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University of Galway

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Established in 1845, the University of Galway is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Galway (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), County Galway. This institution also has a branch campus in Shannon. Officially recognized by the Department of Education and Skills of Ireland, University of Galway (NUIG) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational Irish higher education institution. University of Galway (NUIG) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 179-year-old Irish higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic records and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. NUIG also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


University of Galway's Control Typepublic


University of Galway's Entity Typenon-profit


University of Galway' Size by Total Enrollmentlarge-sized


University of Galway's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratenot reported

University Identity

Name (Non Latin) Ollscoil na Gaillimhe
Acronym NUIG
Founded 1845
Motto Deo Favente
With the favour of God
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University Location

Address University Road
H91 TK33 County Galway
University of Galway's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
University of Galway Phone Number +353 (91) 492 199
University of Galway Fax Number +353 (91) 750 521
Other locations Shannon

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following University of Galway's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify University of Galway's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This University of Galway's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at University of Galway.

University of Galway: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
1,000-2,499 US$
(910-2,280 Euro)
7,500-9,999 US$
(6,830-9,110 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(18,225 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(18,225 Euro)

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Applying for admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Read our "Introduction to University Admissions" article to learn more.

Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic University of Galway's admission information.

University of Galway's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

University of Galway's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has University of Galway a selective admission policy? Yes, based on students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

University of Galway's acceptance rate range is not reported.

University of Galway's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

University of Galway has more than 3000 international students.

University of Galway's Admission Office Admission Office

University of Galway
Galway H91 TK33
(91) 493 999

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for University of Galway.

University of Galway's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

University of Galway has an enrollment range of 15,000-19,999 students making it a large-sized institution.

University of Galway's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 2,000-2,499 academic employees (Faculty).

University of Galway's Control Type Control Type

University of Galway is a public higher education institution.

University of Galway's Entity Type Entity Type

University of Galway is a non-profit higher education institution.

University of Galway's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

University of Galway's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

University of Galway does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of University of Galway's main facilities:

University of Galway's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit University of Galway's Library

University of Galway's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

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University of Galway's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

The University of Galway offers a comprehensive range of sport facilities to cater to its students and staff. The indoor facilities include, based on what reported to uniRank:

  • A 6-lane, 25-meter Swimming Pool with a moveable floor
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Basketball Arena and Sports Hall with bleacher seating for over 600 spectators
  • Fully equipped Elite weight training gym with lifting platforms and cages
  • Dedicated core and rehab studio
  • 2 Aerobics/General Training Studios
  • Recovery Suite with Ice baths and Medical Treatment Rooms for athletes' needs
  • 100-piece Cardiovascular Gym with 35 pieces of resistance equipment

The University of Galway also offers a variety of outdoor facilities, including:

  • An 8-lane synthetic international standard track with jumping and throwing facilities
  • Over 3 km of flat water for Rowing and Kayaking
  • 5 km of Running trails
  • Up to 8 Grass playing Pitches
  • 12 Changing rooms with warm-up meeting and conference rooms
  • Boat storage and access to water via a slipway
  • International Standard sand-based artificial surface for Hockey

In addition to the facilities, the University of Galway boasts an impressive array of extracurricular sports opportunities, with over 40 sport clubs offering a diverse range of activities for students to participate in and enjoy.

University of Galway's Institutional Hospital Institutional Hospital

This institution has an institutional hospital that is owned and operated by the university. Institutional hospitals are typically affiliated with medical schools and provide a range of medical services to patients, while also serving as a teaching hospital for medical students and residents.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of University of Galway's main services:

University of Galway's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

University of Galway financial aids include the following funds operated by Professional Services to provide financial support to students experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education:

The Financial Aid Fund is divided into four funds:


The Funds are partly supported by the Student Assistance Fund, with additional funding provided by University of Galway.

For more information, visit the university's website:

University of Galway's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

University of Galway's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

University of Galway's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

University of Galway's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

University of Galway's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

University of Galway is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Department of Education and Skills of Ireland

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Galway's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • European University Association (EUA)
  • Coimbra Group

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of Galway 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Read our article about the importance of Social Media for universities and prospective students to learn more.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some University of Galway's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

Facebook Facebook

University of Galway's Facebook page University of Galway's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

University of Galway's X (formerly Twitter) page University of Galway's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

University of Galway's YouTube channel University of Galway's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

University of Galway's Instagram page University of Galway's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

University of Galway's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education and free online courses. View a list of Open Education Global members by country.


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