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We want to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) might have on you joining us in September 2020. NUI Galway is here to support you during this time of uncertainty in order for you to commence your studies.
Please reference this page for latest updates. You can also expect to receive frequent communications from our International Office about the next steps on your journey to joining us as a student at NUI Galway.
Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and understanding. This is an uncertain time, so please take special care of your physical and mental wellbeing and be sure to stay in communication with our university if we can be of any further assistance.
For Incoming & Prospective International Students
Travelling to NUI Galway
What do I need to do before I travel?
- Government Guidlines: Familiarise yourself with all travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey. Full details available at https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/
- Port of Entry Letter: Immigration officials at your port of arrival may request documentary evidence from you that you are required to physically attend the NUI Galway campus. You will need to have this in your possession on arrival in the event of an immigration official requesting it. You should have received this letter in August from the university. If you did not receive this letter please contact firstname.lastname@example.org straight away and a letter will be issued to you.
- COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form: You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry. This form is available here.
- NUI Galway Travel & Accommodation Form: Students must complete this mandatory form for NUI Galway to confirm their travel and accommodation arrangements. See more detail below on transport and accommodation options available.
- Health & Symptom Questionnaire: All incoming students are required to complete an online symptom tracker for 14 days before departure for Ireland. Students who have symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not travel to Ireland until they have been symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to departure. You will begin to receive this daily symptom tracker 14 days before you travel, based on the planned arrival date you have given us in the above-mentioned travel and accommodation form.
- Sim Cards: You should order an Irish Sim card for your mobile phone and arrange for it to be waiting for you in the accommodation where you will spend the restricted movement period.
Please make sure to read the NUI Galway Complying with COVID-19 Public Health Measures Guide
Arriving in Ireland & Galway: What facilities are in place for me?
Passengers travelling into Ireland from countries that are not on the green list will be required to restrict their movements for a period of 14 days. Learn more about what the restricted movement period means for you.
Transport to Galway:
- Please note that students arriving in Ireland from overseas countries must not use public transport for their 14 days of restricted movement.
- Transport will be provided to bring students from Dublin Airport to Galway. In order to avail of this, you must complete this mandatory form, which includes details of your travel to Ireland and your subsequent accommodation arrangements for the restricted movement period.
- An International Students ‘Greet and Transfer’ Desk will be located in the Arrivals area of Dublin Airport. This will be organised via the Irish Universities Association, of which NUI Galway is a member. This service will commence from August 24th.
- All students arriving from overseas, including EU and Irish students, will be met by the Greet and Transfer team. They will have the details of your travel arrangements, as provided by you on the above-mentioned form.
- You must present yourself to one of the team at the airport. The team will be wearing bright yellow jackets and there will be signage at many points to assist you in finding their stand.
- You must also present a copy of your offer letter and/or port of entry letter to confirm enrolment/acceptance at NUI Galway.
- The Greet and Transfer team will direct you to awaiting buses, which will bring you to Galway. This transport will be provided free of charge to you.
- Facilities will be made available in Dublin Airport for those awaiting the next scheduled bus departure.
- Arrangements will be made for students arriving at other ports: please provide your travel details on the mandatory form and we will contact you.
- To facilitate your compliance with these public health guidelines, the University requires you to use accommodation, which has been specifically selected to ensure that it meets the requirements for restricted movement.
- Students are permitted to source alternative accommodation for the restricted movement period.
Please note that our Campus accommodation has now closed for bookings for the restricted movement period.
You will need to source alternative accommodation in which to spend the restricted movement period. You must have this accommodation booked in advance of your travels, and are required to provide this information in both the COVID-19 Passenger Declaration form, and at the mandatory form for NUI Galway’s reference.
If you do not have accommodation already arranged for the academic year that is suitable for restricted movement, you will need to make alternative arrangements.
NUI Galway has been in touch with a number of alternative accommodation providers that you may like to book with if you don’t have accommodation sourced for this period already.
Click here NUI Galway - Agreed Hotel Offers for Restricted Movement for more information including contact information, price, meals available, booking process, and the proximity of each hotel to the NUI Galway campus.
Accommodation for the academic year
If you haven’t booked accommodation for the restricted movement period or the full academic year, our Accommodation Office will be able to assist you:
- If you have already booked accommodation and catering in Goldcrest Village or Corrib Village for your restricted movement period and have queries, please contact email@example.com
- For transportation queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For queries on student accommodation for the academic year, please contact email@example.com or visit https://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/accommodation/finding-accommodation/
- For all other queries, please visit the International Office Contact Us Page for more information on who to direct your query towards.
Arrived in Ireland and Feeling Unwell – What to do
In the event that you should become ill while in restricted movement or thereafter, you should contact the local health unit on campus or out of hours doctor services. Please ensure you isolate your movement. If experiencing breathing difficulties, or seriously ill, you should call an ambulance immediately (dial 911).
The Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) is providing a service to all full-time registered students as normal, though with the majority of consultations at present still being undertaken remotely, as per public health/ICGP infection prevention & control practice management recommendations. The Student Health Unit does not provide housecall visits as part of its service. The current 'outside term-time' opening hours are: 09.30-16.30, Monday to Friday.
Outside of these hours, please continue to contact the Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) and you will receive more information on the appropriate point of contact.
Contact numbers for both are below as well as some additional emergency numbers.
Local Medical Service Contact Information
University Health Unit
University Hospital Galway
Other Contact Numbers:
Millstreet Garda Station (Police station)
University Late Night Pharmacy
Click here for more information on Health and Travel.
Mobile Sim Cards
Sim Cards: You should order an Irish Sim Card for your mobile phone and arrange for it to be waiting for you in the accommodation where you will spend the restricted movement period. You will require an Irish number to be contactable by Irish Health Services should you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms and require a COVID-19 test. Please see information in the point above about what to do if you begin to feel unwell.
If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure that it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.
Several mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. Sim cards can be ordered online and will be sent in the post. By topping up mobile credit each month, students can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances.
Starting Your Studies with NUI Galway
What are the term dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year?
For the vast majority of students, including visiting students, the semester will begin on 28 September. Full dates can be found here: Semester Dates 2020-21.
First-Year Undergraduate Orientation: Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020.
Students from the School of Education, School of Medine and Shannon College of Hotel Management should review the academic calendar for their revised start dates.
What will the student experience look like at NUI Galway in this academic year?
Visit our FAQs page on Academic Year 2020/21.
Are timetables for my course available?
What If I cannot travel for the start of my course?
NUI Galway is proposing at-distance alternatives for you if you experience delays in arriving to Galway. This means that you can arrive on campus for teaching from the start date identified for your cohort if it is possible and safe for you to do so in line with public health advice. We realise that this may not be achievable for everyone, this approach has been designed to allow you to start Semester 1 online if needed and to join us here on campus as soon as you can. We know that you would prefer to be here with us in person and we will do everything we can to assist you to reach Galway.
Can I travel to Ireland at this time?
Irish borders remain open and there are no restrictions on travel into Ireland.
However, the Irish government has issued a list of countries in which the prevalence of Covid-19 is relatively low. Please click on Covid-19 Green List. This list will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials including public health experts.
Anyone arriving into Ireland from the locations on the Covid-19 Green List, or travelling from Northern Ireland, will not have to restrict their movements. They will be required to complete a Passenger Location Form before arrival and to follow current Irish public health advice.
More information is available on: Travelling to Ireland from a location that is on the COVID-19 Green List
Passengers travelling into Ireland from countries that are not on the Covid-19 Green List will be required to:
- Complete a Passenger Location Form before arrival.
- Restrict their movements for a period of 14 days.
- Avoid using public transport from the point of arrival for the period of restricted movement.
- Follow Irish public health advice after the 14-day period of restricted movement.
More information is available on: Travelling to Ireland from a location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List
I am from a visa required country but the Irish Embassy is currently closed. How can I apply for my visa?
A number of Visa Application Centres have recently announced they will accept long stay visa applications from Monday 22 June. Please check the website of your closest Irish Embassy for new announcements. In the meantime, please make sure you have all documentation required to support your application and be ready to apply soon.
To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of the first semester for visa,personal or travel reasons, the University is proposing at-distance alternatives for undergraduate and taught masters students, with the expectation that these students will attend campus when it is possible for them to do so.
Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme (TLGPS) Update:
The Third Level Graduate Scheme enables non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for period of time after they have graduated from their respective course. During this period of time they can seek employment and work in Ireland without an employment permit. Entry to the scheme is facilitated by application and the start of the scheme is based on the official receipt of exam results. For a full explanation of the scheme and requirements, please visit the INIS website .
The Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills have recently held discussions on the operation of the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme (TLGPS) and have agreed the following:
1. On a once-off basis, students who were residing in Ireland and attending Irish Institutions, but who returned home due to COVID-19 and completed their studies and exams online abroad, but who will receive their award from the Irish Institution will be entitled to avail of the programme and also allowed apply from overseas.
2. On a once-off basis those students who are due to start their studies in an Irish Institution in September, but because of COVID-19 will have to complete the first semester online and who will complete their studies in Ireland will also be allowed avail of the programme.
The above 2 points are strictly one off arrangements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subject to the usual criteria of the programme.
3. Those students who intend to study for the full year online with an Irish Institution will not be allowed avail of the programme.
Please note that the NUI Galway Teaching Delivery has been designed to allow you to start Semester 1 online if needed and to join us here on campus as soon as you can. We know that you would prefer to be here with us in person and we will do everything we can to assist you to reach Galway.
Can I pay my fees in instalments?
Please note the below plan does not include international undergraduate medical students who must pay their fees in accordance with the condition pertaining to their route of entry.
NUI Galway is committed to providing you with a world-class educational experience in the upcoming academic year. We recognise the challenges that you may be facing in light of COVID-19, and are committed to providing you with supports where possible. Our actions will reflect our commitment to accessibility, inclusivity and engaging openly with the world.
In order to assist you in paying your fees, the University has introduced an option to pay in two equal instalments for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students commencing their studies in September 2020.
Therefore there are two options available:
- Option 1: Fees may be paid in full prior to Registration*
- Or Option 2: 50% of fees may be paid before Registration* and the balance paid in full before February 28th 2021.
*Depending on visa requirements, you may need to pay €6,000 or 50% of the total programme fee as part of the Visa approval/application and therefore should look to have this instalment paid as soon as possible in advance of the semester commencing.
Where possible, you are strongly encouraged to pay fees in full before registration.
Payment Methods and Queries: Please view our website at https://www.nuigalway.ie/student-fees/international/ for details of payment methods and for further Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to fees and payments.
Applying to NUI Galway
Will postgraduate courses run as planned in September?
All universities are prepared for enrolment in September 2020 and this is what we are planning towards. If the Department of Education & Skills makes changes to proposed enrolment dates we will all have to adapt accordingly. For now, we are planning a start date of 28 September 2020 for postgraduate students.
Are applications still being accepted?
Yes, applications for enrolment in 2020 are still being accepted. There are some courses that have deadlines that have already passed. However there is no disruption to the application process as a result of COVID-19.
When will I get a decision on my current application?
There is no disruption to the application review process as a result of COVID-19. Since applications can take at least four weeks to review, if you wish to receive a decision in an early round, you should apply early, and submit your application as complete as possible. In the case of research programmes, allow up to six weeks, from the date we receive your application, before you can expect such notification.
I am in an affected country. With the Covid-19 outbreak, are you still considering applications from my country?
All new applications for study at NUI Galway are treated in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside. We are still accepting applications for 2020, and we continue to welcome new applications at all study levels. If your application is successful, we will be in touch with you about the next steps leading up to registration.
English language test centres near me have been closed, what if I cannot meet the conditions of my offer? Do you accept any online English Language courses?
We are aware that many universities and English language test centres are closed until further notice, and that many of you may be concerned about meeting the conditions of their offer. If complications for international students in meeting the conditions of their offer continue to arise (e.g. if universities, VACs, English Language options remain closed) the International Office will issue more specific details on the options for offer holders based on particular circumstances. In the meantime, we encourage all of our students to continue with their language preparation at home until further information is available.
NUI Galway is now accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET) for visa required students. DET is offered fully online with test results available in 48 hours. The Visa Division of the Department of Justice and Equality has confirmed that it will accept the Duolingo English Test as an alternative on an exceptional basis for 2020 only. Click here for more information.
I cannot get hold of the information you have requested, what shall I do?
We are aware that delays may be unavoidable for you in providing the information needed to support your application. We aim to be as flexible as possible. If you have transcripts and are awaiting these to be authenticated by your university, we ask that you please submit your transcripts in their current form to our Admissions Office for review.
Visa offices in my country are closed, will I be able to obtain a study visa in time?
The International Office, NUI Galway is in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs and will be closely monitoring updates from Visa Offices and Visa Application Centres (VACs) on closures over the coming weeks as authorities review the situation.
Are the scholarship schemes previously advertised for 2020 still available?
My course involves a placement aspect. How will this be handled?
The University is currently working on plans to handle postgraduate course placements/internships, etc., in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Information will be communicated to prospective students by their programme director in due course.
Are all on-campus rooms single occupancy?
Twin rooms are available for students who are willing to share.
What happens if I am unable to start my course in NUI Galway due to Covid-19 travel restrictions?
If you are unable to start University due to a Government-imposed travel ban in place in either your home country or here in Ireland and you have already booked accommodation with us, Campus Living will refund any deposit less an administration charge and refund any rent paid.
What happens if NUI Galway’s academic year dates change due to Covid-19 restrictions?
If the NUI Galway’s academic year dates change as a result of Covid-19, Campus Living will be flexible. Licence agreement dates will be changed to reflect any changes in 2020/2021 academic year and rent will only be charged on a pro rata basis for the revised dates.
Following your stay, for students who have not pre-booked accommodation, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.
For more information, you can also visit NUI Galway Alert.