- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
On this program, students will directly enroll in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI) and take classes alongside local students pursuing their degree at the university. Students will also be supported by Arcadia’s on-site staff who will give logistical support and plan cultural activities and excursions.
Academic Year: early September - mid May
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early January- mid May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Galway is Ireland’s sixth most populous city with a population of approximately 80, 000. Situated of the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and the Galway Bay, Galway is an old city that is home medieval churches and castles but also has a lively downtown where pubs and restaurants line the cobblestone streets.
National University of Ireland, Galway was originally incorporated in 1845 and its student population has grown to over 17,000. Courses in areas like Irish history, language and culture can be taken along with subjects like business, the natural sciences and information technology. You can study in the Faculty of Arts (which includes some law courses), and in the Faculties of Commerce, Engineering, and Science (although these three faculties have more restricted course offerings). Depending on the timetable for classes and examinations, you may cross-register between these faculties and among departments. Each department has a designated faculty advisor for international students.
If you're interested in athletics, you'll find a great range of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities. The surrounding area offers prime opportunities for outdoor sporting adventure. You can enjoy rowing, kayaking and canoeing on the River Corrib (which borders the eastern side of the University), wind surfing and sailing in the seaside resort of Salthill, and mountaineering and hill walking in the mountains and hills of Connemara.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.