The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world with a prestigious history that spans almost two centuries. Located close to the city center, the campus stretches along the River Corrib. Galway, the fourth largest city in Ireland, is located just minutes from the coast and the surrounding area boasts a unique landscape. Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is a ‘college town’ in every sense, with students accounting for approximately 20% of the population of the city during the school year. This youthful energy is reflected in the many internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural and sporting events that are hosted in the city every year.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
NUI Galway will not release their courses until a few months before the semester begins. Therefore, you will need to search the Visiting Students Academic Handbook from the year prior (i.e. if you want to study abroad in Spring 2019, look at the Spring 2018 - Semester 2 - handbook). In addition to traditional subjects, NUI Galway also offers a range of classes each semester focusing on Irish culture and history.
Students generally take an average of 4-5 courses per semester.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at NUI Galway is very similar to Mason's. The Fall Semester (Semester 1) begins in late August and ends in mid-December. The Spring Semester (Semester 2) begins in mid-January and ends in mid-May.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at NUI Galway. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. A typical course is worth 5 ECTS credits.
- 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit
- 5 ECTS = 3 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at NUI Galway.
|NUI Galway Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Student residence halls near the university in either single or double occupancy rooms. Various options are available but they often fill up very quickly so it is recommended you apply as soon as you are accepted. MasonGEO is able to reserve a limited number of rooms at Corrib Village for students each term. Those who are able to secure a room at Corrib Village will have their housing costs (minus any deposits) billed through Mason.
Program Cost (Spring 2020)
*Program cost will be based on the type of courses you select. If you select only one science-based coursed, you will pay the lower fee. If you take two or more, you will pay the higher fee.
**Should you elect to live on-campus at Corrib Village, the cost of housing will also be billed through George Mason University. You will be billed for the room type you reserve. Students are responsible for any deposits. Your program administrator will provide you with the updated program fee which will include the cost above plus an additional housing cost.
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and NUI Galway)
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Housing** (see above)
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland. However, you must still register your presence in the Irish State with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after arrival in Ireland if you plan to stay more than 90 days. Visit the following website for more information:
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.