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*Galway, Ireland - Non-Fairfield Students
Galway, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Non-Fairfield applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 3.00 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: No Service Learning: Yes
Academic Area: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Engineering, English, Environment, Environmental Studies, French, French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, History, Information Systems and Operations Management, Irish Studies, Italian, Italian Language & Literature, Mathematics, Nursing, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Language & Literature Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

Galway Brochure


Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. Located on Ireland's west coast, it is one of Europe's fastest growing cities. This seaport city on Galway Bay has been a center of trade since its founding in the 12th century, and traces of its medieval past still survive. Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. In nearby Connemara, the country's largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking community) carries the native language and culture into modern times. While Galway's economy and population continue to grow, it remains a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Eyre Square, the city's center, is ringed by streets full of boutiques, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting. The National University of Ireland at Galway (NUIG) is a short walk from Eyre Square. Its original quadrangle dates from the 1840s, but modern buildings and state-of-the-art facilities reflect its growth. With an enrollment of over 15,000 students, NUIG contributes significantly to Galway's rich cultural and social life.


Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. At the National University of Ireland at Galway, there are a wide variety of courses from which to choose. You'll receive Fairfield University credit and grades for all coursework.


 The choice is yours! There are a number of options, including homestay with an Irish family, which can be arranged on request. You can request to live with a friend, or ask to be matched with other students attending NUIG. Fairfield offers a limited number of beds in specially-reserved apartments for early applicants. Apartments are all fully furnished, well-maintained, and within a 20-minute walk to campus. You'll have a full kitchen so you can cook your own meals. You can also eat inexpensively at NUIG's restaurants and snack bars. Galway's dining scene offers everything from fast food to fine cuisine.


There are many extracurricular activities available at NUIG; joining is a great way to meet Irish students. There are over 50 athletic clubs, from archery to windsurfing, and 60 other societies, ranging from academic groups to choir to volunteer opportunities. The River Corrib, the shoreline, mountains, and hills nearby all provide opportunities for outdoor activities, and you'll have use of the Recreation Center, computer labs, the campus travel office, and, of course, health and counseling services. The International Student Office sponsors events and trips for visiting students, and is also a resource for any concerns you may have, whether academic, social, or health-related.

Each semester there will be approximately three events provided for students on the Fairfield program. The offerings may change in response to the seasons and timing of special events, like festivals. Here is a sample:

  • Overnight trip to the Aran Islands, including boat, bus, and bed and breakfast (B&B)
  • Weekend in Dublin, including train, B&B, entrances to museums and galleries
  • Theater performance/music festival


  • 15 Fairfield University undergraduate credits and grades
  • Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
  • Orientation in Galway
  • Cultural Activities
  • Access to Fairfield University library resources online
  • Study skills assistance/tutoring
  • Internship option
  • Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical evacuation insurance

    The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Year 2014-2015 02/01/2014
02/24/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 04/15/2014
Rolling Admission 09/03/2014 12/20/2014
Spring 2015 10/15/2014
Rolling Admission 01/07/2015 05/14/2015
Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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