Ireland enjoys a deep historical and cultural relationship with Canada. As a result, Ireland has long been a popular destination for Canadian students, many of whom have chosen Galway for their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. We also welcome a large number of visiting students each year from colleges and universities in Canada.

Ireland and Canada

Margaret Atwood

June 2011 - Canadian writer Margaret Atwood was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa). at NUI Galway in 2011. The Canadian author has published more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.

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August 2010 - His Excellency Patrick G. Binns, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, has presented six scholarships to Canadian students attending an Irish language course in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway, An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht.


Julia Warnes, Graduate Student, Canada

 Julia Warnes

Hi, my name is Julia Warnes and I’m currently doing an MA in Medieval Studies at NUI Galway. I’m originally from Canada but decided to make the move to Ireland from a drive to experience Irish culture and explore my heritage.

‌The decision was one that I will never regret. Since my arrival, the university has truly demonstrated all the wonderful things it has to offer. Probably the number one word I would use to describe the place is welcoming. The people are extremely friendly and although I have only been in this country for a few months, it is already starting to feel like home.

Galway is a great city to meet new people and make lifelong friends. One of the most encouraging aspects about the university is that the faculty has been so supportive and they really take an interest in the students.

My program is ideal because of its interdisciplinary nature, allowing students to interact with other departments and explore other fields of knowledge. NUI Galway is a great place to study, with its high academic standards and supportive student environment.


- Julia


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Study Abroad at NUI Galway

Our popular Study Abroad Programme offers undergraduate students at other universities throughout the world the opportunity to study at NUI Galway and earn credits towards their degree.

Semester One runs from September to December while Semester Two runs from January until May. As a visiting student, you can expect to take 5 - 7 classes per semester. This equates to approximately 30 ECTS credits, which is a normal course load for NUI Galway students per semester.

Visiting students are examined alongside our full time degree-seeking students. Most classes are examined by end of semester examination, however most also include mid-term assignments and/or continuous assessment. Upon completion of your studies, you will be sent a transcript showing the classes you have taken at NUI Galway as well the credits earned and marks (%) received.

We have many years’ experience in the matter of credit transfer and course equivalence and can, on request, provide a suggested system to translate from ECTS credits to the credit system used in your home country.

Please refer to the Study Abroad section of our website for further details.


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Undergraduate Study

We welcome applications from international students who wish to undertake their full undergraduate degree at NUI Galway.

We offer over degree programmes across the five colleges of the university. These include flexible ‘open’ degree programmes, that enable you to study different subjects before focusing on your main subject, as well as more specialised programmes.


Choosing your Programme 

Undergraduate degree programmes at Irish universities are generally quite specialised from the first year of study. At NUI Galway, we offer various programmes in subjects ranging from History and Psychology to Accounting, Energy Systems and Biotechnology for students who wish to immerse themselves in a particular subject area from the beginning of their university studies.

However, we also offer 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.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Studies section of our website for further details.




Entry Requirements - Canada

Entry requirements vary by programme, but as a general guide, Canadian students should present high grades in the following:


ProvinceMin. QualificationIndicative Grades
Alberta General High School Diploma 65% average (Grade 12)
British Columbia Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma B average (Grade 12)
 Ontario Ontario Secondary School Diploma 75 % average (12 U/M courses)


If your province is not listed above, please email for more information.


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Graduate (Postgraduate) Studies

There are two types of graduate (postgraduate) degree programmes offered in Ireland

  • Taught-based postgraduate programmes (Master’s). Taught Master’s programmes usually take 1 or 2 years to complete and consist mainly of classes, seminars and coursework, as well as minor research project and dissertation. Please refer to the postgraduate section of the website for a full list of programmes.
  • Research-based programmes (Master’s or PhD). Research Master’s programmes normally take two years while PhD programmes normally last 4 years and involve working alone or as part of a small research group on a specified research project under faculty supervision. In addition, research students are increasingly required to take formal classes in research skills etc., alongside their research.

Please refer to the Postgraduate Studies section of the website for further information on how to apply.


Postgraduate Entry Requirements (North America)

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught and research programmes vary. Applicants should consult the Postgraduate Prospectus to find out the entry requirements for each programme.


Applicants are assessed based on their college record. Irish universities do not generally use standardised tests such as the GMAT, LSAT etc., for admission to graduate programmes. Other factors such as the applicant's personal statement and references are also taken into account.


United States

As a general guide, US applicants holding a 4 year Bachelor degree with a relevant major with a GPA of 3.0-3.3 (B+) or greater will be considered for postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway. Applicants are also assessed based on their Personal Statement and/or Letters of Reference while certain programmes may also require a writing sample or portfolio of work.



As a general guide, Canadian applicants holding a 4 year Bachelor degree with a relevant major with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or a 7.0 on a 9.0 GPA scale (B+ average) will be considered for postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway.

As GPA grading scales can vary from institution to institution in Canada, please contact the International Affairs Office by emailing for more information. Applicants are also assessed based on their Personal Statement and/or Letters of Reference while certain programmes may also require a writing sample or portfolio of work.


For more information, please contact:

Brian Hussey

International Affairs Office

National University of Ireland, Galway

t: + 353 (0)91 495358



Contact Us

The International Affairs Office contact for the USA and Canada is Johanna Walsh. Johanna is delighted to assist you with any queries you may have about studying at NUI Galway.

General Enquiries

Johanna Walsh
International Affairs Office
NUI Galway
7 Distillery Road
t: + 353 91 494318

Medicine Enquiries

Atlantic Bridge
3419 Via Lido, Suite 629
Newport Beach
CA 92663, USA
t: (949) 723 6318