Health Insurance

Please note that you can only arrange health insurance with an Irish Health Insurance Provider when you are living in Ireland. However, Medicover (see below) can be purchased online before travelling to Ireland. we strongly advise that all students coming from a visa required country should purchase health cover before arriving in the country.

Details of Health Insurance Providers are below:

The Health Insurance Authority is a statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland. The Authority also provides information to consumers regarding their rights and health insurance plans and benefits.

Health Insurance for Immigration Purposes

Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Proof of medical insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.


Medicover is a medical expenses insurance policy available exclusively to students travelling to Ireland from overseas to undertake a course of study at an approved educational establishment. This can be purchased online before travelling to Ireland.

The policy provides cover for medical expenses incurred whilst in Ireland arising from any accident or any illness requiring hospitalisation to a limit of €2,500,000 during the period of insurance.

Medicover does not provide cover for any pre-existing illness known to the insured person at the time of purchase, nor does it cover pregnancy costs while in Ireland.

For more information, or to purchase Medicover, please visit

Please see or for a comprehensive, impartial comparison of the various providers.



International Affairs Office organises a comprehensive Orientation Programme for all new international students at NUI Galway.

International Students Orientation

Venue: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre)

Day 1: Thursday, 9.30am, 8 January 2015 

  • Student Health
  • Counselling services
  • Blackboard
  • Sports Clubs and Student Societies
  • Library
  • Computer Services
  • Banking
  • Student safety
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • GNIB Registration (Non-EU/EEA students)

Day 2: Friday, 9.30am, 9 January 2015 

  • Academic advisory sessions for visiting students

Note: Visiting students will receive information on exams, timetables and other important academic information at this session so we strongly recommend attendance.

academic handbook semester 2 2014/15 ‌

FAQ list for Erasmus & visiting students 2014

Orientation Booklet 2014/15

Galway Map

campus map Sept 2014

immigration factsheet Jan 2015

Events list Jan 2015

Students will receive hard copies of these documents at orientation.

Other Activities

In addition to the main Orientation Programme, the University arranges other activities to help welcome you to the University and help you settle in to student life in Galway

Fáilte (Welcome!) Mornings

Each day for the first week of term all newly arrived students are invited to attend an informal gathering where they can meet with staff of the International Affairs Office, ask questions and get to know each other.

Walking tour of Galway

The International Affairs Office arranges walking tours of Galway on the weekend after orientation. You can book a place on one of the tours on:

Library training and tour

The Library will provide Library Orientation for the students for the first weeks of term. Students can book a session that suits them at the link below.