National University of Ireland, Galway Courses

You are required to take a full course load, which is typically six courses for 15-18 American credits. NUI Galway offers two special courses for study abroad students, Literacy and Learning in the Community and Exploring the Indigenous Arts.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies -- this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses-- we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Course Restrictions

Seminars in the English department are limited to one per semester. Flexibility does exist with seminar selection, however you should expect to be limited in the number you can take.

Choosing Your Courses

A full course load at NUI, Galway is typically six courses of varying ECTS credits per semester, totaling about 30 ECTS credits.

ECTS credits

American credits

2.5

1.5

3

1.5

5

2.5

6

3

7.5

4

10

5

12

6

12.5

6.5

15

7.5


When selecting your courses from the overseas university’s website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In Ireland, the word for class or course is called a module.

To view classes In the NUI, Galway course catalog, click on the "Classes" tab. Then, click on the link for either "Visiting Student Handbook Semester 1 (Fall)" or "Visiting Student Handbook Semester 2 (Spring)" depending on what semester you are attending.

  • To view the course descriptions, open the appropriate Visiting Student Handbook.
  • Scroll through the handbook to locate the desired department.
  • Under the department heading, locate the website. Please use this website to access course descriptions. Every department has a different website.

Courses offered each semester generally remain consistent from year to year. Irish universities usually don’t post next academic year’s course catalog until just weeks before the semester starts.

In addition to your proposed list of 6-10 courses, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

You are also able to select the following special courses for study abroad students offered by NUIG:

Special Courses for Study Abroad Students
Course IDTitleCreditsSchoolTermSyllabus
NG160 Exploring the Indigenous Arts 2.5 NUIG Spring/Fall PDF
EN150 Literacy and Learning in the Community 2.5 NUIG Spring/Fall PDF
  • NG160 - Exploring the Indigenous Arts: This is a special course that offers study abroad students a practice-based opportunity to learn about indigenous Irish music, song and dance. The semester long course seeks to analyze Irish identity and history - and its current position within a global context - and to examine the impact that Irish culture has had on the development of music, song and dance globally. The course also includes two field trips to the Irish-speaking Connemara region, where students take part in master workshops led by leading artists from the west of Ireland. 
  • EN150 - Literacy and Learning in the Community: This is a service learning course designed specifically for visiting students. U.S. students wishing to enroll in this class will require police clearance from the United States. Students should plan to bring police clearance documentation with them to Ireland.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival at NUI, Galway. The preliminary course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone. You will have a two week drop/add period at the beginning of the semester where you can make changes to your course registration.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form.

Miscellaneous

There is a surcharge that is assessed by NUI Galway for coursework completed in science and engineering departments. This surcharge will be added to your account after you register for courses at NUI Galway.