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Drexel in Ireland: National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
No Requirement
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Pre-Approval, Co-op Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory
Program Advisor:
Lauren Steinberg
Supplemental Application:
Program Description:

National University of Ireland, Galway

The Program galway1

As Drexel's first program in Ireland, this is a wonderful opportunity available to all majors, with priority given to Film Video students. Established in 1845, the National University of Ireland, Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research and is one of Ireland's most popular universities.

NUI Galway is located in the heart of Galway, one of Europe's most vibrant towns located on the western coast of Ireland. Students will enjoy the best of both worlds - the rich social and cultural life of a cosmopolitan, friendly city, but also one of Europe's most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, attracting tourists from all over the world. Galway has a collegiate population of 35,000 students, which gives a youthful and active feeling to the town.


Students may choose from the NUI Galway course catalog and must obtain pre-approval for any courses they plan on taking there. Below are some of the majors offered at NUI Galway. Please note: first year courses at NUI Galway are yearlong courses. Unless you are planning on spending a full year in Galway, you should NOT register for these courses.

NUI Galway Course list and Descriptions:

Although NUI Galway does not finalize course offerings until July for the new academic year, there is little change in course offerings from one year to the next.

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Civil & Corporate Law
  • Computing Studies/Mathematical Science
  • Creative Writing with Arts
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering (all types)
  • Environmental Science
  • Film Studies with Arts
  • Financial Mathematics and Economics
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Irish Studies with Arts
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics and Education
  • Nursing Science (General)
  • Physics and Applied Physics
  • Project and Construction Management
  • Psychology
  • Theatre and Performance with Arts
  • Women's Studies with Arts

Film/Video students must follow the following course suggestions at NUI Galway:

Required course:

  • FMST 265, 3 credits = Screening Ireland and the Irish in Film and Television 5 ECTS credits

Students must choose take at least one of the following:

  • FMST 265, 3 credits = Berlin-Hollywood: 1920's Film and Society 5 ECTS credits
  • FMST 265, 3 credits = Obscure Objects: Spanish Cinema from 1960-present 2.5 ECTS credits
  • FMST 265, 3 credits = Developed Images: Introduction to World Cinema 5 ECTS credits

Students may fill the rest of their schedule by taking other courses offered at NUI Galway.

galway3Program Calendar

NUI Galway is a semester school. Students should prepare to make adjustments to fit this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle and program changes the study abroad office urges you to begin planning at least 12 months in advance. Students with fall/winter co-op will need a cycle change in order to participate in this program.

* Fall only: early Sept. – mid Dec.

Final exams at NUI Galway are in mid-December and students MUST NOT depart Galway until the LAST day of finals.

NUI Galway - Course Equivalents.xls Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a History course abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the History

Grading & Credits: Students are taught and graded by Irish faculty at NUI Galway. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a U.S. "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at Galway is 30 ECTS credits per semester. Depending on the courses, students can expect to take 5 - 7 courses per semester. The amount of class content time and work-load required is broadly similar to that in North American Universities.

The Experience

While in Galway Drexel students will be taking courses with Irish students as well as other international students. Every year NUI Galway welcomes over 1500 international students from more than 95 countries to study. Representing 10% of the total student population, the international community makes a valuable contribution to University life, ensuring a culturally rich learning experience for all students. Drexel students will have the choice of living in the residence halls or in finding private accommodation on their own.

Galway is 135 miles from Dublin and 55 miles from Shannon, cities which both have international airports. Galway also has a very small airport from where you can fly within Ireland and to major cities within the UK (London, Edinburgh, etc.) There is also regular train (2 hours one way) and bus service (2 hours one way) between Galway and Dublin.

If you are a US or Canadian citizen you will not need a visa to study in Ireland but you will be required to register with the local Garda National Immigration Bureau within 30 days of arrival in Ireland. Students who are citizens of other countries, outside of the EU, will need to get a visa. Information can be found on the Irish consulate website.



This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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