NUI Galway has built a fine reputation dating back to 1845 when it first opened its doors to a student cohort of just 68. Today it welcomes more than 18,000 students and is one of the top 300 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2022). NUI was awarded Irish University of the Year 2022 (Sunday Times Good University Guide).
Although based in one of the smaller university cities in the world, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellence in research and its study programmes.
NUI has more than 60 different undergraduate courses plus a wide range of postgraduate opportunities and part-time evening courses. The five main colleges offer a diverse selection of study programmes and many are involved in global research projects.
International students are welcome at NUI Galway. The application process is simple and easy to navigate with an overview of specific qualification requirements by country, making it clear to applicants what they need to achieve to be accepted. The International Office helps students feel at home and integrate into university life, supporting them through their studies.
A charming and cultural city, Galway is based on the beautiful coastline of western Ireland, packed with independent shops and cafes. Tradition is balanced with contemporary convenience and even the most modern coffee shops or bistros have an interesting history.
Galway ranks as one of the top 5 cities in the world (Lonely Planet 2020) and its often thought of as one of the friendliest cities by major publications including Travel + Leisure magazine and Conde Nast Traveller. Galway's unique charm and spirit makes it an exciting and welcoming place for international students.