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Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
How to Apply
Applying to NUI Galway
No matter who you are, or what course or programme you're interested in, we'll let you know exactly what you need to do to apply.
Irish, UK and EU Undergraduate Applications
For full details on the undergraduate admission procedure and entry requirements please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Office webpage.
How Do I Apply for an Undergraduate Course?
- You can apply online to the Central Applications Office (CAO) on the CAO Web site
- You can submit a paper application which you can download from the CAO Web site
Where Do I Submit My Paper Application?
You can send your paper application to the following postal address:
The Central Applications Office
Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway
T: 353 91 509800
Important CAO Dates to Remember
There are three closing dates for applications.
- Normal application: 1 February.
- Late applications: 1 May (Late applications may NOT be made by those applying on "Mature Grounds" or for entry to Medicine).
- Change of mind: 1 July.
If you are submitting a non-standard application (an entry on page three of the application form), you should submit it to the CAO Office by the 1 February.
Further information on Undergraduate Admission is available from the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Further information on Undergraduate entrance Scholarships: www.nuigalway.ie/admissions/scholarships/index.html
For most postgraduate courses, make your applications to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Courses that are not handled by PAC have an alternate application instructions.
How Do I Apply?
You can apply online for a postgraduate course, using the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). PAC manages postgraduate applications for NUI Galway but the University makes all decisions on admissions to its programmes.
Entry requirements vary for each programme. Check individual programme webpages for specific requirements.
You will need an active email account to use the PAC website and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.
You will be asked to enter the PAC course code for each programme you apply for. We list PAC codes beside the programme both online and in the prospectus.
You can (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes when making an application to NUI Galway via PAC. All your applications will be assessed on a simultaneous basis.
The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable application processing fee, payable to PAC.
Where Do I Send My Supporting Documentation?
IMPORTANT: most supporting documents you can upload to your PAC application electronically. You will be given instructions on this aspect as you make your application.
You should post relevant supporting documentation (e.g., transcripts), specifying the PAC application number you will be assigned, to:
Postgraduate Applications Centre
1 Courthouse Square
Instructions for Research Applications
Finding a Research Supervisor
Before making an online application, we advise that you first consult with potential academic supervisors at NUI Galway. You must contact the research institute or centre that you're interested in studying at or working for. They will let you know who the available supervisors are, what their research interests are, and anything else you need to know.
The following links will direct you to the research areas within the university:
English Language Requirement
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission by providing the results of an English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.
The required standard is an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for Arts, Commerce, Law, and Medical programmes; IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent for Science, Engineering, and I.T. programmes, undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of your programme at the University.
Assessment Dates for Applications
Each postgraduate taught programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications will be assessed following that initial date, and on a rolling basis thereafter until the programme is filled. For details on these dates, please check the relevant programme online.
Submit your application to a research programme at any time with the exception of applications to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.
Applications for Arts research programmes are only considered for students commencing their programmes in September and January. To meet these commencement requirements, you must send your application before mid-July or mid-November in that year.
For taught programmes and for research applications: please allow at least six weeks from the date we receive your application to when you can expect to hear whether you have been offered a place on a programme.
If your application has been unsuccessful, you can find out why by contacting the relevant Programme Director or College Office directly for more information.
International and Mature Applications
This section provides information for both international and mature student applicants.
We'll let you know everything you need to do to apply no matter where you're from or what you want to study.
Students from within Europe who wish to apply to attend NUI Galway as a Visiting Student under the Erasmus programme, should refer to the Erasmus section of our Web site.
Visiting Students from outside the European Union, who wish to apply to attend NUI Galway as part of a study abroad programme, should refer to the Study Abroad section of our Web site.
International Undergraduate Students (Full Degree)
If you are a Non-European Union resident...
and have received your second level education outside of the EU, you should submit your application directly to NUI Galway's International Office using the Non-European Union (EU) Application Form.
Return your completed applications no later than 30th June of intended year of entry, along with any supporting documents required by your course to:
International Affairs Office
National University of Ireland, Galway
7 Distillery Road
If you are a European Union resident...
and have received your second level education in a European Union country, you must submit your application via the Central Applications Office (CAO)
International Postgraduate Students
Taught Postgraduate Courses
You can make your application through the online PAC system.
Research Masters and PhD applicants
You'll need to submit a research proposal along with your application. This application will take two steps:
- A potential supervisor must review and approve
- Submit your applicaton through the online PAC system.
Contact the College, School or Division relevant to the programme you're interested in to find out whether a member of the academic staff is available to supervise your research.
Adult Learning and Professional Development Courses for International Students
Application forms are available from the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, the Admissions Office or are included as part of the programme brochure.
Closing dates for applications are usually mid to late June but the actual closing date for each programme differs. Check the date specified on your application form.
Return your application form to the Admissions Office unless your course specifies another return address.
International Summer Schools
If you are interested in attending one of NUI Galway's International Summer Schools, please apply online at: www.nuigalway.ie/international-summer-school/apply/
Further information is available on the International Summer School website at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-summer-school/ or from:
Administrator, Summer School Office,
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
T 353 91 495442
We'll let you know everything you need to do to apply no matter.
How Do I Apply?
- You can apply online on the CAO Web site or
- You can submit a paper application which you can download from the CAO Web site
Where Do I Send My Application?
Submit your application online or send to:
Central Applications Office
T 353 91 509800
Closing date is the 1st February each year for Mature Student Applications. Please note that if you are applying for any of the Programmes in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, you also are also required to register for the MSAP exam before 1st of February.
Can I make a late application to NUI Galway after the 1st of February as a mature applicant?
It is not possible to apply on the grounds of mature years after the 1st of February. However, you may make a late application based on Leaving Certificate results only, up to the 1st of May.
Can you use the change of mind form for NUI Galway’s programmes?
The change of mind option does not apply to mature students applying through the CAO for NUI Galway. The 1st February is the closing date for mature student applications. Once you have submitted your CAO application, a statement of your choices will be sent to you in early February. You may only at this point add new choices or delete choices to your application if desired. Once you resubmit your confirmation of choices, you can only reorder existing choices up until offers are made in early July. This means you should put your most preferred choice of course at the top of the list, then your second choice and so on.
Adult Learning and Professional Development Applications
You can apply for any Adult Learning and Professional Development programme through the following link
The Application form
You complete the online application - the application form should contain:
- Your contact details
- Your educational background and any previous courses you've taken
- Any additional information that shows any relevant experience to your chosen programme.
We'll also need
- a copy of your birth certificate / passport / drivers licence
- the programme application fee (non-refundable) of €30.
- scanned copies of your supporting documents e.g. proof of ID, leaving certificate results.
You will need an active email account to use the application system and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.
Closing dates for applications are usually mid to late June but the actual closing date for each programme differs. Check the closing date specified on the course information.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way to let you to gain admission to a programme of study (or be exempt from some parts of a programme), based on demonstrated prior learning.
Recognition of Prior Certified Learning
Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) recognises an applicant's certification for a formal programme taken at another university or training organisation.
Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) awards credits for learning from experience (experience that is not academically accredited).
Contact the co-ordinator of the programme you want to apply to if you are interested in applying RPL, RPCL, or PREL to your programme.
Or you can contact the RPL Co-ordinator for further information:
Suzanne Golden, RPL Coordinator
Tel: 353 (0)91 492659
Fax: 353 (0)91 525051
European Credit Transfer System
We divide courses into credit units, under a system called the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits may vary but they represent a standard number of class contact hours and average workload for a programme. We allocated courses a standard number of credits within the following general guidelines:
- Certificate 15 ECTS (credits)
- Diploma (single subject) 30 ECTS (credits)
- Diploma (Arts/Management) 90 ECTS (credits)
- Degree 180 ECTS (credits)
You can use this credit system to transfer from one course to another or gain exemption from elements of a particular programme.
The Access Programme is the alternative route into NUI Galway. Find out how you can apply.
What is the Access Programme?
The NUI Galway Access Programme offers an alternative pathway to third level education for people whose social, economic and cultural experiences have prevented them from realising their education potential.
Alternative routes to university
Access Programme For School Leavers
This programme is designed for students who have completed the Leaving Certificate examination but who were unable to go on to third level. The programme is open to students from schools in the Border, Midlands, Western Region and County Clare.
The programme normally takes place over a full academic year and is delivered on the NUI Galway campus. We also offer a programme in Sligo, in partnership with St. Angela's College of Education.
A range of academic and support modules are covered during the programme. Students are selected on the basis of their socio-economic status and academic potential.
Access Course For Mature Students
This course is designed for mature students who want to study at third-level but whose background, education and economic circumstances have prevented them from doing so. The programme is open to mature students in the Border, Midlands, Western Region and County Clare.
A range of academic and support modules are covered during the programme. The main aim is to bring the student to a stage where they can successfully participate in third-level education.
Three Access programmes are delivered concurrently on the NUI Galway campus and at outreach centres in St. Angela's College of Education, Sligo, and in the Connemara Gaeltacht:
Foundation Course in Science and Engineering
NUI Galway, in co-operation with GMIT, organises this course for mature students interested in applying for entry to full-time Science or Engineering or IT courses at either GMIT or NUI Galway.
Foundation Programme in Business and Commerce
NUI Galway, in co-operation with GMIT, organises this course for mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time and who now wish to enter Commerce or Business at either NUI Galway or GMIT.
Access to Education: BMW Region and Co. Clare
This project has been established to enhance access and to promote new lifelong learning opportunities across the Border, Midlands and Western Region and County Clare.