Sciences, Technology, & Engineering

National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Sciences, Technology, & Engineering

  • Location


  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

    National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) was founded in 1845. The current President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the previous Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, Enda Kenny, are just a few of NUI Galway's notable alumni. ISA participants studying at NUI Galway for a semester or academic-year have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students, while ISA participants studying at NUI Galway for a summer have the opportunity to take a wide range of Irish Studies courses with international students. Of particular note is NUI Galway's Literacy and Learning in the Community Service Learning course, as well as its Engineering courses which are accredited by the Washington Accord.

  • Term

    Fall 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Early Sep, 2020 - Late Dec, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    20 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Program Description

The Sciences, Technology & Engineering program is offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). This program offers a wide variety of courses in many fields of study, including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Applied Mathematics. Popular subject areas include Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Courses are taught in English by NUI Galway faculty with local and international students.

While you will take a majority of your courses from the Sciences, Technology & Engineering program, you may also select one or two courses from the Liberal Arts, Business & Irish Studies program at no additional charge.

Service-Learning in Galway
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Galway and for more information about how to receive academic credit.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

You must have completed the second semester of your first year at a four-year university at time of application. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the ISA Program Manager for Ireland for more information.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits

20 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 27

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 4-6 courses per semester. 
  • If you are participating in the Sciences, Technology & Engineering program, you may select 1 or 2 courses from the Liberal Arts, Business & Irish Studies program at no additional charge.
  • You can NOT take Film Studies or Theater/Drama Studies courses.
  • You may only take one English seminar course per semester.
  • You may only take History Colloquia courses if History majors.
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Program Manager.
  • The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the National University of Ireland, Galway offers. Please see the course catalog, linked below, for additional course options.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university. 
  • Per the National University of Ireland, Galway, 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 2.5 or 3 U.S. semester credits / 3.75 or 4.5 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university module level recommendations and module codes and are only recommendations. The structure of a module's code at NUI Galway is made up of a sequence of letters and numbers. The module code starts with two letters which denote the discipline teaching the module. The remainder of the module code is made up of three numbers. The first number in the sequence normally indicates the year the module is delivered: 1 for first year, 2 for second year, 3 for third year, etc. Module codes starting with the numbers 4 or 5 are normally offered to 3rd and/or 4th year students. Based on this information, ISA recommends that modules starting with the numbers 1 and 2 be classified as lower division courses, while modules starting with the numbers 3, 4 or 5 be classified as upper division courses. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the National University of Ireland, Galway will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Additional Course Offerings to the Sample Below
Course Options
College of Engineering and Informatics
Civil Engineering
10 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Structures I
5 ECTS Credits
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
College of Science
5 ECTS Credits
Computer Studies
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
15 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Wave Optics
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Matt Gulizia

Program Manager, Ireland


Aileen O'Flaherty

Resident Director, Ireland

Lauren Ashmore

Student Services Coordinator, Ireland

Laura Donnellan

Student Services Coordinator, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Galway. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Galway and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

You will be placed in an off-campus student residence. This student residence will be Gort na Coiribe Student Village, which is located about a 15 minute walk from campus. The student residence is an apartment-style student residence. Semester and academic-year students live with both international students and local students from Ireland, while summer students live with international students only. The student residence includes a shared double bedroom, a shared bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared living room. Bed linens are not included for semester and academic-year students, but are included for summer students. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom; laundry facilities are available in the student residence complex. A $750 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Aran Islands

The rugged Aran Islands lie outside Galway Bay, just miles from the Clare Coast and the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. All three islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, Inis Oírr) have individual character. These islands will not disappoint!Allofthe locals speak Ireland’s native tongue. From forts and churches to flora, fauna, and idyllic scenery, the Islands have it all! They are a must see!


You will visit the bustling capital city of Dublin to see why Ireland is truly a land of saints and scholars. Explore the Book of Kells, an illustrated Christian bible from 800AD, walk through the famous cobbled courtyard of Trinity College, witness Ireland's revolutionary history at Kilmainham Gaol, and bask in the exuberance of Temple Bar.

Kylemore Abbey

At Kylemore Abbey, you will experience a perfect day in the west of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, for its striking beauty alone. The Abbey is at the cusp of the memorable Inagh Valley and surrounded by the breath-taking Connemara 12 Bens. You will get to explore the rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. You will have time to explore the six acre Victorian Walled Garden and see the beauty of the Gothic Church on site.

Cork * Optional

Known as the people’s capital, Cork is situated in the south-west of Ireland. On this excursion, you will be in the heart of Cork city, visiting the character-filled, bustling English Market. Not only will you get to experience this youthful city, but you will also have time to visit Blarney and its 600 year old castle. Thousands of visitorstravel to Blarney every year to see theBlarney stone,situated at the top of the tower. The Blarney stone, thelegendary Stone of Eloquence, is oftenkissed, so you will never be stuck for words.

Galway & the Cliffs of Moher

Galway (Gaillimh) lies in the heart of the West of Ireland, clinging to the outer edge of Europe. A walking tour will take play along Salthill;then, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at Galway’s farmers Market, partake in a walking tour of Galway's City and listen to some traditional Irish music.

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Belfast * Optional

Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland; one of the six countries of Ireland that remain part of the United Kingdom. A “Black Taxi Tour” will take place that accumulates a tour around the Protestant and Catholic sections of the city; the tour will also stop at the Peace Wall. You will have lunch at St. George's Market and will visit the city hall. You will, then, have free time to explore.