IFSA-University of Galway

Program Details

Program Location Galway, Ireland
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34005
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/29/24 to 12/21/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/01/24 to 05/02/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-University of Galway

Looking for authentic Ireland? Head to the University of Galway (previously the National University of Ireland, Galway), where you can study Irish history, science, engineering, and more in the beautiful western coastal region, known for proudly preserving its language and culture. Recognized as Ireland’s capital of culture, Galway has a youthful, bohemian vibe, thanks in part to a sizable student presence.

The University dates to 1849 when Queen's College opened its doors to 63 students.  Today over 16,000 students are enrolled, 13% of whom are international students from over 90 countries.  The campus is located in the city center, on the banks of the Corrib River, convenient to all types of public transportation.

Galway, located on the west coast of Ireland, is the fastest-growing city in Ireland.  It is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals and celebrations.  Due to prevailing North Atlantic winds, the climate is mild, moist and temperate year round.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-University of Galway
The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: BME, CE, ECE, EEE, and ME (ENGR)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The typical course load at Galway, is 25-30 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to 12.5-15 U.S. semester credit hours.

Students can earn direct credit from the areas listed in the "Purdue Credit" section of this page. 

The IFSA website has more information on available courses (click on academics tab).


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program and are subject to change:

  • Historic City Lane Walking Tour
  • Gaelic Games Experience
  • Rugby Match at The Sportsground
  • Stand-up Comedy or City Festival
  • Day Trip to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.
  • Kilkenny Weekend


Housing is arranged for you by IFSA.

Most students live in University of Galway campus residences. When housing is tight, some live in off-campus student apartments arranged in partnership with private housing providers.   

Some housing options features extra amenities—like single bedrooms, private bathrooms, and on-site gyms—that carry additional fees.


Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.
The program fee includes tuition, on-site orientation, and excursions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,000.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $2,575.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Local Transportation $396.00
Visa $330.00
Books and Supplies $495.00
Meals $2,176.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,887.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.