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University of Galway

University of Galway

University of Galway ranks among the top 2% of Universities in the world. Our prestigious history spans almost two centuries. Our spectacular location boasts the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. Our global network connects us to partners around the world. Our researchers are shaping the future. Our students are shaping their own.

Top reasons to study here

  • University of Galway is one of the oldest and largest universities in Ireland with a global ambition.
  • University of Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and a wide range of part-time diplomas and degrees.
  • University of Galway aims to be firmly embedded among the top rank of research universities.


University of Galway has been inspiring minds since 1845, as a research-led university. Its journey began more than 175 years ago when the institution was established as one of three Queen’s Colleges on the island of Ireland.

Its proud heritage came to life with the iconic Quadrangle at the heart of a beautiful city campus.


In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, University of Galway ranked 270th globally. This ranking confirms its position among the world’s elite educational institutions, placing it in the top 2% of universities in the world. Times Higher Education ranked University of Galway in the 201-250 range in their World University Rankings. Furthermore, University of Galway has been named Irish University of the Year 2022 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide.


University of Galway aims to be firmly embedded among the top rank of research universities. The University makes a meaningful contribution internationally, nationally, and to the region, following a prioritise a set of research themes. Five thematic research priorities at NUI Galway have been identified and these are listed below:

  • Biomedical Science & Engineering
  • Humanities in context
  • Applied Social Science and Public Policy
  • Environment Marine and Energy Informatics
  • Physical and Computational Sciences


We aim to provide students of University of Galway with a quality career guidance and information service focused on facilitating and empowering you to manage your own career development and make effective career transitions.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

University is a big step with many rewards, but also challenges. Counselling can be helpful for all kinds of difficulties, both academic and personal. You could be dealing with something serious that you've struggled with for many years, or it could be something small which has happened recently. Maybe you don't even know exactly what the problem is, but are finding it difficult to cope.

Housing services

University of Galway has two student residences; Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village.  They provide a home away from home for over 1,000 students during the academic year.

·       Corrib Village is a 764-bed apartment complex comprised of 3- and 4-bedroom apartments.

·       Goldcrest Village is a 429-bed apartment complex comprised of 4- 5- and 6-bedroom apartments.


The University of Galway offers StudentPad as a courtesy to both students and local accommodation providers. Providers are regularly prompted to update adverts to help ensure that information is accurate and up to date.

Library services

The main Library building of University of Galway is named after James Hardiman, born in 1782, noted antiquarian and author of the standard history of Galway and other works and first Librarian of the College (1849-1855).

The Library contains 540,000 printed books, with the total stock being nearer to 700,000 volumes.

ICT services

The Information Solutions and Services Department provides a comprehensive range of IT services for students and staff at University of Galway.  The department continues to review and change its structure and processes to reflect the needs of the University.

Medical services

  • GP service - Acute illness treatment
  • Family Planning
  •  Emergency Contraception
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • Psychiatric Referral service                                         
  • Hospital & Consultant referral service

Campus life

Our campus has been transformed over the past decade through our €400 million capital programme. With over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land, the University is right in the heart of Galway city.

Sports facilities

  • Make use of the state of the art facilities in University of Galway’s Kingfisher Gym and Swimming pool.
  • Sports Complex
  • Outdoor sports facility just north of the campus, catering to all athletics and field sports.
  • Outdoor Facilities Dangan

Student clubs

We also have societies to promote physical activity and positive lifestyle choices such as Airsoft, Baking, Bike Gang, Cheerleading, Dauntless, Dog, Lotus, Organic Gardening, Rover, Skate, Sláinte, Sober, Students for Health Equality, Style, Zen. 

All of the professional accountancy bodies in Ireland have different routes to qualification but they all require you to complete a course of study with examinations and a period of relevant supervised work experience. In total, there are nine recognised professional accountancy bodies in Ireland with the four largest being: Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI).  Our courses are accredited with the professional accountancy bodies and students who specialise in accounting can benefit from significant exemptions.  


Galway, Connaught, Ireland


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