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National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: June-July
  • Application deadline: April 15
  • Program advisor: Kendall Hook
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Cead Mile Failte! We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway for your summer abroad. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What the NUI Galway summer program has to offer

  • Location in one of Europe's fastest-growing urban areas
  • A traditional and authentically Irish environment
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • Courses that focus on Irish history, film, archaeology, art, music and culture
  • A friendly and flexible campus
  • Excursions to complement course work
  • Sports facilities, shops, restaurants, bookstore and travel office
  • Click here to view a great video about the Galway summer program!


  • Modern student apartment within walking distance of the campus
  • Housing is self catering, with kitchens available for student use


  • Students take two courses worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours each
  • Courses are based in the humanities with an emphasis on Irish studies

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the NUI summer online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?
You must take courses listed in the Irish Studies summer program. The full list of courses is available via the online course catalog link above.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

Only courses listed in the Irish Studies summer program are available.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution, which is two courses for the summer. You will receive 3 U.S. credits for each course for a total of 6 U.S. credits for the summer.


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full NUI, Galway course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution.



What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.




How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at NUI, Galway. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.



Housing Options

What are my housing options?
You will live at Corrib Village in a single room.

Corrib Village is within walking distance of the NUI, Galway campus. Each self-catering flat/apartment accommodates three to four students in single bedrooms. You will share bathroom, kitchen facilities and living/dining areas. Kitchens are fully equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. There are two bathrooms per apartment, one with shower, bath, toilet and wash hand basin and the other with toilet and wash hand basin.

Linens and towels are provided for all guested. Duvets, pillow, and mattress protector will also be provided. Clean towels are provided, beds are tidied, bins are emptied and bathroom is cleaned twice per week. Linen is changed once per week. For other needs, a convenience shop and launderette available on site. There are phones for incoming calls in every apartment.

There are phones for incoming calls in every apartment. There is a free shuttle bus that departs from reception every hour on the hour (from 12:00 to 19:00) and picks up opposite the Coach Station on Fairgreen Road (adjacent to the Tourist Office) on the half hour.Rooms are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi connections, a free service. There is 24-hour security and reception staff, as well as on-site maintenance.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.


No meal plans are provided. Students will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals in shared kitchens.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Galway, Ireland

About Galway
Population: 73,000
Location: In the west, along Galway Bay

City features
  • One of Europe's fastest-growing urban areas
  • Offers a vibrant and diverse population, yet retains a quaint, small-town feel
  • Open-air markets, museums, shops and restaurants add to Galway’s appeal
  • Students account for nearly 15 percent of the city’s population
  • A thriving college town with a hip music and pub scene
  • A great place to soak up traditional Irish culture, including two Irish-speaking theatres
  • A Gaeltacht with the highest percentage of Irish speakers in Ireland

Do more!
  • Take advantage of local opportunities for fishing, golf and riding
  • Travel to Connemara and other parts of the Gaeltacht
  • Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands

Galway News


Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.

Program Fees

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What's included in our summer program fees
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Payment Due: May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

† Housing Deposit
Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:

kendallProgram Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.


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