That was the year Queen’s College Galway was founded. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.

NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognised as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

Key Facts


According to QS, NUI Galway is among the Top 1% of universities


Galway has been dubbed the 'Most Charming City’ by the New York Times


of our grads are working or in further study 6 months after graduating

Our International Reputation

NUI Galway has a growing international reputation based on the quality of our teaching and the global impact of our research.

Our Location

Set between Connemara and the Burren on the broad sweep of Galway Bay, Galway is as distinctive as it is beautiful.

What Sets Us Apart

Explore some of the themes and priorities that make our University unique.