Why Choose NUI Galway?


We have decided to share with you some of the reasons why you should choose to study at NUI Galway.


NUI Galway is located on the edge of Galway city and is only a 10 minute walk to the city centre. Galway is known for being a student city with 20% of the population being students. It is also known for its a great night life. Galway is a cultural centre with lots of activities, festivals and events held throughout the year. You are always ensured a good time.


NUI Galway has a very friendly, vibrant and exciting campus. It has state of the art academic and sporting facilities and is currently undergoing a €400 million expansion programme with a number of new buildings currently being constructed.

NUI Galway:

NUI Galway is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world. The university has links with over 120 other universities throughout the world. 96% of graduates are either in further education or employed within 6 months of graduating. NUI Galway has the highest completion rate of students in any university in Ireland. There are lots of extra activities offered by NUI Galway. With 100+ societies and 50+ clubs for students to join there is bound to be something of interest to everyone.


NUI Galway has over 57 undergraduate courses available for students to study ranging from business, arts, science, engineering and medicine. Here is a look at the undergraduate courses offered by J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.


NUI Galway has many student residences located in close proximity to the campus which is perfect for those of you moving away from home. Corrib Village is NUI Galway’s on-campus student accommodation. Other student accommodations include Dunaras VillageGort na Coiribe and Cuirt na Coiribe. Check out the full list of residences here.


There are numerous buses and trains that travel to and from Galway. Students services, operating Thursday’s, Friday’s and Sunday’s, are available from a vast majority of the public transport companies. Student travel cards can be bought from from NUI Galway’s Students Union. The travel cards are valid on major operators such as Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Matthews Coaches and Wexford Bus to name a few. This allows students to buy discounted student tickets.

Posted by Leanne Dunne


Do’s and Don’ts of filling out the CAO

As the CAO closing date is fast approaching it is a very important time and can also be a very daunting time for those of you wanting to apply for courses in September. For this reason we have decided to share some Do’s and Don’ts about filling out the CAO form to help you make the right decision for you.

First of all it is important that you take note of all the important CAO dates which are shown below.

1st Feb


Put down something that you are interested in, have a passion for and have always wanted to do no matter what the points are.

It is very important that you put courses down in the exact order of preference. If you have already filled out the CAO offers go back and check it one last time to make sure the courses are listed in the right order of your preference.

Take your time to think about it. Make a list of all the subjects you are good at in school, your hobbies and your key strengths. This might spark some ideas as to what you would like to do in the future.

Take career ideas and key strength’s tests on websites such as Grad Ireland to generate potential career ideas

Get some advice. Make an appointment with the career guidance councillor and ask for their professional opinion.

Take a look online. NUI Galway’s wide range of courses can be found here.

Go to Open Day’s. NUI Galway’s next Open Day is happening on Saturday April 16th. This is a great opportunity to talk to lecturers and students about the various courses NUI Galway has to offer.

Those of you thinking of joining us in September 2017-2018, Apply for one of our summer schools to get an insight into what it’s like to be a student at NUI Galway.


Don’t apply for a college just because your friends are going there. It may not be the college for you.

Don’t choose a college just because it is the closest to home. It may not have the exact course you are looking for.

Don’t choose something you have no interest in but you know the job will pay well.  It is very important that you love your course in order to do well in it.

Don’t forget to read and research the course details. The name of the course may not give all the information away.

Finally, remember don’t panic. The CAO will re-open in May so there is still plenty of time left to make up your mind.

Posted by Leanne Dunne

5 Tips for heading back to College after Christmas

Christmas was fun while it lasted but now that the holiday is over, it’s time to face reality again and return to college on Monday.

When Christmas is over (2)

As some of you may be hesitant to leave behind the days of sleeping in and eating endless boxes of Roses, Celebrations and Quality Street’s, we have 5 tips to share with you that will make the transition back to college a little bit easier.

  1. Healthy eating: Eat a well balanced diet. This will help you to stay motivated and focused in lectures.
    Try bringing your lunch to college instead of picking up a bar in the SU shop. Why not prepare your dinners for the week instead of calling Domino’s.
    Check out Aldi’s ‘Back to College’ section on their website for some recipes and weekly meal plan ideas, all for under €35!
  2. Get into a good routine: Go to bed early and wake up feeling fresh and ready for the college day ahead.
    Try putting your phone/laptop down 30 minutes before you go to bed and read a book instead. You will be surprised at the difference it will make.
  3. Do some exercise: Join the gym or take some classes. Even if you start walking from the concourse to Corrib Village or Dangan carpark instead of taking the bus. The fresh air and exercise will do you the world of good.
  4. Set yourself some goals for Semester 2: They may be college goals such as attending more lectures and scoring higher grades in your summer exams, or personal goals such as taking up a new hobby.
  5. Get Involved: NUI Galway’s Socs Day 2 is happening on Wednesday 13th of January in the Bailey Allen Hall. NUI Galway’s Clubs Day 2 is on Thursday 14th of January, also in the Bailey Allen Hall. Why not try something new, get volunteering and take up a hobby. This is a great way to pass the time and to make new friends.

Posted by Leanne Dunne

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