National University of Ireland, Galway Courses

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

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.
  • Please indicate 7-10 courses, including alternates, on your preliminary course form that you are pre-approved for and can take while abroad. In the event of scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations, this ensures that you will be prepared to finalize your courses once overseas.

Course 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 Credits U.S. 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 1) 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
DT 3115 Exploring Irish Theatre 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).
  • DT3115 - Exploring Irish Theatre: allows students to explore Irish theatre and performance, through both classroom-based and practical activities. 

Enrollment Process

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

The online 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.


Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art, science, engineering and mathematics courses will include a supplemental fee.

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 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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