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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.
Students participating on this program will take three Nursing courses (found below) in addition to two Fairfield core courses such as Literature and History for a total of 15 credits. Students must be academically engaged four days a week. Nursing students are required to take the following three courses as part of their total enrollment:
Social Sciences II (NU248)
Research Methods (NU216)
International Nursing (NU230)
The module on International Nursing (NU230) requires students spend time in the clinical setting. This gives students an opportunity to observe nursing practice in Ireland first hand. Students are placed in University College Hospital, Galway for these hours. University College Hospital is adjacent to the University, so students do not have to travel far. Students will be an observer only while on placement and will work with a registered nurse who will guide and direct their learning while on placement. Students will also be supported by a Clinical Placement Coordinator. Once clinical visits have been confirmed it is required that students attend and participate as appropriate.
Students who participate on this program will receive a Fairfield transcript and letter grades upon successful completion from their semester abroad.
Upon return, students complete a medication and skills review, enroll in a 6-week medical-surgical summer course on campus from mid-May to mid-July, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curriculum adjustments. Students are responsible for the cost of the summer course and housing. Please contact the Fairfield University Nursing department directly for additional information.
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. A database of all courses approved by Fairfield University department chairs can be found here: Courses Approved
Students will be paired with a registered nurse who will guide and direct students in their learning while on placement. This placement is only observational. Nurses in Galway wear uniforms as opposed to ‘scrubs’ in most wards and departments. The uniform is typically a white or blue top with navy pants. Students who do not have a comparable uniform are expected to wear their Fairfield School of Nursing clinical uniform. If you have a name badge or stag card, please bring that with you as well as means of identification while on clinical visits.
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 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 facility. Students will be provided with Wi-Fi, cooking utensils, crockery, linens, a pillow and towel upon arrival. Students apartments will also have laundry machines in the complex.
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 complete the following steps (preferably in this order):
Attend information session (required)
Meet with academic advisor
Meet with study abroad advisor
Attend accepted students’ meeting (required)
Meet with academic advisor again
Attend course approval clinics
Attend pre-departure meeting (required)
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: December 15
Spring: May 1
Students applying to study abroad at NUI Galway must have a minimum GPA of 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
All students will be charged Fairfield University tuition, room and board. For questions regarding billing, please contact the Fairfield University Bursar’s Office.
Semester program cost includes • Tuition
• Housing • Breakfast and Dinner six days per week • 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: March 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.
Dates / Deadlines:
** 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.