National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) first opened its doors in 1849 and remains a leading third level institution today with over 17,000 students matriculating here.
Originally called Queen's College, Galway, it later became part of the Queen's University of Ireland. In 1908, the college was made a constituent college of the new National University of Ireland and under a brand new charter, the college adopted its present-day name. The 259 acre campus is located very close to the city centre and encompasses 90 different buildings. Notably, the university is currently part of a £400 million expansion programme.
There is an extensive selection of courses on offer to all students. The university has five colleges including the college of science, the college of medicine, nursing and health science, the college of engineering and informatics, the college business, law and public policy and the college of arts, social sciences and Celtic studies. Devoted to the preservation of our national heritage, NUIG also has strong links to the nearby Gaeltacht in Connemara and actively promotes of the Irish language. Led by the University President, the 2,000 teaching staff are fully committed to upholding NUIG's international reputation as a research -led university that provides only the highest level of education in an environment that is both supportive and comfortable for its students.
The level of excellence attracts around 2,000 international students annually, from over 92 countries. Student life at NUIG is not just about academia. It has a unique level of interaction with the surrounding community, through volunteering programmes like ALIVE. It has a huge number of clubs and societies, including the Literary and Debating Society, the History Society and Drama Society. NUIG's athletes are also well catered for with a sports building housing a national basketball arena and sports hall, a 25 metre swimming pool with movable floor, an elite gym and more. With over 90,000 alumni, including president Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, it is clear to see why NUIG is a popular choice with students from all walks of life.
National University of Ireland, Galway