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A boat rests in the bay at Claddagh in Galway, Ireland.

Program at a Glance

University of Galway

Country or area Ireland
City Galway
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Year
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Galway, Ireland, is one of those magical cities that literally dances to its own beat with musical groups sharing traditional and new Irish music on street corners. Unlike the hustle and expense of Dublin, Galway offers a more affordable, but no less exciting environment. The University of Galway program is a full immersion experience, which means you’ll be treated like any other Irish student. It’s ideal for students looking for university life in a smaller Irish city surrounded by the rich countryside of the Emerald Isle. Try your hand at truly Irish activities like Gaelic football. Explore the stunning Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher.


Sitting between Connemara and the Burren, the beautiful and compact campus of the University of Galway is a stone's throw from the city center. Buildings that comprise the campus are a mixture of old, historic landmarks and new, highly designed works of architecture. Adding color and energy to the city, the student community is an essential part of life in Galway. The University of Galway easily earns it's international recognition as a research-led university with the MaREI marine science institute and Galway National Center for Biomedical Engineering Science. One of the most wheelchair-accessible campuses in the world, University of Galway is also very photogenic. The ivy creeping up the old stone buildings in the Gothic quadrangle turns fiery red in fall. The campus also features random creative sculptures, the rushing River Corrib, and oxidized copper spires shining in the sun.