Academic Year 21/22

COVID-19 is making planning for travel very difficult for everyone at the moment. It is important to note that the current requirements for entering Ireland may change before your arrival.  Please refer to  your travel advice and also check   Irish Goverment Advice

You can also keep an eye on NUI Galway alerts page on and our International Office COVID-19 page:

Before Your Travel - Irish Government Essential travel requirements?

  • You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry. This form is available at COVID-19 Passenger Locator FormAfter you complete this form you will receive an email which contains a receipt. This receipt proves you have filled out the form. You will be asked to show this receipt when boarding your plane or ferry. When arriving into Ireland you may also have to show this receipt to border officials. If any of the information you provide on this form changes, you must send an email with your complete and updated information to the following email address:
  • You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, OR present a Negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.
  • All travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey are available here.
  • Click here to Book a COVID-19 test if your circumstances require oneYou can book online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive. The nearest COVID-19 testing centre is on Forster Street, just a 10 minute walk from campus. 

We recommend that you should avail of an approved Vaccine before your departure for Ireland.  

Visiting Students

What will the student experience look like at NUI Galway in this academic year?

Academic Year 2021-22 at NUI Galway
In the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19, our University is working to ensure that your experience will be the best that we can deliver, whether you are starting a new course this September or returning for another year of study. At all times we will prioritise our university community’s health, safety and wellbeing as we structure the learning experience around the realities of a changed environment and will therefore at all times make decisions that adhere to public health advice.

Our students, staff and alumni are proud of our university and its reputation for excellence. We are determined to deliver a student experience that is as supportive as we can make it, and that enables the building of new relationships and development of talents. Colleagues, both academic and in professional services, are adapting to the changed circumstances, to deliver the best student experience that we can.

Semester Dates
For the vast majority of students, including visiting students, the semester will begin on September 6th. Full dates can be found here: Academic year 21/22 term dates

Undergraduate orientation will take place in the week commencing August 31st and comprise a mix of online and on-campus activities to help you familiarise yourself with the university, understand the structures and demands of student life, learn about the supports available to you and get to know your fellow classmates.

This year, we will structure orientation such that each College will have a different day of on-campus activities. A timetable of these activities will be issued to you prior to arrival. Orientation is a very important rite of passage for new students and we encourage all incoming students to engage fully with the programme of activities to give a solid start to their student journey. For those of you who are not able to attend in person, important orientation information will also be accessible online.

We encourage all of you on taught programmes to be in Galway from September, to be available for on-campus learning, and to experience the fullest student learning experience possible, given the COVID-19 restrictions. You should book accommodation and expect to be present in Galway throughout the semester. We will continue to abide by public health guidelines to ensure a safe living and study environment and, where possible, we will plan allocations to ensure you are in apartments with other students studying the same programmes to support peer-to-peer learning and laboratory/group project work.

See below under Accommodation for more information on booking on-campus accommodation. In addition, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.

Student Supports
Our staff in Student Services are working to ensure that your time at NUI Galway is a rewarding academic, personal and professional experience. We will continue to provide a range of services and initiatives to support and encourage you both on-campus and online. We will address your concerns in targeted ways to ensure that we are supporting you effectively and appropriately.

 Please also continue to refer to our alerts and FAQs webpages for relevant updates:

Are all on-campus rooms single occupancy?

 Twin rooms are available for students who are willing to share.

What happens if I am unable to start my course in NUI Galway due to Covid-19 travel restrictions?

If you are unable to start University due to a Government-imposed travel ban in place in either your home country or here in Ireland and you have already booked accommodation with us, Campus Living will refund any deposit less an administration charge and refund any rent paid.

I am a study abroad or exchange student hoping to come to Galway in September or later in the academic year 2021/22. Can I still apply? 

Yes, like many partner institutions we are continuing to receive nominations for our exchange and study abroad programmes for the academic year 2021/2022 through the normal channels on our website: 

In the case of study abroad students applying to NUI Galway, tuition fees are collected after the semester starts so there will be no financial implications if a student enrols and then with withdraws from the study abroad programme up to the start of Semester 1, September 2021.

We encourage students to contact us with any concerns or plans you might have at this stage about study abroad participation for the academic year ahead (for example what opportunities might exist to move a planned semester 1 visit to semester 2).

Where can I find information and advice?

On-Campus Accommodation

Travelling to NUI Galway

 For more information, you can also visit NUI Galway Alert.

Covid 19

Ireland lifted most COVID-19 restrictions in March 2022, to keep up to date with the latest government guidelines please visit here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. 

For more information, you can also visit NUI Galway Alert.

Travel Information for International Students

From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate. For more information please visit here. 



  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2022

    Undergraduate Prospectus 2022 PDF (8.4MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2022

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2022 PDF (14.3MB)

  • Pre-Arrival Guide 2022

    Pre-Arrival Guide 2022 PDF (16 MB)

  • Quick Guide to Courses 2022

    Quick Guide to Courses 2022 PDF (1.20MB)

  • International Student Opportunities at NUI Galway

    International Student Opportunities at NUI Galway PDF (1.36MB)

  • Mexican Student Guide

    Mexican Student Guide PDF (1.20MB)

  • Indian Student Guide

    Indian Student Guide PDF (2.81MB)

  • Indonesian Student Guide

    Indonesian Student Guide PDF (1.58MB)

  • Chinese Student Guide

    Chinese Student Guide PDF (1.35MB)

  • North American Guide

    North American Guide PDF (1.49MB)

  • Malaysian Student Guide

    Malaysian Student Guide PDF (1.31MB)

  • Hong Kong Student Guide

    Hong Kong Student Guide PDF (1.12MB)

  • Saudi Arabian Students

    Saudi Arabian Students PDF (1.14MB)

  • UAE Student Guide

    UAE Student Guide PDF (1.04MB)

  • Nigerian Ghanaian Guide

    Nigerian Ghanaian Guide PDF (1.16MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)