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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Students who choose to study abroad with API at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) choose from a range of undergraduate courses as offered in the Faculties of Arts (humanities), Commerce (business), Engineering, and Science. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture styles, and grades are based predominantly on one final exam.
Students who are interested in taking courses in the fields of engineering and science will be subject to an additional fee of $2,000 per semester; $4,000 per year.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Galway programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
The Cliffs of Moher & The Burren are at the heart of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, which is Ireland's rugged West Coast, and one of our most dramatic landscapes. This is Ireland at its most panoramic, with it’s cliff top walks, quintessential Irish Villages, friendly country vibes…all surrounded with jaw dropping views! It’s an adventure never to be forgotten! We will also travel through The Burren, which gets its name from the Gaelic word 'bhoireann' meaning, 'a stony or Rocky place' which formed over 320 million years ago under what was a tropical sea. This unusual landscape has an intriguing underworld area that is best understood by a visit to the famous Aillwee Caves, which are about 1.5 million years old, and boast some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in Ireland.
larney Castle tends to be top of most Bucket lists, and for very good reasons! You’ve heard if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll get the gift of the gab for 7 years, right? Well if you are hot on becoming a storyteller after all your adventures, this is certainly the thing to do, and you also get to check out a pretty awesome Castle & Gardens at the same time! What’s not to like? This trip will also include some beautiful scenic stops in the stunning Cork Countryside, and a lovely walking tour of Cork City itself!
The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to give it its correct name) is a tourist trail and part of the mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it has some of Europe’s finest beaches,. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland, containing Iron Age Forts, Ogham Stones, old monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, Kerry is one of Ireland’s must visits, and one of the best weekend getaways!!
The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!
We make our way from Galway city to the wild and unspoiled boglands of Furbo in Connemara to get back to nature at Eile Mental. Eile Mental Activity Park promotes Irish language, heritage and culture through exciting outdoor activities in a fun, friendly and safe environment. While here we will receive a masterclass in archery while immersing ourselves in the peat bog landscape. Next, we will make the journey over the Connemara bog road to St Brigit’s Celtic Gardens where we will take a journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, with a tour of the four Celtic gardens, a traditional ancient fairy fort and thatched roundhouse.
Dolphin Watch is a special guided boat trip with students to the mouth of the River Shannon, a huge area of wildlife conservation, where Irelands greatest river opens up into the Atlantic at Hoop head. Here you can watch and learn about Ireland’s resident group of bottlenose dolphins and other creatures that inhabit this beautiful area. Every trip is different in this dynamic environment, and you can immerse yourself in the magic of Ireland's stunning natural backdrop, while getting the chance to encounter irish wildlife at its best.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
SERVICE LEARNING/VOLUNTEER OPTION
NUI, Galway has introduced a Service Learning module designed specifically for study abroad students. This semester-long, credit-bearing course, ‘Literacy and Learning in the Community’, teaches students about literacy, reading awareness and reading strategies and involves working on a one-to-one basis with elementary and high school students in homework clubs based in Galway.
Visiting Students who do not get the opportunity to participate in this course can volunteer their services through the University’s ALIVE program (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience). Contact API for more information on these opportunities.
API students receive their transcript from the National University of Ireland, Galway upon completion of their program.
Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
Courses are taught in the seminar and lecture styles, and grades are often based on one final exam. In order to determine the level of a particular class, students should pay attention to the number in the course title. Courses that begin with 1 are 1st-year courses; courses that begin with 2 are 2nd-year courses; courses that begin with 3 and/or 4 are 3rd and 4th-year courses, respectively.
Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc.
There are additional fees for semester/year students who enroll in nursing/science and/or engineering classes. These fees affect the final program price. Generally, the extra fees apply to students who enroll in more than 10 ECTS of science/ engineering/ or nursing modules. Students are encouraged to contact the API office for further details.
Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that after consulting the course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 2-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester in Galway. Voluntary, non-credit Irish language courses (Gaelic) are also available.
Course times, course descriptions and the semester in which a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.
Service-Learning: Literacy and Learning in the Community (2.5 credits)
This semester-long course is specially designed to facilitate a service-learning component for U.S. study abroad students at NUI Galway. The class consists of 24 hours of academic lectures, 12 hours of reflective seminars (1 hour per week), and 20+ hours of service in local community homework clubs (10 weeks).
Students gain an improved understanding of important theories and perspectives relating to literacy acquisition and how Irish society responds to the challenges associated with this important education and social issue. Students also benefit from experiential learning of how local homework clubs in the Galway area provide support and structure for children to develop their learning and literacy skills.
Exploring the Indigenous Arts (2.5 credits)
This course offers students an exciting, practice-based, opportunity to learn about indigenous Irish music, song, and dance. The course is delivered via a two-hour class each week at the main NUI Galway campus and two field trips to the Irish-speaking Connemara region, where students take part in master workshops guided by leading artists from the west of Ireland. Special features of the class include:
The National University of Ireland, Galway awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5, 6 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 semester credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying in Galway discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12- 15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet requirements of the home university. In all faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of NUI, Galway and the completion of certain prerequisites. Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
NUI Galway Class Catalog, Fall
NUI Galway Class Catalog, Spring
API students live in student apartments located within 20-25 minutes walking distance of the university. Apartments generally consist of 3-5 double bedrooms, a shared living area, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. During the semester, API students may be housed with Irish and other international students, while summer students live alongside American and other international students. It is common for apartments to be co-ed.
Housing for academic year students is included in the period between the fall and spring semesters.
Meals are not included in these housing options.