Location: Galway, Ireland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Semester students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be a junior or senior. Students in science and engineering may have additional requirements per NUI-Galway.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

Subjects Available: 

  • Advertising
  • Archaeology
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Gaelic (Irish)
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Women and Gender Studies


The University: National University of Ireland, Galway is located on the River Corrib close to the center of town. The college was first opened for students in 1849 as Queen's College Galway. In 1908 it became part of the National University and currently has over 5,000 students attending seven different faculties. The original mid-nineteenth century University buildings are in a Tudor architectural style. The old stone quadrangle, at the heart of the University, is flanked by new buildings, reflecting the steady growth, in quality and in numbers, of the University.

Academics: UMSL students will enroll in regular courses at NUI-Galway. Popular program choices include liberal arts, business, law, science, and engineering. 

Housing: There are several furnished student apartments available for rent.  These apartments are about a 5-20 minute walk from campus. Single or double rooms are available, and rates vary on apartment size and location. 

Activities and Programs: Students are strongly encouraged to join clubs and societies. There are over 100 on campus including societies and sports. Recruitment days are held at the start of each semester. Although no "buddy" program exists, NUI-Galway offers a volunteering programme where students can interface with the local community. There is also an International Student Society which is comprised of international and domestic students.


Location: Ireland is an island of five million people located in the Northwest of Europe and is a member of the European Union. Almost half of the Irish population is under the age of twenty five. Ireland is one of six celtic nations with its distinctive Irish (Gaelic) culture and language. Although Irish is its first official language, English is now the most common language in daily use. However, Irish is still the first language of Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking) communities which are located mainly on the west coast of Ireland.

Galway, with a population of 72,000, is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and one of Europe's fastest growing urban centres. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with a thriving cultural and commercial community. Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theatre, arts and culture, Galway has earned the title 'Cultural Capital of Ireland'. The world renowned Druid Theatre Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc, the National Irish Language theatre, are all located in the city centre. The close proximity of the Connemara 'Gaeltacht', the country's largest Irish speaking community and location of the Irish-language television service, TG4, gives a distinctive 'Gaelic' dimension to the cultural life of Galway.

International Office Website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/international-students/study-abroad-at-nuigalway.html

Housing: http://www.nuigalway.ie/accommodation/


Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $325.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $2730.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1800.00
Airfare $1000.00
Local Transportation $
Other $800.00
Total $10584.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency  page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes Irish government registration fees. Housing includes refundable deposit



Some photos and text courtesy of NUI-Galway