Applying to NUI Galway

No matter who you are, or what course or programme you're interested in, we'll let you know exactly what you need to do to apply.


Irish, UK and EU Undergraduate Applications

For full details on the undergraduate admission procedure and entry requirements please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Office webpage.

How do I apply for  an Undergraduate Course?
  • You can apply online to the Central Applications Office (CAO) on the CAO Web site
  • You can submit a paper application which you can download from the CAO Web site
Where do I submit my paper application?

You can send your paper application to the following postal address:

The Central Applications Office 
Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway 
T: 353 91 509800 

Important CAO dates to remember:

There are three closing dates for applications.

  • Normal application: 1 February.
  • Late applications: 1 May (Late applications may NOT be made by those applying on "Mature Grounds" or for entry to Medicine).
  • Change of mind: 1 July.

If you are submitting a non-standard application (an entry on page three of the application form), you should submit it to the CAO Office  by the 1 February.

Further information on Undergraduate Admission is available from the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Further information on Undergraduate entrance

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Postgraduate Applications

For most postgraduate courses, make your applications to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Courses that are not handled by PAC have an alternate application instructions.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online for a postgraduate course, using the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). PAC manages postgraduate applications for NUI Galway but the University makes all decisions on admissions to its programmes.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary for each programme. Check individual programme webpages for specific requirements.

Application Instructions

You will need an active email account to use the PAC website and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.

You will be asked to enter the PAC course code for each programme you apply for. We list PAC codes beside the programme both online and in the prospectus.

You can (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes when making an application to NUI Galway via PAC. All your applications will be assessed on a simultaneous basis.

Application Fee

The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable application processing fee, payable to PAC.

Where Do I Send My Supporting Documentation?

IMPORTANT: most supporting documents you can upload to your PAC application electronically. You will be given instructions on this aspect as you make your application.

You can see online in advance what supporting documents you're likely to be asked for. 

Instructions for Research Applications

Finding a Research Supervisor

Before making an online application, we advise that you first consult with potential academic supervisors at NUI Galway. You must contact the research institute or centre that you're interested in studying at or working for. They will let you know who the available supervisors are, what their research interests are, and anything else you need to know. Our online portal "Find a Supervisor/PhD Project" should also be of use.

The following links will direct you to the research areas within the university:

International Applicants

All international applicants can make an online application directly through PAC.Please refer to the International Affairs Office website for more information for your country.

English Language Requirement

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission by providing the results of an English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

The required standard is an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for Arts, Commerce, Law, and Medical programmes; IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent for Science, Engineering, and I.T. programmes, undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of your programme at the University.


Assessment Dates for Applications

Each postgraduate taught programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications will be assessed following that initial date, and on a rolling basis thereafter until the programme is filled. For details on these dates, please check the relevant programme online.

Submit your application to a research programme at any time with the exception of applications to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies. 
Applications for Arts research programmes are only considered for students commencing their programmes in September and January. To meet these commencement requirements, you must send your application before mid-July or mid-November in that year.

Response Times

For taught programmes and for research applications: please allow at least six weeks from the date we receive your application to when you can expect to hear whether you have been offered a place on a programme.

Unsuccessful Applications

If your application has been unsuccessful, you can find out why by contacting the relevant Programme Director or College Office directly for more information.


Postgraduate students must register online.

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International and Mature Applications

This section provides information for both international and mature student applicants.

International Applications >
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International Applications

We'll let you know everything you need to do to apply no matter where you're from or what you want to study.

Visiting Students


Students from within Europe who wish to apply to attend NUI Galway as a Visiting Student under the Erasmus programme, should refer to the Erasmus section of our Web site.

Study Abroad

Visiting Students from outside the European Union, who wish to apply to attend NUI Galway as part of a study abroad programme, should refer to the Study Abroad section of our Web site.

International Undergraduate Students (Full Degree)

If you are a Non-European Union resident...
and have received your second level education outside of the EU, you should submit your application directly to NUI Galway's International Office using the Non-European Union (EU) Application Form.

Return your completed applications no later than 30th June of intended year of entry, along with any supporting documents required by your course to:

Undergraduate Applications 
International Affairs Office 
National University of Ireland, Galway 
7 Distillery Road 

If you are a European Union resident...
and have received your second level education in a European Union country, you must submit your application via the Central Applications Office (CAO)

International Postgraduate Students

Taught Postgraduate Courses
You can make your application through the online PAC system.

Research Masters and PhD applicants 
You'll need to submit a research proposal along with your application.  This application will take two steps:

Contact the College, School or Division relevant to the programme you're interested in to find out whether a member of the academic staff is available to supervise your research.

Adult Learning and Professional Development Courses for International Students

Application forms are available from the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, the Admissions Office or are included as part of the programme brochure.

Closing dates for applications are usually mid to late June but the actual closing date for each programme differs. Check the date specified on your application form.

Return your application form to the Admissions Office unless your course specifies another return address.

Admissions Office 
NUI Galway, 
University Road, 

International Summer Schools

If you are interested in attending one of NUI Galway's International Summer Schools, please apply online

Further information is available on the International Summer School website at: or from:

Louise Coyle, 
Administrator, Summer School Office, 
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 
T 353 91 495442 

Mature Student Applications

We'll let you know everything you need to do to apply no matter.

How Do I Apply?

  • You can apply online on the CAO Web site or
  • You can submit a paper application which you can download from the CAO Web site

Where Do I Send My Application?

Submit your application online or send to:

Central Applications Office
Tower House,
Eglinton Street,
T 353 91 509800


Closing date is the 1st February each year for Mature Student Applications. Please note that if you are applying for any of the Programmes in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, you also are also required to register for the MSAP exam before 1st of February.


Can I make a late application to NUI Galway after the 1st of February as a mature applicant?

It is not possible to apply on the grounds of mature years after the 1st of February. However, you may make a late application based on Leaving Certificate results only, up to the 1st of May.

Can you use the change of mind form for NUI Galway’s programmes?

The change of mind option does not apply to mature students applying through the CAO for NUI Galway. The 1st February is the closing date for mature student applications. Once you have submitted your CAO application, a statement of your choices will be sent to you in early February. You may only at this point add new choices or delete choices to your application if desired. Once you resubmit your confirmation of choices, you can only reorder existing choices up until offers are made in early July. This means you should put your most preferred choice of course at the top of the list, then your second choice and so on.

Further Information

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Adult Learning and Professional Development

Adult Learning and Professional Development Applications

You can apply for any Adult Learning and Professional Development course through our Online Application link or through the individual course page.

The Application form

The application form should contain the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Your educational background and any previous courses you've taken
  • Any additional information that shows any relevant experience to your chosen course
  • Copy of your birth certificate / passport / drivers licence
  • Course application fee of €30 (non-refundable)
  • Scanned copies of your supporting documents (e.g. proof of ID, leaving certificate results)

You will need an active email account to use the application system and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.  

Closing dates

The closing date for each course may differ, however applications are usually mid to late July. Check the individual course page for closing date.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further queries.

Access Programme

The Access Programme is the alternative route into NUI Galway. Find out how you can apply.

What is the Access Programme?

The NUI Galway Access Programme offers an alternative pathway to third level education for people whose social, economic and cultural experiences have prevented them from realising their education potential.

Alternative routes to university

Access Programme For School Leavers

This programme is designed for students who have completed the Leaving Certificate examination but who were unable to go on to third level. The programme is open to students from schools in the Border, Midlands, Western Region and County Clare.

The programme normally takes place over a full academic year and is delivered on the NUI Galway campus. We also offer a programme in Sligo, in partnership with St. Angela's College of Education.

A range of academic and support modules are covered during the programme. Students are selected on the basis of their socio-economic status and academic potential.

For more information and to apply, visit the NUI Galway Access Office.

Access Course For Mature Students

This course is designed for mature students who want to study at third-level but whose background, education and economic circumstances have prevented them from doing so. The programme is open to mature students in the Border, Midlands, Western Region and County Clare.

A range of academic and support modules are covered during the programme. The main aim is to bring the student to a stage where they can successfully participate in third-level education.

Three Access programmes are delivered concurrently on the NUI Galway campus and at outreach centres in St. Angela's College of Education, Sligo, and in the Connemara Gaeltacht:

Foundation Course in Science and Engineering

NUI Galway, in co-operation with GMIT, organises this course for mature students interested in applying for entry to full-time Science or Engineering or IT courses at either GMIT or NUI Galway.

Foundation Programme in Business and Commerce

NUI Galway, in co-operation with GMIT, organises this course for mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time and who now wish to enter Commerce or Business at either NUI Galway or GMIT.

Access to Education: BMW Region and Co. Clare

This project has been established to enhance access and to promote new lifelong learning opportunities across the Border, Midlands and Western Region and County Clare.

For more information and to apply, visit the NUI Galway Access Office.