Founded in 1845 and first opening to a student cohort of just 68 students, the National University of Ireland in Galway has built a fine reputation over its long history. Today it welcomes over 18,000 students and is one of the top 300 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings). While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.
There are more than 60 different undergraduate courses available at NUI Galway along with a wide selection of postgraduate opportunities and part-time evening courses. The university has five main colleges offering a diverse selection of study programmes, many of which are involved in global research projects.
International students are very welcome at NUI Galway. The application process is simplified with an overview of the specific qualification requirements by country, making it clear to any applicants what they need to achieve in order to apply. The university's International Office helps to integrate students into university life, supporting them throughout their time in Ireland.
Galway is a truly charming city, situated on the beautiful coastline of western Ireland and packed with independent shops and cafes. Tradition meets contemporary convenience – even the most modern coffee shops or bistros have a fascinating history to them. As well as being voted as one of the Top 5 Cities in the World by the famous Lonely Planet guide in 2020, it's regularly named as one of the friendliest by major publications including Travel + Leisure magazine and Conde Nast Traveler. It's a great place to study, welcoming people from all over the world.