Study Abroad

Check out our Frequently Asked Qestions About Study Abroad at NUI Galway

NUI Galway has been welcoming visiting students from the USA
and Canada for over 25 years. In recent years, we have also received
students from Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway

Under our Study Abroad programme, students can choose to spend either a semester or a full academic year studying with us, during which time they
can choose classes from a range of disciplines in order to meet their
individual academic requirements.

As a visiting student, you can expect to take five or six courses per semester, again depending on your own requirements. Each College of the University appoints an academic advisor to advise visiting students on the classes available and students are also given a two week period at the beginning of each semester to sample different classes before making their course selections.

Study Abroad at NUI Galway

Study Abroad at NUI Galway

As well as providing the widest possible choice of classes to suitably qualified students, it is also our policy that visiting students take the usual classes and assessments of the University, alongside our full time students. This means that when you study at NUI Galway you will be integrated fully into the main student body of the University, thereby ensuring you benefit from a true international experience.

How to Apply

Visiting students can apply to NUI Galway through their home institution, through a third-party programme, or through direct enrolment.

Applications for admission as a Visiting Student must be made on the
official Visiting Student Application Form, which is available to download
from the University website at

The closing dates for receipt of applications from Visiting Students
are (a) 30 April in the case of applications for admission for a full
academic year or First Semester and, (b) 31 October in the case of
applications for Second Semester.

Late applications may be considered, but only in special circumstances.

Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival

Entry Requirements

Visiting Student applicants are normally required to have completed two
full years at University before being admitted and have a minimum grade
point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

For full details on entry requirements and the application process, please
refer to


4 responses to “Study Abroad

  1. eileen

    Do you offer any programs that can avail of going abroad to an American University? Also how do we know that the university the student will graduate from will take or credit the student the courses offered abroad.
    I am interested in a software engineer degree but would like to do a semester or work study in Chicago. I would like the courses taken in Chicago to be accepted by Galway University and go towards the criteria I need for graduating.
    Thanks for any help or guidance

    • Hi – first off, apologies for taking so long to notice your message. No, we don’t have any exchanges in Chicago. Our Business Informations Systems programme has an exchange with UMBC (Maryland) and we have various other opportunities in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Sorry!

  2. James

    Hi, I am an English student studying in england currently studying Marine Science. Can I do a semester in NUIG? 🙂

    • Hi James,

      It depends whether your university has an Erasmus student exchange link with us. You should contact the Erasmus/International office at your university to find out. Off the top of my head, I believe we have Erasmus exchange links with University of Kent, University of Southampton, University of Liverpool and the University of Sussex in England, as well as University of Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland. If there is no exchange agreement with your university, there is also the option to attend as a EU visiting student, but you’d have to pay tuition fee.

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