- Service-learning opportunities for credit
- International excursion
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Open to juniors and seniors only
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation and two academic references
- One official transcript
- Program of study statement
- Passport-sized photo
- Copy of passport/birth certificate
- Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documents
Dates & Fees
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
12-15 hours per semester (credits vary per course; total is not officially determined until registration)
Students who choose to study abroad with API at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) choose from a range of undergraduate courses as offered in the Faculties of Arts (humanities), Commerce (business), Engineering, and Science. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture styles, and grades are based predominantly on one final exam.
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.
SERVICE LEARNING/VOLUNTEER OPTION
NUI, Galway has introduced a Service Learning module designed specifically for study abroad students. This semester long, credit-bearing course, ‘Literacy and Learning in the Community’, teaches students about literacy, reading awareness and reading strategies and involves working on a one-to-one basis with elementary and high school students in homework clubs based in Galway.
Visiting Students who do not get the opportunity to participate in this course can volunteer their services through the University’s ALIVE program (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience). Contact API for more information on these opportunities.
API students receive their transcript from the National University of Ireland, Galway upon completion of their program.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Access to International Phone Plans
- API Alumni Network
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- Resident Director
- On-Site Orientation
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy
Rachel Mogan is the Galway Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Ireland.
Fionnghuala Geraghty and Kevin Henessy are the Galway Resident Directors, and will work with you during your stay in Ireland.