Monthly Archives: January 2013

Our Favorite videos featuring Galway (part 7)

This great video from a local video marketing company shows Galway in its creative glory 😉

A sneak preview of what’s in store at this year’s NUI Galway student Arts Festival from the Musical Society.

A look back at Malaysia Day at NUI Galway – a celebration of Malaysian culture, food and music.

We join the 2000 athletes from 42 countries who took part in last year’s Ironman competition in Salthill, Galway

Another fantastic piece by those talented folk at Treelight. This video is shot in the public park across the street from the NUI Galway campus and reveals a slightly more haunting side to Galway.

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


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How to Blend In When Studying Abroad In Galway, Ireland – Tip No. 5, Get your ‘Bag for Life’

Tesco hessian Bag for life  2nd October 2012 14:37.44pm

In 2002, the Irish government introduced a 15 cent levy on plastic shopping bags in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment.

The levy, which  has since increased to 22 cent, had an almost immediate effect, with most people switching to resuable shopping bags.

So when you go to the likes of Dunnes, Tescos, Aldi or Lidl for groceries, make sure you pick up a reusable bag.

If you found this tip helpful, then be sure to check out our other tips on blending in when studying abroad in Ireland, 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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How to Blend In When Studying Abroad In Galway, Ireland – Tip No. 4, Get to class on time (or not!)

One of the things many visiting international students notice when they first study abroad in Ireland is that they show up at the scheduled time for a class, only to have to wait 10 minutes or so for it to begin.

Friar's Chapel, Lecture Theatre

Lectures are usually timetabled to last an hour, however it is generally understood that teaching begins at about 10 minutes after the hour.

The main reason is because students may have lectures in different buildings throughout the campus, and therefore may need the time to get from one to another.

Of course, some lecturers may begin on the hour, so it’s probably best to gauge each one individually over the first few weeks. However, if you do find yourself running late, there’s usually no problem getting in a few minutes after the hour, even if this would be not allowed at your home university.

***Update, August 2013 From the 2nd of September 2013 9am Lectures will begin on the hour and finishing at 10 minutes before the hour i.e. 9am-9.50am, 10am-10.50am etc.***

If you found this tip helpful, then be sure to check out our other tips on blending in when studying abroad in Ireland, 1, 2, and 3.


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Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2012

2012 was a busy year for the Study in Galway blog with over 19,000 views from 114 countries around the world. Here are the posts that received the most views in 2012.

Making the Grade

1. Making the Grade
This post looks at how the grading system used at universities in Ireland compares to other countries.

Corrib Village Student Village

Corrib Village Student Village

2. A Guide to Student Housing at NUI Galway for International Students
A brief introduction to the different housing options available to international students at NUI Galway.

Volunteering at NUI Galway

3. Fall Recruitment Week in the USA
Details of a recruitment trip to the US. NUI Galway representatives regularly attend college fairs and other international education events in different countries around the world.


4. The best Galway Songs for St. Patrick’s Day
Galway and its surrounding countryside has inspired many songs over the years. Here are some of the better and less well known.


5. Packing for College
Finally, some practical advice on packing for college in Ireland.

Happy New Year!!!

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