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Study at NUI Galway

reportcardThe grading system used in many Irish (and British) universities can sometimes be confusing for international students.

Firstly, Irish universities traditionally use a verbal grading system to classify overall degree results, rather than a GPA. A high achieving student might for example graduate with a degree with first class honours (“a first”) based on their average marks (grades).

The second main difference is that universities here traditionally grade work between about 40% (pass) and 70%-75% (excellent). Only a relatively small proportion of students in a class are awarded a mark of over 70%, particularly in disciplines such as the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

This is quite different to universities in the USA and other countries that follow the US system, where work is generally graded between 60% (pass) – 100%. A student from the US for example, who is accustomed to receiving A grades, may therefore get a mark…

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A tribute video to the Erasmus experience in Galway

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More Campus Curiosities…

Following on from our post last month about some of the lesser known buildings and features dotted around the NUI Galway campus, a few more hidden gems were brought to our attention…

St Anthony’s Chapel

Friar's Chapel, Lecture Theatre

St Anthony’s Chapel, Lecture Theatre

The St Anthony’s building, which now forms part of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, was purchased by NUI Galway in 1991. The building was previously owned by the Franciscan Order and includes a chapel which was renovated into a modern lecture theatre.




Next to the Bialann student restaurant is the remains of an 18th century Dovecote, or pigeon house, which was once part of the old Belmont estate.

University Art Gallery, Quadrangle

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery is located in the Quadrangle Building and hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.

National Computer and Communications Museum



The National Computer and Communications Museum is located in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). The museum provides a fascinating insight into the development of communications from ancient hieroglyphics to today’s Internet, including the iconic 1984 Macintosh.

George Johnstone Stoney Plaque

George Johnstone Stoney

George Johnstone Stoney

In the Arts/Science building, next to the Joseph Larmor lecture theatre, is a plaque commemorating George Johnstone Stoney (1826-1911), an educationalist and a physicist who originated the term ‘electron’ who was Professor of Physics at Galway from 1852 to 1857.

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Castles of Galway

The Irish landscape is dotted with the ruins of castles, fortified houses, tower houses and and Galway in particular is home to many of the finest examples of these medieval antiquities in various states of (dis)repair.

Thoor Ballylee Castle

Thoor Ballylee Gort Galway Ireland

Thoor Ballylee near the village of Gort in Co. Galway dates from the 13th century and was once the home of the celebrated Irish poet, W.B. Yeats.

Menlo Castle

Menlo Castle, Galway.

Menlo Castle was built in the 16th century and sits on the banks of the River Corrib, opposite the National University of Ireland, Galway sports grounds.

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle.

Ashford Castle sits on the Galway-Mayo border near the village of Cong. Dating from the 13th century, the castle is now a famous 5 star hotel.

Lynches Castle

Galway Lynchs Castle / Ireland

Lynches Castle stands proudly on Shop Street in the city of Galway as a fine example of a medieval town house. The current structure was built in the 16th century and was once the home of the powerful Lynch family – one the famous ‘tribes’ of Galway.

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle, near Clifden Co. Galway, traces its origins back over 700 years ago to the days of the feared  O’Flaherty clan. The castle passed hands many times over its history and in the 1920s was purchased by His Highness the Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, India – widely regarded as one of the finest cricket players of all time.

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Meet our US Student Ambassadors

Siobhan Allaeddini from California and Siobhan Keenan from New Jersey, USA have been selected as Student Ambassadors for National University of Ireland, Galway.

Siobhan Allaeddini

L-R: Secretary General – Seán O Foghlú, Siobhan Allaeddini from California representing National University Galway, Gill Roe – Manager Education in Ireland.

A new initiative by Education in Ireland, the Student Ambassador Programme is aimed at raising awareness of the quality of Irish degree and Study Abroad programmes, while also assisting and encouraging interested students as they embark on their applications.

Ireland is a popular destination for American students – the ninth most popular destination in the world, which is not bad for a country the size of South Carolina!

Siobhan Keenan

L-R: Secretary General – Seán O Foghlú, Siobhan Keenan from New Jersey representing National University of Ireland Galway, Gill Roe – Manager Education in Ireland.

The current batch of Student Ambassadors come from 16 States in the US and represent all seven Irish universities. Throughout the academic year, the Student Ambassadors share their experience and insights of life as a student in Ireland through blogs, articles and video posts – connecting prospective American students and their families with those already studying in Ireland. When these students return home they will from time to time work with Education in Ireland and the Irish universities at promotional events in their area.

Education in Ireland is a government initiative aimed at promoting Irish higher education and English language schools overseas. To check out the blog and learn more about Education in Ireland’s outreach to US high schools and universities, please visit or Education in Ireland USA on Facebook.

We’re looking to recruit more international students ambassadors, from countries all over the world, so if you are a current international student at NUI Galway and would like to find out more about the ambassador programme, please email

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