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NUI Galway

Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s foremost centres of academic excellence. With over 17,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its five Colleges: College of Arts Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, College of Business, Public Policy and Law, College of Science, College of Engineering and Informatics, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science.

NUI Galway is located close to the centre of Galway city, a vibrant city on the west coast of Ireland, which is also one of the fastest developing cities in Europe. Galway is recognised as a student-friendly city with students accounting for almost 20% of the population during the academic year.

Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. Its numerous annual festivals and celebrations, including the International Festival of Literature, the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival are famous throughout Ireland and beyond.

As well as offering an attractive location, more importantly NUI Galway also offers a unique range of educational opportunities through our world-class research programmes in areas such as biomedical engineering science, environmental and marine science, information technology, particularly semantic web technology, human rights and Irish studies.

  • •In recent years, the University has secured over 400 million euro in funding, which is being invested in the on-going provision of state-of-the-art teaching, research, sport and recreational facilities.
  • At NUI Galway, we have a long and proud tradition of welcoming students from around the world and so we know that international students also value a broader experience beyond the strictly academic. We therefore offer a greater level of support and services aimed at helping you get the most out of your time in Galway.
  • NUI Galway is situated close to centre of Galway city – Ireland’s Cultural Heart – internationally renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous cultural festivals and events, where there is always something happening and where students from all cultural backgrounds can feel welcome and safe.

Why Study at NUI Galway?

NUI Galway commands a unique position regarding study and research opportunities in Ireland, due to our world-class research centres in areas including Biomedical Science, Information Technology and the Social Sciences.

International Students at NUI Galway

NUI Galway has a long and valued tradition of attracting students from around the world. Currently over 2,000 international students, 12.5% of our student population, have chosen NUI Galway as their destination to pursue their studies. We are privileged to have over 92 countries represented on campus, including China, India, Malaysia, the European Union and the USA.


Undergraduate Programmes

At NUI Galway, we welcome international students into our undergraduate programmes every year. However, as demand from Irish applicants is high, we have a limited number of places and entry is competitive.

Postgraduate Programmes

Many international students have made the choice to pursue their postgraduate study at NUI Galway. These students have come to NUI Galway because of our expertise in research fields and our reputation for academic excellence.

The university offers postgraduate degrees of two kinds:

  •  Research-based programmes normally involving two years on campus for Masters Degrees and a minimum of three years for PhD Degrees.
  • Taught programmes (Higher Diploma and Masters level).


Erasmus Programme

At NUI Galway we have developed links with many universities throughout Europe to facilitate the mobility of students and staff both to and from the university. A key purpose of the programme is to expand and enrich students’ university experience by allowing them to do part of their academic work in another European university.


Junior Year Abroad (North American Students)

At NUI Galway we have strong links with North America and are committed to expanding and deepening these links. Over 600 North American students attend the university each year for a semester or a full year as part of the Junior Year Abroad Programme.


International Summer School

Every Summer, many international students come to NUI Galway to take part in one of our Summer School Courses. These courses give visiting students the chance to experience a new academic and cultural environment.