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Ireland:National University of Ireland, Galway

The Department of Theatre and Dance is the primary KSC Academic Department to have an exchange agreement with the Theater Department of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) but this study away program is open to all qualified KSC students. NUI Galway welcomes over 500 international visiting students each year. Visiting students are fully integrated into the regular university courses. Among the subject areas available for study are Accounting, Archeology, Celtic civilization, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, German, History, Information Systems, Irish Studies, Italian, Legal Science, Life Sciences, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Political Studies, Spanish, Theater and Performance, and Women’s Studies.

For KSC Theatre and Dance majors/minors and KSC students interested in Theater, KSC exchange students to NUI Galway during the Spring term will have the opportunity to be involved in a production off-campus, being part of the vibrant cultural life of Galway, which hosts the annual Galway Arts Festival.

A semester long, for-credit Service Learning module "Service Learning – Literacy Project for Study Abroad Students," which 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 in Galway, is open to interested study away students. Visiting students who do not get the opportunity to participate in this course can volunteer their services through ther University’s ALIVE program (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience).

“One of my favorite days while studying abroad was in Northern Ireland. This picture was taken after we visited Giants Causeway and Carrick a reed rope bridge while we were on our way home. As the sun set over the it created the perfect silhouette of the remains of this castle.” Photo by Elise Bolster, who studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway.


NUI Galway is located in downtown Galway, and is one of the most historic universities in the Republic of Ireland. It has a student population of 16,000. The city of Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland, and is the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland. With a population of 75,000 people, it is considered Ireland’s "cultural heart," and over 10% of the local population are bi-lingual speakers of English and Irish.

Semester Dates

Fall: early September through mid-December Spring: early January through late April

Accommodation Type

Off-campus housing. Student are responsible for arranging and paying for this housing directly.

Language of Instruction

English. Gaelic classes available.

Special Requirement

Students must be at least first semester sophomores to apply and have a minimum 3.0 GPA


KSC Theater and Dance majors/minors may be eligible to pay the same tuition and fees they would pay to attend KSC. Other KSC students would pay NUI Galway international student tuition and fees.