NUI Galway - NUIG • Galway, Ireland
Ollscoil Éireann Gaillimh in Irish Gaelic, or the National University of Ireland Galway in English as it is more commonly known, is a revered university in the west of Ireland that ranks in the top 250 universities globally.
The college was founded in 1845 under the name Queen’s College Galway, as were two other Queen’s Colleges in Cork (south-east Ireland) and Belfast (in what is now Northern Ireland). These colleges were found under the rule of Queen Victoria, as Ireland was completely under British rule at the time. Queen’s College Galway welcomed its first students in 1849. Similarly to Queen’s College Cork (now known as UCC), Queen’s College Galway’s most famous sight is its Tudor Gothic Quadrangle building and green area, abbreviated as the ‘Quad.’ The institute has been known as NUI Galway since 1997, and before that was known as University College Galway (UCG) – a name the institute took in 1908.
The National University of Ireland Galway is made up of 6 colleges: the College of Science, College of Business, Public Policy, & Law, Adult Learning and Professional Development, College of Engineering & Informatics, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, and the College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences. As well as its taught academics, NUIG also conducts ‘world leading’ research in several areas including Web Science and Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy.
Approximately 18,000 students attend the university at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral level, 3,000 of which are international students. Furthermore, the institute employs an impressive 2,500 staff members and has an alumni network of 90,000 people the world over – including president of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.
As for accommodation, the university runs the NUI Galway Accommodation Office, which aids students in their housing search. NUIG students typically reside in university residences or private houses and apartments nearby. The university also runs the Student Health Service for students’ medical needs.
A range of student societies covering many interests are at the disposal of students, as well as many sports clubs.