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).

Starting my Studies in NUI Galway – International Students

Travel and Accommodation


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 (City West) (correct at 14 July 2021)
  • 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 do I need to arrive in Ireland and when can I move in? Will I be able to self-isolate in NUI Galway residences (Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village) on arrival?
Students travelling from outside Ireland who have already booked NUI Galway residences (Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village ) will be able to avail of accommodation for self- isolation from Wednesday Monday July 26th. A link to make this reservation will be sent to you from the international office. Please note that NUI Galway orientation will commence on Saturday September 4th for all international students except first years. First year orientation takes place from September 22nd to 25th.

If you are arriving from a country that is not designated as high risk, and do not require mandatory hotel quarantine (click here for further details) you can avail of a 14-night stay in NUI Galway residences (for the purpose of the required self-quarantine/isolation period). You will be accommodated in an en-suite bedroom. Bed linen, towels and kitchen utensils are also being provided.

The earliest day of arrival for this stay is Monday July 26th 2021 – (26/07/2021).
The final date for arriving for this stay is Friday September 3rd 2021 (03/09/2021).

To book, please click on the email sent by International Office which contains a booking link. Bookings will only be accepted through the link, please direct any enquiries to

When you arrive on campus, you will be allocated a bedroom with en-suite (private bathroom) in a specific apartment in one of NUI Galway’s residences (Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village). NUI Galway has chosen to make en-suite accommodation available for self-isolation purposes in the interests of your health and safety to all international students including those who booked a shared bedroom option.

What arrangements are in place for meals during 2 week self-isolation period ?

Some useful services while restricting your movement/isolation:


Some of our local supermarkets deliver to your door, order your grocery shopping online:

Super Valu
Aldi or download the App

If you are restricting your movements you can come out to collect your shopping. If you are isolating then you need to arrange a friend to collect it or please contact reception and we will arrange to bring it to your apartment.

You can also order meals on line. Some local food delivery services are listed below:

Just eat

What happens if my compulsory 5 day C-19 test is negative?
If your test is negative you are free to move out of NUI Galway residences to the other accommodation you have booked. However, if you wish to stay for the full 14 days, you are welcome to do so. You will need to notify the Campus Living team of your early departure e-mail and check out at reception.

Students who have not booked NUI Galway residences (Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village)
Our campus residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village, are already fully booked for the next academic year. However, it is usual to receive cancellations in mid-August therefore we are accepting applications to our waiting list at Following receipt of cancellations, we will offer any available accommodation to waitlisted applicants from a computer-generated random selection by email. We will continue to abide by public health guidelines to ensure a safe living and study environment and, where possible, we will plan allocations to ensure students are in apartments with other students studying the same programmes to support peer-to-peer learning and laboratory/group project work.

In addition, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.

I have not yet booked accommodation in Galway – what should I do ? I have booked non en-suite accommodation in Corrib Village ? Will I be able to move room after the self-isolation period?
If you have not yet booked accommodation or you booked a non–en-suite bedroom (bedroom with shared bathroom facilities) in Corrib Village, we will accommodate you for the two week self-isolation period but you must arrive in Ireland before September 3rd (03/09/2021) . Students who have not got accommodation reserved and wish to stay with us for the two week isolation period should refer to the email sent by International Office which contains a booking link. Bookings will only be accepted through the link, please direct any enquiries to

Once the 2 week self-isolation period is completed, if you have already booked accommodation on campus, you will be moved to the bedroom booked where you will remain for the academic term. If you had booked en-suite accommodation, we will try to minimise moves where possible.

For students who have not pre-booked accommodation, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.

English language

Can I apply for Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programme at NUI Galway?

NUI Galway’s English Language Centre is offering 4-week and 10-week pre-sessional programmes online. The 10-week programme is aimed at students with a conditional offer and who currently hold an IELTS score of 6, or 105 in Duolingo. The 4-week pre-sessional August programme is aimed at all international students who would benefit from preparing linguistically and academically for academic study prior to starting their chosen postgraduate course in September. For more information, please see
Pre-Sessional Programmes, or contact

Where can I get information about NUI Galway Pre-Sessional Programmes?
Please visit Pre-Sessional Programmes at NUI Galway for further information on pre-sessional options. For information on our 25-week Pre-Masters English Language Pathway Programme aimed at students with an IELTS score 5.5, please visit Pre-Masters Pathway at NUI Galway.