How to Blend In When Studying Abroad in Ireland – Tip No. 6, Crossing the Road

Irish law requires pedestrians to exercise care when crossing the road, however the specific offense known as Jaywalking in countries including the US, Canada, China and Australia is not strictly enforced. While pedestrian crossings are common in Irish towns and cities, don’t be surprised to see people skip past you while you wait for the green light, or indeed if you see people simply crossing the road wherever they like. On the subject of crossing the road, remember too to look right for approaching traffic, as we drive on the left :0)

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Study Abroad Jargon Buster

Study Abroad at NUI Galway

  • Accommodation

Student Accommodation means Student Housing. The Student Accommodation Office oversees the Student Residences and provides advice and information on all matters relating to housing.

  • Colloquium

Colloquium modules are small group teaching modules. These modules have a limited number of students. Colloquia require reading, presentation, oral participation and regular attendance.

  • Course/Programme

Full time, degree-seeking, students study a specific Course or Programme  from their first year at university in Ireland. The two terms are generally used interchangeably. This is different to universities in the US and other countries that follow the US model, where all students are required to study a general education programme before declaring a major.  A Course or Programme comprises individual modules. The University sets out specific rules that determine which modules you need to successfully complete each year to graduate with the appropriate degree title (e.g. B.Sc. (Physics), B.Comm., B.A. (History), etc).

  • Continuous Assessment

Continuous Assessment refers…

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Photo Tour of NUI Galway (Part 3)

The third installment of our photo tour of NUI Galway looks at the north campus.

Kingfisher Sports Centre, NUI Galway

Kingfisher Sports Centre

The Kingfisher Sports Centre houses the university’s indoor sports facilities, including a 25 metre swimming pool, gym, squash and basketball courts.

Engineering Building, NUI Galway

Engineering Building

NUI Galway’s Engineering Building was officially opened by the Irish Prime minister (Taoiseach) in June 2011. The 14,250 sqm world-class teaching and research facility accommodates some 1,100 students and 110 staff.

Aras Moyola

Aras Moyola

Aras Moyola houses the university’s School of Political Science and Sociology and the School of Nursing.  The building comprises state of the art training facilities, as well as a lecture theatre, study areas and classrooms.

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

Cairnes Building

The Cairnes Building, which also incorporates the old Friary, houses our teaching and research programmes in Accountancy and Finance, Business Information Systems, Economics, Management and Marketing.

Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway

Clinical Science Institute (Galway University Hospital)

The Clinical Science Institute is situated across the street from the main campus, on the grounds of Galway University Hospital, and houses teaching and research facilities of the university’s  School of Medicine.

NUI Galway Sportsgrounds, Dangan

The picturesque NUI Galway sports complex at Dangan is situated along the banks of the River Corrib. The facility includes an 8 lane synthetic track, with jumping and throwing facilities, as well as numerous playing fields for Gaelic Games, Rugby, Soccer, Hockey and Cross-Country. As an added bonus, you can enjoy a lovely view of Menlo Castle across the river.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Photo Tour of NUI Galway.

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NUI Galway establishes joint degree programme with Jiangnan University in China


NUI Galway and Jiangnan University have signed a formal agreement to jointly offer a bachelor’s degree programme in Civil Engineering. The partnership between the universities was signed at a recent meeting in China between senior representatives from both universities.

Jiangnan University, which is situated in city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, is recognised as one of China’s national prestigious “Project 211” universities. The new partnership will include student exchanges as well as increased research collaboration between the two universities.

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Purchasing a Mobile (Cell) Phone in Ireland

There are 6 main mobile phone service providers in Ireland.  The relevant websites are listed below. Please refer to the websites for information on special offers, price plans and free web text service.

These service providers offer the option of “pay as you go” phones or an account option (i.e. contract with monthly bill).

The “pay as you go” option is ideal for international students, as there are no contracts and you can top up with credit as and when required.  Credit can be purchased online, at ATM machines, in shops or in dispensing machines.

There are several shops in Galway which sell mobile phones including The Carphone Warehouse (branches in the Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Rd and the Eyre Square Shopping Centre), the Vodafone Store, Eyre Square, 3Store, Shop St, O2 Store, Shop St., Meteor Shop, William St. It is a good idea to shop around to find the best deal available.

It’s still advisable take your existing mobile phone with you, in case you need access to your contacts etc., or for your first couple of days in Ireland, but please be aware that international roaming fees are very expensive.

It may also be possible to purchase an Irish SIM card to use in your existing phone, however this may depend on the model of your phone and the type of network used in your home country (e.g. GSM or CDMA).

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Our Favorite videos featuring Galway (part 9)

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly visits his ancestral home in Connemara.

A drive through video of Galway, along to the sound of Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, who used to live in Galway before going on to fame in his native USA.

A ramble through Galway on Halloween

One day in Galway… awesome video captures the sights and sounds of a great city.

Where else but on the train to Galway are you likely to see this happen!

The Wild Atlantic Way is set to be Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our other collections of videos about Galway part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5  part 6part 7 and part 8.

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NUI Galway hosts Coimbra Group Annual Conference, 2013

Coimbra Group

NUI Galway has been a member of the Coimbra Group – a network of 40 long-established, multidisciplinary European universities of the highest international standard – for almost 30 years.

The group also includes such historically significant universities as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Bologna and Salamanca.

The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote internationalisation, collaboration, excellence in learning and research and service to society.

Annual Conference, NUI Galway May 22-24

Each year the rectors and presidents, along with other delegates from the Coimbra Group member universities, meet at the Annual Conference and General Assembly.   To coincide with the Irish Presidency of the European Union, the 2013 conference will be held in NUI Galway from May 22 – 24, and will address the theme of Creativity, Research and Innovation in Universities.

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