The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) (Irish Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh or OÉ Gaillimh) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is a tertiary-level educational institution located in Galway, Ireland.

NUI Galway is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of 40 long-established European universities.

NUI Galway has over 1000 academic staff and 1000 administrative and support staff. It has approximately 17,300 students, 12,500 undergrduate and over 3600 postgraduate. The University also boasts a considerable international community, with approx 13% of its students are from an international background. Every year approxmately 500 students come to study at NUI Galway from all over the world.

NUI Galway has a long and established tradition of international student and staff exchanges and high percentage of international students attend under/postgraduate and diploma courses at our university. In order to facilitate these students, the university organizes English language and Academic Writing courses. At the same time, NUI Galway also offers a number of courses of various level on Teaching English as a Foreign Language. NUI Galway has also organized MOOCs on various topics, from general interest to introductions to academic disciplines to highly specialised and professional development courses.


Francesca Magnoni, PhD

Is a Teaching Assistant at Italian Studies NUI, Galway – Ireland. She graduated in 2005 with a BA degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures (English and German), in 2007 has been awarded with Master Itals and in October 2008 she enrolled in the PhD Programme at NUI, Galway successfully completed in December 2011. Her PhD thesis was about teaching Italian language for advanced level students using authentic literary texts and hypertexts, with an emphasis on emotional and experiential learning involved while reading literary texts in foreign language and the cognitive process activated while exploring hypertexts connected to the literary text analysed.

Francesca’s main research interests focus on the didactics of teaching and learning foreign languages; since 2014 her focus moved more and more on E-learning and the use of multimedia tools in language teaching and learning. Recently her interest has been captured specifically by the use of MOOCs in education.