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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at University of Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at University of Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni & Friends
At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Registration, Courses, Timetables
You will be registered as a student of University of Galway before you arrive, your student ID number will be in your Letter of Acceptance Before you are due to commence your studies at University of Galway, you will receive an e-mail containing instructions for activating your university e-mail account and your Campus Account (the latter will allow you to access University of Galway's computing services, WiFi and Libary systems).
While you will be automatically registered as a student of University of Galway, you will be required to register yourself online for your chosen modules (courses). You will be advised at the Orientation Session as to how to do this. Module registration will usually open on the first day of lectures.
Information on Courses Available and ECTS credits
A complete list of courses available to visiting students in the various Colleges (faculties) and Disciplines/Schools can be found in the Visiting Student Academic Information Booklet - two editions are issued each year, one for semester 1 and full year courses, the other for semester 2 courses. You will find these booklets under the link Courses Available . You will not be permitted to register for any courses other than the ones listed in these booklets (unless you are a visiting Law student, in which case some additional courses may be on offer) . Information on course content is available on departmental websites or from your Erasmus academic coordinator at University of Galway. Here you will find a list of Erasmus coordinators.
University of Galway operates the ECTS credit system, according to which a full year’s workload is weighed at 60 ECTS credits and a single semester at 30 ECTS credits. Your coordinator at your home university should inform you of the number of ECTS credits you are expected to achieve during your study period at University of Galway, and should also advise you on the appropriate course choice.
It may be the beginning of the semester before course timetables are finalised. You will usually find them through the website or office of the relevant Discipline or School, or via Blackboard when you register for individual modules.
Exams, Transcripts and Repeat Examinations
Examination Timetables will be displayed as soon as they become available, at the following address: https://www.universityofgalway.ie/exams/
Students should note that certain course combinations may not be possible if the relevant exams are going to be scheduled for the same time and date.
Queries regarding the exam timetables should be addressed to the Examinations Office, telephone (091)492316, (091)492283, (091)492304; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for examinations are set out under the Academic Calendars on the above tabs.
It is University policy that all Visiting Students (including Erasmus students) undergo the same assessments as Irish students. Erasmus students should not attempt to make alternative arrangements with individual staff members. Assessment is usually by end of semester examinations or essay(s). Year-long courses are examined at the end of the course.
Exam Transcripts and Grading Systems
Semester 1-only Erasmus students: A copy of your Transcript of Record will be sent to you and your home univesity coordinator
Full-year Erasmus students: A copy of your Transcript of Record will be sent to you and your home univesity coordinator for each Semester
Semester 2 Erasmus students: A copy of your Transcript of Record will be sent to you and your home univesity coordinator
|University of Galway Grading Systems Mark|
|First-class Honours||70% and above|
|Second-class Honours, Grade 1||60% - 69%|
|Second-class Honours, Grade 2||50% - 59%|
|Third-class Honours||40% - 49%|
Appeals, Rechecks and Repeat Examinations
Students should refer to the Exams Office website for information on the procedures for appealing the result of an examination or requesting a formal recheck of an examination result. (Click on "Appeals and Rechecks").
Students who have failed a module in the Semester 1 or Semester 2 examinations may request to attend the repeat examinations. Students who wish to repeat an examination must contact the International Affairs Office by e-mail at email@example.com stating their name, ID number and module(s) to be repeated.
Requests to repeat must be received within three weeks of the issue of results.
Students are required to return to Galway for the repeat examinations, which usually take place in August (for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules). Alternative repeat arrangements are not permitted.
Academic Calendar 2023/24
|2023/24 Semester 1
|Orientation||Tueaday 28th to Friday 1st September*|
|Teaching begins||Monday, 4th September, 2023|
|Teaching ends||Friday, 24th November, 2023|
|Study Week||Monday, 27th November - Friday, 1st December, 2023|
|Semester 1 exams start**||Monday, 4th December, 2023|
|Semester 1 exams end||Friday, 15th December, 2023|
|Christmas holidays||Saturday, 16th December 2023|
|2023/24 Semester 2
|Orientation||to be confirmed*
|Teaching begins||Monday, 8th January, 2024|
|Easter holidays||Good Friday, 29th March - Easter Monday, 1st April 2024|
|Study Week||Monday, 8th April - Friday, 12th April 2024|
|Examinations begin**||Monday, 15th April, 2024|
|Examinations end||Wednesday, 1st May, 2024|
|Autumn Repeat exams||Tuesday, 6th August - Friday, 16th August 2024|
Public/Bank Holidays: Monday, 30th October; Wednesday, 18th March (St Patrick's Day); Monday, 10th April (Easter Monday); Monday, 6th May; Monday, 3rd June; Monday, 5th August.
*To be confirmed
**Examination dates are subject to confirmation. Visiting students should refer to the Examinations Office website. Please take note that Examinations in First Year modules may take place in the week that is otherwise designated as “Study Week”.
Students should ensure that they arrive in Galway in time for the Orientation Session and start of teaching. Late arrivers may experience difficulties with registration and may find themselves unable to gain admittance to certain courses.
Undergraduate Prospectus 2024 PDF (14.6MB)
Postgraduate Prospectus 2024 PDF (3.3MB)
Quick Guide to Courses 2024 PDF (1.20MB)
A-Level Quick Guide to Courses 2024 PDF (1.04MB)
Pre-Arrival Guide 2023 PDF (2.1 MB)
Brazil Student Guide PDF (3.2 MB)
Chile Student Guide PDF (3.1 MB)
Colombia Student Guide PDF (3.1 MB)
Ghana Student Guide PDF (3.4 MB)
Hong Kong Student Guide PDF (3.6 MB)
Indian Student Guide PDF (3.5 MB)
Indonesian Student Guide PDF (3.2 MB)
Malaysian Student Guide PDF (3.6 MB)
Mexico Student Guide PDF (3.1 MB)
Nigeria Student Guide PDF (3.4 MB)
North American Student Guide PDF (3.5 MB)
Panama Student Guide PDF (3.1 MB)
South African Student Guide PDF (3.7 MB)
Taiwan Student Guide PDF (4.0 MB)
Thailand Student Guide PDF (3.6 MB)
Turkish Student Guide PDF (4.2 MB)
UAE Student Guide PDF (3.4 MB)