Galway was founded in the 13th century as a medieval settlement on the eastern bank of the River Corrib. It became a walled and fortified city state ruled by fourteen powerful merchant families later known as the "Tribes of Galway". Today, Galway is a vibrant, bustling center of the arts and commerce, while retaining a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city has medieval streets, waterways, an extensive range of shopping facilities, and a wealth of music sessions and other cultural events.
National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen's College Galway, and subsequently renamed University College Galway in 1908. The university has grown significantly since the 1960s, both in terms of buildings, facilities and physical resources and also in the numbers of its students and staff. The university has 7 faculties: Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law and about 13,900 students.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in classics, English, economics, geography, philosophy, psychology, management, marketing, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, engineering, and information technology. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses.
You will take regular courses with local students at NUI- Galway. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits per the requirements of Arcadia University; this will be roughly a full-time load at the host institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival.
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Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students should take the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits at the host institution, between 12 and 18 host institution credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the ARCADIA Galway Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a privately-managed student village, in self-catered apartments with shared bathroom, kitchen, and living areas. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- 1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
- Signature documents
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with Arcadia as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.