International Students FAQs

Are you an international student or an Irish student returning or arriving from abroad? See below answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Travel / COVID-19

We recommend that you check the Irish Embassy/Consulate website in your current country of residence before making travel arrangements. You may also require a study visa to enter Ireland, so please check the INIS (Immigration Service Delivery) website.

Please refer to for information. Students travelling from red listed countries have to isolate in Dublin hotel – see here for information.

See Irish Department of Foreign Affairs website for updated information. This website is a resource for:

1. What to do before arriving in Ireland from abroad.
2. What to do if you are travelling from a high-risk area / country.
3. The mandatory Passenger Locator Form.
4. Quarantine Requirements.
5. Requirements for a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR Test.
6. As per current Irish Government Guidelines, “travel to Ireland from specified designated states* is now subject to mandatory hotel quarantine that must be booked in advance of travel”.
7. Click here for more information on travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more details on the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine procedure
Other useful websites include HSE ( Irish Health Service Executive), WHO (World Health Organisation), NSAI (National Standards authority of Ireland), DES (Department of Education and Skills), and Departments of Transport, Tourism and Sport during the Covid Pandemic as advice is changing regularly.

  • Unfortunately, any Irish Government requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine cannot be overruled or negated by a student’s accommodation booking. You would need to complete the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, and then travel to NUI Galway Residences
  • Please refer to the Irish Government website for up-to-date information on guidelines surrounding vaccines.
    Currently, if you have been fully vaccinated by an EMA-approved vaccine, you should check the Irish Government website for up-to-date information on guidelines surrounding self-quarantine and vaccines.


When can I check in to campus accommodation?

On the student portal there is a ‘To-do’ list that needs to be completed. Once this is done, then there is an option for you to select a time and date to check in.


Please follow government guidelines in relation to mandatory hotel quarantine and self-quarantine/isolation – click here for further details.

Food and grocery deliveries – useful links

Some of our local supermarkets deliver to your door – order your grocery shopping online. You can also order food and have it delivered.

Super Valu
Aldi or download the App
Just eat

Useful Links