Ireland: National University of Ireland Galway, Galway
The National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. Established in 1845, the university is grounded in Galway's rich medieval past. Over 1,500 international students, almost 10 percent of the student population and representing fifty different countries, attend NUI Galway each year. Students earn twelve–fifteen credit hours per semester and take courses from a variety of disciplines. Located on the banks of the River Corrib, the University offers a variety of student services close to the city center. Academic resources include a library, computer resource center, an Irish language Center, and the Applied Languages Center. A designated office offers students opportunities to participate in volunteer and community service activities. There are also a variety of student activities on campus such as clubs, teams, and the International Students Society, which arranges social and cultural events throughout the year and fosters cross-cultural understanding.
Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture, Galway has earned the title of "Cultural Capital of Ireland." Galway is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural and commercial community.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
Galway, with a population of 62,000, is the ideal European university town. A significant number of Galway’s population is made up of current or former college students; the resulting interdependence of town and gown has helped build a compact, thriving city that caters to young people. Galway has been enjoying an economic boom in recent times; yet, it still retains a powerful and intimate sense of community. For nearly a thousand years, Galway has been the largest and most important city in the west of Ireland. As the capital of Connemara – the outcropping of land between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean – Galway is at the heart of one of the world’s most scenic and evocative landscapes. Cultural richness is reflected by the strong academic programs in Irish Studies offered by the University, and by the lively arts scene for which Galway is renowned.
The National University of Ireland, Galway was established in 1845 and is located in the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland. The school, situated on the banks of the River Corrib, offers a variety of student services that are all close to Galway's city center. NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. With over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law.