Saudi Arabia

Entry Requirements


Please check individual programme pages to see whether the entry requirments are a 2:2 or 2:1.



Minimum Grade Required/Degree 2:2 Equivalent

Very Good/2:1 Equivalent

Excellent/1st Equivalent

Foundation Programme Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate)  75% GPA N/A N/A
Undergraduate Programmes  College of Technology Diploma Higher Technology Diploma Junior Health College Diploma  2.75 CGPA 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 CGPA 3.6/4 or 4.4/5 CGPA
Associate Degree  2.75 CGPA 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 CGPA 3.6/4 or 4.4/5 CGPA
Entry from Bachelors degree – entry after year 1 of Saudi degree 60% plus 30 credit hours  70% plus 30 credit hours  80% plus 30 credit hours 
Postgraduate Programmes  Bachelor Degree (4 yr)   3.5/5.0 or 2.8/4.0 (70%) 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 CGPA (80%) 3.6/4 or 4.5/5 CGPA (90%)

Raghdah Fatani - MSc Biotechnology

"My name is Raghdah Fatani, I am 24 years old and I am from Saudi Arabia. I am currently studying a MSc Biotechnology at National University of Ireland, Galway. I chose this course at NUIG because the university is one of the best universities in Science and Medicine in Ireland. Also my course is very interesting and I think I will have a great chance to get a good job in the future, hopefully. I was delighted when I met the entry requirements and received my acceptance letter. The application process was very easy – I applied online via PAC (the online application system). If I was to describe my first day at University – I would say that I was very excited, perhaps a little bit nervous but comfortable at the same time. In terms of finding accommodation – I did feel that it was perhaps a little bit more difficult to find privately rented accommodation then say opting for the student residence; this is because I felt that the landlords perhaps preferred workers; however the University did provide assistance for students to help them find accommodation; which helped. In terms of coming from Saudi Arabia to study at NUI Galway the VISA application was very simple procedure; it was most easy and it just took me one week to receive the Visa. To summarise my experience of Irish Culture in 3 words I would say Friendly, amazing and beautiful."

— Raghdah Fatani


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Mohammed Moble from Saudi Arabia

Mohammed from Saudi Arabia speaks of his experience as an UG student (Business Information Systems) at NUI Galway

Norah Mobarki from Saudi Arabia

Norah from Saudi Arabia speaks of her experience as a PG student (Toxicology) at NUI Galway

Current DIFC Students & NUIG Students

Meet former DIFC present and past DIFC students discussing their experiences on the GDP programme in DIFC and telling us about studying in Ireland

King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP)

NUI Galway is delighted to be an approved host university under the King Abdullah Scholarships Program (KASP). Established in 2005, the programme is supports Saudi students studying abroad, particularly in fields aligned to Saudi Arabia's national priorities, including healthcare and infrastructure development.


With a wide range of degree programmes in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and ICT, NUI Galway offers significant opportunities for Saudi students studying abroad. Ireland is known as a welcoming country and Galway in particular offers a safe and friendly environment for students from all cultural backgrounds.


NUI Galway is a vibrant multicultural university, with a significant number of Muslim students. There are two prayer rooms for Muslim students provided on campus and there is also a temporary mosque located 10
minutes from the University. There are also various restaurants and specialist foodstores nearby, where students can buy halal food.


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