API (Academic Programs International): Galway - National University Of Ireland, Galway

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Galway is a charming coastal city on the west coast of Ireland. County Galway is Ireland’s largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, and even today the mother tongue of much of the population is the native Irish language. The countryside surrou... read more

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October 01, 2019 The Trip Of A Lifetime
I learned a lot about how important historical cultural practices can have on an ecosystem. How different ecosystems require different management programs. I learned that I am capable of a lot if I put my mind to it! It was absolutely worthwhile. - Nevada State College View Entire Review
I gained an immense amount of knowledge for how the rest of the world works in comparison to the states, which I found it is actually really important. I also gained a lot more personal attributes - better communication skills, people skills, less anxiety about what the future holds, etc. - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Galway - National University Of Ireland, Galway
I learned so much from my time abroad. I learned about myself and I learned how much I really love Ireland. It was definitely worth every penny. - Worcester State University View Entire Review
Past Review Great
Culture - University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa View Entire Review
I learned so much about who I am as a person. It sounds like what everyone else says, but I'm serious. Invest in yourself. Take a risk. There is no greater feeling than being somewhere completely alone and exposed, and leaving with the best friends and memories. - Springfield College View Entire Review
I can honestly say (though it may sound cliche, that it was the best experience of a lifetime--the best I have had so far). I surprised myself with my ability to be incredibly independent and broadened my horizons as far as forcing myself to go outside my comfort zone, physically, mentally, socially, the list could go on! - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I learned more about the person I want to be. I got to experience other cultures and see the differences between my culture and theirs. I learned to be a more easy going person and open with others. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Time Of My Life
Best time ever - Cornell University View Entire Review
Past Review A Review
definitely. - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
Definately - Nazareth College View Entire Review
I definitely plan on going back to Galway... a lot! - Salem State College View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worthwhile. After studying in Ireland, I know I want to live overseas again. This time I'm thinking Scotland or Australia. Studying abroad really opens your eyes to larger world and inspires you with a desire to want to see that world. I am also no longer scared to try new things. After figuring out ... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
August 05, 2019 Guinness & Greenery
I learned about traveling, saving money, making new friends, different cultures and more. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
November 02, 2017 Homesick For Galway
This was the most worthwhile experience of my life. I learned how to travel and organize trips more easily. I learned how to create a life for myself in a new place. I got to experience an international education system. I gained more travel experience and so many new lifelong friends. I could truly go on for days. It was the be... - University of Massachusetts / UMass - Boston View Entire Review
I learned that socializing was an important aspect of daily life. - Niagara University View Entire Review
I gained a great network of artists who pushed me creatively. Also, I created a great group of friends who I hope to stay in contact with. Ireland has inspired me to return to its lands someday and make a name for myself as a writer. - Berea College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Galway - National University Of Ireland, Galway
Absolutely worthwhile! I am so much more confident and I loved being immersed in a different culture for a while - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
While in Ireland, I learned a lot about myself. While the majority for the experience was extremely negative for me, I did learn some major life lessons along the way. Personally I do not think study abroad was worthwhile and if I had to do it again I would choose to stay at my home university. - Nichols College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
You learn so much about other cultures and you learn to be much more independent. absolutely the best four months of my life - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
I gained alot of friends abroad, and it's impacted me by giving me independence. I used to worry about my family too much to be away from them for very long, but now I know I can live anywhere and be okay without them around all the time. I could easily go back and live in Ireland. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Galway - National University Of Ireland, Galway
I came home with a whole new set of confidence in my own abilities as well as different skills that I had learned in the classroom setting at a large university. Most importantly I had been bite by the travel bug. - Saint Michaels College View Entire Review
Definately - Nazareth College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was more than worthwhile, it gave me courage and understanding that there is more to life, and the perspective that the world is bigger than I ever thought. It gave me the knowledge that I can't always be home when I want to be (I had four close people in my life pass away while gone), but it gave me t... - Salem State College View Entire Review

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Galway is a charming coastal city on the west coast of Ireland. County Galway is Ireland’s largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, and even today the mother tongue of much of the population is the native Irish language. The countryside surrounding Galway seems not to have changed in 150 years. Fields that were abandoned during the potato famine of the mid-1800s still lie untouched, and one sees the low stone walls and rolling hillsides that characterize Ireland. In the midst of the history and tradition of the countryside lies the bustling city of Galway. Students find plenty of diversion in the city labeled the “Cultural Capital of Ireland.” Students can choose to attend a play at one of three world-renowned theaters or visit the 13th century Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed before undertaking his journey to the New World.

Programs in Galway Includes:


  • Full Curriculum - Semester and Year: The National University of Ireland, Galway awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5, 6 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying in Galway discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12- 15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet requirements of the home university. In all faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of NUI, Galway and the completion of certain prerequisites. Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.


  • Summer Irish Studies: Students who choose to study abroad in Galway with API during the summer are provided an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines. It consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as identity, emigration, and religion, and a broad range of elective courses. The series of field trips is designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall program structure. In addition, as part of the Irish Studies program, an introductory non-credit class in the Irish language (Gaelic) is provided for interested students.


  • Summer Ecology of Ireland: Students who are interested in a summer study abroad program in Galway that is environmentally-focused will benefit from this new and exciting summer school. The program offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the west of Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainable use and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources. This summer school course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to study ecology, by looking at all aspects of how these habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Celtic Languages, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Business
  • Comparative Literature
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • History
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1997
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community or technical college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

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