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NUI Galway


NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities with a distinguished record in teaching and research. Ideally located in the university city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland, the University offers international students a broad range of programmes across the arts and humanities, business, law, engineering, health sciences and the natural and physical sciences.

The picturesque NUI Galway campus is situated along the banks of the River Corrib, just a 15 minute stroll from the centre of Galway and comprises both nineteenth century gothic style buildings and stunning new teaching, research and recreational facilities, including a new €40 million Engineering Building, an extensively refurbished Cultural Centre and state-of-the-art Sports Centre.


Undergraduate at NUI Galway

We offer a number of ‘open’ degree programmes such as the Bachelor of Arts (GY101), which allows students to study a wide range of subjects across the humanities and social sciences in their first year before specialising at a later stage. We also offer more specialised programmes in specific subjects, which allow you to focus on a particular subject from your first year of study.

The duration of undergraduate degree programmes varies by discipline, but most degrees are four years in duration. Some Arts and Business programmes can be completed in three years while Medicine is normally a six-year programme.

NUI Galway offers a number of unique undergraduate degree programmes in Ireland, including those in Marine Science, Human Rights, Theatre and Performance and Sports and Exercise Engineering.

At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning happens when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That’s why many of our programmes include work placements or community projects and/or study abroad opportunities.


Postgraduate at NUI Galway

Taught Masters programmes are normally 1 year in duration and consist of a defined credit structure of coursework and a research project or dissertation. Taught Masters are ideal for students seeking a deeper knowledge of a subject within a structured framework with some scope for research.

Research at NUI Galway       

NUI Galway is a research-led university and we have built on our traditional areas of academic strength to offer innovative and internationally renowned research degrees in our specialist areas.

Research Masters are usually two years in duration and involve working alone or as part of a small research group on a specified research project under faculty supervision.

Our Doctoral (PhD) programmes normally take four years to complete and consist of original research under faculty supervision before and the submission and presentation of a thesis.


Erasmus Programme at NUI Galway

NUI Galway has been an active participant in ERASMUS, the European Union's flagship mobility programme in the field of education and training, since its beginning in 1987. With over 100 ERASMUS partner universities across Europe, we welcome ERASMUS exchange students from a variety of European countries to spend a semester or year studying at NUI Galway. 


Study Abroad at NUI Galway

Our hugely popular Study Abroad programme offers students from overseas colleges and universities the opportunity to study at NUI Galway for a semester or for a full academic year.

As a Visiting Student, you can study at NUI Galway for a semester or a full academic year and create your own study programme from classes (modules) from our regular degree courses, subject to meeting the normal prerequisites.

Visiting students are examined alongside our full time degree-seeking students. Certain classes may be examined by end-of-semester exam, while others may combine an end-of-semester exam with mid-term assignments and/or continuous assessment.

As a Visiting Student, you do not receive a degree from NUI Galway, however the credits you earn here can normally be transferred back to your home institution. We have many years’ experience in the matter of credit transfer and course equivalence and can, on request, provide a suggested system to translate from ECTS credits to the credit system used in your home country.


Student Support Services at NUI Galway

We have many years’ experience welcoming international students to Galway and provide a wide range of support services to help you adjust to your new environment.

The International Affairs Office at NUI Galway provides a range of support services specifically for international students and is your first point of contact for many of the support services offered to students at NUI Galway.

Services provided by the International Affairs Office include:

  • Orientation programme for new students
  • Advice on international entry requirements and application processes
  • English Language Support Classes
  • Advice on immigration requirements and study visas
  • General Support Services