Saudi Arabia

Ireland is one of the host countries of the King Abdullah Scholarships Programme (KASP). As one of Ireland's leading Universities, NUI Galway welcomes applications from Saudi students, who wish to undertake their undergraduate or postgraduate education abroad.


King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP)

saudi-arabia-flag.jpgNUI Galway is delighted to be an approved host university under the King Abdullah Scholarships Program (KASP). Established in 2005, the programme is supports Saudi students studying abroad, particularly in fields aligned to Saudi Arabia's national priorities, including healthcare and infrastructure development.


With a wide range of degree programmes in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and ICT, NUI Galway offers significant opportunities for Saudi students studying abroad. Ireland is known as a welcoming country and Galway in particular offers a safe and friendly environment for students from all cultural backgrounds.


NUI Galway is a vibrant multicultural university, with a significant number of Muslim students. There are two prayer rooms for Muslim students provided on campus and there is also a temporary mosque located 10
minutes from the University. There are also various restaurants and specialist foodstores nearby, where students can buy halal food.





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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.




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NUI Galway offers a range of KASP approved programmes in areas including Business, Science and Engineering.

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • BSc. Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

Entry Requirements – Saudi Arabia

Entry to undergraduate programmes requires:

  • completion of the Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a minimum overall grade of 85% (to include Mathematics)
  • Financial Guarantee from Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau
  • successful completion of a recognised International foundation year programme
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (Science and Engineering) or 6.5 (Business)


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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.


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Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to a Masters level programme, students must usually:

  • hold a four year Bachelors degree, in a relevant major, from a university recognised by the Saudi Ministry for Higher Education and present a minimum overall GPA of 4.0 out of 5.0 (or equivalent)

  • complete of a recognised pre-masters foundation programme, leading to the required  IELTS score of 6.0 (Science and Engineering) or 6.5 (Business).

Important! Please note that students applying for a Masters degree programme at NUI Galway are normally required to have majored in a relevant subject as part of their Bachelor degree. Consequently, students presenting Bachelor degree qualifications, containing a significant portion of general or other non-major classes (including Bachelor of Education degrees) may not be eligible for certain Masters programmes.

Please contact the International Affairs Office for further details.


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.


Atlantic Language School, Galway provides pre-university English language programmes for Saudi students accepted to NUI Galway. Language courses are offered at various levels to enable students reach the required level of English to study at NUI Galway. Please refer to www.atlantic.acfor details.


The NUI Galway contact for Saudi enquiries is:

Johanna Walsh

International Affairs Office

National University of Ireland, Galway


t: + 353 (0)91 494318


For further information about NUI Galway, please contact the International Affairs Office.

International Affairs Office
7 Distillery Road
NUI Galway

t: +353 (0)91 49 5277
f: + 353 (0)91 495551

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