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Frequently Asked Questions
My university doesn’t have a link with NUI Galway in the area of my studies. Is it possible to set up a bilateral agreement so that I can spend an Erasmus period at your university?
When your home university has nominated you, we will e-mail you with a link to the application form and some important information. You will also find it helpful to consult our Admission Procedures page.
Please make sure that you fill in the application form carefully, paying particular attention to your personal details and e-mail address, and that you submit it online by the relevant deadline. You may expect to receive an acceptance e-mail within a month of the deadline. At that stage, you will be invited to upload a passport photograph which we will use for your NUI Galway ID card. Please don't send us your photograph until we request it.
If your area of study is Arts, Commerce/Business or Law, then you only need to complete the online application form; no transcripts are required, although you will need to complete a learning agreement. However, if your area of study is Engineering, Science or Medicine, then you will be required to submit examination transcripts along with your learning agreement, in order to allow your application and academic background to be assessed. Your home university academic coordinator will be able to advise you.
Medical students should note the following: Incoming Erasmus medical students will be required to present certification of Health Screening on arrival at the Medical School and prior to placement at NUI Galway. (Information on these requirements has been sent to the relevant coordinators at partner universities; see also the relevant page on the Medical School website.) Erasmus medical students must also provide a Police Clearance Certificate from their country of origin. This is also referred to as Garda Vetting (An Garda Síochána = Ireland's national police service).
You will not be able to e-mail or fax the application form, as it can only be submitted online.
You may, however, e-mail any accompanying documentation, such as your learning agreement (to be sent to your academic coordinator) or your transcripts (if these are required). It is preferable to send these documents by e-mail, since faxing documents uses up a lot of paper and is therefore not good for the environment.
If applying for Semester 2: 31st October.
We do not have a specific exam-based requirement in relation to Erasmus students’ level of English, but it is very important that you have a good command of the English language, both written and spoken, because otherwise you will almost certainly encounter significant difficulties in understanding lectures, taking part in class exercises, and in writing assignments and exams. We would suggest a minimum of Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is a recommendation only; it is not necessary to send a certificate of English language competence with your application.
You should bear in mind that students with less than B2 level of ability in English are likely to encounter difficulty in reading and discussing academic texts with specialised vocabulary and abstract concepts. Experience has shown that such students do not do well in exams or written assessments, and often struggle throughout their study visit to keep up with the rest of the class. In large group teaching, lecturers will often not take account of or make allowances for students whose level of English is insufficient to allow them follow the course. For these reasons, and to ensure that our incoming Erasmus students have a truly beneficial academic experience at NUI Galway, we would recommend that they have attained level B2, or at least that they have done intensive language preparation prior to their study visit.
May I select any courses I like, or are there restrictions on the courses that may be taken by Erasmus students?
Restrictions do apply. You should only select courses from the list of courses available to visiting students: you will find this by clicking on the link "Courses Available" on the left-hand menu. The courses you choose should be in the subject area of the bilateral agreement we have with your university - ask your home university academic coordinator if in doubt. In other words, if you are a Science student, then it is expected that you choose courses from the College (faculty) of Science, and not from Arts or Commerce. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be allowed to take some courses outside of the subject area of the bilateral agreement, and they will have to seek permission from the relevant School or Discipline.
The Visiting Student Handbook will show the course offerings for the current year, but these listings do not change substantially from year to year, and are therefore a good guideline. Erasmus students will not be permitted to register for any other courses that they might find, for example, on departmental websites. Please do not attempt to make arrangements with lecturers to attend courses not open to visiting students, as it will not be possible for you to register for, take examinations in, or obtain recognition for such courses.
If you have not pre-booked accommodation in a student residence, we recommend that you arrive at least a week before term begins, in order to give yourself time to find somewhere to live. In any case, when you are making your travel arrangements please be sure that you will arrive in Galway in time to attend the Orientation Programme. Classes will commence on the Monday following the Orientation Programme, and attendance is obligatory from the start.
You will find details of Orientation on our Latest News page.
EU/EEA countries are the 27 EU countries and Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland. Students from other countries can only apply to work in Ireland if they are on a full degree course here, in other words, Erasmus students who are not EU/EEA Nationals are not eligible to take up employment in Ireland.
You should bring your Certificate of Attendance to the International Affairs Office just before you leave and we will sign and stamp it for you with that day’s date. Please note that we cannot post-date your Certificate of Attendance – the date we insert on the document will be the date on which it is signed. This means you should call to this office with your cert no more than one day before you are due to leave Galway to return home.
If you request your Certificate of Attendance after you have returned home, you will be required to send us proof of your date of departure, e.g. copy of airline ticket.
Full-year and semester 2 students will be able to access their examination results online once they are made available via the Examinations Office website. Semester 1 students will be able to access their results via Blackboard as they become available.
If you are a full-year or semester 2 Erasmus student, your official transcript(s) will be sent to the International Office of your home university in late June/early July. In the case of students who stayed for semester 1 only, transcripts will be sent to their home universities in February. Transcript copies will also be sent to students' home addresses.