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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
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About National University of Ireland (NUI)-Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway, is a leading institution of higher education in Ireland founded in 1845 as Queen's College. Located on the banks of the River Corrib, the university is situated within walking distance to the centre of Galway. See a beautifully shot video (2 1/2 minutes) about NUI-Galway to learn more.

Blarney Castle in Ireland (photo credit to Andrew Petesch)

Known as the "Cultural Capital of Ireland," Galway offers a glimpse into one of several "Gaeltacht," or Irish-speaking communities located throughout Ireland, as well as an outlet for dance, theatre, arts, and culture (don't forget music, such as singer Ed Sheeran of "Galway Girl" fame, based on his experience in Galway, Ireland). The National Irish Language theater and the renowned Druid Theater Company are located in Galway, which was announced as the 2017 "Green Leaf City" by the European Union.

Galway is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, with a population of nearly 80,000, and a quickly growing urban centre. NUI-Galway, ranked in the top 200 "Most International Universities" (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings), also offers a great Host Family Programme for visiting students, a civic engagement program called Community Knowledge Initiative for students interested in
volunteering, and a mentoring system (buddy program) for new students. Also, if needed, the Galway Disability Services page can be found here.




Open to all majors. Students interested in this program should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Interested students should also have completed three semesters on campus prior to the period of study abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters of college or university study, one semester of which is to have been completed on campus at Richmond.

Interested students must attend a general information session before submitting an application. Robins School of Business students must also attend a business-specific session. Click to open the information session schedule.

Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.

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Galway is perhaps best known for its strong social sciences and computer integrated programs.

The normal load is 5-6 courses per semester. Credits are listed in the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System).

A full course load is designated as follows:

Full Year:

To determine the unit value of an individual Galway course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's Office: # of ECTS credits divided by 7 and rounded up to the nearest quarter of a unit.

This conversion is slightly different than the conversion for some other ECTS schools, in case you are comparing/contrasting different programs.


ECTS credits (Galway) Equivalent UR units
Unit Conversion Chart
5 ECTS .75 UR units
10 ECTS 1.5 UR units
15 ECTS 2.25 UR units
20 ECTS 3 UR units


Typically students would be able to take coursework in the following subject areas: Biochemistry, Business Administration, Celtic/Irish Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Earth Science, Economics, English/Literature, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Geography, Greek, History, International Studies, Latin, Law, Marine Science, Math/Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's/Gender Studies. For more information on courses offerings, students should carefully read the course choice section on Galway's website and/or open the Galway Visiting Student Handbook, Fall 2018 or Galway Vising Student Handbook, Spring 2019, which also lists courses. 

Students attending Galway for one semester only cannot take 100-level (first year courses) as they run for the year only. Additionally there are a small number of upper level courses that may only be offered on a yearlong basis.

100 level = 1st year (generally equivalent to 2nd year level courses at UR)
200 level = 2nd year (generally equivalent to 3rd year level courses at UR)
300 level = 3rd year (generally equivalent to 4th year level courses at UR)

Keep the following in mind when selecting courses:

    • Course prerequisites must be met
    • Not all psychology courses are available to visiting students
    • Enrollment in final year seminar courses in the sociology and political science departments is limited for visiting students
    • In the subject English, students may only select one seminar course per semester and admission to seminar courses is limited
    • In the subject History there are restrictions on the selection of seminar courses
    • In Second Year Science, a quota system applies to all subjects. Therefore, class sizes are limited and places in subjects may not be available to visiting students. Permission for entry into any subject in Second Year Science must first be obtained from the Head of Department of the relevant subject. Applicants should therefore indicate clearly on the Galway application forms any Science Courses they may wish to take.

The final schedule of courses for each academic year is not available until late-July. With a few exceptions, most courses are offered each year as listed on the web. Students will register with the Irish students at the beginning of each semester.

Grading Scale

The following conversion scale is used to translate Galway's grading scale.

UR Equivalent
70% and above
Below 40
Fail, no credit given

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NUI-Galway has a full-time director of accommodation who can assist students in locating housing and in negotiating leases. Students have the option of living in residences near campus (Corrib Village or the new accommodation, Goldcrest Village, described below) or in a flat or other accommodation off-campus (Cuirt na Coiribe,* Gort na Coiribe, or others), including in the city (Niland House).

*Note:  Each semester, rooms are reserved for Richmond students at Cuirt na Coiribe.  If accepted to Galway, your study abroad advisor will be in touch with you about the option of booking a room through Cuirt na Coiribe.  Please note this housing is mixed gender housing (different genders may be assigned to the same apartment).

Approximately 430 ensuite rooms are being added to Galway by 2018, and a further 470 to follow by 2020. This is a huge increase in room numbers and should ease the housing congestion in Galway.

Housing in Galway can normally only be rented for the full academic year, but Corrib Village, Cuirt na Coiribe, and a few others do lease rooms for semester-only study. Students who sign yearlong leases but who only plan to stay in Galway for the semester are responsible for finding someone to sublet or take over the lease for the second half of the year, so semester-only leases are strongly encouraged.

Residences usually provide basic amenities and are fully furnished. Most students live in flats and cook for themselves. Students should bring (or plan to purchase while abroad) towels, pillows, bed linens, and kitchen utensils. The average commute to class depends on the location of accommodation and classes, but is usually 10 to 20 minutes by foot, or 5 to 10 minutes by bus.

For more information about housing, please visit the Student Accommodation Office's website at Galway.

Dates and Costs

Click on the link for Dates and Costs for NUI-Galway.

For More Information

To learn more about NUI-Galway, download the NUI-Galway Orientation Booklet.  Students may contact Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education with general questions.  Robins School students should contact Fae Bell in the Robins School with any questions specific to academics.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.