International Student Application Process

Undergraduate Applications (Non-EU)

Learners applying for full undergraduate degree programmes from outside of the European Union (EU), and who are liable for full non-EU tuition fees, should apply directly to Galway Business School at

Applicants can expect a decision usually within 1-4 weeks of submitting a complete application.

The application

Your application must include:

  • The completed Galway Business School Application.
  • Original or certified copies of school transcripts/examination certificates (or forecast results if available). Where an applicant has not yet completed Secondary School (High School), the most recent transcript should be submitted.
  • A copy of your Passport
  • A Personal Statement (typed) of no more than 500 words outlining your academic interests, sporting and/or cultural interests and your reasons for wanting to study at Galway Business School. You may also include any relevant work or professional experience that you have acquired that will be beneficial to your studies.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, ideally from a teacher and/guidance counsellor or someone who knows you personally.

English Language requirements for international students

If you are a non-native speaker of English, you must have an English language level of IELTS 6.0+ or its equivalent for all business degree programmes.

Pre-sessional Business English

All international learners must complete a mandatory 4-week intensive pre-sessional business English course prior to the beginning of all Galway Business School academic programmes.

The pre-sessional business English programme will provide you with an intense focus on academic English. You will also gain the analytical tools needed to study a full undergraduate course at Galway Business School.

This is a mandatory requirement and the course will take place in our language school Galway Cultural Institute.

If you're not sure of your level now, you can take this quick online English level test.

Visa Application and Refund Policy

Galway Business School can assist you
in your application for a VISA should you
require one.

Please allow a minimum of 8+ weeks to
process your VISA application. We recommend that long stay students apply for a D-VISA.

All tuition fees must be paid in advance and
 are refundable (except for the deposit of €300.00) in the case of a visa being refused unless false documentation has been submitted.
 This includes a minimum of four weeks accommodation and medical insurance.

Fees will not be refunded  if a visa is denied due to submission of false or inaccurate information.

Visa applications are available from
There is a fee of €300 each time a visa is issued or extended by GNIB (Irish  Immigration).

Visa requiring and all non-EEA students must have adequate health insurance to cover their stay in Ireland and is available for purchase from the school.

When you arrive at the airport, Immigration usually stamps your passport with a visa for one month.
For Visa Requiring Students:
You must pay through Transfermate Escrow Account where your fees will be held on behalf of the student and GBS pending the VISA Decision. 

Delays in issuing visas will mean that a course is postponed to the next course starting date and additional charges may apply.

Medical Insurance

Non-EU students are required to purchase medical Insurance before they travel to Ireland. It is a requirement of your Visa to have medical insurance. The Galway Business School can assist you in this process. Please ask the GBS academic team about medical insurance when you are enquiring about your course. 

The policy provider and policies meet the insurance requirement for non-EEA students.

How to submit your application

Please submit your complete application by mail to:

Galway Business School 

GCI House, Salthill

Galway H91 CDW4


Learners can also apply by email at

When to apply

Applications for September entry can be submitted from 1st of November of the previous year.

Applications for current academic year should be submitted by August 15th the latest. 

Application Fee

There is no application fee for Non-EU Undergraduate Applications.