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Galway, Ireland

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Maybe it’s the stunning coastline, or the rolling green hills, or the misty, mysterious weather; whatever the cause, the small city of Galway has long drawn musicians, artists, writers, and creative types to its charming streets. As you study abroad in Galway, you’ll enjoy the thriving theater and music scenes, browse the city's bustling markets, and feast on legendary seafood fresh from Galway Bay. Head to nearby Salthill for rowing, kayaking, and wind surfing, or take an Irish Gaelic language immersion program in the traditional village of An Cheathru Rua in Connemara. Whatever adventures you choose in Galway, you'll love immersing into Irish life in this quaint university town. Spend a semester, summer, or academic year studying abroad in Galway and explore Ireland's cultural heart.

Programs to love in Galway

Programs to love in Galway

University of Galway - Full Curriculum

This versatile, flexible program allows you to immerse into the Irish higher education system and study alongside Irish and other international students. Choose from University of Galway's entire—and extensive—course catalog.

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University of Galway - Engineering & Computer Science

At the University of Galway you'll find courses available in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Energy Systems, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Mathematics and the Sciences.  Courses will challenge you to think creatively to solve-problems, and group projects will give you the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests. You'll study alongside local and other international students, and you'll be able to spend a whole semester in Galway while staying on track for your degree program.

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University of Galway - Marine Science & Biology

Study Marine Science in Galway, a city internationally renowned for its marine life and research. Enjoy using the National University of Ireland-Galway’s state-of-the art research facilities to supplement your classroom instruction. Stay on track for your degree with courses in biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, geology, mathematics, zoology, and more.

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Irish Language & Culture

Irish Language & Culture

University of Galway

Spend your summer immersed into Gaelic Irish language and culture in the village of An Cheathru Rua in Connemara, the heart of Irish-Gaelic-speaking Ireland. Field trips around the region and traditional Irish entertainment round out this incomparable experience; appropriate for beginning and intermediate language-levels.

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International Business

International Business

University of Galway

Study international business in this multi-disciplinary program that will help you develop knowledge of key concepts to use in your future professional life. Learn about economy and business management within the context of Irish business. This program includes a field trip to Dublin to meet key policy advisors and analysts.

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Irish Studies

Irish Studies

University of Galway

This summer program offers an introduction to Irish Studies with a focus on identity, emigration, and religion. A variety of elective courses, field trips, dramatic performances, guided tours, and interdisciplinary seminars allow you to gain a deeper understanding of Irish people and culture.

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Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland

Take a deep dive into Irish physical and social ecology through a dynamic combination of class seminars and fieldwork. Explore how Irish landscapes are created and maintained through both natural and anthropogenic activities.

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  • Starting at $6,895

Frequently Asked Questions

Studying abroad in Ireland is a life changing event for many students. When you study abroad in Galway, you experience learning outside the traditional classroom setting, gain international insight, and expand your sense of cultural awareness. You will experience new culture, food, and meet people from all over the world making lifelong friends and expanding your network. Plus, you get to travel to places you've only read about.
Galway is less expensive than Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Ireland is an island, so expect higher prices due to imported products and high tourism rates. Reach out to your financial advisor to come up with a financial plan!
Galway is a small city that ranks very low on the crime index and is considered one of the safest places to visit in Ireland.

CEA offers many housing options while you're studying abroad in Galway. In some study locations you may also have the option of arranging your own independent housing. For more information on housing, connect with your site specialist.

The CEA Galway study abroad programs offer several housing options for students depending on their preferences. Semester students are placed in student residence apartments located in the town center, while summer students are placed in student residence apartments located near the CEA Office and University of Galway campus.

Galway Housing options include:

  • Student Residence Apartment
  • Homestay (Mandatory for students in Irish Language & Culture program)
  • Independent Living
Galway is a university town with a thriving theater and music scene. The University of Galway is rated in the top 1% of global universities. It’s a unique place for students seeking a great balance between nature and city life. Galway is considered the cultural capital of Ireland because it’s filled with colorful cafes, popular pubs, and renowned arts and entertainment. You’ll get a glimpse into rich Irish heritage and history here, with locals still speaking the Irish language (Gaeilge) daily.
Galway is a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast, in the province of Connacht. Ireland’s second-largest city is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Dublin, and marks the halfway point on the 1,500-mile-long coastal road called Wild Atlantic Way.
Galway is known as the festival capital of the country, hosting an average of 122 festivals and events every year. It’s also a top destination for Irish water sports and hiking at some of Ireland’s most popular natural attractions like Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway Bay, and Salthill beaches.
What's Included in your Program'

What's Included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Onsite Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Onsite Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

Dublin City

Kerry

Aran Islands

One of the benefits of studying abroad is the ability to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You will receive a calendar of the specific CEA excursions offered for your program during orientation. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we have collected typical experiences from some of the day trips and weekend tours offered to our students in the past.

Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

Co. Clare, with its strong Celtic folklore influences, thriving music scene, and tranquil natural beauty, is the ideal destination for an escape from the city. Experience the Burren, famed for unique exposed limestone geography that’s home to a range of flora and fauna. Explore the cavernous caves, once home to wild bears that roamed the ancient Irish forest. Fill up on scrumptious seafood chowder and buttery soda bread as you take a lunch break in the coastal village of Doolin, famed for its traditional Irish music sessions. Next you’ll travel to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll experience the forces of nature as you explore terrain once inhabited by Celtic warriors; this natural spectacle never fails to impress. Finally, take in the fresh sea air in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara, site of the Dungaire Castle, once home to the legendary King of Connacht.

Dublin City

Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is a Mecca for culture lovers. From the famous artwork of the Book of Kells, to the Bronze Age artifacts in the National History Museum, to the lyrical prose of James Joyce, Dublin caters to every taste. History lovers will enjoy the fascinating accounts of the 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence commemorated across the city; in the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, you can still trace your fingers over bullet holes and learn about the courageous men who fought in the war. In addition to exploring Dublin’s riveting past, we’ll also stop by the Guinness Factory, the perfect place to sample Ireland’s number one export while

learning about the scientific practices that lie behind the brewing of this popular tipple.

Kerry

Kerry is known as The Kingdom for good reason; it’s home to some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery, from gorgeous Killarney National Park to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. We’ll stray from the typical bus tour routes so you can experience these sites in a unique fashion, like early morning horse rides through the park and a gentle bike ride to Muckross House and Abbey. There is much to learn about the park’s flora and fauna, as well as the lives of the Kerry Chieftains that once resided there. No introduction to Kerry would be complete without a visit to Fungi the Dolphin—local fishermen will take you out to sea to meet Dingle’s biggest celebrity and learn about his Atlantic home. We’ll provide a tasty lunch under the canopy of trees at Torc Waterfall, and the evening includes time to relax and mingle with locals while experiencing the nightlife of Killarney town. The trip to Kerry offers a delicious combination of action, history, and nature that is sure to leave you spellbound.

Aran Islands

After a leisurely boat ride, spend the day exploring these enchanting Gaelic speaking islands by bike or foot. Little cottages decorate the magnificent landscape; you can even meander along the lovely beaches that dot the coastline. This trip makes for a peaceful, relaxing day in captivating surroundings.

Take advantage of the unique flavor Galway has to offer. CEA offers a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, clubs, sports, language exchanges or something entirely different, our resident staff can help you get involved in the local culture. Here are just some examples.

River Cruise

Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and surrounding countryside as you cruise River and Lough Corrib. We’ll provide a delicious dinner and musical accompaniment on board.

Theatre Performance

Get enthralled at one of the Druid Theatre’s colorful and exciting stage extravaganzas. Learn all about Irish fairytales and legends as this Galway-based theater company presents their unique vision of Ireland.

Set Dancing

Join the locals at the hugely popular Monroe’s Pub, a bustling Galway pub where the fantastic live bands provide lively accompaniment to Irish dancing classes. It’s an exciting, toe-tapping way to spend an evening!

Aughnanure Castle

Tour this picturesque Irish castle on the shores of Lough Corrib to learn about the great O’Flahertys, who once dined in the banquet hall and stood guard in the famous watch tower.

Greyhound Racing

Spend a fun evening at Galway Greyhound Stadium and test your luck with a flutter on the dogs! With over twenty stadiums around the country, the pastime of betting on dogs goes back hundreds of years and was a common undertaking across rural Ireland. Today, you can sit in a lovely restaurant or take in the elements trackside as you cheer on your top pick.

Gaelic Athletic Association

Witness modern-day Irish warriors defend their home country’s honor as they clash in the ancient sports of hurling and Gaelic football. The Gaelic Athletic Association provides professional-level sports viewing for avid fans in Galway.

Connemara Exhibit

Visit to Dan O’ Hara’s homestead and learn all about life in rural Connemara. You’ll also see turf cutting at the Roundstone Bog.

Claddagh Gold

Learn all about the process of making the famed Claddagh ring of friendship at Thomas Dillon’s shop, home of the Claddagh ring since 1790.

Quiet Man Cottage

Visit the cottage made famous by John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara in the John Ford cinematic classic The Quiet Man.

Volunteer Opportunities

Through CEA’s partnership with the University of Galway Student Volunteering Programme, ALIVE, you can volunteer for a few hours per week to build knowledge and skills while contributing to your host community. The following are examples of volunteer opportunities offered at CEA Galway:

  • Scout Leaders: Scout leaders help facilitate exciting activities for kids ages six to 16. Scouts meet weekly to play games, organize competitions, and have a great time! Kids are grouped by age range; fun, frolicking, and the occasional night out are guaranteed.
  • Hospital Opportunities: Want to provide a vital service for children in hospital and their parents? Trained volunteers serve on PlayWell teams, organizing activities in wards and playrooms to make the hospital a happier place for children during their stay.
  • Disadvantaged Youth: Help deliver a range of quality programs for at-risk young people. You’ll empower Galway’s disadvantaged youth to be the best they can be by assisting with parent and youth health awareness, soccer, and summer programs.

Academic Help

Work with students who face learning difficulties or live with disabilities. Typical volunteer activities may include helping type students’ assignments, assisting with proofreading, providing one-on-one academic support, or helping strengthen computer literacy. This is a great way to support fellow students!

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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Galway Housing

Galway Housing

*Housing options may change term over term and will be confirmed on the housing application form prior to the start of the term. Below are the housing options that have been offered in the past.

Available:

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Summer

Student residence apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Galway just as the locals do. Cook tasty Irish meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new residence apartment a home. Semester students are placed in student residence apartments located in the town center, while students on summer programs are placed in student residence apartments located near the University of Galway campus. Please note this housing option is not available to students in the Irish Language & Culture program.

Typical Commute

  • CEA Office in Galway: 5-15 minutes walking
  • University of Galway: 5-15 minutes walking

Meals Included

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Roommates

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included for summer students
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only, pay-per-wash
  • Central Heating

Additional Fees

  • Semester (Single room only): $1,000 - $2,000
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Available:

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Mandatory for Students in Irish Language & Culture Program

CEA offers two homestay options depending on the program you choose. Students in the Irish Language & Culture (ILC) program live in a homestay with an Irish family in the small town of An Cheathru Rua. This town is outside the city of Galway, providing students the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily life of Irish locals. This option is for the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving Irish language skills and cultural understanding. 

Students in the Irish Studies or Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland program live in a homestay with an Irish family in Galway City. A city full of life and character, there is no better way to experience it then with those who have been brought up living in this great town. This option is for the culture-seeking type whose want the added insight of what it is to be a 'true' Galwegian.

Typical Commute

  • University of Galway - An Cheathru Rua Campus: ILC only; 15-20 minutes, bus to class provided
  • CEA Office in Galway: ILC program - 45 to 90 min; Irish Studies/Ecology program - 5 to 15 minutes walking
  • University of  Galway: ILC program - 45 to 90 min; Irish Studies/Ecology program - 5 to 10 minutes walking

Meals Included

  • ILC: Full Board - 2 meals per day (Monday – Sunday)
  • Irish Studies/Ecology program: Breakfast only (Monday - Sunday)

Roommates

  • 1-2 student per room
  • 1-2 student per Homestay (could be more depending on home)

Unit Amenities

  • Limited Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only
  • Central heating

Additional Fees

Irish Language & Culture program:
• Shared Room: Standard
• Single Room: $400 - $800

Irish Studies / Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland programs:
• Shared Room: $150 - $450
• Single Room: $400 - $800

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Galway housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

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Institutions

Institutions

University of Galway
University of Galway

University of Galway (previously known as the National University of Ireland, Galway) was founded in 1849. Today, it’s one of Ireland's most prestigious teaching and research institutions. Situated on the banks of the River Corrib, near Galway’s center, the university features a mix of historic and modern buildings. More than 17,000 students attend classes on the lovely 260-acre campus, with more over 1,000 international students per year. Here, you’ll integrate into the Irish student population and choose courses from more than 50 departments, including arts, law, commerce, and science. Courses consist of small seminars and tutorial sessions; many combine both, allowing you the opportunity to get to know your individual disciplines and work together with other students. In addition to enjoying the excellent academics offered at the University of Galway, you will have access to a wide variety of clubs and societies, computer labs, library, recreation halls and gym, student center, and guidance from the International Education Office. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere at the University of Galway makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and holistic study abroad experience.

Accreditation

The University of Galway is accredited by the National University of Ireland, a federal University. It's Business School is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association for MBA programs (AMBA).

Grading

You may find a different system of accountability than you’re used to at your home school. Irish professors assume that you are there to learn and they typically do not take responsibility for your learning. You are responsible for knowing the subject matter and researching topics related to your course. In addition, many Irish professors will not give feedback about how you are doing. Grades are usually based on a final exam, paper or oral presentation. Quizzes, homework assignments and midterms are rare. Just because homework is not assigned to you, do not assume that you will not be responsible for knowing the material at the end of the semester.

The University of Galway grades are on a 100 point scale with 70+ equaling an "A+". Please keep in mind that it is not very common for a student to score above a 70.

NUI Galway Verbal Grade

NUI Galway Numerical Grade

American Letter Grade

First Class Honours

70-100%

A+

Second Class Honours, Grade 1

60-69%

A

Second Class Honours, Grade 2

50-59%

B

Third Class Honours

40-49%

C

Fail

0-39%

F


Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from the University of Galway will teach your elective courses.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in some classes is mandatory and monitored by professors.
  • Teaching styles in Ireland may be different from those found in the U.S. or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges between 15 and 30 students for upper division courses, and between 50 and 300 students for lectures.
  • You will be in class with CEA participants, other international students, and Irish students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Center
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Career Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Learning Services
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Banks & Post Office
  • Copy & Mail Center
  • On-campus ATM
  • Bookstore
  • Lockers
  • Chaplaincy
  • Museum & Art Galleries
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