National University of Ireland Galway



The National University of Ireland, Galway is accredited by the National University of Ireland, a federal University.
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI) 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, NUI 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. As well we enjoying the excellent academics offered at NUI 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 NUI Galway makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and holistic study abroad experience.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from NUI 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.


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 NUI Galway grades 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.

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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Thomas Fisher

Program Director
Galway, Ireland
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Thomas has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2008, his passion for Irish history and culture led him to Galway, where he earned a master's degree in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland – Galway (NUIG). Since 2010, Thomas has worked with international students studying abroad in Galway on both semester and summer programs. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Irish Studies at NUIG.
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