Study Abroad

Study Abroad (Visiting Student) Applications

If you are currently enrolled at an overseas college or university and you wish to spend a semester or year at NUI Galway as a Visiting Student, you can apply through your home college’s Study Abroad office or through an approved study abroad programme provider.

All Visiting Student applications must be made on the official Visiting Student Application Form The following documents must also be submitted:

  • most recent college transcript
  • copy of birth certificate
  • letter of reference from a staff member of the University/College you are attending or other person of standing who knows you personally
  • the names of two academic referees to whom enquiries as to your academic  standing may be addressed, if necessary
  • a statement as to how your proposed course of study at NUI Galway ties in with your previous studies and with your future academic/career objectives.
  • a passport size photograph
Closing Dates for Study Abroad Applications

The closing dates for receipt of applications from Visiting Students are:

  • 30 April in the case of applications for admission for a full academic year or First Semester and
  • 31 October in the case of applications for Second Semester.

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

Each application is dealt with on its own merit and decisions on applications are normally made no later than May preceding the proposed date of entry or, in the case of Second Semester applications, no later than November preceding the proposed date of entry.

Undergraduate Applications (Non-EU Full Degree)

Undergraduate Applicants (non-EU)

Students applying for full undergraduate degree programmes from outside of the European Union (EU), and who are liable for full non-EU tuition fees, should apply directly to the International Affairs Office at NUI Galway.

The application

Your application must include:

  • The completed Non-EU Undergraduate Application Form
  • Original or certified copies of school transcripts/examination certificates (or forecast results if available). Where an applicant has not yet completed Secondary School (High School), the most recent transcript should be submitted.
  • SAT and/or ACT scorecard (US Applicants). The NUI Galway SAT code is 5878. The NUI Galway ACT code is 5351.
  • A certified true copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport
  • A Personal Statement (typed) of no more than 500 words outlining your academic interests, sporting and/or cultural interests and your reasons for wanting to study at NUI Galway. You may also include aspects of your academic career that are not necessarily reflected in your application.
  • Two sealed Letters of Recommendation, ideally from a teacher and/guidance counsellor or someone who knows you personally.
  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate, in the case of applicants whose first language is not English.
How to submit your application

Please submit your complete application by mail to:

Undergraduate Admissions
International Affairs Office
National University of Ireland, Galway
7 Distillery Road

When to apply

Applications for entry September 2014 can be submitted from 1 November 2013. Decisions on applications are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, so you should apply as early as possible. Applicants can expect a decision usually within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application.

Closing Date

The final closing date for receipt of applications for entry in September 2014 is 30 June 2014.

Application Fee

There is no application fee for Non-EU Undergraduate Applications

Non-EU International Application queries

Please email with any further enquiries

EU Undergraduate Applicants

International students applying from other European countries, or who are qualify for EU fees, should apply via the Centre Applications Office (CAO). Please refer to www.cao.iefor further details on closing dates etc.

Postgraduate Applications

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes

Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)

Most postgraduate applications (including Master's and PhD) are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at

  • PAC open on 1 November each year, for applications for entry to following September.
  • The online form is easy to use and you will be guided through the system step-by-step. Applicants indicate the PAC course code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in. These are indicated alongside the programme listings in the Postgraduate Prospectus and on the University website. See for details.
  • Applicants may (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes. Your courses do not need to be ranked in order of preference, as applications are assessed on a simultaneous basis.
  • University transcripts (original or certified copies) cannot be uploaded online. You must submit your transcripts by post to:

Postgraduate Applications Centre
1 Courthouse Square

Please ensure you include you PAC application number on all submitted documents.

  • The cost of applying on PAC is €50 (non-refundable).
Application Enquiries

Please email or with any application enquiries.