Key information

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Semester dates: 

See full list of Semester 1 and Semester 2 dates below. These were revised on 19 February to reflect changes to the repeat exams schedule:

What teaching will take place on campus in Semester 2?

Our priority for semester 2 will be to maximise the student experience by making additional in-person teaching, learning, service and activities available, while continuing to adhere strictly to the evolving public health advice.

We will continue the delivery of teaching and research in laboratories, practical-based tuition, clinical placements, skills-based tuition, and simulation-based and practice-based learning, on-campus in Semester 2 in compliance with public health advice. These are integral components of the optimal education and learning experience of many of our programmes. The normal expectation is that students will attend campus where such teaching/skills sessions are provided on campus.

In addition to the integral teaching/skills sessions outlined above, in some programmes in Semester 2, supplementary on-campus small class / group learning sessions may be arranged and will be supported, subject to public health advice. On-campus attendance at these supplementary sessions will be optional, and online alternatives to the supplementary sessions will be provided. We will also provide more flexible on-campus accommodation to facilitate attendance.

What campus services are open?

For an updated list of services currently on campus, visit the Campus Services section of the Alerts website.

What if I can’t travel to a lab due to a close contact, can’t travel etc.? 

We must all make our health and wellbeing a priority at this time. Students may find that they cannot attend classes for short periods due to a range of reasons – they have COVID-19 symptoms, they are scheduled for a COVID-19 test, they are awaiting test results, they are restricting their movements, etc. If that is the case and you will miss a small number of teaching sessions, please let your Programme Co-ordinator know of your absence by emailing them, and stay up-to-date on online lectures and notes on Blackboard. Your Programme Co-ordinator will work with you to find a way of making up for the work you missed in the lab session. You will find a list of programme coordinators at If you need to stay off campus for a longer

Beyond the classroom, will there be opportunities throughout the semester for limited, safe, in-person student-teacher interactions?

In general, students are finding that the move to online lectures and tutorials is resulting in more interaction between students and lecturers than might normally happen on campus so hopefully you are already getting plenty of opportunities to interact with your lecturers online. Unfortunately, due to public health restrictions, we are unable to schedule tutorials or the normal lecturer office hours on campus this semester but all of these activities – small group teaching, tutorials, access to academic staff – will take place online throughout the semester. Contact your Programme Co-ordinator or your individual lecturers to book a virtual appointment. You will find a list of programme coordinators at

Will conferring (graduation) ceremonies take place on campus or online?

Due to the ongoing limits on congregation on campus (and across the country), our Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually. Our Conferring team will be in contact with graduands shortly with information on dates and how to take part.

Graduation is a huge milestone in our students’ lives, made all the more significant by the challenges they faced in completing the final semester of their studies. We are disappointed that we cannot celebrate with our new graduates on campus, but we look forward to marking their achievement online and sharing in the good wishes from friends and family. To see what a virtual conferring ceremony looks like, take a look back at our School of Medicine Conferring in April and our Summer Virtual Conferring in June.

How do I get a Student ID Card / Replacement Student ID card?

By now you should have all received a valid Student ID in the post. Your card was posted to your home address (*term address if home address is outside Ireland, please ensure you have a term address added). Find out more

Replacement ID cardStudents who lose their cards etc. can submit the request online via our online ID card reprint form and the card will be posted back as soon as possible. Find out more

How do I get forms stamped? For example, Child Benefit forms.

The Student Registry Helpdesk can stamp and complete a range of forms electronically, including:

  • Medical card application forms
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Pension-related
  • Family Income Supplement

Please scan and email the form to askregistry@nuigalway.ieFind out more 

Registration statements, Students can retrieve the official online registration statement from their online registration account. Find out more

How quickly can I expect a response from Student Registry Helpdesk? 

Average response time is three working days, as the Student Registry Helpdesk is currently dealing with a high volume of emails and service requests.

Fees: Is there a reduction in fees if a lot of activity is moving online?

NUI Galway is committed to providing a world-class educational experience in the upcoming academic year. We are determined that our students will graduate with a degree of the highest standard, and will enjoy a student experience that is as supportive as we can make it to build new relationships and develop their talents. The University is focused on delivering a high quality educational and social experience for our communities on campus or online as required, and we do not intend to reduce fees in the forthcoming academic year. We will continue to provide information in as timely a manner as possible to inform your decision-making. We ask for patience as we all continue to navigate through these unprecedented times together.