All Villanova students studying at NUI Galway for the semester are automatically enrolled in the Irish Studies Seminar IS4100, which it taught by resident director Dr. Mary O'Malley Madec. This required course makes full use of the surrounding city by complementing weekly seminars on such topics as Celtic Ireland, Irish music and dance, and contemporary Irish society, with numerous study trips to area historical sites and towns. Since this course is interdisciplinary, it may count towards various requirements depending on the students' interests and academic needs, including but not limited to the Irish Studies Concentration. Upon successful completion of this IS4100 class, Villanova students will be awarded a letter grade which will count towards their official GPA.
In addition to the IS4100 course, students are required to register in 4 additional courses chosen from a wide-range of subjects taught at NUI Galway. A preliminary course selection is organized with each student's OEA advisor prior to departure, however official enrollment does not occur until students arrive on site in Galway during orientation. Information on specific class offerings can be found on NUI Galway'swebsite. All courses taught at NUI Galway will be awarded transfer credit and will not affect Villanova GPA.
The academic environment at NUI Galway is different than that at Villanova. Most classes will be held in a larger lecture style setting and students will be expected to keep up with the readings and the assignments. Often, classes will only have one or two exams or papers which will be the basis for a student's entire grade. This type of learning demands that students take individual responsibility for their coursework.
More information about academic and cultural life in Galway can be found on NUI Galway's Study Abroad website.