Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Ireland is an island in north-western Europe with a temperate climate. Much of the coastline is hilly and large plains cover the middle and southeast of the country. The island is called Ireland, but it is divided into two jurisdictions. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom that is governed from London. The remainder of the island is a separate state, the Republic of Ireland, with its government in Dublin. Ireland has a population of about five million people. There are two cultures found in Ireland: British culture and Irish culture. Irish and English are two major languages. Ireland celebrates its national day on March 17th, the day of its patron saint, Patrick, who introduced Christianity to the country in the middle of fourth century AD.


The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology is located in the Western Republic of Ireland with campuses in Galway, Castlebar, and Letterfrack. GMIT was founded in 1972 and, since then, has developed an international reputation in many fields. Galway is the capital of Western Ireland and is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is the administrative center of County Galway. Galway is also the regional center for a vast series of manufacturing, service, and tourist-based industries. Festivals, cultural happenings, sporting events, and social occasions abound in this city.


GMIT at Galway is made up of four schools that offer a variety of academic programs on three campuses: The School of Business and Humanities (Marketing, Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems, Film & Television, Video Production, Art & Design); The School of Hotel & Catering (Hotel, and Catering Management, Professional Cookery, Restaurant Operations, Hospitality skills, Tourist Enterprise); The School of Engineering (Building and Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical/Industrial Engineering, and Engineering Trades); and The School of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Physics and Instrumentation, Medical Laboratory Science). GMIT has approximately 3,500 full-time and 2,000 part-time students.


There are different types of accommodation available in the area: partial board (bed, breakfast and evening meal), flats, self-catering facilities and houses for rent and some on-campus accommodations. The list is available from the accommodation officer upon acceptance to the college. Students organize their accommodation with the help of this list and are responsible for arranging terms on which rent is paid. Guidelines on rental arrangements are published in the Students Guide and Welfare Booklet issued by the Students Union.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for exchanges to GMIT through the WCU financial aid office. For Study Abroad Programs, your financial aid package includes WCU tuition and fees, room, board, as well the cost of your airline ticket, health insurance, passport and visa. The amount of aid given will differ with each program. Students are required to pass 12 credit hours of coursework each semester when studying abroad or lose their financial aid.

Computer Facilities

There is a wide range of computer equipment distributed throughout the Institute and its external campuses. Facilities are fully networked and linked to the Internet, providing access to information services, databanks, research institutions and commercial organizations throughout the world.

Language Laboratory

Two modern language laboratories have a large library of material for French, German, Spanish, Italian and Irish studies, from beginner to advanced level. Students can work at their own pace in acquiring language skills which are now an important part of most academic programs.

International Involvement

The institute recognizes the importance of links with education and industry at international level and is involved in projects in several European countries, USA and Japan. Since their inception, the Institute has also been involved with the SOCRATES, LEONARDO, AND TEMPUS programs and has appointed an International Officer to co-ordinate these programs.

Academic Calendar

The Exchange with GMIT is a Full-Year Exchange Program

Semester I: Mid September - Mid January

Semester II: End of January - Mid May

Who May Participate

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing may participate on study abroad programs. Undergraduate students can be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of study. Business students should have completed most of the 200-300 level courses in the Business Foundations of Knowledge before studying abroad. Graduate students need to talk with their advisors before embarking on a study abroad program to discuss transfer of credits.

Transfer Of Credit

Students planning to study abroad must seek prior approval from their advisors for course work to be taken abroad whether it be programs sponsored by WCU, other universities or independent agencies. The office of International Programs and Services assists students with this process before they go abroad and when they return.

Cultural Activities

Sports clubs and societies give the opportunity for students to participate in extra curricular recreational programs. The program allows students to participate in internal or inter-college events, all Ireland or inter-varsity events, and even presents the opportunity for students to be part of international college teams competing at home or abroad.

Students are encouraged to become involved in the sporting and cultural aspect of college life. The variety of clubs and societies available ensures that most interests are catered for: Aerobics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing, Celtic Wrestling, Diving, Gaelic Football, Fitness Training, Hurling, Hockey, Horse Riding, Judo, Orienteering, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Taekwon-Do, Volleyball as well as Accounting, Art, Archaeology, Drama, Engineering, Hotel and Catering, Marketing, Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance and many more.

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