National University of Ireland, Galway Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    With an intake of 16% international students, National University of Ireland Galway ranks among the top 1% of universities in the world. In recent years, NUI Galway’s has been increasing global reach and its reputation is improving impressively. In 2020, QS ranked NUI #259 but its ranking in 2021 has changed to #238, recording a jump of 21 positions. In the past 10 years, it has established nearly 384 global associations.

    Currently, National University of Ireland Galway is home to over 18,000 students which are pursuing its 100+ UG and PG programs. The popular courses are Clinical Medicine, Molecular Biology, and Engineering. To attract students to opt for on-campus accommodations, the university offers more than 110 active societies and more than 50 sports clubs.

    Admissions to NUI Galway are moderately competitive as the university has an acceptance rate of 86%. Students just need to fulfill the academic requirements and work on their recommendations and personal statements. Of all the documents, an eligible student’s strong personal statement can increase their chances of admission.

    NUI Galway Rankings 

    • #238 in the world as per QS World University 2021.
    • #301-350 in the world as per the Times Higher Education 2021.
    • #599 in the world as per the US News & World Report Rankings 2021.
    • NUI Galway’s Masters in Business Analytics ranks #51 in the world as per QS Subject-rankings.


    University type Public
    Location University Road, Galway, Ireland
    Application Online mode
    No. of campus 1
    Campus setting Urban
    Areas of study 60
    Application fee Euro 35
    Academic calendar Semester based
    Test required IELTS,TOEFL, GRE
    Academic faculty 2,500
    Alumni 90,000(from 107 countries)
    Graduation rate 96%
    Student faculty ratio 7:1
    Total number of students 18,000
    Helpline 353 (0)91 524411

    NUI Galway Programs 

    The National University of Ireland Galway has five colleges, namely

    • College Of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
    • College Of Business, Public Policy And Law
    • College Of Engineering And Informatics
    • College Of Medicine, Nursing And Health Sciences
    • College Of Science

    Through these colleges, NUI offers over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

    NUI Galway Campus and Accommodation

    National University of Ireland Galway has only one campus which is not just a home to over 50+ teaching buildings but also a hub to over 70 non-administrative places. NUI manages around 150 student activities throughout its campus, ranging from sports events to academic debates, theatre to artistic museums.

    Currently, NUI is in the process of constructing the largest ‘Campus of the Future’ project, wherein it will develop new research facilities such as Biosciences Research Building and Engineering Building.


    There are two residences on campus for students: Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. The number of residence capacity for each hall is:

    • Corrib Village- 764-bed residence
    • Goldcrest Village- 429-bes residence

    The on-campus accommodation facilities at National University of Ireland includes

    • 24-hour reception
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Free shuttle bus service to/from city centre*
    • Shop/café*
    • Tennis court
    • Self-service launderette

    NUI Galway Admissions

    The National University of Ireland Galway admission process is similar for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. From the admission portal to application fees, the process is essentially the same.


    • For UG courses, the application deadline is June 1, 2021.

    How to Apply?

    Student Supporting Documents

    • Academic Transcripts
    • Degree/School leaving certificate
    • SAT1/ ACT scores (for US students)
    • 2 academic references
    • 800 word personal statement
    • ID proof & passport copy

    Admission Requirements

    Program Qualification Minimum Grade requirement 1st equivalent
    Foundation Programs Standard XII 58% GPA N/A
    Undergraduate Programs Standard XII/Class XII 65% GPA 85% GPA
    Postgraduate Programs Bachelor Degree 55% GPA (52% from Delhi/Mumbai/Pune Universities) 75% GPA (70% from Delhi/Mumbai/Pune Universities

    NUI Galway Cost of Attendance

    Tuition Fees 

    Course Name Annual Tuition Fees (in EUR)
    UG Business & Management Courses 16,750
    UG Courses 22,750
    MSc. Business Analytics 18,000
    Masters in Clinical Neuroscience 17,200
    Masters in Cheminformatics and Toxicology 16,700
    Masters in Politics and Sociology 16,300
    Masters in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine 19,100
    Masters in Business Administration 15,550

    Cost of Living 

    Expense Monthly Cost in (EUR)
    Housing Rent 540
    Bills (phone/electricity/internet) 90
    Food 220
    Clothes/laundry 50
    Books/study materials/printing 40
    Recreation 160
    Travel 40

    NUI Galway Scholarships

    NUI Galway is committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world. To this end, the university offers a range of merit-based scholarships to students from a number of non-EU countries. Some these scholarships are:

    Name of Scholarship Benefits (in EUR) Scheme Dates
    Undergraduate Merit Scholarship 2,000 March, 2021
    Postgraduate Merit Scholarship (All non-EU offer holders) 2,000 March, 2021
    Max Arthur Macauliffe Special Merit Scholarship 4,000 March 2021

    NUI Galway Alumni

    • Benefits offered to the NUI alumni include library access, academic transcripts, affinity card, job assistance, and reunion.
    • NUI has more than 90,000 alumni spread across the globe.
    • Some of the notable alumni are Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, and Woody Allen.

    NUI Galway Placements 

    National University of Ireland Galway is Ireland's top university for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.

    National University of Ireland Galway graduates receive an impressive salary from the leading companies across the world. Some of the highest paying degrees at NUI Galway are:

    Degree Average Salary in Euro
    Masters in Finance 65,000
    PhD Degree 59,000
    Executive MBA 55,000
    Bachelor Degree 53,000
    Executive Masters 50,000

    NUI Galway is the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.The Students' Union represents students' views and interests in the University and beyond. NUI Galway is committed to providing students with avenues to grow and develop as a student through their ideas, academic work and with community.


    Ques. Is there a different application procedure for international students?

    Ans. Non-EU students can make an online application via the online application system. Applications can also be made via an NUI Galway representative in your home country.

    Ques. How do I apply to a postgraduate program?

    Ans. NUI Galway postgraduate applications (for 2021–22 academic year) are made online. Research applicants are recommended, in the first instance prior to making an online application, to consult with the academic Department, or the Research Centre at NUI Galway in which you intend to do your research. At this stage, you should have prepared an outline proposal for the Department or Centre to consider and support.

    Ques. Are late applications accepted?

    Ans. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed if there are still program places available.

    Ques. How can I check my application status?

    Ans. Log into your application using your account credentials (username & password), Go to 'My Account' section ,Your status should be displayed.

    Ques. Can I transfer from one program to another?

    Ans. If you are offered a place on a program and accept it, and subsequently are offered a place on another program, you may transfer your acceptance from one to the other. Your deposit is also transferable from one NUI Galway postgraduate program to another, with the exception of the Professional Masters in Education.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.A Data Analytics
    September (6th Jan 2019)
    $17,611 /Yr
    M.S Biotechnology
    September (6th Jan 2019)
    $17,611 /Yr
    B.Eng Electronic and Computer
    September (28th Jun 2019)
    CAO/PAC Admission (5th Jan 2019)
    $15,622 /Yr
    B.Sc Computer Science and Information Technology
    September (28th Jun 2019)
    CAO/PAC Admission (5th Jan 2019)
    $15,622 /Yr

    Master Data Analytics

    1 year
    Full Time
    USD 17,611/Yr
    Application Deadline: 06 Jan, 2019
    USD 17,611/Yr
    Application Deadline: 06 Jan, 2019
    USD 15,622/Yr
    Application Deadline: 28 Jun, 2019
    USD 16,759/Yr
    Application Deadline: 26 May, 2019
    USD 15,622/Yr
    Application Deadline: 28 Jun, 2019


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    7.7 /10

    Ireland stood out to be the best option for me. I got to know about the college from an online portal. There were many criteria on which I decided to take admission here. Unlike in other countries, the course was cost-effective. I particularly loved the hospitality and the way locals accept and behave with foreign nationals. Therefore, I filled up the application fee of €35, because it stood out to be the option for me.

    Fees :

    I paid a tuition fee of €16,650 p.a as an international student. Also, the fee structure included €224 p.a. as a part of student levy and €3,000 p.a. of student contribution. Apart from that, I had an opportunity to receive a fee waiver of €5,000 on my tuition fee.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular

    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $14,486 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $16,759 / Year
    University Rd, Galway

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Pharmacy
    • Hospital
    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Restaurant
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    University Rd (NUIG Main Gate)0.04 km
    NUIG0.05 km
    University College Hospital Galway0.14 km
    Newcastle Rd (Supermacs)0.15 km
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    Blood Laboratory0.23 km
    University Hospital Galway0.31 km
    Community Care Headquarters0.32 km
    Dermatology0.40 km
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    Shopping Mall

    St. Nicholas, Market0.71 km
    Corrib Shopping Centre0.75 km
    The Latin Quarter0.80 km
    Corbett Court Shopping Centre0.80 km
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    Heliport3.65 km


    University Late Night Pharmacy0.13 km
    NUIG Pharmacy0.29 km
    Moughan's Pharmacy0.52 km
    Walsh's Pharmacy0.75 km
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    Book Store

    NUIG Bookshop0.28 km
    Eyre Street Stores0.71 km
    Eason0.74 km
    Dubray Books0.77 km
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    Aniar Restaurant & Boutique Cookery School0.72 km
    Busker Brownes0.76 km
    The Kings Head Bistro0.77 km
    Rouge Restaurant0.78 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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