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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Tineka Lebrun
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Microbiology, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, German, History, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Theatre, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:
Galway, Ireland

Program Overview     

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
Boats at the harbor in Galway, Ireland 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 Galway course catalog to find more information about specific courses.

Please visit the Arcadia Galway website to learn more about the program details.

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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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

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.

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.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA, applicants that do not meet the 3.0 requirement will be considered on a case by case basis 
  • Second Semester Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study

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.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet and Spring Budget Sheet. 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 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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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 are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each 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 Student Spotlights 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 on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 05/18/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 09/03/2018 12/22/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students 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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