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Exchange (Bilateral) Ireland: National University Ireland-Galway
Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 11/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
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Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Other
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Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
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Areas of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Arts, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Culture, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film, Finance, Foreign Language, Foreign Language (other), French, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, German, History, Human Resource Management, Humanities, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Law, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Literature, Management, Management Computer Systems, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Mathematics, Media Studies, Other Language & Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Race & Ethnic Studies, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Religious Studies, Science, Supply Chain Management, Theatre, Women's Studies
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National University Ireland-Galway

UW-W Exchange Program

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Location Galway, Ireland
Academic Focus Across the curriculum
Eligibility 3.0 GPA, Junior standing
Language of Instruction English
Terms Semester or Year
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The unique combination of a bustling city and a thriving university has a lot to offer international students. Galway was ranked as the top destination to visit in Ireland by The Lonely Planet guide in 2012. They describe Galway as being steeped in history, yet with a contemporary vibe.

Galway is a cultural center, attracting thousands to the many festivals throughout the year. Even though it is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Galway has retained the friendly character and intimate feel that makes it so popular. Young at heart, with students making up 20% of the population, NUI Galway’s students benefit from all of the facilities that a modern city has to offer including extensive shopping outlets and entertainment venues, two cinemas, cafes and restaurants, and an abundance of music venues to choose from. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.


Students can refer to the most recent Visiting Student Academic Handbook for the relevant semester when planning  their semester abroad, however please note that the exact classes made available to visiting students can vary from year to year. More information for visiting student can be found here.
A wide range of classes is available in the following subject areas:
  • Accounting
  • Classics
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Earth/Ocean Science
  • Information Technology
  • Political Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Irish Language
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Biochemistry Engineering
  • Irish Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Sociology
  • Botany
  • English
  • Italian
  • Performing Arts
  • Spanish
  • Celtic Civilization
  • French Law
  • Pharmacology
  • Systems Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Women's Studies
  • Computer Science
  • German
  • Management
  • Physics 
  • Zoology
Special Classes for Visiting Students
In addition to the regular classes, Visiting Students can also apply for admission to the following courses:
  1. Philosophy for Children (P4C)
    Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a service learning class for Visiting Students from the United States. This semester  long class is worth 5 ECTS credits (approximately 2-3 US credits) and is delivered via a series of academic lectures reflective seminars and over 14 hours of service at local elementary schools. 

  2. Exploring the Indigenous Arts
    Indigenous Arts Exploration is a credit bearing practice-based class, which explores the evolution and performance of indigenous Irish music, song, film and dance.
  3. Exploring Irish Theatre
    Exploring Irish Theatre is a credit bearing practice-based class with two elements: a critical examination of Irish theatre history including archive activities; and theatre practice including workshop in acting, playwriting and direction.


Students coming to study at NUI Galway have two main options available to choose from – you can stay in an official NUI Galway Student Residence or rent a room (single or shared) in a private house or apartment.  We recommend students to elect the student residence option.

Student Residence
Students coming to study at NUI Galway have two main options to choose from: an official NUI Galway Student Residence or rent a room (single or shared) in a private house or apartment. We recommend students elect the student residence option. With the exception of Corrib village and Gold Crest, the NUI Galway student residences are located off-campus. While you might find this unusual, it’s worth bearing in mind that Galway is a relatively small, compact city, meaning most residences are located within 10 to 20 minutes from campus (on foot). Student residences at Irish universities are usually self-catered.

Residences vary by size, with smaller residences such as Donegan Court (54 students), Atlantis (80 students) and Menlo Park (140 students) and larger residences such as Cúirt na Coiribe (389 students), Dúnáras (409 students) and Gort na Coiribe (657 students). Please refer to the Accommodation Office at NUI Galway for a full list of residences. Student residences at Irish universities are usually self-catered.

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Student Life and Surroundings

Exchange students have the opportunity to become integrated into an international university program and experience life in Ireland. Galway really is a ‘University City’ as the campus is in the heart of the city center, with all amenities within walking distance. It is a vibrant city with a  year-long program of cultural and sporting festivals.

Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is a ‘college town’ in every sense, with students accounting for approximately 20% of the population of the city during term. Many internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural and sporting events are hosted in the city every year, including:
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)
  • Galway Early Music Festival (May)
  • Galway Traditional Irish Music Sessions (June)
  • Galway Film Fleadh (July)
  • Galway Arts Festival (July)
  • Galway Races (August)
  • Galway International Oyster Festival (September)
  • Galway Comedy Festival (October)

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

As an exchange program, UW-Whitewater students pay UW– Whitewater tuition fees. As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

Other fees for this program such as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,800
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 140
Subtotal $4,215
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Round-Trip Airfare 1,600
Passport and Photos 150
Ireland Immigration Fee (300 EUR) 340
Accommodation** 5,500
Meals 2,000
Books/Supplies 300
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,000
Subtotal $11,890
Total*** $16,105
*2019-20 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
** Accommodation is an estimate, numerous options exist.
***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $7,400.


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program.  US passport holders do not require a visa to enter Ireland, but must still register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after arrival in Ireland. 

Key Dates

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year April 1 Early September - Early May
Fall Semester April 1 Early September - Mid December
Spring Semester October 15 Mid January to Early May


Office of Global Experiences
Office: McCutchan 204
Phone: 262-472-5759

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