About NUI Galway

Established in 1845, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) is one of Ireland’s most prestigious multi-disciplinary universities, with a distinguished record in teaching and research.


About NUI Galway

Established in 1845, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) is one of Ireland’s most prestigious multi-disciplinary universities, with a distinguished record in teaching and research.


Ideally located in the university city of Galway, the University offers a wide range of internationally recognised degree programmes, in a welcoming academic community.


Today, we have over 17,000 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across five colleges:


  • Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
  • Business, Public Policy and Law
  • Engineering and Informatics
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Science


International students comprise over 12% of the student body at NUI Galway, with over 90 countries represented in total. This includes visiting students from other universities around the world as well as degree-seeking international students, on full undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes.


Our reputation

In 2009, NUI Galway was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in Ireland for the second time, having previously won the award in 2002. In the latest QS World University Rankings, we are ranked in the world’s top 300 universities, putting us in the top 3% of universities in the world overall.


In 2012, the University was awarded a prestigious five star rating from the QS Stars rating system and received the maximum ratings in several key areas including research, teaching, internationalisation, facilities, engagement and innovation.


International Links

NUI Galway has a strong international focus, with long established research and student exchange links with universities throughout the world. Some of our most notable research links include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Harvard University and Stanford University in the USA, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China as well as Kyoto University in Japan.


In addition, we also have student exchange programmes with over 200 international universities, ranging from Ottawa University in Canada, Georgetown University and the University of California in the USA, University of Veracruz in Mexico and HKUST in Hong Kong.

The University has also been an active member of the Erasmus student exchange programme since its inception in 1987, with 150 exchange programmes with universities throughout Europe.


NUI Galway is a member of the prestigious Coimbra Group of universities, an association of  long-established research-led universities, which also includes most notably the University of Oxford (UK), University of Barcelona (Spain) and Heidelberg University (Germany).


Our Location

The unique student experience at NUI Galway owes much to our location in the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland’s third largest city.

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Galway is the perfect ‘college town’ – large enough to offer everything you would want in terms of shopping facilities, theatres, restaurants, music venues, sports facilities – but small enough to be able to get to know people and get around easily.


King Richard III granted the city of Galway its first charter in 1484 and traces of Galway’s rich medieval past can still be seen today in its narrow cobbled streets and laneways.


Today, Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is home to the world renowned Druid Theatre Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish language theatre company. The Town Hall Theatre provides a state-of-the-art venue for cultural events throughout the year including concerts, ballet, musicals and opera.


Students account for approximately 20% of the population of the city during term which gives Galway a young and vibrant feel. This creative energy of Galway is reflected in the many internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural and sporting events that are hosted in the city every year.


Galway also serves as great base for exploring other parts of Europe, with good transport links to Ireland’s main airports.


Campus Developments

We are currently midway through an ambitious €400 million development programme consisting of new buildings as well as extensions and renovations of existing facilities.  The new Sports Centre, Cultural Centre and Engineering Building have already been completed as part of the project, while a new library extension, Psychology Building and Science Research Centre are all due for completion within the next year.


Teaching and Research

The research environment here is strongly interdisciplinary, built on our particular areas of expertise and we place a great emphasis on independent learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. NUI Galway is today recognised as a centre of excellence in a number of areas including:


Biomedical Engineering
Child and Family Research
Environmental and Marine Science
Film and Digital Media
Irish Studies
Internet Technology
Human Rights


Our our degree programmes are designed to provide the right mix of knowledge and practical skills in order to produce graduates who can make a real contribution to the world of learning and the workplace.


As a research-led university, the work carried out across our various colleges and research centres informs and enhances all of our degree programmes. Many of our research centres for example have developed undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes that are unique to NUI Galway, such as those in Marine Science, Human Rights Law and Regenerative Medicine, which enable our students learn of the latest ideas and discoveries in their subject, from faculty who are working at the cutting edge of their field.


Student Life at NUI Galway

Of course, what you study is only half the story! At NUI Galway, we pride ourselves on offering a welcoming and supportive environment to help you make the transition to university life in a new country. We offer an unrivalled selection of cultural, sporting and social activities to enjoy while studying here that will help enhance your personal and social skills and of course have lots of fun.

There is no better way to integrate into the academic and social life of the campus than through our student societies and sports clubs.


Galway has a strong reputation for the arts and the University plays an important role in supporting the local arts scene, with numerous literary, visual and performing arts events held throughout the year, including the annual Arts in Action programme and Múscailt Student Arts Festival.


We are also recognised as Ireland’s leading university for civic engagement. Our ALIVE volunteering programme, for example, enables students to make a meaningful contribution to the local and international community.

Contact Us

International Office
7 Distillery Road
T 353 91 495 277
F 353 91 495 551
Visit the International Affairs Office Web site

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