Arcadia: Galway - National University of Ireland, Galway
The vibrant cultural heritage of the Galway city, known as the Cultural Capital of Ireland, will be a unique and impressive part of your academic and social experience at NUI Galway. With its bookstores, arts and crafts, music and theatre, pubs, s... read more
Yes, I really enjoyed learning and studying in a different country. It was interesting to be able to learn about topics from a perspective other than America's perspective. A student - Berea College View Entire Review
I valued the opportunity to see a different culture and a different educational system from my own as well as the opportunity to travel throughout Europe on a budget. A student - Barnard College View Entire Review
I learned how to listen and learn and look A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Living abroad is the best experience you can ask for. You learn a lot about yourself, as well as, the world in general. Shannen H - Fordham University View Entire Review
I realized how to live on my own and how to become accustomed to a culture that is different from my own. Jackson B - Trinity University View Entire Review
This was the best experience of my life and I cannot wait to go back. I learned so much about people from all over the world and how different/similar things are. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Irish culture! Totally worthwhile. A student - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I explored different cultures and feel much more independent now. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned how different cultures around the world are, and how they influence the way people act. It was the most worthwhile thing I have ever done. Luke M - Fordham University View Entire Review
I learned so much about my own strength, and what I am capable of doing. I also learned that it is more valuable to go into strange waters than keep to ones you know. I learned about Ireland and Irish Culture, I learned Irish drinking songs, and pub life. I learned about Paris, Hungary, Sardinia, England, and how wonderful and c... Elizabeth F - Barnard College View Entire Review
It was totally worthwhile. I learned about a new culture and gained a new perspective on life. The Irish have a very distinctive character and are fascinating to interact with. Their outlook on life is much less driven than the american outlook. Ireland definitely got me to relax about my impending graduation in May. As bad as... Charlotte C - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned to be more open. I learned a bit of Irish. Gained gratitude towards other countries, opened my eyes to the different experiences. I learned to play rugby and really connected with a team. This helped me make bonds with local students and maintain close friendships while I came back to the states. It was such a great ex... Brittany M - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
independence, how to cook, attempt at budgeting, adapting to different peoples lifestyles who are much different than mine, listening to hard accents Meaghan M - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Being able to live on my own, meeting new people, understanding politics in a different sphere, international travel experience. Yes Aidan B - Brandeis University View Entire Review
While I believe I did gain a lot of independence skills, I am not sure I couldn't have learned them while living in a similar housing situation at my home university. If I could go back and do it again I think I would not have gone abroad at all. I would have been better off staying at my home university. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
What I gained from this experience will be influencing me for the rest of my life. I became so much more independent and confident in myself. I learned so much about the culture and history of Ireland. I met so many people and learned about lifestyles I've never been exposed to before. I learned about what I valued and loved... Kailey D - Trinity University View Entire Review
So much about different cultures, and learning to be on my own. It really challenged me to prioritize and be confident in who I am, even if it's not the way others around me are or want me to be. Heather B - Trinity University View Entire Review
Became more independent and saw the world! Yes!! A student - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about different cultures and got to see what life was like outside of America. Very worthwhile. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile A student - Providence College View Entire Review
I really learned more about myself during this experience. I was forced to break out of my comfort zone, which was difficult at first, but has shaped who I am today. Traveling around Europe strengthened my experience further because I had to face pleasant, as well as difficult, situations. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
learned more about cultures A student - Providence College View Entire Review
Everything. Absolutely Ryan F - Providence College View Entire Review
It was definitely worth while, if for no other reason than it fulfilled a personal goal and I was able to prove to myself that I could do it. A student - Providence College View Entire Review
So much knowledge about other cultures, new friends, independence A student - Roger Williams University View Entire Review
The vibrant cultural heritage of the Galway city, known as the Cultural Capital of Ireland, will be a unique and impressive part of your academic and social experience at NUI Galway. With its bookstores, arts and crafts, music and theatre, pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants Galway offers a treasure trove of lively history and culture on Ireland's famous west coast.
The picturesque campus, over 160 years old, is a mere 10-15 minute walk or ride from the center of Galway. While classes are taught in English, the university maintains a strong commitment to the Irish language which you'll hear spoken on campus and throughout the local area.
You’ll be able to choose from the University's extensive variety of course offerings in the humanities, sciences, business, engineering and law. To make the most out of the study abroad experience, many students take advantage of courses in Irish history, language and culture.
Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses.
Here is a sampling:
- Belfast Weekend
- Giant's Causeway
- Cliffs of Moher
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
- Game of Thrones set locations
Arcadia opens the doors to new experiences, different academic learning, people, cultures and perspectives so you can build your own lifelong learning and memories:
Enjoy academic success – earn credit abroad
Explore a new world – excursions, activities, events, and so much more!
Get to know yourself – gain a new view of the world and your place in it.
Rely on us for support – 9 centers in 12 countries worldwide
Boost your resume – employers AND graduate schools.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Computer and Information Sciences
- Irish Studies
- Communication and Media Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Business Communications
- Celtic Languages, Literature
- Creative Writing
- Film, Video, Photographic Arts
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Legal Studies
- Marine Sciences
- Mathematics, Statistics
- Pharmacology, Toxicology
- Political Science and Government
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The College of Global Studies at Arcadia has one of the most extensive scholarship programs of any study abroad organization. As a non-profit university, Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participation in an Arcadia program and staying home. Eligibility for our scholarships is based on financial need and approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award.