Queens College Galway was founded in 1845, opening its doors to just 68 students. Over 175 years later and NUI Galway has grown in size and reputation, being home to over 18,000 students and is widely recognised as being in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings). Over the last decade it has worked on its global reach building its international reputation, on top of its historical roots. Currently a member of the Coimbra Group, an association of 41 universities in Europe, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research and service to society are the central focus; through creating special academic and cultural ties. International students make up 12% of the NUI Galway student population, coming from over 110 countries.
Its academic excellence is match by the attention to student welfare and achievement, supporting over 150 student societies and 40 sports teams, creating a great balance for student welfare.