina Moore

"I met many people and made some great friends. The satisfaction of traveling completely on my own was the greatest feeling of independence I've ever known."
- Allison MacDonald


Program Details
Galway Semester Program Details


Spring 2015:

Orientation: January 8-9, 2015

Classes: January 12-May 13, 2015

Fall 2015:

Orientation: September 1-4, 2015

Classes: September 7-December 18, 2015



Application Deadline(s)

Fall Semester – April 30

Spring Semester – October 15

Eligibility Requirements

A 3.0 GPA is required for participation on this program and the program is open to juniors and seniors.


$10,770 CCIS members

$11,070 NON-CCIS members

Truman requires a $350 deposit deducted from total amount due, upon acceptance to the program, but does not have an application fee.

Students in Science/Engineering courses will be charged at a higher rate.  Contact sponsor for information.

Costs Included

Instructional costs, CCIS and sponsor fees, health insurance

Costs Not Included

Estimated:  Passport, Irish immigration fees ($420), room & board ($6000-7000), books and supplies ($300), airfare ($1,000), and personal expenses ($2000)

(*Please note: Total program cost will vary depending on individual’s choice of housing, and other choices that are personal preference.) 

Entry Requirements

U.S. Passport
Non-U.S. citizens check with Irish Consulate for entry requirements

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


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Submit Application Materials to: Alci Arias

 Program Sponsor: 

Alci Arias, Assistant Director

Truman State University 

Center for International Education/Study Abroad

Baldwin Hall 118
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.)

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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In addition to the CCIS application and two academic references the following materials are required:

1.  Up-to-date original transcript

2.  Copy of birth certificate/or copy of passport information pages

3.  Character-reference of a current date from a full-time staff member of the University/College you are attending or other person of standing who knows your personally.

4.  The names of two academic referees to whom enquires as to you academic standing may be addressed, if necessary.

5.  A statement as to how you see your proposed courses of study in this University tying in with previous studies and with your future academic/vocational objectives.

6.  Passport sized photograph.

7. Complete the Galway visiting Students application and return it along with the CCIS application package.

*Please ensure that all applications subbmitted are accompanied by the documents listed above.  Incomplete applications  cannot  be processed.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.