Undergraduate Study

We welcome applications from international students who wish to undertake their full undergraduate degree programme at NUI Galway. We offer a combination of flexible ‘open’ degree programmes as well as specialised courses for students who know exactly what they wish to study at university.


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Choosing your Programme

Undergraduate degree programmes at NUI Galway and other Irish universities are generally quite specialised from the first year of study. Unlike for example in the United States and other countries that follow the US model of higher education, students in Ireland generally focus on one overall area of study from their very first year of university e.g. Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering or Science, etc.


NUI Galway however offers a number of ‘open’ or undenominated degree programmes which allow students to spend their first year gaining a solid grounding in their area of study before specialising further in their second year.


For example, a student interested in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or Modern Languages etc., might consider the Bachelor of Arts (Omnibus) whereas students interested in Business, Science or Engineering might consider the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science (Undenominated) or Bachelor of Engineering (Undenominated) respectively.


In addition, we also offer a wide range of more specialised programmes, which are ideally suited to students who know exactly what subject they wish to concentrate on from their first year of study.

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Teaching and Assessment


Bachelor degree programmes are delivered through a combination of large lectures and smaller tutorials and/or laboratory classes (where relevant). The academic culture at NUI Galway involves a good deal of independent learning and students are required to undertake self-directed study outside of regular teaching hours.


While Continuous Assessment is increasingly used, you may find that the academic culture at NUI Galway is more heavily geared towards formal end of term examinations compared to your home country. Depending on the discipline, you can expect that most classes will require an end of semester exam (usually 2 hours) which will count for approximately 70-80% of your grade. In the absence of regular testing, students are required to undertake a good deal of self directed study throughout the semester in order keep up with their workload.


We recognise however that this style of learning may be a big change from the teaching you have been used to at Secondary School (High School) in your home country and so our lecturers and support staff offer you plenty of support to help you make that transition.

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Programme Structure

Bachelor degree programmes are based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Most classes (modules) consists of 5 ECTS credits, while a typical degree programme consists of 60 ECTS credits per year.


Some Honours degree programmes in disciplines such as Arts/Humanities, Business and Law can be completed in three years of full time study, however students undertaking a period studying abroad or a placement off campus as part of their degree are usually required may to study for four years before graduating. All honours degree programmes in Science and Engineering are four years in length, while programmes such as Medicine are a minimum of 5 years.


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Entry Requirements - Undergraduate (Full Degree)

International students are assessed based on their school grades and their performance in relevant standardised examinations in their home country.

Exact entry requirements may vary by programme, therefore applicants are advised to contact the International Affairs Office by e-mailing international@nuigalway.ie or refer to the Country Specific Information section of our website for further details.


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How To Apply - Undergraduate

Non-EU Undergraduate Applicants


Students applying from outside the European Union (EU) for full undergraduate degree programmes (other than Medicine*) should apply directly to the International Affairs Office, NUI Galway. The Non-EU Undergraduate Application Form, is available to download on the NUI Galway website or can be requested by e-mailing international@nuigalway.ie


Decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, so you should apply as early as possible during your final year of Secondary (High) School. Applicants can expect a decision usually within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application.


Non-EU Applicants for Medicine should contact the Admissions Office by at admissions@nuigalway.ie for separate application details.


EU Undergraduate Applicants


Students applying from other European countries should apply via the Centre Applications Office (CAO). Please refer to www.cao.ie for further details on closing dates etc.

Non-EU Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students 2013-14

The following are the tuition fees applied for non-EU students undertaking full undergraduate (Bachelor) degree programmes at NUI Galway.

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Average Monthly Cost of Living

The following table gives an indication of the monthly cost of living in Galway as a student. These costs are an approximation only as monthly costs will depend on each person’s individual needs.

Books & Study Materials
Clothes, laundry
Total (per month)


International Affairs Office

Senior Management 

Brian Hughes

Dr Brian Hughes

Dean of International Affairs

‌ Anna Cunningham

Anna Cunningham

Director of International Affairs

Student Recruitment and Admissions

 Brian Hussey

Brian Hussey

International Education Officer

 Aisling Lennon

Aisling Lennon

International Marketing Executive

 Johanna Walsh

Johanna Walsh

International Marketing Executive




 Mary Lyons

Mary Lyons

International Affairs Officer

 Gisele Farrell

Gisèle Farrell

Administrative Assistant

Study Abroad (Non-EU Visiting Students) 

 Louise Coyle

Louise Coyle

Administrative Assistant



Student Support 

 Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

International Students Officer



Federal Aid (US Students) 

 Florinda Green

Florinda Green

Federal Aid Administrator




International Affairs Office

7 Distillery Road

NUI Galway



t: +353 (0)91 49 5277

e: international@nuigalway.ie

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