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International Student Pre-Departure Checklist

You’ve been accepted – Congratulations! So now what? Preparing to study overseas can be somewhat daunting, but the following step-by-step pre-departure guide can help make it as stress free as possible…

    1. Accept your offer. Sounds obvious, but the first thing to do is to confirm your place by formally accepting your offer of admission. Refer to your offer letter for instructions on how to accept your offer. If you are not sure about how to accept your offer, please email
    2. Pay your deposit or tuition fee. Refer to your offer letter for instructions on how to pay any deposit that may be required by the University. The rules regarding payment and deposits may vary depending on the programme you have been accepted to. Your initial deposit will be deducted from your tuition fee, which unless otherwise stated in your letter of offer, is to be paid in full before you can register as a student. Please see the tuition fees section of our website for more information.
    3. Purchase Health Insurance. Proof of medical expenses insurance is required for all non-EU students for immigration purposes. Please refer to the Health Insurance section of our website for more information.
    4. Prepare your immigration/travel documents. All non-EU/EEA nationals are subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the Irish State, so please ensure you comply fully with Irish Immigration Regulations and that you have all the required documentation ready for inspection immigration officials. If you loose your offer letter, email the International Affairs Office for a replacement as soon as possible.
    5. Book your accommodation. Please refer to our accommodation section of our website for information on how to book student accommodation.
    6. Make travel arrangements. The Travelling to Galway section of our website provides information and advise about getting to Galway.
    7. Plan your budget. It is important to understand all the costs involved, including tuition fees and day-to-day living costs. Budgeting is one of the key skills you will develop during your time at university and once you learn how to manage your money, you will be able to enjoy university life to the full.
    8. Pack you bag. Please refer to our previous post on Packing for College for tips and advice.
    9. Be prepared. Download the NUI Galway Pre-Arrival Guide
    10. Keep in touch. If you are unsure about anything, please contact the International Affairs Office (t: + 353 91 495277, e: You can also reach out to fellow international students over on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and information from NUI Galway.

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