National University of Ireland, Galway

Students' Union

  • Galway’s Student’s Union is the student body’s representative union and operates independently from the university itself.
  • Aside from representing the student in policy matter it also provides a number of welfare, education, and social services.


  • The National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway traces its roots to 1845 when Queen’s College Galway was founded. The college opened for teaching in 1849.
  • One year later Queen’s College Galway was incorporated into the Queen’s University of Ireland along with Queen’s University Belfast and University College Cork.
  • The Irish Universities Act of 1907 made the college a constituent of the National University of Ireland and its name was changed to University College Galway.
  • The university underwent considerable development in both the 1970s and 1990s in terms of new builds and student size.
  • Reforms of the National University of Ireland in 1997 led to another Universities Act and another name change, this time to the National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • NUI Galway now has a student body of over 17,000 and is undergoing a 400 million capital investment programme to create a ‘Campus of the Future’.

Support for International Students

  • International students at NUI Galway benefit from a fully integrated support service provided by the International Office.
  • Students are supported with a pre-arrival guide that includes advice for organising travel and fulfilling visa and immigration requirements.
  • On arrival international students benefit from an Orientation Programme designed to ease integration into Irish university life.


NUI Galway,, University Rd,, Galway,, Ireland.