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Information for Incoming Erasmus students 2018/19

How to apply?

Please click on "Admissions Procedures" on the left-hand menu for information about how to apply to NUI Galway as an Erasmus student for 2020/21.

Your Learning Agreement, and Registering your Modules

NUI Galway does not have a deadline for receipt of learning agreements from incoming Erasmus students. This is entirely a matter for your home university, and you should ask your home university coordinator for guidance. Please be sure to select only courses that are available to visiting students.  

You should refer to the 2019/20 Visiting Student Handbooks when choosing your courses; please note that you will not be permitted to register for courses that are not in these booklets.  Please be aware that some courses may have prerequisites, or a limit in terms of the number of students that may enrol for them.  The handbooks will be updated closer to the beginning of the new academic year, but the current year's versions will give you a very good indication of what's likely to be on offer.

When making your choice of courses, please remember that:

  • you should only select courses (also called "modules") in the subject area that is mentioned in the bilateral agreement which your university has with NUI Galway, and under which you are coming to study here (e.g. "Arts/Humanities", "Business Studies", "Law", "Engineering", etc).  For example, if your main area of study is Business or Languages, you will not be permitted to take courses in, for instance, Engineering or Biochemistry.
  • you may only select courses that are listed in the Visiting Student Handbook: other courses that you may find while browsing through our individual College or School websites might not be available to visiting students. (The only exception is for those students coming to NUI Galway under specific exchanges with our School of Law, who may select additional courses from the Law School Visiting Student Guide; these courses are not available to any other Erasmus students.) 

Please make your course choices in consultation with your academic coordinator at your home university.  Recognition for courses taken and examinations passed at NUI Galway during your Erasmus visit will be a matter for your home university. 

Course (module) registration will be done online by students themselves, and this will open at the start of the teaching term.  You can download a useful Module Registration Guide for Visiting Students.  After you register your modules, you will be able to make changes to your selection, but only for a limited period: please note that no further changes will be possible after online registration closes.

With regard to the subject ENGLISH, please note that visiting students are only permitted to take one seminar course per semester - you will find a long list of these in the Visiting Student Handbook.  Lecture courses are listed separately, and you may take as many of these courses as your timetable permits, while noting that some lectures may have overlapping timeslots: if a course involves two lectures per week, for example, you must make sure your timetable allows you to attend both. When completing your learning agreement, please ensure to select no more than one English seminar course. While you will be able to register online for many of the courses you will take at NUI Galway, different procedures will apply in the case of English seminar courses. We will advise you on this at Orientation, and you can find more information on the English Department website.

Your Erasmus academic coordinator at NUI Galway

Please note that any questions about course content, credit weightings, timetables, etc cannot be answered by staff of the International Office - it's worth checking the relevant departmental website in the first instance, and if you need to discuss the content of courses in detail, you should contact the relevant academic coordinator at NUI Galway. You may wish to consult the list of Erasmus Academic Coordinators.  Your academic coordinator is the "responsible person" who must sign your learning agreement - unless you are an Arts/Humanities student from Malta or Utrecht, or a student from Uppsala in a subject area other than Medicine, in which cases you should contact the NUI Galway International Office.

Orientation programme for students arriving in September 2020

International Student Orientation always takes place on the Thursday before the teaching term commences, and consists of a morning session for all new international students (including Erasmus), and an afternoon session  specifically for our new Erasmus students.   Attendance at Orientation is compulsory.  Erasmus students receive their identity cards at the end of the Thursday afternoon session, when they also have an opportunity to have their Certificate of Arrival signed.

On the next day, Friday, academic advisory sessions will be offered in a number of popular subjects.   It is very important that all Erasmus students attend the advisory session dealing with course registration and examination procedures which takes place early on the Friday morning.
Full details of all important dates/events for international students are available on our Orientation page,.

Medical Students

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. 
They 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).

Other relevant information

English classes for all Erasmus students are available for a five-week period at the beginning of each semester. You will be notified about this at Orientation. 

Accommodation: Unfortunately the International Affairs Office is not in a position to help organise your accommodation, but please consult the website of NUI Galway's Accommodation Office for advice:  and see also the accommodation tips we have compiled for you.

Other useful links:

Latest News

Information for Incoming Erasmus students 2019/20

OCTOBER 2019 - Erasmus Day Trip - Castles, Towers and Poets

On Saturday October 5th, the Erasmus Office held its first ever Erasmus Day Trip. Thirty-eight brave students, along with tour guide Pádraic and Incoming Erasmus Coordinator Nigel, departed the Quadrangle on a misty West of Ireland morning.  They headed off the beaten track to see parts of the countryside you will not see on a standard tourist trip.
The group visited a variety of historical sites, from the home of one of Ireland's most cherished Nobel Prize winning poets, W. B. Yeats, to ancient round towers, monasteries and fortified castles on the shores of Galway Bay, and saw lots of cows too! The route wound its way across the backroads of the mystical landscapes of south Galway and North Clare.
Over 1,300 years of Irish history were covered by Pádraic in his commentary. The wet weather did little to dampen everybody’s enthusiasm and the sun finally came out in the afternoon to improve photo opportunities for all.
So if you would like to come on our next trip, please keep a regular check on this page. A big thank you to all who took part - we hope you enjoyed it.

Day Trip October

Check out the NUI Galway International Facebook page for more photos.

Examination Results

Erasmus students' examination transcripts for Semester 1  (2019/20) were issued in February, 2020.  
If you attended NUI Galway for one semester only, your personal transcript copy was posted to your home address on Friday, 7th February, and transcripts for Semester 1 students were sent to the International Offices of our partner universities in the week commencing 10th February.  If you are a full-year Erasmus student, you may collect your Semester 1 transcript from Nigel Collins during the times he has indicated, and both your transcripts (Semester 1 and Semester 2) will be sent to your home university in late June or early July.

Your Learning Agreement, and Registering your Modules

NUI Galway does not have a deadline for receipt of learning agreements from incoming Erasmus students. This is entirely a matter for your home university, and you should ask your home university coordinator for guidance. Please be sure to select only courses that are available to visiting students.

The handbooks containing the lists of courses available to Erasmus students for full year or semester 2 studies can be found on our Courses Available page.  Visiting students will not be permitted to register for courses that are not in the relevant edition of the Visiting Student Handbook.  Please be aware that some courses may have prerequisites, or a limit in terms of the number of students that may enrol for them.

When making your choice of courses, please remember that:

  • you should only select courses (also called "modules") in the subject area that is mentioned in the bilateral agreement which your university has with NUI Galway, and under which you are coming to study here (e.g. "Arts/Humanities", "Business Studies", "Law", "Engineering", etc).  For example, if your main area of study is Business or Languages, you will not be permitted to take courses in, for instance, Engineering or Biochemistry.
  • you may only select courses that are listed in the Visiting Student Handbook: other courses that you may find while browsing through our individual College or School websites might not be available to visiting students. (The only exception is for those students coming to NUI Galway under specific exchanges with our School of Law, who may select additional courses from the Law School Visiting Student Guide; these courses are not available to any other Erasmus students.) 

Please make your course choices in consultation with your academic coordinator at your home university.  Recognition for courses taken and examinations passed at NUI Galway during your Erasmus visit will be a matter for your home university. 

Course (module) registration will be done online by students themselves, and it usually opens on the first day of teaching in each semester.  We will provide plenty of advice on this at Orientation.

With regard to the subject ENGLISH, please note that visiting students are only permitted to take one seminar course per semester - you will find a long list of these in the Visiting Student Handbook.  Lecture courses are listed separately, and you may take as many of these courses as your timetable permits, while noting that some lectures may have overlapping timeslots: if a course involves two lectures per week, for example, you must make sure your timetable allows you to attend both. When completing your learning agreement, please ensure to select no more than one English seminar course. While you will be able to register online for many of the courses you will take at NUI Galway, different procedures will apply in the case of English seminar courses. We will advise you on this at Orientation, and you can find more information on the English Department website.

Your Erasmus academic coordinator at NUI Galway

Please note that any questions about course content, credit weightings, timetables, etc cannot be answered by staff of the International Office - it's worth checking the relevant departmental website in the first instance, and if you need to discuss the content of courses in detail, you should contact the relevant academic coordinator at NUI Galway. You may wish to consult the list of Erasmus Academic Coordinators.  Your academic coordinator is the "responsible person" who must sign your learning agreement - unless you are an Arts/Humanities student from Malta or Utrecht, or a student from Uppsala in a subject area other than Business or Medicine, in which cases you should contact the NUI Galway International Office.

Orientation programme for students arriving in January 2020

The main Orientation Day will be Thursday, 9th January, with a morning session for all new international students (including Erasmus), and an afternoon session  specifically for our new Erasmus students.  Attendance at Orientation is compulsory.   A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the date.

On Friday, 10th January, there will be academic advisory sessions in a number of popular subjects.   It is very important that all Erasmus students attend the first Friday morning session (dealing with course registration and examination procedures).

For full details of all important January dates/events for international students, please refer to our Orientation page, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Medical Students

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. 
They 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).

Other relevant information

English classes for all Erasmus students are available for a five-week period at the beginning of each semester. You will be notified about this at Orientation. 

Accommodation: Unfortunately the International Affairs Office is not in a position to help organise your accommodation, but please consult the website of NUI Galway's Accommodation Office for advice:  and see also the accommodation tips we have compiled for you.

Other useful links:

 

 

Downloads

  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2020

    Undergraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (18.4 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (20.6 MB)

  • Pre-Arrival Information

    Pre-Arrival Information PDF (16 MB)