About NUI Galway

Ideally located in the university city of Galway, the University offers a wide range of internationally recognised degree programmes, in a welcoming academic community.

Aula MaximaToday, we have over 17,000 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across five colleges:

  • Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
  • Business, Public Policy and Law
  • Engineering and Informatics
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Science

International students comprise over 12% of the student body at NUI Galway, with over 90 countries represented in total. This includes visiting students from other universities around the world as well as degree-seeking international students, on full undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes.

Our reputation

In 2009, NUI Galway was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in Ireland for the second time, having previously won the award in 2002. In the latest QS World University Rankings, we are ranked in the world’s top 300 universities, putting us in the top 3% of universities in the world overall.

Engineering BuildingIn 2012, the University was awarded a prestigious five star rating from the QS Stars rating system and received the maximum ratings in several key areas including research, teaching, internationalisation, facilities, engagement and innovation.

International Links

NUI Galway has a strong international focus, with long established research and student exchange links with universities throughout the world. Some of our most notable research links include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Harvard University and Stanford University in the USA, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China as well as Kyoto University in Japan.

In addition, we also have student exchange programmes with over 200 international universities, ranging from Ottawa University in Canada, Georgetown University and the University of California in the USA, University of Veracruz in Mexico and HKUST in Hong Kong.

The University has also been an active member of the Erasmus student exchange programme since its inception in 1987, with 150 exchange programmes with universities throughout Europe.

NUI Galway is a member of the prestigious Coimbra Group of universities, an association of  long-established research-led universities, which also includes most notably the University of Oxford (UK), University of Barcelona (Spain) and Heidelberg University (Germany).

Contact Us

International Office
7 Distillery Road
T 353 91 495 277
F 353 91 495 551
Visit the International Affairs Office Web site

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     International Student Guide The International Student Guide provides a general overview for international students interested in studying at NUI Galway, including information about the University, Study Abroad opportunities, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and student life.

    Study Abroad

    Study Abroad (Non-EU Visiting Students) Application Form

    Undergraduate (Non-EU)

    Non-EU Undergraduate Application Form


    Postgraduate Applications are made online at www.pac.ie

     Pre Arrival Booklet The International Student Pre-Arrival Guide provides detailed information for accepted students, including study visas, student housing, registration and getting to Galway.  
     orientation booklet The International Student Orientation Booklet provides comprehensive practical advice for newly arrived international students, including student housing, banking and registering with the GNIB.