Why NUI Galway NSW?

The National University of Ireland Galway was established in 1845 as Queen’s College Galway. Following construction of the iconic Quadrangle building, the University opened its doors four years later to the first cohort of just 68 students.

NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to data from QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are globally recognised for our inspiring minds and international outlook.

Year Founded


Student Population


Graduate Success

98% of NUI Galway graduates are working or in further study 6 months after graduating

Charming City

Galway has been dubbed the 'Most Charming City’ by the New York Times.

“In the past five years, NUI Galway has been the only university in Ireland to rise consistently in the most competitive World University Rankings.”


Full-time Undergraduate students that have received an offer to study at NUI Galway starting in September 2018 (excluding applicants for undergraduate medicine).

Taught Postgraduate students that have received an offer to study at NUI Galway in September 2019 and have confirmed acceptance of their place via payment of an acceptance deposit will be automatically considered for these awards.

Top 1% Of Universities

NUI Galway is in the top 1% of universities worldwide in 2017 in the QS World University Rankings!

University of the year 2018

NUI Galway was named 'University of the Year 2018' in the Sunday Times University Guide.


Since the University opened the doors of the Quadrangle in 1845, the campus has been constantly evolving to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students.‌ Today, the main campus has over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land situated on the banks of the River Corrib.

NUI Galway is in the middle of a €400 million construction programme – the largest expansion of facilities in any university in Ireland. Since 2010, the ‘Campus of the Future’ project has delivered iconic new research facilities.

Hear from NUI Galway students

Jacqueline Müller

“Spending an Erasmus semester in Galway was one of the best experiences in my life.  What I enjoyed most about Galway is its rich cultural repertoire, its friendly inhabitants and the brilliant location directly at the sea. Moreover, I joined several clubs and societies, of which NUIG’s campus has a lot to offer, and I have become friends with the loveliest people from all over the world. Together we did many trips around Ireland’s stunning landscape and shared fantastic memories.”

Xenia Rak

“In September 2015 I went for my Erasmus studies to the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). My aim was to improve my English skills, to explore beautiful Ireland and to get to know different ways of doing research in political science. The latter was unlike the studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and I learned a lot about politics as well as policies in Ireland. Besides my studies I chose some of the numerous offers of NUI Galway. Thus I joined the amazing Ultimate Frisbee Club and the wonderful Mountaineering Club. In Galway itself I spent many hours in the lovely cafés and great pubs. All in all everything was lovely and great during my Erasmus studies at NUI Galway!”

Frequently asked questions

Tuition fees can differ based on a variety of factors such as course studied, fee help and scholarships. If you would like to find out the cost of a specific course, please contact one of our friendly GSP councillors.

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NUI Galway provides a range of student support including:

  • Student services
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling
  • Student Health Unit
  • Student Connect
  • Career Guidance
  • Community Connector
  • Student Hub Common Room
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