You will need to budget for flights, acommodation, food and other general expenses. Some students may find that they also have to pay a fee to the host university for special language classes.

There are financial supports available for students who want to study abroad:

  • Erasmus students will usually get an Erasmus mobility grant towards travel costs
  • Many student exchange programmes are funded by scholarships which cover tuition and maintenance costs.

If you are an EU citizen, you are entitled to work in other EU member state, so you may consider finding a job to help with the costs.
Students with disabilities or special needs may be entitled to apply for extra funds from the Erasmus programme.


If you are planning to study in a university outside the EU, you may need a study visa. The International Affairs Office in NUI Galway will be able to advise you about the requirements.

Health insurance

The Department of Foreign Affairs recommends that all students going abroad should be covered by comprehensive health and travel insurance policies. Take your European Health Insurance Card with you and think about arranging private health insurance for the duration of your stay. There are a number of companies that offer special health/travel insurance packages for students studying abroad.

Essential documents

In most cases you will need the following items for registration purposes in the host university. Take plenty of copies, as you will probably have to present them on various occasions:

  • A copy of your birth certificate (this may need to be a translated version; your department can help you with this)
  • A supply of passport photographs
  • Your passport
  • For Erasmus students: A letter saying your home university has nominated you as an Erasmus student and that you are in receipt of an Erasmus Mobility Grant. (You will get this from the International Affairs Office at NUI Galway)
  • A confirmation of your aceptance at the university, if applicable.
  • Your European Health Insurance Card

Find out more

International Affairs Office
NUI Galway
International Affairs Office
T 353 91 495 277
F 353 91 495 551

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