Applications for full-time Undergraduate Degree courses from students taking GCE exams in the UK or Northern Ireland should be made to the  CAO. Please ensure that you read the CAO Handbook. The CAO has provided a helpful video guide explaining the application process for GCE applicants here.  

Please see our A-Level Quick Guide in the 'Download' section below which includes the 'A-Level to Leaving Certificate Grade Conversion' table.


Is there a minimum age requirement? 

Students must normally have attained the age of seventeen years by 15 January following entry: e.g. for entry in 2015, date of birth must be on or before 15 January 1999. Where a student below that age seeks to enter the University, special application must be made to the President of the University. 

Is the Irish language required for entry to NUI Galway Degree Programmes? 

Generally speaking, Irish is a standard subject requirement for matriculation for applicants with the Irish Leaving Certificate. However, for A-Level applicants it can be used to satisfy the 2nd language requirement if an applicant happens to have the subject.  

Where can I find information on how to apply for an exemption? 

This information is available by contacting NUI, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Tel: 01 4392424) or NUI website


  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2020

    Undergraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (18.4 MB)

  • A Level Quick Guide 2020

    A Level Quick Guide 2020 PDF (2 MB)

  • Quick Guide to Courses 2020

    Quick Guide to Courses 2020 PDF (2.4 MB)

  • CAO Brochure

    CAO Brochure PDF (1.3 MB)