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International

ATU is a multicultural university with over 70 nationalities represented in the student and staff population. We are proud of this rich diversity and welcome people from every corner of the world to come study, research or work at one of our campuses.

International Students ATU Sligo

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Hundreds of students and staff from our Erasmus + partner educational institutions join us each year. Our International Offices provide advice and guidance to incoming students on everything from student registration to accommodation to finding a job in Ireland.

Study Abroad

We also support our Irish students and staff to complete an exchange period at one of our partner universities or colleges.

Many of our courses offer students the opportunity to study abroad or complete an international work placement. These will enhance your employability prospects in today’s globalised economy.

Depending on your course, you can apply to study abroad for a semester or a year. We have opportunities with numerous EU universities. These are supported by the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme. You can find out more about the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme here.

We also have some opportunities with partner colleges and universities outside the EU, such as the USA, Canada, Brazil and many more.

Most of our students study abroad through English. However, some students undertaking a foreign language module may have the option to study through this language.

Work Placement Abroad

Several courses in ATU include an international work placement. In some instances, grant aid is available to support students on these placements.

Further information

You can find out more about the International Offices on our campuses by clicking on the links below:

ATU Galway and Mayo Campuses

ATU Donegal Letterkenny and Killybegs Campuses

ATU Sligo Campuses

International Fees Policy 22-23

ATU Sligo

In this video, Jenette Carson, International Officer in ATU Sligo and two of our students, Lisa Namatumba and Zhuojia Gao, talk about what life is like for an international student on our Sligo campus.

ATU Galway City

In this video international students, Alana Aikidos from Brazil and Nikita Sharma from India talk about their experience at our Galway City Campus.

My Erasmus experience in ATU Galway City campus can be summed up as one of the best years I have lived so far.

You may be reluctant to go abroad, to change countries, to face a new language and a new culture. You might feel homesick at first. But I made many friends and became part of something very warm and inter-cultural at ATU Galway City.

The teachers care a lot about international students and take time after class if needed so you can understand the class.

The campus will make you feel at home. The library and IT centre are modern and welcoming and silence is respected. There are places to have a coffee break and enjoy your meals. And the International Office plans a lot of party and mingling events.

The best part is the extracurricular activities. I loved the Yoga Club, Gastrolife Club and Student Choir. I met so many nice people. Taking part in clubs and societies is an excellent way to relieve stress.

To conclude, ATU Galway City is a very good campus where they not only offer teaching but a whole student life experience.

ATU Donegal
International students in class at ATU Donegal

Ireland is such a fascinating country with incredibly beautiful nature, endless places to visit, rich culture, delicious food and lovely people. Since arriving, I have had the opportunity to visit lots of different parts of the country and absolutely love it!

My name is Luciana Reis. I’m an international student from Brazil. I came to ATU Donegal Letterkenny in 2015 to study a degree in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education.

I must confess that Ireland has something extremely special and made me feel at home from the moment I arrived here. My experience in ATU Donegal Letterkenny has been great. The campus has a lively and busy atmosphere with plenty happening all the time.

On the one hand, you have a campus with an impressive structure, delivering an excellent standard of education with qualified professionals who are extremely helpful and support you throughout the course. On the other hand, the campus allows you to have a healthy social experience, make new friends, enjoy a different culture and take part in clubs and societies.

To anyone considering studying abroad, I would have to say that it is an amazing experience. You grow not only as a student but as a person as well. You also get to have a new place to call home and to make new friends that will last a lifetime!

Two international students sitting in window of ATU Sligo library