The University has a strong tradition of links with China and has welcomed Chinese students to study in Ireland for over 30 years. As an academic community, we value the contribution Chinese students and academics have made to intellectual and cultural life of the University and is committed to further strengthening our educational links with China over the coming years.


NUI Galway has amongst the largest number of graduates in China of any Irish university, many working as senior academics in China’s top universities.

The growing network of NUI Galway graduates in China plays an important role in reinforcing our research links with some of China’s leading universities, including:

  • Tsinghua University
  • Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Guangdong University of Technology
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Jilin University
  • Ocean University of China
  • Sichuan University

NUI Galway sign agreement with Tsinghua University during President Higgins’ State Visit

 Tsinghua University Signing ‌‌‌

 Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, and Ms Chen Xu, Chairperson of Tsinghua University Council.

NUI Galway have signed an agreement with Tsinghua University in China to collaborate on both education and research activities. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was witnessed by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and President of China, Xi Jinping, in The Great Hall of the People.

Both national Presidents have links to the universities as President Higgins is an alumnus of NUI Galway, while President Xi graduated from Tsinghua University.

NUI Galway Beijing Office

NUI Galway’s representative in China, Ms Betty Liao co-ordinates the University’s outreach activities in China, including student recruitment, alumni relations and academic partnership initiatives.

Ms Betty Liao
t: 010-8221 1080
t: 1350 128 3598

In addition, NUI Galway works with a select list of student recruitment agencies throughout China, who can advise prospective students on the application process, study visas and scholarships.

 China Brochure

Guo Jia, Graduate Student, China

 Guo Jia ‌I was fortunate enough to receive the Joint-Governmental Scholarship from China and Ireland and to find the unique course in Landscape Archaeology at NUI Galway. The excellent standard of education in the MA Landscape Archaeology provides advanced archaeological theoretical research methodology and academic practice.


The professional and competent approach to teaching directs me in my understanding of the archaeology and anthropology of both western and eastern cultures. The development of deep understanding of Landscape Archaeology will promote cultural acceptance among divergent ethnic populations in China, and point to ways in which we can protect our shared cultural heritage in its landscape setting.


NUI Galway offers an international and positive atmosphere in a beautiful environment, the staff at all levels fulfil their responsibilities to each student. The city of Galway is such a nice place with a rich historical and cultural atmosphere. The study and life here will provide the chances to discover the splendours of the natural landscape, and to experience the authentic Irish culture.


— Guo Jia


Pathway/Foundation Programmes

Students who do not meet the University’s usual English language requirement, or who may benefit from a
year of language and study skills training before commencing their university studies, may be required to undertake a pathway programme prior to entering NUI Galway.

NUI Galway works with a number of specialist language schools and international foundation programme
providers both in Ireland and overseas.


For more information, please contact the International Affairs Office.


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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.




Undergraduate Entry Requirements - China

Applicants from China are assessed based on their high school record and/or performance in the Chinese Gaokao examination. Entry Requirements can vary depending on the programme applied for, however as a general guide students should present an overall average of 80% or greater, to be considered for admission to most programmes.

Students from China are also normally required to undertake a Pathway or Foundation Year programme in advance of gaining admission to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme, in order to meet the University's English Language Requirements.

For more information, please contact:

Betty Liao
NUI Galway Representative – China
t: 010-8221 1080
t: 1350 128 3598


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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 - China

Applicants from China 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 however are also taken into account.

Entry Requirements can vary by programme, however as a general guide applicants are normally required to present a four year Bachelor degree with an overall score of 80% or greater, usually in a relevant major.

For more information, please contact:

Betty Liao
NUI Galway Representative – China
t: 010-8221 1080
t: 1350 128 3598

Jia Wang, PhD Student, China

 Jia Wang The first thing that attracted me to NUI Galway was the great reputation of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the only centre of its kind in the world. Human Rights Law is a hugely important area both in terms of international law and international relations. I chose to study this subject in order to help improve human rights and promote the humanitarian concerns in the official and civil life in China.


With its excellent facilities and professional and international environment, NUI Galway is the perfect place to do this. NUI Galway is a lovely place with lovely people. I would certainly recommend NUI Galway and Ireland to other international students. Galway boasts a great combination of people, culture and literature, not to mention Irish music!

— Jia Wang, PhD Student, China


The NUI Galway contact for Chinese student enquiries is:

Betty Liao

NUI Galway Representative - China

t: 010-8221 1080

t: 1350 128 3598




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