Why choose NUI Galway?

Choose the right university for you

Choose the right university for you CAO

Choosing a University is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

 At NUI Galway you will be provided with the best educational opportunities and job prospects for today’s competitive workplace. Each year more than 3,000 Leaving Certificate students make NUI Galway their university of choice, read on to see why! 


NUI Galway offers an extensive choice of degree programmes that are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary in this competitive marketplace. In the last six years, we have introduced over 20 new programmes, all of which have been developed in response to the changing needs of the job market. NUI Galway offers courses in the areas of Business, Law, Engineering, Science, IT, Medicine and Arts.

NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s top Universities for graduate employability, with over 93% of our graduates working or in future study within six months of graduating. Listen to why employers such as AccentureDeloitteSAP and Medtronic‌ always choose NUI Galway graduates.

At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning happens when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That is why over 70% of our courses offer students the opportunity to get work experience. Also, over 40 of our degree programmes include a community-learning opportunity, giving you the chance to develop invaluable life skills.

NUI Galway is the only Irish university to increase its position in the two main international rankings. With an increase of 53 places on last year’s positioning, NUI Galway now ranks at 261st in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014/2015. 

The University was also awarded the top rating of five stars in the QS Stars International rating for - teaching, research, internationalisation, engagement , innovation and infrastructure. 

At NUI Galway you will enjoy a student experience that is truly unique. With over 110 societies, and over 50 clubs you can share and develop your passion for your favourite sports, hobbies and interests. Research has shown that students who get actively involved and participate are happier and as a result are more productive and successful. ‌

NUI Galway has a tradition of rewarding excellence, so whether you excel academically, in sports or in the creative arts we have a range of scholarships to support your future.

Our lecturers are at the top of their chosen fields. They use the most current teaching technologies to bring real learning into the classroom. They are friendly and approachable and make time to meet students on a regular basis. 

Sport is central to life at NUI Galway. Our outstanding sports facilities include a state-of-the-art Sports centre with

  • A national basketball arena, and sports hall
  • A 25 metre swimming pool
  • An elite 130 piece gym

The excellent facilities offer you a chance to balance your academic study with a wide range of sporting activities, indoor and outdoor.

We have invested €400 million in our campus in recent years to create a world-class learning environment. Framed by the Corrib River our students enjoy a mix of traditional architecture dating from 1845, completed by the best new purpose built facilities.

  • A new award winning Engineering Building,
  • a state-of-the-art Sports Centre
  • a dedicated Student Centre
  • a new School of Psychology
  • the Hardiman Research Building
  • a new building for Biomedical Science
  • A new Centre for Drama and Theatre, opening in 2015
  • A new building for Medicine students is currently under construction

Take a virtual tour, or see for yourself at one of our Open Days.

The campus is at the heart of Galway city, with the friendly and safe environment Galway city has to offer within walking distance. Students make up 20% of the population and contribute to the vibrancy of the community. With a wealth of artists, festivals and the recently awarded status of UNESCO City of Film there’s always something to do in your free time.

Study Abroad- Expanding your horizons and studying abroad as part of your degree brings many benefits- you many improve your language skills, learn to appreciate new cultures and develop different perspectives. 

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Quick facts

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NUI Galway has over:

  • 17,000 students.
  • 2,000 international students from 92 countries.
  • 2,400 staff members.
  • 120 links with universities across the globe.
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
  • 165 years experience of providing university education. 

NUI Galway is:

  • Ireland's top University for student retention - Sunday Times 2011.
  • Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering 
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies

NUI Galway was awarded a QS Five Stars Rating in 2012