Irish Studies in Galway


Galway, Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Galway


Galway, Ireland Street scene

Want to learn in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Studying at the National University of Ireland in Galway through the Villanova Irish Studies program might be just what you’re looking for!

Galway is an amazing west coast town in Ireland. Known as Ireland’s “Cultural Heart” this fantastic city has a deep and rich connection to Irish culture. The National University of Galway, Ireland is able to accommodate most Villanova majors offering classes in History, Literature, Business, Biology, Engineering and many more subject areas. If you have specific questions about the program, feel free to contact the resident director, Mary Madec, or schedule a meeting with your study abroad advisor.

NUI Galway Quad


All Villanova students studying at NUI Galway for the semester are automatically enrolled in the Irish Studies Seminar IS4100, which it taught by resident director Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec. This required course makes full use of the surrounding city by complementing weekly seminars on such topics as Celtic Ireland, Irish music and dance, and contemporary Irish society, with numerous study trips to area historical sites and towns. Since this course is interdisciplinary, it may count towards various requirements depending on the students' interests and academic needs, including but not limited to the Irish Studies Concentration. Upon successful completion of this IS4100 class, Villanova students will be awarded a letter grade which will count towards their official GPA.

In addition to the IS4100 course, students are required to register in 4 additional courses chosen from a wide-range of subjects taught at NUI Galway.  A preliminary course selection is organized with each student's OEA advisor prior to departure, however official enrollment does not occur until students arrive on site in Galway during orientation.  Information on specific class offerings can be found on NUI Galway'swebsite. All courses taught at NUI Galway will be awarded transfer credit and will not affect Villanova GPA.

The academic environment at NUI Galway is different than that at Villanova. Most classes will be held in a larger lecture style setting and students will be expected to keep up with the readings and the assignments.  Often, classes will only have one or two exams or papers which will be the basis for a student's entire grade. This type of learning demands that students take individual responsibility for their coursework.

More information about academic and cultural life in Galway can be found on NUI Galway's Study Abroad website.

Typical twin bedroom at Gort na Coiribe


Most Villanova University students choose to live at the Gort na Coiribe student village. These accommodations are fully integrated, allowing students to truly immerse themselves in Irish life by living with other Irish and international students. Gort na Coiribe occupies a prime central site at the Headford Road roundabout in Galway. Only a short distance from Eyre Square and approximately 15 minutes walk from the University, Gort na Coiribe provides the perfect location for both the academic and social aspects of a student’s life in Galway.

Villanova University will work with accepted students to submit a separate housing application to Gort na Coiribe. However, once a student is offered placement at Gort na Coiribe, all housing deposits and semester payments will be made directly to Gort na Coiribe.  Estimated housing costs for a semester can be found on the Gort na Coiribe website. 

Typical living room area in a Gort na Coiribe apartment

While living at Gort na Coiribe, students are responsible for buying and cooking all meals. The kitchen in each house/apartment contains an oven, fridge and microwave and is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. There is a grocery store right across the street from Gort na Coiribe. Food services are also available at the university. The Living room contains settees, dining table and chairs and TV with remote control, multi-channel TV and an incoming telephone service with voicemail is fitted in each house/apt. All rooms include Ethernet connections as well. Each property is also supplied with a Hoover, Iron and Ironing Board. Although linens and towels are not provided, our students have found that it is very easy to purchase them at the shopping center across the street from Gort na Coiribe, and makes luggage much lighter!



Semester   Arrival Departure
Fall 2017 Late August Mid-December
Spring 2018 Early January Mid-May
Academic Year 17-18 Late August Mid-May

Confirmed dates will be updated as they become available.

NUI Galway Cost Worksheet 2016-17
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NUI Galway Cost Sheet 2016-17


Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.