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National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, GALWAY, IRELAND
4.05 / 5 based on 108 reviews.
Description:
National University of Ireland Galway (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) was founded as one of the three original colleges of the Queen's University, established under the provisions of the Act 8 and 9 Victoria in 1845. The College opened for students in October 1849. Since the 1960s the University has experienced significant and continuous growth, both in its stock of buildings, facilities and physical resources and also in the numbers of its students and staff. Its student body during the 1997/98 academic year is over 7000, with academically strong programmes of teaching and research throughout its seven Faculties. Read more


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93% of students recommend
108 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (108)
Student life
4.6/5
5 stars (30)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (60)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (18)
Expenses
3.2/5
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Try as hard as possible to find Irish roommates upon arrival -- otherwise it is very easy to stick with only Americans. Read Review
hnichola, United States

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HOUSING    
by Diana, Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, through Arcadia University
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? I met a lot of students through living in Corrib Village, the on-camping housing arrangement.
Personal comments:
Our room was an en-suite apartment with 4 single rooms and 4 bathrooms. I had a private room with bathroom and it was great! We had a kitchen and common room with TV, which was a definite plus. It is close to campus but far from town (about a 15 to 20 minute walk.) However it was worth it because I never thought I would have a single. And it was easy to cook in the rooms, which saved money.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by megpc03, Providence College, Providence, United States
Political Science, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Galway definitely has an active nightlife. There is always somewhere to go or something to see. Students are everywhere so I don't think you could ever be bored. Although the city itself has so much to offer I would make sure to get out and see other parts of the country - buses and trains are easily accessible.
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ACADEMIC    
by hnichola, Middlebury College, Middlebury, United States
Literature, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Most of the classes are large lectures, and I would recommend taking seminars whenever possible. Avoid at all costs "Women in Contemporary Irish Society"!



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
The system is such that it demands a great deal of independent motivation (unlike colleges in the US) -- to get the most out of classes, one should read as much as possible.

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by spanish_eire, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
Literature, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
As a student of English in such a demandin university as Oviedo, my knowledge of the language was pretty good so I never had basic problems when it came to understand the locals. But I really improved as regards fluency and the use of informal expressions. I learn a bit everyday as I'm always mixing with Irish people.
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EXPENSES    
by Diana, Loyola College, Baltimore, United States
History, through Arcadia University
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Food is about the same price as home. I bought a cell phone and had to use that for all outgoing calls, which got very expensive. But using a calling card helped. Drinks are about the same price as home... but since I went out more often, I spent a lot more. I travelled for 2 weeks consecutively around Europe during spring break.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
I didn't realize I would be grocery shopping once a week, usually costing me about 30 euro per week. The refrigerators are very small (like dorm fridges) so I couldn't buy a lot at once. Using the computers on campus are free, but I had to pay 10 cents to print each page. You have to pay for everything on campus with cash, whereas at my home university, I use a swipe card and pay at the end of each month. I couldn't find any secondhand books. There are a decent amount of ATMs, I didn't find it necessary to open an account in Ireland. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on nightlife!
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OVERALL    
by megpc03, Providence College, Providence, United States
Political Science, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Wish I had gone for longer and would love to go back and work.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
The International Student Society was more geared towards the European visiting students (ERASMUS). The Americans didn't have an organization that organized trips and outings.



FINAL COMMENTS

Travel light - you can buy almost everything there (towels, cosmetics, clothes). Make sure your accomodation is in a desirable location - can make or break your experience.
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