First Year Orientation 22/23

A very warm welcome to the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. We wish you every success in your studies here at Ollscoil Na Gaillimhe and are delighted that you have chosen to study a course in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Orientation for new students is designed to welcome you here to NUI Galway and introduce you to university life. 


ONLINE ORIENTATION - 20th, 21st & 23rd September 

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies will be hosting an Online Academic Orientation on 20,21 and 22 September 2022 to introduce you to the academic side of your university experience. Please click on the invidividual schedules to access the talks.

ON-CAMPUS ORIENTATION - 23rd & 24th September 

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies will be hosting an On-Campus Academic Orientation on 23 and 24 September 2022. View the schedules below.

Helpful Information for On-Campus Orientation

For key info on help desks, parking and finding your way around campus during orientation – visit the Help Hub here.

James Hardiman Library 

Introduction to the Library Online Session: Thursday 22nd September 3:30:-3:34pm. Click here to join 

Library Tours: These short tours will help you find your way around the Library and will introduce you to the Academic Skills Desk, MakerSpace, study rooms, and PC Suites among other locations in the Library. 

Get Connected Workshops: Throughout September and October the Library will hold "Get Connected" workshops to help get you set up with Office 365 (including email), setting up multifactor authentication, changing your password, accessing campus Wifi, and more. View the timetable here.

Introduction to University of Galway Library: These short sessions are available online and in-person and will introduce you to the Library website, explain key services and show you how to find and borrow books from the Library catalogue. 

Meet Your MakerSpace: These short sessions will introduce you to the MakerSpace in the Library. Here you can use a laser cutter, learn to 3D print, and borrow equipment like drones and VR headsets. 

To view the tour schedule, reserve a space in a workshop, or find more information on getting started in the Library, please visit


CÉIM is an academic peer learning programme for 1st year Arts students studying Geography, Law, Political Science and Sociology, Psychology and Spanish. Small groups of students meet weekly for 50 minutes throughout the academic year to learn from each other under the guidance of trained 2nd year and 3rd year student leaders, with input from academic staff. Each student is also assigned to a 'Cairde' group within their CÉIM group to further support building connections with fellow students. CÉIM is designed to help students gain a better understanding of complex subject matter in a relaxed atmosphere, quickly adjust to university life, become successful and independent higher education learners and get to know other 1st years and those in higher years. CÉIM sessions are informal and friendly, yet purposeful, with the emphasis on everyone in the group working together. Initiated by University of Galway Students’ Union in 2013, CÉIM is run as a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union. CÉIM Arts sessions begin the week of 10 October 2022.

For More Information Click Here - CÉIM Peer Learning Information


Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre provides students with a quality career guidance and information service focused on facilitating and empowering you to manage your own career development and make effective career transitions. You can find more information here - Introduction to the Career Development Centre or by taking part in our online introductory sessions on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September.