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Information for Incoming Erasmus students 2020/21

Semester 1 Exam Transcripts

Update, 5th March, 2020: We are in the process of sending semester 1 exam transcripts to both partner universities and individual students. Given the large number of students involved, this may take some time, so we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Orientation information for Semester 2 students

Orientation for new students took place on  Friday,  5th February. 
It included useful information about the university's support services, and important advice about academic procedures and subject registration.    The link for our virtual Orienation events was sent by e-mail to all incoming semester 2 students.  You can view the presentations, including those from academic departments here.  Click on "Study Abroad/International Exchange/Erasmus".
There was also a presentation especially for Erasmus students.  View the slides:  Semester 2 Erasmus Orientation

Teaching began on Monday, 8th February.  Click to view the 2020/21 academic calendar

Your Learning Agreement, and Registering your Modules

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

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 editions 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 2020/21 compared to previous years, given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on academic planning.

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's 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.  Course registration opened at 10am on Friday, 29th January and  closed on   19th February.  Registering for a course gives you access via Blackboard to all course materials and information.   

With regard to the subject ENGLISH, please note that in academic year 2020/21, 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.

Other Information for Semester 2 students

Frequently Asked Questions for students arriving in January/February.




Please consult NUI Galway's FAQ for International Students for more information.

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.

Other useful links:


I have a document from my home university that I need to get signed, confirming that I am enrolled for course s at NUI Galway. What should I do?
This is your Certificate of Arrival, and you should send it to 

I sent my cert of arrival a few days ago to 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).  If you still can't find your timetable, contact the administrator of the School or Discipline.  The International Office has no involvement in timetabling so unfortunately we can't help you with this query.

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 2021/22

March 2021: 

Our partner institutions are currently sending us the names of the students they wish to nominate for Erasmus at NUI Galway in the academic year 2021/22.  We will be dealing with nominations for semester 1 and full year studies first.  Each nominated student will receive an e-mail from us containing a link to the online application form and some important information.  Please read this e-mail carefully!  Check your spam folder regularly, as important messages can sometimes land there.  Please note the deadline for applications: 31st May, 2021 at midnight (GMT).

We will deal with semester 2 nominations later in the year: the deadline  for applications for semester 2 will be 30th October, 2021 at midnight (GMT).

Preparing for your Erasmus studies at NUI Galway

You will find lots of useful information by clicking through the topics on the left-hand menu.



Please click on Living in Galway on the left-hand menu.

Orientation programme for students commencing their studies in September 2021

We expect that the main Orientation Day for international students will be Thursday, 26th August, with a morning session for all new international students (including Erasmus), and an afternoon session  specifically for our new Erasmus students.  On the second day of Orientation, we usually offer academic advisory sessions.  We expect that these events will be available to access online.   All new Erasmus students are requested to attend Orientation.   A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the date. 

For full details of all important orientation 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).

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