Originally founded in 1845 as Queen’s College, Galway, National University of Ireland (NUI
), Galway is today regarded as one of the country’s most prestigious universities with a worldwide reputation for scholarship and teaching. Since the 1960s, the university has experienced significant and continuous growth in its stock of buildings, facilities, and physical resources, with an enrollment now exceeding 15,000 students. There are many student associations to get involved in during your time at NUI Galway. An alphabetical list of student societies is available at this
website. The city of Galway is consistently noted as Ireland's cultural
heart and is a great fit for a BC student who really wants to immerse his/herself in the study abroad experience.
BC students at NUI Galway are completely integrated into the Irish university system. An orientation
provided by the International Student Office at Galway introduces students to life in the city and at the university. BC in Galway includes a BC resident director teaches a mandatory Irish Studies course for all students and helps with all academic questions.
Please consult the acceptance materials that NUI Galway sends you for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams.
Ms. Marguarita (Rita) O’Donoghue
BC Resident Director - BC in Galway
International Student Officer
Academics & Support
BC students can choose from a wide selection of classes (modules) from Galway's regular degree courses, to meet their own major or minor requirements - subject to meeting the normal prerequisites. Programmes are offered in humanities, political science, sociology, psychology, languages, business, science, theatre, and more. NUI Galway also offers courses
specifically for international exchange students.
Course selection information at NUIG is available here
All BC students are required to take an Irish Studies course taught by Rita O' Donoghue. The class will be in lieu of one semester course at NUIG and will carry 3 BC credits. Full year students only are required to take this class fall semester. It will be offered at a time to be announced and scheduled not to conflict with your other classes.
NUI Galway offers strong student services and a variety of pre-arrival information here.
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in mid-May.
Please note that although you will be paying BC tuition, you will be paying all housing costs directly to the provider. The following information may be of help in making your decision about housing. Student residences
are not managed by the university.
Bear in mind that most student residences are available for full year students so be sure to apply early for housing. Rita O’Donoghue can also advise students early on about alternate housing.
Irish universities do not have meal plans but NUI Galway has many on-campus dining facilities
as well as off-campus restaurants, and your accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements after they receive acceptance from NUIG.
To study in Ireland, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your estimated return date. You may apply
for a passport at any major U.S. post office. Be sure to start this process as soon as possible as it usually takes six to eight weeks to complete.
US Citizens and permanent residents do not require a student visa to enter Ireland, but do require registering with immigration after arriving in Ireland. Students’ program manager, NUIG, and BC in Galway will provide more information about the process which can be read about here
Most international students arrive in Ireland at one of the two main airports: Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport. Arrival information can be found here.