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National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Public University, Estd 1849
  • Galway City, Connacht
  • 50 Courses

University Highlights

  • Third highest ranked university in Ireland (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • Operational since 1849
  • Places in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Member of Coimbra Group
  • Offers almost 70 undergraduate courses and 200 taught postgraduate courses
  • Student body comprises of 14,800 students of whom +4,000 are international
  • Four colleges
  • Two student resident villages and eight off-campus privately-owned accommodation options
  • Bilingual campus whereby the use of Irish language services extends to academic, administrative and other general areas

University at a Glance

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Among the many name changes it has held, the National University of Ireland, Galway came into being as Queen’s College Galway in 1849. Under the 1908 Irish Universities Act, it then became a constituent college under the National University of Ireland. Since inception, it has also gone by the Queen’s University of Ireland and University College Galway. Finally, in 1997, the institute assumed its current name under the Universities Act. The National University of Ireland, Galway often goes by NUI, Galway.
The university prides itself for placing in the top 1% of universities around the world, according to QS World Universities. With a long and rich history of leading education in Ireland and Europe, the school is also part of the Coimbra Group. This network spans 40 European universities with a legacy in providing learning.
The institute began with just 68 students. Today, it hosts almost 14,800 students, with over 4,000 of these from 110 countries around the world. Four colleges comprise the academic and research functions of the university. These are the Colleges of:

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

These colleges oversee almost 70 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate taught courses. Along with these, NUI Galway offers almost 70 professional, part-time and evening courses, as well as PhD and research master’s programs and online courses. 96% of NUI Galway graduates find employment within half a year of completing their programs.
NUI Galway captures a perfect balance between the past and present, a unique charm of the city of Galway. The oldest portion of the campus, nestling along the banks of the River Corrib, is the Quadrangle Building. Designed by John Benjamin Keane, the building is NUI Galway’s version of the University of Oxford’s Christ College. Beautiful historic architecture coexists with more modern developments from more recent times as the university continues to expand.
Two campus residences are available for students. Corrib Village has a complex of over 170 apartments with a capacity of 764 students. Goldcrest Village comprises 429 en-suite rooms spanning 76 apartments. Alongside these options, there are also eight private-owned off-campus residences within close proximity of the university. Students can also connect with agents and landlords offering student accommodation options close to the university.
Among the facilities NUI Galway offers students are international student facilities, student support through accommodation and welfare services, career guidance, counselling, disability support services, and more.
The university has a diverse research community, spanning research themes covering:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Environment, Marine and Energy Facilities
  • Humanities in Context, including Digital Humanities
  • Informatics, Physical and Computational Sciences Facilities

Key alumni of the university include Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the Archbishop of Durban.

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements
Application feesEUR 50 - 50
  • Undergraduate
    Duration: 3 Years - 5 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: 13.6K
  • Postgraduate
    Duration: 1 Year - 2 Years


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National University of Ireland, Galway through our handy list of options below!

On campus accommodation :

Two on-campus student villages are available for accommodation:
Corrib Village

  • Apartment complex consisting of 764 three- and four-bedroom flats
  • Options include
    • Bedroom apartments consisting of double or twin bedrooms, or 1-2 single bedrooms, one bathroom, one guest bathroom, and living area/kitchen (houses 3-4 people)
    • En-suite bedrooms consisting of single or double bedrooms with a private en-suite bathroom, double bedroom and single bedroom with a joined en-suite bathroom, and one guest toilet, one living room, and one kitchen

Goldcrest Village

  • Apartment complex consisting of 429 four-, five- and six-bedroom flats
  • Options include
    • 4-bedroom apartments of one double en-suite bedroom and three single en-suite bedrooms (for four people)
    • 5-bedroom apartments of one double en-suite bedroom, four single en-suite bedrooms, and one living area/kitchen (for five people)
    • 6-bedroom apartments of two double en-suite bedrooms, four single en-suite bedrooms and one living area/kitchen

Off-campus, privately-owned residence options are available as well.


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Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    National University of Ireland Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland H91 TK33
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    353 (0)91 524411

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