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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, you will be required to register 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.

Course Timetables

It may be the beginning of the semester before course timetables are finalised. Again your Erasmus Coordinator at NUI Galway will be able to advise you.

Exams, Transcripts and Repeat Examinations

Exam Schedules

Examination Timetables will be displayed as soon as they become available, at the following address:

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:

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 Warning Sign

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 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 2016/17


2016/17 First Semester
Orientation Thursday & Friday, 1 & 2 September
Teaching beguins Monday, 5 September, 2016
Teaching ends Saturday, 26 Novembre, 2016
Study Week Monday, 28 November -  Saturday, 3 December 2016
Examinations beguin Monday, 5 December, 2016
Examinations end Friday, 16 December, 2016
Christmas Vacation Saturday, 17 December 2016 - Sunday, 8 January, 2017

2016/17 Second Semester
Orientation Thursday, 5 January, 2017
Teaching beguins Monday, 9 January, 2017
Teaching ends Saturday, 1 April, 2017
Study Week Monday, 3 April to Saturday, 8 April
Field trips (if applicable) Monday, 10 April to Saturday, 15 April
Easter Holidays Monday, 17 April to Saturday, 22 April
Examinations begin* Monday, 24 April, 2017
Examinations end* Wednesday, 10 May, 2017
Autumn exams (repeats for Semester 1 and Semester 2) Tuesday 8 August to Friday 18 August, 2017

* 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.