Entry Requirements 

Academic Entry Requirements

Please see Your Country for country specific entry requirements

English Language Requirements

All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language. Tests must be taken within two years of the start date of the student's programme.

Examples of English Language Equivalences for Programmes

Subject*

IELTS 

Cambridge    C1 Advanced  (CAE)

 

Cambridge    C2  Advanced  (CPE)

TOEFL iBT/ TOEFL iBT Home Edition

Pearson PTE

Duolingo

Arts/Business/Law

6.5 overall, no less than 5.5 in any one component.

176 overall

180 overall

88 overall
7-11 Listening
16-17 Speaking
18-20 Writing
8-12 Reading

61 overall,  no less than 48 in any one component.

110

Science/Engineering

6.5 overall, no less than 5.5 in any one component.

176 overall

180 overall

88 overall
7-11 Listening
16-17 Speaking
18-20 Writing
8-12 Reading

61 overall,  no less than 48 in any one component.

110

Medicine

(This requirement applies to incoming first year students only)

6.5 overall no less than 6.5 in any one component.

176 overall

180 overall

88 overall
20-23 Listening
20-22 Speaking
24-26 Writing
19-23 Reading

61 overall,  no less than 61 in any one component.

110

English Language Center

10-Week Pre-Sessional Programme.

 

Entry Requirement:

- IELTS Requirement: 6 overall, no less than 5.5 in any one component.

- An interview may be scheduled as part of your application.

Upon successful completion of the 10-week Pre-Sessional Programme:

- Students can transition to their postgraduate degree course.

- Exit Requirement from the 10 -week programme is a: Minimum average exit grade of 70%

*Subject: Programmes which may have specific English language requirements are listed below. Please note this list is indicative, and may not be wholly inclusive of every programme that has a particular English language requirement.

  • Visa Required Students: Please check with The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for specific visa requirements.   
  • English tests must be taken within two years of the start date of the programme.
  • MSc Biomedical Science 1MV1, MSc Biotechnology 1MT1, and the Higher Diploma (Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality) 1MTD1.7:
    IELTS: Overall 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in any other band.
    TOEFL: Overall 88, Listening 12-19, Speaking 18-19, Writing 24-26, Reading 13-18
    PTE: Overall 61, with 61 in writing and 50 in all other bands                                                      Duolingo 110                                                                                                                                                                  
  • MSc Computer Science - Data Analytics 1 year full-time, 1CSD1, and the MSc Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence 1 year full-time, 1MAI1:
    IELTS: Overall 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other band
    TOEFL: Overall 88, Listening 12-19, Speaking 18-19, Writing 24-26, Reading 13-18
    PTE: Overall 61, with 61 in writing and 50 in all other bands                                                        Duolingo 110                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • BSc in Speech and Language Therapy:
    IELTS: Overall of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any other band.
    TOEFL: Overall 95, Listening 20-23, Speaking 20-22, Writing 24-26, Reading 19-23
    PTE: Overall 65 and 61 in any other band.
    If using Cambridge C1 or C2 Advanced (CAE), the requirement is 185 overall.                          Duolingo 120                                                                                                                                         
  • MA (Journalism) 1AJ1:
    IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any other band.
    TOEFL: Overall 79-93, Listening 12-19, Speaking 18-19, Writing 21-23, Reading 13-18
    PTE: Overall 61, all other bands 50.                                                                                             Duolingo 110                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • MA (Global Media & Communications) 1GMC1 
    IELTS Overall score of 7.0 IELTS, with no less than 6.5 in any other band.
    TOEFL: Overall 94-101, Listening 20-23, Speaking 20-22, Writing 24-26, Reading 19-23
    PTE: Overall 65  with no less than 61 in any other band.                                                            Duolingo 120
  • H.Dip Software Design & Development (1SD1) and the M.Sc Software Design & Development (1MF1)
    IELTS: Overall of 6.5 IELTS, with no less than 6.5 in the writing ability band and no less than 6.0 in the other bands.
    TOEFL: Overall 79-93, Listening 12-19, Speaking 18-19, Writing 24-26, Reading 13-18
    PTE: Overall 61, Writing 61 with no less than 50 in any otherr band.                                          Duolingo 110
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management’s Bachelor of Business Studies and Bachelor of Commerce in International Hotel Management
    IELTS: Overall of 6  
    TOEFL: Overall 60-78
    PTE: Overall 50                                                                                                        
  • International Foundation Business Programme 
    IELTS: Overall of 5
    TOEFL Overall: 35-45
    PTE: 36

The NUI Galway TOEFL institution code is 8861 

English Language Courses at the National University of Ireland Galway

NUI Galway’s English Language Centre is committed to providing high quality English Language courses including our pre-sessional and pathway options to help our students prepare for academic study at NUI Galway.

You can review the programmes on offer here.

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Foundation Programmes

National University of Ireland, Galway works with a number of providers who offer foundation programmes for students who do not currently meet the University’s English language requirements.

The following courses are open to students who receive a conditional offer of admission to a select number of undergraduate and taught postgraduate degree programmes at NUI Galway, subject to meeting the University’s usual English language requirements.

Courses Offered:
NUI Galway's Shannon College Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Business Programme caters specifically for the academic and/or English needs of students who do not meet the academic requirement to directly enter undergraduate degree programmes and/or English requirements for their chosen degree.

Programme Name:

University Foundation Programme

Provider:

NUI Galway's Shannon College.

Course Dates:

September 2021 (1 Academic Year)

Tuition Fee:

€11,500

Further Details:

Contact NUI Galway's Shannon College for more details

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC)

Based in Dublin, the Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) delivers specialised NCUK –accredited foundation courses preparing international students for entrance into partner universities in Ireland and the UK. In particular, NUI Galway has accepted students who have completed the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and NCUK Graduate Diploma (formerly the Pre-Masters programme – PMP) at DIFC.

Programme Name:

NCUK International Foundation Year Programme

Provider:

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC)

Start Dates:

September and January each year

Further Details:

Contact DIFC for more details

Programme Name:

NCUK Graduate Diploma

Provider:

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC)

Start Dates:

October and January each year

Further Details:

Contact DIFC for more details

 

 Atlantic Language

Atlantic Language is an English Language School, providing a range of educational services in purpose designed centres in Galway and Dublin for almost 20 years. In recent years, Atlantic Language has expanded to offer a number of University Foundation Programmes to assist international students who wish to study at Irish universities.

Programme Name:

University Foundation Programme

Provider:

Atlantic Language

Course Dates:

14 October to 06 June (32 weeks)

Tuition Fee:

€8,950

Further Details:

Contact Atlantic Language for more details

 

Programme Name:

University Foundation Programme

Provider:

Atlantic Language

Course Dates:

13 January to 06 June (21 weeks)

Tuition Fee:

€5,250

Further Details:

Contact Atlantic Language for more details

 

Programme Name:

Pre-Masters Programme

Provider:

Atlantic Language

Course Dates:

14 October to 06 June (32 weeks)

Tuition Fee:

€8,950

Further Details:

Contact Atlantic Language for more details

 

Programme Name:

Pre-Masters Programme

Provider:

Atlantic Language

Course Dates:

13 January to 06 June (21 weeks)

Tuition Fee:

€5,250

Further Details:

Contact Atlantic Language for more details

 Galway Cultural Institute

Programme Name: University Foundation

Lessons per week: 30 x 45min

Price per course: €7,250
 

The Foundation Programme is 26 weeks in duration, including two study weeks and two modules of eight weeks.

Programme Name: University Premasters Programme

Lessons per week: 25 x 45min
 
Price per course: €7,750
 
The Pre-Masters Programme is 34 weeks in duration including two Level-8 modules of 13 weeks and four study weeks.
 
Contact Galway Cultural Institute for further Information.

 

Castel Education

Castel Education provides foundation programmes for students wishing to study Medicine and Medicine related programmes at NUI Galway.

For further details, please visit Castel Education website or contact Dr Joe McGarryDirector of Academic Affairs

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