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Information for Incoming Erasmus students 2020/21

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 in the academic session 2020/21.

UPDATE, 28 SEPTEMBER 2020: 

NEW: Frequently Asked Questions for students arriving in September/October 2020.
We will add to this list of questions over the coming week.

NEW: An additional interactive Q&A session for Erasmus students covering queries around registration - Wednesday, 30th September, from 11:00 to 13:00.  An invitation has been sent by e-mail to all incoming Erasmus students.

NEW: Fáilte Mornings!  A virtual coffee-time meeting where international students can meet each other and staff from the International Office.  Thursday and Friday, 1st and 2nd October, from 11:00 to 12 noon.  Invitations have been sent by e-mail to Erasmus students.

 ORIENTATION for International Students took,  place in the week commencing 21st September.  All our events were available to access online and you can view the presentations by clicking on this page and then on "Study Abroad/International Exchange/Erasmus Students".  Further sessions and events will be arranged as the need arises.

Your attention is drawn in particular to the Erasmus Orientation session (which took place live on Tuesday 22nd and  was repeated on Thursday 24th September), as well as the session on course selection procedures and exam information that took place on 25th September.  The presentations for both are available to download at the above-mentioned page, and we would encourage you to refer to them as they will provide the answers to many student questions.

We have been communicating by e-mail with our incoming Semester 1 students in relation to their arrival in Ireland and the arrangements for those coming from countries not on Ireland's "green list".  Students are welcome to contact us directly with any queries they may have.

COURSE (MODULE) REGISTRATION will be available for you to do online through your Campus Account from 10am on Monday, 21st September.  Registering for a course gives you access via Blackboard to all course materials and information. Course registration will close at midight on 7th October.

TEACHING will commence in the week of 28th September.  As per the message issued by the President of NUI Galway on 25th September to all staff and students, the majority of teaching will take place online for the first two weeks of the semester.  Only lab-based and practical classes may take place on campus.  Please refer to the e-mail entitled "Covid-19: Enhanced Public Health Protection Measures for Higher Education",  

The list of courses available to Erasmus students (the Visiting Student Handbook)  can be found on our Courses Available page.

Please consult NUI Galway's FAQ for International Students for more information in relation to semester 1.

 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 will not be permitted to register for courses that are not in the 2020 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.  Please understand that there may be some changes to the range of courses available in certain subject areas in 2020, compared to previous years, given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on academic planning for the coming year.

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.  You will be able to register your courses from Monday, 21st September at 10am.  Course registration will close on 7th October.  You can download a useful Module Registration Guide.  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 in Semester 1 of 2020, there will be no seminar courses, only lecture courses, and these are listed in the Visiting Student Handbook.   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

Orientation for new students will take place during the week of 21st September.  Further details will be announced as they become available.

Medical Students

UPDATE: Unfortunately our School of Medicine is unable to accept exchange students in the 2020/21 academic year.

Other relevant information

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.

The International Office has been in touch with all students from countries not on Ireland's "green list" to advise of the procedures for transport to Galway and for observing the mandatory 14-day restricted movement period after arrival.

Other useful links:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I sent my cert of arrival a few days ago to incomingerasmus@nuigalway.ie and I haven't got it back yet.  Why is this?
Please understand that this is an extremely busy time of year for us and, because there are many Erasmus students sending us this request and other queries, it may take up to a week for certs of arrival to be processed. Rest assured that we are doing our very best to support you and that you will get your completed cert of arrival as soon as possible.  We would kindly ask you not to send your e-mail a second time.

I can't find a timetable for a module I want to take.
Please check Blackboard for up-to-date announcements about class scheduling.  You should have access to the Blackboard information for each module 24 hours after you register for it.  If you cannot access the information in this way, consult the website of the relevant School or Discipline (details are in the Visiting Student Academic Information Booklet), and failing that, contact the administrator of the School or Discipline.

Who should sign my learning agreement at NUI Galway?
It should be signed by your academic coordinator, and if you don't already know who this is, you can check the list that you'll find here.

I deleted a course but I'm still seeing it on my registration statement (or on Blackboard). What should I do?
Most likely you don't need to do anything.  Please allow at least 24 hours, and perhaps up to 48 hours, for changes to be reflected in your registration statement or on Blackboard.  If you still see the course 48 hours after deleting  it, you need to contact the Library Service Desk.

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

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