National University of Ireland, Galway Courses

A full course load per semester is typically six courses for 15 American credits.

  • Make sure your courses 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.

Course and Department Restrictions

Seminars in the English department are limited to one per semester.

Special Nomenclature

In Ireland, the word for class or course is module.

Choosing Your Courses

ECTS Credit 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

The NUI, Galway course catalog:

  • Select the Classes tab
  • Select the link for the Visiting Student Handbooks for fall (semester I) or spring (semester 2).
  • Locate the desired Department in the Handbook.
  • Under the Department heading, locate the Website.
  • Use this Website to access Course Descriptions.
  • Every Department has a different Website.
  • Courses offered generally remain consistent from year to year
  • Irish universities don’t post next year’s course catalog until August.

Consider the following special courses for study abroad students offered by NUIG:

Special Courses for Study Abroad Students
Course ID Title Credits School Term Syllabus
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: a practice-based opportunity to learn about indigenous Irish music, song and dance.
  • EN150 - Literacy and Learning in the Community: a service learning course. U.S. students wishing to enroll in this class will require police clearance from the United States (documentation should be brought to Ireland).

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival at NUI, Galway.

The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes, it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

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 on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
70 - 100% First Class Honours A
60 - 69% Second Class Honours Upper B+
50 - 59% Second Class Honours Lower B
45 - 49% Third Class Honours C+
40 - 44% Pass C
0 - 39% Failure F
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Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips.