The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) began as Queen’s College Galway in 1845. The university’s total enrolment was almost 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university was ranked in the top one percent in the 2018 QS World University Rankings and is a member of the Coimbra Group, a group of 40 well-established European universities. International students take up 12% of the student population here.
There is a range of areas to study here, including arts, social sciences and Celtic studies, business, public policy and law, engineering and informatics, medicine nursing and health sciences as well as general science. There is also a range of societies in the university ranging from things like astronomy to photography. Connacht Rugby is also quite popular in NUIG as they have a rugby union team who have high-performance education partnership with the Connacht Rugby Academy.
NUIG is ideally located in Galway city, a cultural centre attracting each year thousands of people to the city for many different purposes. Students make up 20% of Galway’s population and can benefit from all the facilities the modern and vibrant city has to offer. Galway is also currently ranked as the number one destination to visit in Ireland by the Lonely Planet Guide.