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For PROSPECTIVE/INCOMING International Students
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.
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?
Academic Year 2020-21 at NUI Galway
In the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19, our University is working to ensure that your experience will be the best that we can deliver, whether you are starting a new course this September or returning for another year of study. At all times we will prioritise our university community’s health, safety and wellbeing as we structure the learning experience around the realities of a changed environment and will therefore at all times make decisions that adhere to public health advice.
Our students, staff and alumni are proud of our university and its reputation for excellence. We are determined to deliver a student experience that is as supportive as we can make it, and that enables the building of new relationships and development of talents. Colleagues, both academic and in professional services, are adapting to the changed circumstances, to deliver the best student experience that we can.
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 We will continue to be guided by public health advice. 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.
Undergraduate orientation will take place in the week commencing 21 September and comprise a mix of online and on-campus activities to help you familiarise yourself with the university, understand the structures and demands of student life, learn about the supports available to you and get to know your fellow classmates.
This year, we will structure orientation such that each College will have a different day of on-campus activities. A timetable of these activities will be issued to you prior to arrival. Orientation is a very important rite of passage for new students and we encourage all incoming students to engage fully with the programme of activities to give a solid start to their student journey. For those of you who are not able to attend in person, important orientation information will also be accessible online.
We have committed to providing a blended experience for students in the coming academic year, and this should contain as much on-campus experience, both academic and support, as it is possible to deliver while adhering to public health guidelines.
All taught programmes will be delivered in a blend of online and on-campus classes. Irrespective of the size of the class, we will have on-campus learning built student experience, typically through on-campus tutorials, seminars, distanced meet-ups and/or laboratories according to the needs of various courses.
Large-scale lectures will be adapted for online delivery, while smaller classes will be delivered on-campus where it is possible and safe to do so. The majority of online lectures will not be timetabled but will instead be made available in advance of any related timetabled classes such as seminars, tutorials, lab work etc. School and Programme Directors will be working with Academic Administration over the summer months to develop teaching timetables, taking into account the continually changing situation and evolving public health advice. Timetables will indicate which classes will be delivered on campus – these classes will be a regular part of your experience and you will need to be on campus to participate. At all times capacity in rooms will conform to public health advice.
We will work to accommodate the small number of you who cannot come to campus for health, access or other reasons, so as not to disadvantage your academic journey. We are working hard to ensure that all learning will be made available online, or accessible through some alternative means, to allow for those who may face delays in arriving in Ireland, allow for limits to student numbers in teaching spaces, accommodate those who cannot attend for health reasons, and to provide a backup in case of a rise in COVID-19 transmissions.
We encourage all of you on taught programmes to be in Galway from September, to be available for on-campus learning, and to experience the fullest student learning experience possible, given the COVID-19 restrictions. Where possible, you should aim to book accommodation and expect to be present in Galway throughout the semester. We will continue to abide by public health guidelines to ensure a safe living and study environment and, where possible, we will plan allocations to ensure you are in apartments with other students studying the same programmes to support peer-to-peer learning and laboratory/group project work.
See below under Accommodation for more information on booking on-campus accommodation. In addition, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.
Our staff in Student Services are working to ensure that your time at NUI Galway is a rewarding academic, personal and professional experience. We will continue to provide a range of services and initiatives to support and encourage you both on-campus and online. We will address your concerns in targeted ways to ensure that we are supporting you effectively and appropriately.
Please also continue to refer to our alerts and FAQs webpages for relevant updates:
- NUI Galway Alerts Page: http://www.nuigalway.ie/alert
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.
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.
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.
Applying to NUI Galway
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.
I have an offer for September 2020, what if my travel plans are delayed due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and I am unable to get to Galway in time for my course start date?
If complications for international students in meeting the conditions of their offer continue to arise (e.g. if university and VACs remain closed) the International Office will issue more specific details on the options for offer holders based on particular circumstances.
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?
I am due to commence my studies at NUI Galway in September 2020. Will COVID-19 impact my studies?
Coronavirus COVID-19 - September 2020 Intake:
We want to re-assure you that we are working hard to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) might have on you joining us. NUI Galway is here to support you during this time of uncertainty in order for you to commence your studies in September 2020. You can expect to receive frequent communications from our International Team about the next steps on your journey to joining us as a student at NUI Galway.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all on-campus rooms single occupancy?
Due to social distancing requirements, all on campus rooms will be single occupancy only. This is also likely to impact on common spaces within accommodations blocks.
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.
Are rooms available to comply with Irish government isolation requirements after arrival?
For students who have secured on campus accommodation, your room will be available to rent to satisfy government guidelines with regard to self-isolation after arrival in Ireland. Please see the following link for information:
For more information, you can also visit NUI Galway Alert.