Ireland: National University of Ireland Galway, Galway
The National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centers of academic excellence. Established in 1845, the university is grounded in Galway's rich medieval past. Over 1,500 international students, almost 10 percent of the student population and representing fifty different countries, attend NUI Galway each year. Students earn twelve–fifteen credit hours per semester and take courses from a variety of disciplines. Located on the banks of the River Corrib, the University offers a variety of student services close to the city center. Academic resources include a library, computer resource center, an Irish language Center, and the Applied Languages Center. A designated office offers students opportunities to participate in volunteer and community service activities. There are also a variety of student activities on campus such as clubs, teams, and the International Students Society, which arranges social and cultural events throughout the year and fosters cross-cultural understanding.
Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture, Galway has earned the title of "Cultural Capital of Ireland." Galway is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural and commercial community.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.