Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. The city is the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. Galway has all of the charm of small town Ireland, while providing a first class academic experience. Galway is a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Visit the vibrant Eyre Square in the city's center, which is ringed by streets full of shops, street musicians, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting!
National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College. After the Quadrangle building was constructed, the University welcomed its first cohort of 63 students in 1849. Today, NUI Galway is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world and is recognized as being one of the best universities for their international outlook. The University has changed with the times and has a blend of historical buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. NUI Galway’s campus is situated on the bank of the River Corrib, has over 90 buildings on 259 acres of land.
Students will have a comprehensive orientation upon arrival at NUI Galway. Information regarding course registration, student safety, sports, clubs and societies, student health, library services, etc. will be provided. Students will also be given a city and campus tour by our Program Coordinator on site followed by a welcome dinner.
NUI Galway has a wide variety of courses in which students can enroll. Students must be academically engaged four days a week. Students typically take five courses, three credits each, for a total of fifteen credits while abroad. Students who participate on this program will receive a Fairfield transcript and letter grades upon successful completion of their semester abroad.
NUI Galway does not publish their course offerings prior to the start of the semester. Students will be given the finalized list of courses offered and the timetable of the courses during NUI Galway orientation. Students register for their courses during orientation. Once students have been approved by Fairfield to study abroad, and have been accepted to study at NUI Galway, students are expected to review the course offerings from the year prior (as a guide) and begin the course approval process at Fairfield.
There are many ways for students to engage with their community while in Galway. Whether students are interested in becoming a student mentor, joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, or aiding in an event, there are activities for everyone. Check out the volunteer opportunities here
In addition, students have the opportunity to engage with the community for academic credit. As one of a student’s five courses, students may enroll in the
Literacy and Learning in the Community course - a service learning class. 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 educational and social issue.
An application for the
Literacy and Learning in the Community course will be provided at the Academic Advisory Sessions during orientation. As part of this course students will be working with young children in a homework club. Therefore U.S. students wishing to enroll in the Service Learning Module will require police clearance from the United States. Students should plan to bring police clearance documentation with them to Ireland if they are interested in participating in this course. Students may also require police clearance if they wish to avail of other volunteering opportunities.
Students live in comfortable, furnished apartments located within a fifteen minute walk to campus and the city center. Bedrooms are double-occupancy, and each apartment may have from two to three bedrooms. Students may request to live with one other student. Roommate requests are requests and cannot be guaranteed. Students may be placed with other students on the Fairfield program, or with other students living in the housing facilities. Students will be provided with Wi-Fi, cooking utensils, crockery, linens, a pillow and towel upon arrival. Student apartments will also have laundry machines. Watch a student tour of one of the housing accommodations in Galway!
US students studying abroad in Ireland will need to register for the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Galway to facilitate registration upon arrival. The International Affairs Office at NUI Galway will arrange an appointment for you with the GNIB. This will occur within the first month of arrival in Galway. Please do not arrange for any travel prior to receiving your immigration card.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to participate in this program, each student must first complete all application requirements at their home university. Each university has different application requirements so be sure to speak to your study abroad advisor.
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Fall/Year: March 1
Spring: October 1
This program is open to all sophomore, junior, or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 3.0 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
Program Fees and Cancellation
Semester program cost includes:
• Airport pick-up and transfer
• Comprehensive orientation
• Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
• Cultural excursions
• Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
Students are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit for their program after committing to going abroad for a semester or summer, and are subject to a cancellation fee if they withdraw from the program after the deposit deadline. The deposit is part of the students overall tuition and will be reflected on their invoice.The Deposit Deadline is as follows:
Fall/Year: April 1
Spring: October 1
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $12,000 or more.
Please see additional program cancellation policy information.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.