Category Archives: About Ireland

Semester Abroad at NUI Galway

Michael Chen is an international student from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon spending his Spring 2017 semester abroad. Follow along on his blog as he snaps a photo a day during his time at NUI Galway!

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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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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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Our Favorite videos featuring Galway (part 8)

First up, dancing through the streets of Galway with SwingJamIreland!

An old cine-film reel of Galway fr0m 1965. What’s interesting is how many of the same businesses are still here today, including Griffins Bakery, Taaffes Pub, Powells Music Shop (the “Four Corners”) and Dillons.

Notre Dame Professor Ian Kuijt  reveals the significance of the archaeological heritage of the remote island of Inishark, County Galway.

Join the The NUI Galway Sub-Aqua club, as they explore a coral beach in Galway

And finally, a wonderful scenic video of Galway

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

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Celebrating our International Student Ambassadors

NUI Galway’s International Student Ambassadors were honoured at a special ceremony last week. On Friday 19 April, our ambassadors attended a special reception at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin, where they were presented with certificates of achievement by the Irish Minister of Education, Ruairi Quinn.

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NUI Galway International Student Ambassadors (L-R) Keegan Charlier (USA), Felicia Robbins (USA) and Zeping Zhang (China)

The event was followed by a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin, where our students met with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, a fellow NUI Galway graduate.

International Student Ambassadors meet President Micael D Higgins

(L-R) Zeping Zhang, Keegan Charlier, President Michael D Higgins, Felicia Robbins and Brian Hussey (International Office, NUI Galway)

Four NUI Galway international students were selected this year to take part in the prestigious Irish government backed programme, which saw a total of 40 international students blog about their experiences studying in Ireland and take part in various student outreach activities on behalf of their respective institutions.

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