Orientation January 2024

Welcome to University of Galway

Cead Mile Failte (Welcome)

University of Galway would like to warmly welcome all our new international students. We are delighted to have you join our university community and we work hard to ensure the experience is everything you hoped it would be. 

Orientation details for your cohort can be found below. We strongly recommend that you attend these sessions as you will be given important information on all the supports and activities available to you such as Clubs, Societies, Library & IT, Health services, Immigration registration, Active Consent and much more.  

It is also a great opportunity to meet all the other new students from around the world, have some fun and get your hands on some spot prizes!

Academic orientation details for your cohort can be found below:

Postgraduate (Pathway B)

Support services orientation will take place on Thursday, 4 January at 9:00 am in the Bailey Allen hall.

Visiting Students/Erasmus

Visiting Students
Support services orientation will take place on Thursday, 4 January at 9:00 am in the Bailey Allen hall.

On Friday, 5 January the Academic Advisory sessions for all visiting students will take place in the Bailey Allen hall. Visiting US/exchange students will receive their student IDs on this day. 

A full list of programme events can be found here.

Support services orientation will take place on Thursday, 4 January at 14:00 pm in the Bailey Allen hall.


Some welcome activities and events have been confirmed by our Student Union. These events are free to attend:

Discover our orientation events, a great chance to get to know the campus, city and meet new people. 

All events are free to attend, but booking may be required.  

Thursday, 4 January 
Campus Tours, 1.30pm and 2.30pm 
Spaces are limited, sign up here https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/international-office-nui-galway-31877061311  

Speed friending – SULT, 6pm 

Arriba night – SULT, 8.30pm 

Erasmus Students 
Fáilte Event in SULT from 4-6 pm on Thursday 4 January 
For more information on these events and to acquire your free ticket please visit www.su.universityofgalway.ie   

Friday, 5 January 
Campus Tours, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm 

Karaoke – SULT, 8pm  

Saturday, 6 January 
Scavenger Hunt – meet outside Bailey Allen Hall at 12pm. 
Sign up here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/scavenger-hunting-galway-challenge-registration-780636423557. 

Sunday, 7 January  
Free hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Galway City – more information provided at Orientation.  

Irish Movie Night, hosted by University of Galway Students’ Union – Joseph Larmour Theatre, 7pm. 
Sign up here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-movie-night-tickets-780670465377?aff=oddtdtcreator 

Games Night, hosted by University of Galway Students’ Union – The Hub, Árasna Mac Léinn, 6pm. 
Sign up here  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/games-night-tickets-780666894697?aff=oddtdtcreator 


Orientation Presentations

For students who may have missed our orientation sessions, don't worry! We've got you covered. You can find all the presentations and valuable information you need right below.

These presentations are designed to provide you with essential insights into campus life, academic resources, and everything you need to kickstart your journey at University of Galway. Welcome aboard!

ALIVE Volunteering


English Language Centre


Safety On Campus

Sexual Violence & Harassment Prevention and Response


Student Services

Welcome to the Library

Navigating the Graduate Labour Market in Ireland

SIMs for International Students

Welcome to Vodafone! As part of our commitment to sustainability through our Planet pillar and #SwitchToGreen initiative, we strive to minimise paper usage. To support this, we kindly request your assistance in helping us reduce our environmental footprint by emailing the welcome note and the terms and conditions of the €20 free credit offer to any students who receive one of our SIMs. Alternatively, you can include these documents in the students' welcome package.

Welcome to Vodafone!

Terms and Conditions

For further information on this promotion please contact the International Office directly. 


Be sure to join our Facebook Group for International Students to connect with your peers. You can also speak with our Student Ambassadors on our new student engagement platform. Click here to find out more.

Contact the University of Galway International Office and our team would be delighted to provide you with support