National University of Ireland Galway

    National University of Ireland Galway
    World Rank: 47th by Times Higher Education's Impact
    Established on: 1845

    The National University of Ireland Galway is a research university in Galway, Ireland. The University is a tertiary education and research institution.

    The National University of Ireland Galway was established in 1845 AD as "Queen's College, Galway." Until 1997, it was known as "University College, Galway," and until 2022 AD, it was known as "National University of Ireland, Galway." Due to a misconception over the University's official name, the National University of Ireland Galway was said to be re-named "Ollscoil na Gaillimhe - University of Galway" in the summer of 2022 at the end of April 2022.

    The university campus spans the River Corrib in the city centre. The Quadrangle, with its Aula Maxima, is the oldest portion of the institution, planned by John Benjamin Keane in Tudor Gothic architectural style and built from local limestone; it is a copy of Christ Church, one of the colleges of the University of Oxford.

    Architect Scott Tallon Walker designed many new buildings built on the university campus in the 1970s. The 1990s also witnessed significant growth, such as the redevelopment of an old munitions plant into a student centre.

    The National University of Ireland Galway of Galway has over 150 active student societies ranging from academic to artistic and performance, lifestyle and wellness, religious and political, community activism and volunteer, cultural and cultural, and particular interest. Cumann de Barra, the University's Fianna Fáil section, was created in 1954 AD, making it Ireland's oldest political party branch. The University also includes many Students' Unions, the primary function of which is to serve as a recognised representative conduit between undergraduates and university and college authorities.

    Galway University Foundation (GUF) was founded in 1998 AD to raise funds for the University from private persons and organisations. It fosters ties with benefactors who value the University's approach to education. The Foundation is working on several "Priority Projects."

    The National University of Ireland Galway was divided into seven faculties. Arts, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science are those seven faculties of the University. These departments are further subdivided into some 69 departments. The University changed its organisation from faculties and departments to five colleges grouped into numerous schools.

    College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Adult Learning and Professional Development, College of Business, Public Policy and Law and College of Science and Engineering are the current colleges and schools of the University.

    University Highlights 

    University Type

    Public Institution

    Established Year




    Number of Courses

    69 Departments

    Tuition Fees

    6,817 EUR -12,750 EUR


    October and April 

    Main Intakes

    The National University of Ireland Galway accepts students for the winter semester in October and the summer semester in April.


    Scholarships & Funding Opportunities are available at the National University of Ireland Galway. 

    Undergraduate Student Scholarships

    The National University of Ireland Galway is eager to recognise and reward outstanding undergraduate students by offering chances to apply for distinguished scholarships.

    • Excellence Scholarships: A new scholarship program, the National University of Ireland Galway Excellence Scholarship, will be awarded to students as part of the University of Galway's commitment to recognising performance and supporting ambition.
    • Civic Engagement Scholarships: The University of Galway offers the first Civic Engagement Scholarship in Irish Higher Education, cementing the University's reputation as a leader in engaging students in societal change, social impact, and civic skills development.
    • Sports Scholarships: The National University of Ireland Galway's Sports Scholarship program assists high-performing athletes in various sports. The University of Galway Sports Office has further information and application forms.

    Postgraduate Scholarships

    The National University of Ireland Galway offers €1,500 scholarships to EU students seeking full-time taught master's doctoral degrees. Applicants will be considered if they have been admitted to a full-time taught master's degree program and earned first-class honours (or similar) in a Level 8 primary degree.

    Scholarships for International Students

    The University of Galway is dedicated to attracting top students worldwide. Following the worldwide strategic aims, we provide a variety of merit-based scholarships to students from non-EU countries.

    Application Process

    The National University of Ireland Galway invites applications from qualified applicants from all over the world, and each one is thoroughly reviewed.

    Admission to studio programs is contingent on fulfilling minimum academic levels and presenting a portfolio. (With one exception: the AD215 BA Visual Culture degree has no portfolio requirement).

    Students from outside Ireland or the EU who wish to apply to degree programs at the National University of Ireland Galway must have a high school certificate equivalent to the Irish School Leaving Certificate. Third-level courses, for example, will be considered if students wish to apply with extra credentials.

    International candidates must submit the second-level or comparative tests' certified transcripts. The transcripts must be submitted in the original language and a verified English translation.

    Furthermore, because all of its programs are taught in English, the National University of Ireland Galway only admits applicants who can demonstrate excellent fluency in that language.

    Documents required:

    • Requirements of educational documents
      • De­gree cer­ti­fic­ate
      • Tran­script of re­cords
      • Trans­la­tions of edu­ca­tional doc­u­ments
    • Motivation Statement, Recommendation letter (optional/upon request).
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
    • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL-IBT or IELTS).
    • Visa (for international students).


    What is the acceptance rate of the National University of Ireland Galway?

    The National University of Ireland Galway's application process is highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 86%. 


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