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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
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- Research & Innovation
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Registration, Courses, Timetables
You will be registered as a student of NUI Galway before you arrive, and your student ID card will be ready for you to collect at Orientation. Before you are due to commence your studies at NUI Galway, you will receive an e-mail containing instructions for activating your university e-mail account and your Campus Account (the latter will allow you to access NUI Galway's computing services, WiFi and Libary systems).
While you will be automatically registered as a student of NUI Galway, you will be required to register yourself online for your chosen modules (courses). You will be advised at the Orientation Session as to how to do this. Module registration will usually open on the first day of lectures.
Information on Courses Available and ECTS credits
A complete list of courses available to visiting students in the various faculties and departments can be found in the Visiting Student Academic Information Booklet - two editions are issued each year, one for semester 1 and full year courses, the other for semester 2 courses. You will find these booklets under the link Courses Available . You will not be permitted to register for any courses other than the ones listed in these booklets (unless you are a visiting Law student, in which case some additional courses may be on offer) . Information on course content is available on departmental websites or from your Erasmus academic coordinator at NUI Galway. Here is a list of Erasmus coordinators.
NUI Galway operates the ECTS credit system, according to which a full year’s workload is weighed at 60 ECTS credits and a single semester at 30 ECTS credits. Your coordinator at your home university should inform you of the number of ECTS credits you are expected to achieve during your study period at NUI Galway, and should also advise you on the appropriate course choice.
It may be the beginning of the semester before course timetables are finalised. You will most likely find them through the website or office of the relevant Discipline or School.
Exams, Transcripts and Repeat Examinations
Examination Timetables will be displayed as soon as they become available, at the following address: www.nuigalway.ie/exams.
Students should note that certain course combinations may not be possible if the relevant exams are going to be scheduled for the same time and date.
Queries regarding the exam timetables should be addressed to the Examinations Office, telephone 492316, 492283, 492304; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for examinations are set out under the Academic Calendars on the above tabs.
It is University policy that all Visiting Students (including Erasmus students) undergo the same assessments as Irish students. Erasmus students should not attempt to make alternative arrangements with individual staff members. Assessment is usually by end of semester examinations or essay(s). Year-long courses are examined at the end of the course.
Exam Transcripts and Grading Systems
Semester 1-only Erasmus students: a copy of your transcript will be sent in February to the home address you provided on your application form, and a copy will also be sent to the International Office of your home university.
Full-year Erasmus students: A copy of your semester 1 transcript will be available for you to collect from the NUI Galway International Office (on production of your ID card) on dates to be announced in February. A set of transcripts for each full-year student (i.e. the semester 1 and semester 2 transcripts together) will be posted in late June to the International Offices of the relevant partner universities, and semester 2 transcripts will be sent to the students' home addresses, along with any uncollected semester 1 transcripts.
Semester 2 Erasmus students: transcripts will be posted to students' home addresses in late June, with a copy also being sent to the students' home universities.
|NUI Galway Grading Systems Mark|
|First-class Honours||70% and above|
|Second-class Honours, Grade 1||60% - 69%|
|Second-class Honours, Grade 2||50% - 59%|
|Third-class Honours||40% - 49%|
Appeals, Rechecks and Repeat Examinations
Students should refer to the Exams Office website for information on the procedures for appealing the result of an examination or requesting a formal recheck of an examination result. (Click on "Appeals and Rechecks").
Students who have failed a module in the Semester 1 or Semester 2 examinations may request to attend the repeat examinations. Students who wish to repeat an examination must contact the International Affairs Office by e-mail at email@example.com stating their name, ID number and module(s) to be repeated.
Requests to repeat must be received within three weeks of the issue of results.
Students are required to return to Galway for the repeat examinations, which usually take place in August (for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules). Alternative repeat arrangements are not permitted.
Students who wish to sit repeat examinations must pay the repeat examination fee of €295, even if they are only repeating a single module.
All registered students who have to repeat exams/assignments are liable for this fee (with the exception of students who have been granted deferrals).
Academic Calendar 2020/21
Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing restrictions that are in place, our academic calendar for 2020/21 has been amended. Please note also that it's likely that a significant portion of the curriculum will be delivered online.
All arrangements will be guided by public health advice.
|2020/21 First Semester|
|Orientation||To be announced|
|Teaching begins||Monday, 28 September, 2020|
|Teaching ends||Friday, 18th December, 2020|
|Study Week||not applicable in this semester, since exams take place after Christmas holidays|
|Christmas holidays||Saturday, 19 December 2020 - Sunday, 10 January, 2021|
|Examinations begin*||Monday, 11 January, 2021|
|Examinations end||Friday, 22 January 2021|
Public Holiday: Monday, 26th Octobery
*Examinations and assessments will be offered remotely for visiting students, i.e. students' presence on campus will not be required.
|2020/21 Second Semester|
|Orientation||to be announced|
|Teaching begins||Monday, 8 February, 2021|
|Teaching ends before Easter holidays||Thursday, 1 April, 2021|
|Easter holidays||Friday, 2 April to Sunday, 11 April, 2021|
|Teaching resumes after Easter and continues||Monday, 12 April to Friday, 7 May, 2021|
|Study Week||10 - 14 May, 2021|
|Examinations begin*||Tuesday, 18 May 2021|
|Examinations end*||Friday, 4 June, 2021|
|Autumn exams (repeats for Semester 1 and Semester 2)||to be confirmed; likely early August 2021|
Public Holidays: Wednesday, 17 March (St Patrick's Day); Monday, 5 April (Easter Monday); Monday, 3rd May; Monday, 7th June, Monday, 7th August.
*Examination dates are subject to confirmation. Visiting students should refer to the Examinations Office website. Please take note that Examinations in First Year modules may take place in the week that is otherwise designated as “Study Week”.
Academic Calendar 2019/20
|Academic Year 2019/20, First Semester|
|Orientation||Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September, 2019|
|Teaching begins||Monday, 9th September, 2019|
|Teaching ends||Saturday, 30th November, 2019|
|Study Week||Monday, 2nd to Saturday, 7th December, 2019|
|Semester 1 Examinations begin||Monday, 9th December, 2019|
|Semester 1 Examinations end||Friday, 20th December, 2019|
|Christmas Holidays||Saturday, 21st December 2017 - Sunday, 12 January, 2019|
|Academic Year 2019/20, Second Semester|
|Orientation||Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th January, 2020|
|Teaching begins||Monday, 13th January, 2020|
|Teaching ends||Saturday, 4th April, 2020 (12 weeks)|
|Field Trips, followed by Easter Holidays||Monday, 6th to Thursday 9th April, 2020|
|Easter Holidays||Good Friday, 10th April, to Easter Monday, 13th April, 2020|
|Study Week||Tuesday, 14th April to Monday, 20th April|
|Semester 2 Examinations begin*||Tuesday, 21st April, 2020|
|Semester 2 Examinations end*||Friday, 8th May, 2020|
|Autumn exams (repeats for Semester 1 and Semester 2)||Monday 10 August to Friday 21 August, 2020|
Please note that NUI Galway suspended face-to-face teaching on Thursday 12 March, 2020, due to the Covid-10 pandemic. Classes were delivered online for the remainder of the semester and summer examinations were conducted online. Repeat examinations for Erasmus students (10 to 21 August) will take the form of remote or alternative assessments, in other words, they will not be required to be physically present on the campus.
Public Holidays in 2019/20 (University closes): Monday, 28th October; Tuesday, 17th March (St Patrick's Holiday); Monday, 13th April (Easter Monday); Monday, 4th May; Monday 1st June; Monday 3rd August.
* Examination dates are subject to confirmation. Visiting students should refer to the Examinations Office website. Please take note that Examinations in First Year modules may take place in the week that is otherwise designated as “Study Week”.
Students should ensure that they arrive in Galway in time for the Orientation Session and start of teaching. Late arrivers may experience difficulties with registration and may find themselves unable to gain admittance to certain courses.