Pre-Arrival Checklist

‌Pre-Arrival Checklist
1. Visit our COVID 19 FAQs page.

All students should visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information. Learn More:

2. Accept your offer

Refer to your offer letter for instructions on how to accept your offer. If you are not sure about how to accept your offer, please email for postgraduate queries and for undergraduate queries.

3. Pay your deposit or tuition fee

Refer to your offer letter for instructions on how to pay any deposit that may be required by the University. The rules regarding payment and deposits may vary depending on the programme you have been accepted to. Your initial deposit will be deducted from your tuition fee, which unless otherwise stated in your letter of offer, is to be paid in full before you can register as a student. Please see the tuition fees section for more information.

4. Purchase Health Insurance

Proof of medical expenses insurance is required for all non-EU students for immigration purposes. Please refer to the Health Insurance section of our website for more information.

5. Prepare your immigration/travel documents

All non-EU/EEA nationals are subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the Irish State, so please ensure you comply fully with Irish Immigration Regulations and that you have all the required documentation ready for inspection immigration officials. 

COVID-19: What do I need to do before I travel?

  • Familiarise yourself with all travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey.  Full details available at  
  • Immigration officials at your port of arrival may request documentary evidence from you that you will be attenging NUI Galway. You can use your offer letter as proof of this.
  • 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 here.
  • Students must complete this mandatory form for NUI Galway to confirm their travel and accommodation arrangements. See more detail below on transport and accommodation options available.

6. Book your accommodation

Please refer to the accommodation section of our website for information on how to book student accommodation.

7. Make travel arrangements

Check the Academic Calendar for your term dates refer to the "Getting Here" tab above for information and advice on getting to Galway.

Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for information on traveling to NUI Galway, including our Greet + Transfer service at Dublin Airport, and accommodation for the restricted movement period.

8. Pack your things

Check out the list of useful items to pack for Galway. The most important thing to remember is to pack light. Make a list of things you will actually need to see you through the first few weeks in Galway and discard everything else.

9. Plan your budget

It is important to understand all the costs involved, including tuition fees and day-to-day living costs. Budgeting is one of the key skills you will develop during your time at university and once you learn how to manage your money, you will be able to enjoy university life to the full.

10. Keep in touch :-)

We hope you find this pre-arrival section of our website useful in helping you prepare for your stay at NUI Galway. If you are unsure about anything, please contact the International Affairs Office 

t: + 353 91 495277

You can also reach out to fellow international students over on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.



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