In 1975 the first bachelor’s degree course was approved at a regional technical college, and by May 1977 the first degrees were conferred, a BA in Hotel and Catering Management.
In the 1980s it developed partnerships with other educational providers in the region including the Franciscan Agricultural College, Mountbellew (established 1904) and Connemara West in Letterfrack. In 1994 it opened a campus at Castlebar, Co. Mayo and at Cluain Mhuire in Galway city. Galway RTC like other regional technical colleges gained autonomy in 1992. In 1997 the college was renamed Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
In 2015, GMIT, along with IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, submitted a formal Expression of Interest to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for re-designation as a Technological University. This partnership, known as the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA), which aims to build a Technological University for the West/North-West of Ireland.
GMIT Galway campus is based on the Dublin Road in Galway city, overlooking Galway Bay. It is the administrative headquarters for the Institute and has four Schools of study; the School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Science & Computing, and the College of Tourism & Arts.
Also located on this campus is the Innovation Hub, the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Research, Development & Innovation Centre.
GMIT is based in five locations in the west of Ireland—two in Galway city (Dublin Road and Cluain Mhuire), one in County Mayo (Castlebar) and two in County Galway (Letterfrack and Mountbellew). Choose from a wide range of courses and live in a campus environment that inspires achievement.
Living in Galway City There’s plenty to do in Galway! It is a cosmopolitan city which offers a varied selection of entertainment, shopping and sightseeing. GMIT students are ideally placed to take advantage of it all.
Living in Castlebar Castlebar has plenty to offer students who like the outdoors such as walking routes and good fishing and angling. It has an abundance of nightlife with plenty pubs and a range of trendy cafes and restaurants.
Living in Letterfrack Letterfrack is a small village set in the heart of Connemara. It’s a peaceful place and provides an ideal setting for the inspirational work undertaken by students at GMIT, Letterfrack.
Living in Mountbellew Mountbellew is a growing town about 50km from Galway city.
We have over 75 nationalities represented across our five campuses, and offer international students:
A first-class education
An English-speaking environment
A rich European and Irish cultural experience
“Before I came to Ireland, I knew that I wanted to study event management. I looked into a few colleges before making a decision, but I’m definitely glad that I chose GMIT. Here are just some of the reasons…”