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National University of Ireland, Galway
Attend the same classes as NUI Galway students, choosing from a wide range of disciplines. The academic program at NUIG is characterized by relatively small classes, independent and self-directed study focused in the major, and easily accessible professors.
The university is home to the faculties of Arts, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. Strong disciplines available include Anglo-Irish literature, archaeology, biological science, chemistry, ecological/environmental sciences, geology, history, physics, and women’s studies. Admission to the Celtic Studies Program is limited. Some Drama courses are available.
Use the following resources to learn more about NUIG courses on EAP:
  • Make sure to check the Academic Guide for all Irish Universities to see if National University of Ireland, Galway offers the subject areas you want to study.
  • National University of Ireland, Galway online Visiting Student Academic Handbook which outlines all the courses available to UC students.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students at NUI Galway. Additional courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 to 24 quarter/14 to 16 UC units per semester are required. A total of 42 to 48 quarter/28 to 32 semester UC units are required each year.   ​

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study for academic credit may be possible at NUIG. Arrangements are generally made at the EAP Study Center after arrival, and predeparture preparation may be required.
Note: The National University of Ireland, Galway, offers a comprehensive Service Learning program with opportunities in 40 degree programs.  
National University of Ireland, Galway 
The National University of Ireland, Galway is regarded as one of the Ireland’s most prestigious universities. Students make up a quarter of Galway’s population and have a firm place within the city. The campus is picturesque as it comprises of both nineteenth century gothic style buildings and new learning centers like the €40 million Engineering Building alongside the banks of the River Corrib and a 15 minute stroll away from the centre of Galway.
NUI Galway facts:
  • NUI Galway has more than 16,000 students from over 90 countries across the world
  • 13% of their students are international
  • There are 82 student societies and 41 sports clubs.  Hurling and Gaelic football are popular Irish sports, with clubs on campus. Societies include “chocolate,” quiz, juggling, and arts (with instructors and supplies provided!). 
  •  President Obama uses NUIG's internet technology in his Administration 
  •  Galway is a world leading for research in:
    • Internet technology
    • Biomedical Science and Engineering
    • Marine Science
    • Human Rights Law
    • Environmental Change
    • Social Policy

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

1. UCEAP Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the Edinburgh Study Center. The Center has information on how to find internships and can guide you in the process.

Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume and cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider. 

2. Student - initiated Internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Past participants have interned for members of the European Parliament, the Dublin City Council, and with organizations such as the International Education Office, Irish Center for Migration Studies, International Famine Center, and with various campus departments, faculties, and labs. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus also offer excellent guidance on CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we encourage you to look at the online career resources the National University of Ireland, Galway, has to offer. UCEAP staff is available for advice.

3. Service Learning - National University of Ireland, Galway

Students connect theory to practice within the community sector in over 60 academic modules that are led and supported by NUI Galway lecturers and community partners.
Module options are offered in five NUI Galway Colleges:
  • Arts, Social Science, and Celtic Studies
  • Engineering and Informatics
  • Business, Public Policy, and Law
  • Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences
  • Science

To get inspired, read students' stories. To get more information, contact the program for more information.

Most UCEAP participants choose to live in private residences or flats in Galway and enjoy living in this lively town.

You may also secure university-sponsored housing. Galway has limited space available in Corrib Village (Baile Na Coiribe) self-catering flats, located halfway between the campus and the town. Phones are not allowed in the rooms. Other accommodations are available in Dunaras and Niland House.

UCEAP students report restrictive rules and rental agreement problems at Corrib Village. However, they highly recommend the main block of Dunaras, not the 100s wing, which is in a more central location.

Galway also offers homestays. Click on “Digs” in the Galway accommodation website for detailed information.


​Known as the most ‘Irish’ of Ireland’s cities, this arty and bohemian part of Ireland is in close proximity to the largest Irish-speaking community as well as the Aran Islands and so there is a particularly Gaelic vibe through the streets, shops and pubs. The cafes and cobblestone streets house musical delights from the tin whistle to the fiddle and regardless of the weather there is a buzz about this medieval town.
The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway City, and includes social and recreational facilities. Hurling and Gaelic football are popular Irish sports, with clubs on campus. Societies include “chocolate,” quiz, juggling, and arts (with instructors and supplies provided).