The university was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College, Galway. s a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Ireland’s West, in Galway.
It is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. The University is ranked #243 in the 2017 QS World University Rankings and has been also been awarded the full five QS stars for excellence.
Alumni include the former Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Over 17,000 students are undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across five colleges:
International students make up over 12% of the student population at NUI Galway with over 90 countries represented in total.
“NUI Galway has a strong international focus, with long established research and student exchange links with universities throughout the world. Some of our most notable research links include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Harvard University and Stanford University in the USA, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China as well as Kyoto University in Japan.” (NUI Galway)
NUI Galway has more than 110 societies and more than 50 sports clubs. Five constituent society types exist: Debating & Political; Artistic & Performing; Social & Gaming; Religious & Socially Conscious; Academic.
The oldest society on the campus is the Literary and Debating Society, founded in 1846. Another of the campus’s oldest societies is the history society ‘Cumann Staire’. It is a member of the Comhaltas na gCumann Staire – Irish History Students’ Association and the International Students of History Association. Another NUIG society is “Dram Soc” (Drama Society), which played a part in the formation of the Druid Theatre Company, Macnas and the Galway Arts Festival. Extracurricular activities are strongly emphasised in NUI Galway as part of your student experience with them.
A fascinating and unusual way to spend an evening is watching the skies at NUIG. There’s an astronomy department at NUIG and they have open nights for the public. The Imbusch Observatory hosts open evenings, with guest lectures & 3D tours of the universe. If the weather obliges you’ll be brought for a viewing of the stars and planets by the experts.
For some of the best food in Galway, Mr.Waffle and Wards are a stone’s throw away from the campus and are a hot spot for students. On campus, you’ll find Smokey’s (sub shop) and the ‘Bialann’ (which is Irish for dining room). Once in Ireland, you will learn about the love for the chicken fillet roll. Once you become hooked, pick up a Londis loyalty card for €2 chicken rolls!
For some quiet study, The Reading Room is perfect, especially if you are a night owl, as it says open until 2:30 am.
Hear more about the experience of International Students at NUI Galway here: