Reasons to choose NUI Galway


Top 10 reasons to choose NUI Galway:

  1. Top for Graduate Employability
  2. Ireland’s top university for student retention
  3. The NUI Galway student experience
  4. New courses – new possibilities
  5. Courses only available at NUI Galway
  6. Scholarships for top students
  7. Inspirational teaching
  8. Ireland's fastest expanding campus
  9. A reputation for excellence
  10. Top class sporting facilities



NUI Galway is one of Ireland's top Universities for graduate employability, with 94% of our 2012 graduates progressing to work or further study (National average 89%)

We are one of Ireland’s top universities for graduate employability, with over 93% of our graduates working or in further study within six months of graduating. Click here for more. 

NUI Galway’s student completion rate is higher than any other university in Ireland, at 86%. This is very significant as it indicates that our students are very happy with NUI Galway and the course they have chosen.


Enjoy a student experience that you will never forget here at NUI Galway. We have over 40 active sports clubs and 83 societies.  Through clubs and societies you can meet new people, build friendships and improve your talents.

NUI Galway also runs ALIVE our student volunteering programme. We have over 1,200 registered student volunteers with opportunities to work on community projects in Ireland or abroad.

In the last 5 years, we have introduced over 20 new programmes, all of which have been developed in response to the changing needs of the job market.

New course choices include:

We also offer a number of unique courses in areas where we have distinctive strengths and are leading the way:


We are keen to recognise outstanding achievement and offer scholarships to exceptional students

New for 2014:

  • ‘Performance Points’ Scheme for the Creative Arts      
  • Sports scholarships including the new CAO ‘Performance Points’ scholarship scheme for Elite Athletes and the Elite Athlete Scholarship scheme
  • Entrance Scholarships worth €1,500 each for students who achieve over 560 points in their Leaving Certificate
  • Ten Scholarships are available for Medical students who perform exceptionally well in the Leaving Cert and the admission test (H-PAT Ireland)

Full range of scholarship 


At NUI Galway we believe the value of experience lies in sharing it. Our lecturers are interested in inspiring students, in teaching them to look at things in a different way, to critically evaluate ideas and to form independent opinions.

Our students benefit from being taught by lecturers who are leading in their fields,and who bring the latest ideas and discoveries into their lectures.  

 We have invested €400 million in our campus to enhance your learning environment, including:

  • A new Engineering Building, Ireland’s largest School of Engineering
  • A state-of-the-art Sports Centre
  • A brand new school of Psychology, opened in September 2013
  • A new facility for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students, opened in April 2013
  • A new building for Biosciences Research, opened in Autumn 2013
  • A new building for medicine students is currently under construction
  • A new Centre for Drama & Theatre will open in 2015
  • See for yourself – take a virtual tour of our campus

  • We are the only Irish university to increase our ranking in both the QS Stars and the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings.
  • We ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world for the quality of our teaching and research.
  • One of the only two universities to hold the prestigious accolade of 5 star in the QS Stars rating.


Sport is central to life at NUI Galway. NUI Galway’s outstanding sports facilities include a state-of-the-art Sports Centre with:

  • a national basketball arena and sports hall
  • a 25 metre swimming pool with movable floor
  • an elite 130 piece gym
  • a high-tech climbing wall.

 Outdoor facilities include natural grass playing pitches, flood lit synthetic grass pitches and an athletics track. There is always dedicated support for elite sports here at NUI Galway.