Galway

IFSA-Butler: National University of Ireland, Galway

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Academic Program

Students choose from regular university classes and may choose to participate in a LIteracy and Learning service-learning option, working in area schools. The credit system at Irish universities varies from the US and students typically take 5-7 courses per semester to equal 15 semester units or 3.75 courses at Scripps. Because most classes carry .5 Scripps credit, students must obtain permission from the corresponding department at Scripps, to combine two courses from the same department in order to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

  • Fields of study: Social sciences, humanities, sciences, Irish language and celtic studies.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA. In order to qualify for upper division courses, 3-4 courses should be completed in the intended field of study prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: 17.000 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Number of program participants: Approximately 2000 international students on campus, with around 400 other US study abroad students

Living Arrangements

Students are housed with other international students and some Irish students in double rooms in one of two student villages on campus. Students prepare their own meals in shared kitchens with a meal stipend provided by Scripps, based on the amount recommended of the program sponsor.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to late December
  • Spring: Early January to mid May

Notes

  • Advising Tips: The credit system at Irish universities varies from the US and students typically take 5-7 courses per semester to equal 15 semester units or 3.75 courses at Scripps. Because most classes carry .5 Scripps credit, students must obtain permission from the corresponding department at Scripps, to combine two courses from the same department in order to fulfill a major or minor requirement.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: Ireland's currency is the Euro. For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Galway and Los Angeles.
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