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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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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 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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Photo Tour of NUI Galway Part 2

James Hardiman Library

James Hardiman Library

James Hardiman Library

The James Hardiman Library houses over 450,000 printed books, 350,000 e-books and more than 30,000 full text electronic journals. It is also home to the University’s impressive literary and theatrical archive.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building

Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

The recently completed Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building is located at the heart of the campus and provides next-generation graduate, postgraduate and faculty library space dedicated to academic research.

Arts Millennium Building

Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway

Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway

The Arts Millennium Building has recently been extended to house the School of Psychology.

Arts/Science Concourse

Arts/Science Concourse

Arts/Science Concourse

The Arts/Science building houses the university’s main lecture theatres and classrooms as well as the Science laboratories.

Orbsen Building

Orbsen Building, NUIG

Orbsen Building, NUI Galway

The Orbsen Building hosts two of the University’s largest research institutions; the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) and the  Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI).

IT Building

IT Building, NUI Galway

IT Building, NUI Galway

The IT Building was completed in 2001. € 11.5m was spent on this dedicated 4100 m2 building on the banks of the River Corrib, providing state-of-the-art facilities for IT teaching and research.

Aras na Gaeilge

Áras na Gaelige

Áras na Gaelige

Galway is close to the Connemara Gaeltacht, one of several Irish-speaking regions in Ireland.  The University’s Irish language institute, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge works with other schools and departments to provide a number of courses through the Irish language.

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

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Photo Tour of NUI Galway (Part 1)

Quadrangle Building, NUI Galway

Quadrangle, NUI Galway

Quadrangle, NUI Galway

Built in the 1840s, today the “Quad” is a multipurpose building that includes administrative and academic units, the Aula Maxima as well as the University Art Gallery and Geology Museum.

Martin Ryan Building

Martin Ryan Building, NUI Galway

Martin Ryan Building, NUI Galway

Across the lawn from the Quargrangle, you’ll find the Martin Ryan Building. Built in the early 1990s (with the help of a generous private donation by the late Dr. Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair) this neo-classical style building houses the Ryan Institute, one of the University’s main research institutes dedicated to Environmental, Marine and Energy research as well as the University’s Zoology Museum.

Civil Engineering Building

Civil Engineering Building, NUI Galway

Civil Engineering Building, NUI Galway

The building across the Martin Ryan Building formerly housed the Department of Civil Engineering. The building is currently being renovated and Civil Engieering has moved to the new Engineering Building.

Student Centre (Áras na Mac Léinn)

Student Centre (Áras na Mac Léinn), NUI Galway

Student Centre (Áras na Mac Léinn), NUI Galway

The Student Centre (Áras na Mac Léinn) houses the Bailey Alen Hall, a large auditorium, two student theatres, the Art Room, the Student Union’s offices, Flirt FM (student radio station), the Health Centre and the College Bar.

O’Shaughnessy Footbridge

O’Shaughnessy Footbridge, NUI Galway

The O’Shaughnessy Bridge crosses the Eglinton Canal behind the Martin Ryan Building and is used by both pedestrians and cyclists as a short cut into the city centre. The bridge is named after Michael O’Shaughnessy (1864-1934) who graduated in Civil Engineering from Galway in 1884. In 1912, O’Shaughnessy was appointed Chief Engineer of the City of San Francisco and undertook the building of new infrastructure for the city after the disastrous earthquake and fires of 1906.

Irish Centre for Human Rights

Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway is one of the world’s premier research institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. Establishment in 2000, the Centre has also developed a number of internationally acclaimed masters programmes as well as an undergraduate programme in Human Rights.

Huston School of Film & Digital Media

Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway

Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway

The Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway was established with the support of the family of the noted director, screenwriter and actor, John Huston.

Check back later this month for Part 2 of our Photo Tour of NUI Galway, when we’ll take a look around the centre of the campus.

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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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Student Volunteering at NUI Galway

NUI Galway is recognised as Ireland’s leading university for student volunteering, with more than 2,000 registered student volunteers working in local and international communities.

All NUI Galway students can volunteer through the University’s ALIVE (A
Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) programme, established to support NUI Galway students who wish to volunteer.

Volunteering Week at NUI Galway – 24th September – 28th September 2012

Volunteering Week is your chance to meet and mingle through the variety of volunteer opportunities offered to NUI Galway students both on and off campus.

The week kick starts with information stands about volunteering, followed by the Volunteering Fair and leading to a one-day biltz of volunteering in the community on a specfic project.

Check out the website for details of what’s happening each day.

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