How to Apply (Visiting and Exchange Students)

To spend a semester or year at NUI Galway as a Visiting or Exchange Student, you can apply through your home college’s Study Abroad office or through an approved study abroad programme provider.

In the case of Exchange Students there must be an existing exchange agreement with NUI Galway and your home institution. Your Study Abroad Office can advise on this. 

NUI Galway considers applications from individual visiting students (if no formal study abroad agreement exists with your home institution). In such instance agreement must be reached with your home institution on your course load and content.

-       Visiting students should apply using the Visiting Students Online Application Form

-       Exchange students should apply using the Exchange Student Online Application Form.

 The following documents must also be submitted:

  • Up-to-date college transcript
  • Copy of passport or birth certificate
  • A passport size photograph
·         Applicable to applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 only:  an academic reference from a current lecturer to whom you are known stating your suitability and aptitude for study abroad
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.