As we all aware, COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on all of our lives as we continue to adapt to our new, shared reality. Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, so we are navigating a new landscape, where students enjoy a campus experience blended with online engagement. This hybrid approach will encompass both teaching and social activities, as we reimagine the student experience so that our high standards are maintained, and we continue to provide a rewarding and quality academic experience.

As the public health guidance is evolving, we will be monitoring these changes to develop our plans and put in place rigorous, effective and practical measures to ensure your health and safety while on campus. NUI Galway is looking forward to welcoming our first year students in  September for Orientation and those of you who are returning to our university for another year of advancement and enrichment.  We are working hard to ensure the experience is everything you hoped it would be. 

Steps for new students starting university

Step 1: Accept your CAO offer from 11th September

Step 2: Register - link coming soon

Step 3: Connect with us by downloading the University App

Step 4: View your Online Orientation here - link coming soon

Step 5: Teaching Term commences 28th September - link coming soon


Unique Campus Experience

We are adapting our libraries, student spaces, cafes, sports centres and social hubs in line with social distancing guidelines so you can still enjoy the experiences of campus life. We are aware that when starting university, you will want to meet new people from different backgrounds. We will provide you with an opportunity to make new friends through our Mentoring  system and through a number of student events so that you are confident that you will have a memorable and meaningful student experience, even within the context of the challenges we are all facing due to COVID-19.

Learning & Teaching

Student-teacher interaction is a key part of our learning model. All taught programmes will be delivered in a hybrid of online and on-campus classes, which means that you will receive a blend of face-to-face teaching and virtual learning through on-campus tutorials, seminars, distanced meet-ups and/or laboratories according to the needs of various courses. You will talk to your lecturers and fellow students regularly and you can be confident that you will a receive a world-class teaching. More information coming soon.

Safe Accommodation

All students  are encouraged to be in Galway from September, to be available for on-campus learning, and to experience the fullest student learning experience possible, given the COVID-19 restrictions. Supportive quarantine measures, rota systems and capacity restrictions will allow all shared living, study and social spaces within our accommodation to remain open. Support with accommodation in e -suite bedrooms and delivered meals with be available for students travelling from overseas who need to adhere to the 14 day restricted movements requirement on arrival in Ireland. More information coming soon.

Holistic Student Experience

We will provide a wide range of virtual activities during your induction to NUI Galway and throughout your study to make you feel welcome, and provide you with opportunities to get involved in our 120+ clubs and societies, make new friend and engage with student life on campus, whilst complying with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  Don’t forget to also connect with our Students' Union also. 

Support at Every Step

Get in touch with our student services support teams who are on hand to help and support you with life at NUI Galway.

  • NUI Galway App
  • Pubble
  • Student Hotline TEL
  • FAQs 
  • Email - coming soon
  • Pre-recorded training sessions - coming soon