10 Reasons to study at NUI Galway...


1. Reputation

  • Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of the oldest, most prestigious universities in Ireland with over 160 years of teaching and research excellence.
  • In 2012, NUI Galway was awarded the top Five Star Rating in the QS Stars ranking system. Also in 2012, the University rose to third position in Ireland in the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings - to become the top ranked institution outside of the capital city, Dublin.
  • NUI Galway was also ranked 287th in the 2012-13 QS World University Rankings, a rise of 11 places on the previous year.
  • In 2013, the QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked NUI Galway in the top 150 universities in the world in Computer Science, Information Systems and History and in the top 200 in the world in English Language and Literature, Pharmacology and Law.
  • Also in 2013, NUI Galway’s Executive MBA programme secured the prestigious AMBA international accreditation.
  • 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, and Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.
  • NUI Galway is also a member of the prestigious Coimbra Group, 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).

2. A Research-led University

Our researchers are leading the way in a number of priority areas including Biomedical Science; Web Research; Marine Science; Human Rights, Disability Law and the Creative Arts.

  • The National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI Galway is Ireland’s premier research institution focusing therapeutic solutions to current medical challenges including; Cardiovascular disease; Orthopaedics; Reproductive Medicine and Cancer.
  • Both the US and UK governments are using internet technology developed by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway.
  • NUI Galway boasts one of the most impressive library archives in Ireland dating back to 1485. The collections housed in the purpose building include the archive of director, writer and actor John Huston, lived in Co. Galway for many years. Another major figure in the library’s archives is the writer John McGahern, who also served as Adjunct Professor of Irish Studies at NUI Galway from 2001 until his until his untimely death in 2006. There is also a wealth of material in theatre, film and the performing arts, including the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe and the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast.

3. Excellence in Teaching

World class research is what underpins each of our degree programmes, which means that here you will learn from professors who are working at the forefront of their subject area, bringing the latest ideas and discoveries into the lecture theatre.

  • The University's Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) supports our teaching staff in foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning; promoting methods that encourage active learner engagement and critical thinking.
  • Our lecturers are friendly and approachable and dedicate time every week for students to meet with them to discuss any questions or any concerns they might have.

4. Unique Programmes

  • As well as offering an extensive choice of programmes across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Law, Engineering, IT, Medicine and Science, we also offer a number of programmes in areas such as Human Rights, Regenerative Medicine and Marine Science that are unique in Ireland.
  • NUI Galway offers a number of ‘open’ degree programmes (often referred to as Omnibus or Undenominated programmes) that allow students to study a variety of subjects within an overall area of study, before specialising in their second year. Examples of such ‘open’ degree programmes include the Bachelor of Arts (Omnibus Entry), the Bachelor of Commerce, the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Engineering, which are ideally suited to students who know generally what area of study they wish focus us, but who may not yet know which subject(s) they wish to major in within that area of study.

5. Location

The unique student experience at NUI Galway owes much to our location in the beautiful city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Galway is Ireland's third largest city and is world renowned as a centre for the arts. The city is also a high tech hub and is the European base for some of the world’s leading medical device and ICT multinationals, including Medtronic, Boston Scientific. SAP, Hewlett Packard (HP), Cisco Systems and EA Games.

6. Our Campus

The picturesque NUI Galway comprises a mix of nineteenth century gothic-style buildings alongside stunning new teaching, research and recreational facilities. In fact, we are nearing the end of a massive €400 million euro development programme, which has included the construction of a new state-of-the-art Engineering Building, Sports Centre and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Research Building.  

7. Student Experience

With over 120 student clubs and societies to choose from, we offer an unrivalled selection of cultural, sporting and social activities to enjoy.

The various student societies' facilities include

  • two Student Theatres
  • Art Gallery
  • Arts rooms
  • Acoustic rooms
  • Editing suites and Dark room

Our sport facilities include:

  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Basketball arena
  • Gym
  • Climbing wall
  • Running track
  • Paying pitches.

8. Civic Engagement

NUI Galway is Ireland’s leading university for civic engagement, with over 4,000 registered student volunteers. All NUI Galway students can volunteer through the University’s ALIVE programme, which arranges volunteering opportunities in Galway and overseas. You can even earn academic credit for your volunteering work!

9. Student Support

We pride ourselves on offering a welcoming and supportive environment to help you adjust to university life in Ireland, including

  • a comprehensive orientation programme
  • visa and immigration advice
  • assistance with student housing
  • English language classes
  • on-campus healthcare
  • counselling and career development.

10. Employability

  • NUI Galway is Ireland’s top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • The Professional Experience Programme (PEP) is a five- or eight-month work experience module and is incorporated into many of our degree programmes.
  • The University's Career Development Centre helps you to manage your own career by providing a wide range of support services, including:
    • Graduate Career Fairs
    • Career Seminars
    • CV Workshops
    • Jobs and Internship database