Study Abroad During Your NUI Galway Science Degree

Consider our international exchange opportunities

We encourage all Science students to consider participating in one of our international exchange opportunities.

Most students take part in exchanges during the 3rd year of their degree. Candidates for exchanges are usually expected to have at least an upper 2.1 honours average in years 1-2 and have experience of living independently.

Application Process

The College of Science is now accepting applications for 2019/20 from second year science students to spend their first or second semester of third year at one of our exchange partner institutes.

Successful candidates will travel in either September 2019 or January 2020 depending on the exchange programme.

Applicants must have an overall average of 60% at the first sitting in their first year examinations.

Depending on application numbers, shortlisting of applicants will take place. The final selection of exchange candidates will be by interview. Interviews will take place in end-February/early March.

To apply please submit a completed application form and a personal statement (see link below) indicating why you would like to participate no later than: Monday, 4th February 2019 at 1.00 pm.

Email completed application forms to with the subject line: Study Abroad Application Surname, Firstname.

Application Form: CoS Study Abroad Application Form (18-01-2018)

International Host Partners

The College of Science has the following Exchanges available

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Semester: 1 or 2

Places Available: ~ 3 places each semester

Funding: Funding provided towards travel costs and accommodation. HKUST will provide reasonably priced accommodation upon arrival in Hong Kong.

Further Information:

John Carroll University, Ohio, USA (JCU)

Semester: 1

Places Available: 2 places

Funding: This is a Study Abroad Scholarship exchange. The Scholarship covers travel, accommodation and tuition fees.

Further Information:

University of California, USA (UC) – 10 campuses

Semester: 2

Places Available: 2 places

Funding: Funding provided towards travel costs and accommodation

Further Information:

St. Mary's College, California, USA

Semester: 1 or 2

Places Available: 1 - 2 places

Funding: Funding provided towards travel costs and accommodation

Further Information:

Erasmus Exchanges

Erasmus Taught Semesters:

The College of Science has Erasmus exchange agreements with a number of partner universities. This enables selected students to spend 1-2 semesters hosted at the partner university. A strong record of academic achievement at NUI Galway and appropriate language skills are required.

Further information about Erasmus is available from the International Office Erasmus Outgoing Students pages.

If you wish to discuss opportunities for Erasmus, please contact the relevant coordinator listed via the International Office Erasmus Coordinators page during semester 2 of the year preceding when you wish to go away. 

Erasmus Internships:

Certain programmes such as Biotechnology maintain Erasmus agreements enabling internships. These are usually restricted and notified directly to students within the relevant programmes.