Ireland NUI Galway
National University of Ireland, Galway
Preliminary Course Information

The Course Selection Process

  • In order to proceed with your application to the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) you will need to submit a preliminary course form for your semester. Your course selections should be made in consultation with your academic advisor.

  • If you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

  • 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.

  • Your flexibility is very important to the process.

  • 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.

  • While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.

  • 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.
  • NUI Galway offers two special courses for study abroad students:

    EN150 - Literacy and Learning in the Community and

    NG160 - Exploring the Indigenous Arts.

Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in Ireland. A full course load at NUI, Galway is typically six courses of varying ECTS credits per semester, totaling about 30 ECTS credits. This translates to 15-18 American credits for the semester.

Official course registration will take place at NUI, Galway.

Please note that you should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution.

Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

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

Navigating the Overseas University's Course Website

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

NUI, Galway course offerings and course descriptions are available here.

  • To view the classes, 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.

  • Important Course Restriction – 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.

  • EN150 is a service learning course designed specifically for visiting students. It is available in both fall and spring semesters; worth 2.5 American credits. 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. Click here for the full course syllabus.

  • Exploring the Indigenous Arts (NG160) 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 Connemarra region, where students take part in master workshops led by leading artists from the west of Ireland. It is available in both fall and spring semesters; worth 2.5 American credits. Click here for the full course syllabus.

Other Important Points

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.

  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

  • It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school.


For assistance with the application process, you can contact your Program Manager, Amanda Zimmerman, or Enrollment Counselor, Adam Williams, at 1-866-927-2234.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.