Semester Dates

Event Date
Orientation 5th January 2023
Academic Orientation 6th January 2023
Teaching begins 9th January 2023
Teaching ends 31st March 2023
Semester 2 Exams begin 17th April 2023
Semester 2 Exams end 4th May 2023

*Your examinations may be completed before this date, but you are advised not to make travel arrangements homeward before this, allowing for the possibility that some examinations may be rescheduled. Examination of modules which are taught to domestic first year students may be scheduled during study week.


1.    Orientation Programme

Date: Thursday 5th January 2022

Time: 9.30 am – 1 pm

Venue: Bailey Allen Hall


Information Session for Erasmus Students

Date: Thursday 5th January 2022

Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Venue: Bailey Allen Hall


2.    Academic Advisory Sessions

Date: Friday 6th January 2022

Time: 8.30 am – 4.30pm

Venue: Bailey Allen Hall

Time Details
8.30 – 9.30am Distribution of Registration packs & identity cards to Visiting students
9.30 – 10.15am Introduction to Course Selection procedures & Exam Information
10.15 – 10.30am Beginners Irish
10.30 – 10.50am School of Political Science & Sociology
10.50 – 11.10am School of English and Creative Arts – English
11.10 – 11.30am School of History and Philosophy – History
11.30 – 11:50am School of History and Philosophy – Philosophy
11.50 – 12:10pm School of Psychology
12.10 – 1.10pm School of Languages, Literature & Culture
1.10 – 1.40pm School of Geography, Archaeology & Irish Studies
1.40 – 2.00pm School of Law
2:00 – 2.30pm J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
2:30 – 3:00pm College of Science & Engineering
3:00 – 3:20pm Philosophy in Irish Schools
3:20 – 3:40pm Designing Futures – Global Engagement
3:40 – 4:00pm Introduction to Sustainability

Introductory lectures for all modules will be provided during the first week of the semester.

3.        Registration Packs

Registration packs and identity cards will be distributed to Visiting students at Orientation.

4.        Academic Information

This Academic Information Booklet provides a comprehensive list of modules which are available to Visiting and Erasmus students. Students may select modules from a wide number of Disciplines in different years.

No change to the official lecture schedule or examination timetable can be made. Should two of the modules in which you are interested clash on the lecture schedule, you must choose between the two.

Understanding Module Codes

As a general rule, the structure of a module’s code is made up of a sequence of letters and numbers. The module code starts with two letters which denote the Discipline teaching the module (e.g. HI – History, AN – Anatomy, LW – Law). The remainder of the module code is made up of three or four numbers. The first number in the sequence normally indicates the year the module is delivered to e.g. HI165/CT1102 are modules offered to first year domestic students. HI208 is a module offered to second year domestic students, HI362 is a module offered to third year domestic students etc. Module codes starting with the numbers 4 or 5 are normally offered to 3rd and/or 4th year students. The higher the number, the more advanced the module is. Visiting and Erasmus students are offered modules from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.

Full Year Modules

Students wishing to enrol on a full year module must be registered at the University of Galway for a full academic year. Students who are only registering for one semester may not enrol on full year modules


5.        Academic Load

Modules are credited in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The ECTS protocol allocates 60 credits to a full academic year’s work, and 30 credits to a semester’s work. Visiting/Erasmus students may, at their discretion, take fewer or more credits but should carefully consider the implications, from the point of view of transferring credit, of taking less than the full-time quota. You should discuss your course load with your home institution. Access further information about the ECTs system at

6.        Lecture Timetables

Lecture timetables are available from Disciplines. Callto the Discipline’s office in person, visit the Discipline’s website or email the Discipline to request a timetable. The addresses of Discipline offices, their websites and a contact email address are listed in this booklet together with the list of modules on offer for that Discipline. Visit the Discipline websites via

7.        Module Selection & Registration

Students are permitted to attend classes prior to registering their module selection in order to make an informed decision regarding the modules they wish to follow for the semester. Module Registration for Visiting Students opens on January 9th and closes on January 27th 2023.

Changes to registration will not be accommodated after this date. To register your modules:

1.       Logon using this link,

2.       Enter your User Name (ID number) and password

3.       Update your personal details e.g. term address, mobile number only under the ‘Profile’ tab, update any personal details and hit ‘Continue’

4.       Click ‘Choose Subjects/Modules’ to select your subjects/modules (where relevant) and follow the prompts provided.

Note: Students Registering for Science and Engineering modules must complete the Science and Engineering Registration Form provided in your Registration Pack and submit it to the International Office before 27th January 2023. Admission of Visiting Students to individual Science and Engineering modules is subject to the agreement of the Head of Discipline and will depend upon the applicant’s academic background in the relevant subject areas and the availability of places within the module.

A full course load is 30 ECTS per semester. Please check with your home institution to confirm how many credits you are required to register for.

8.        Registration Statements

Once you register your modules on My Campus and click ’Finish’ your modules are registered. You should then print a copy of your registration statement for your own records.

9.        Examinations

The University will only certify examination results when the results have been obtained at the formal assessments. Consequently, you should not attempt to make arrangements with individual members of staff regarding the substitution of essays or other coursework for formal examinations. Such arrangements, if made, will not be officially recognised and a result for the module in question will not appear on your transcript.

Please consider the notes on Examination Timetables below. Disciplines will advise of arrangements for modules being examined by essay.

Continuous assessment elements and/or essays may form part of the assessment process in any module.

Past Examination Papers

To assist with preparation for examinations, students can obtain copies of previous examination papers on the Library website at

10.    Examinations Timetables

The examination timetable for all Colleges will be published on the web at Timetables are normally released mid semester.

Please note that modules assessed by essay will be assessed and completed before the formal examinations commence. Modules may be timetabled at the same time for examination even where the lecture timetable does not clash. It is important that when the examination timetable issues, that you check if you have a clash. If your examinations clash, you should visit the Student Information Desk, ground floor in Áras Uí Chathail to report the issue.

Students should also check their personal examination schedule to ensure that all their examinations are listed. In the unlikely event of an examination not showing, this should be reported in person to the Student Information Desk, Ground Floor, Áras Uí Chathail.

Only modules which are examined by formal examination papers are listed on the examination timetable. Arrangements for modules examined by means of essays etc. will be notified by the Discipline providing the module. Such arrangements must be strictly complied with.

11.    Procedures & Regulations for Examinations

Students are required to adhere to the University of Galway’s examination procedures and regulations. All students intending to sit the University of Galway examinations are required inform themselves of the regulations governing examinations. You can read the University of Galway’s examination procedures document here

12.    Examination Standards

Please note the following regarding the University of Galway standards: Module taken must be passed at 40%.

% Mark Honours Level
40% or above Third Class Honours
50% or above Second Class Honours, Grade 2
60% or above Second Class Honours, Grade 1
70% or above First Class Honours


13.    Code of Conduct

The primary objectives of the University are the dissemination and advancement of knowledge and understanding through teaching, research, study and rational discussion. Any student who enrols for any course in the University in doing so accepts the objectives of the University and is giving a commitment, as a responsible individual and as a member of the University community, to behave in an appropriate manner.

The Student Code of Conduct offers guidelines as to the norms of behaviour that accord with the obligations of students, but where more specific requirements are in place, they are available on the University’s web site. It should be noted that Students of the University cannot claim any privileged position in regard to the general law of the land.

Breaches of this Code and of any University regulations make students liable to the imposition of sanctions. Students can review the full Code of Conduct at

14.    Campus Account (IT Account)

Campus Account (IT Account) provides access, using a single user ID and password, to the: PC Suites, WiFi, Email & Office 365 Apps, Blackboard, Library Systems, Self-Service Registration, MyCampus, Placement, Exam timetable and Exam results.

User ID is your current Registration/Student ID number. This ID is used to access all services except student email (Office 365). Your student email username is your the University of Galway email address. Your student identity number will be provided to you in your registration pack at orientation and also prior to arrival via email.

Get started by activating your Campus Account (IT Account)

(a)   Go online to Note: Your temporary activation password allows access to PC Suites and WiFi on- campus.

(b)   Login using the following credentials:

User ID is your current Registration/Student ID number

Password is your temporary Activation Password

(c)    Complete the activation questions.

(d)   Choose your new Campus Account Password. Note: Password must be at least 8 characters in length. Your Campus Account is now active.

If you have any difficulties activating your campus account, please email You should provide


your name and identity number when reporting the issue.

15.    Fax Facilities

Students requiring fax facilities to communicate with their home institutions may use the fax service provided by Print That located on the Concourse, Arts/Science Building (beside Smokey Joe’s Restaurant).

16.    Change of Galway Address

Students should notify Dr. Cyril Reddington, International Affairs Office, of any change of address. Email: Non EU students must also notify the GNIB of a change of address. Tel: 091 768002 / Fax 091 768003.


Special Classes for Visiting Students

1.      Service Learning Module

Philosophy in Irish Schools (PI2109) is a service-learning module for visiting students from the United States. This semester-long module is worth 10 ECTS credits (approximately 4-6 US credits) and is delivered via a series of academic lectures and reflective seminars.

PI2109 also has a practice-based element which requires fourteen hours of service in the community. These service- learning hours will either be completed in person (on site at a local elementary school) or online. (NB: Please note that the mode of delivery will be dependent on the Irish Government public health guidance at that time.)

PI2109 utilises an educational approach to learning called Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C is a form of inquiry- based learning that encourages critical thinking through democratic dialogue. The module will provide students with a theoretical introduction to the P4C pedagogy, the opportunity to experience the pedagogy as a member of a community of inquiry, and the skills needed to become a P4C facilitator. Students will develop their own facilitation

practice by delivering P4C workshops (in pairs) to groups of 3rd, 4th and 5th class students (7-11 year olds) at a local primary school.

The number of registrations for this module is capped at 21 students. If you would like to be considered for a place, you must complete the expression-of-interest form. For further information about this module please see


NB: As part of this module, students will be working with young children. Therefore, students wishing to participate in PI2109 will require police clearance from the United States. Students should bring their police clearance documentation to Ireland with them.