What is the Access Course? 

The Access Course is a 1 year course that aims to provide mature students (aged 23 or over on year of entry to a degree programme) with the opportunity to prepare, personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study of at least three years duration at NUI, Galway. 

Follow these 4 steps to apply:

1. Familiarise yourself with the Application Guidebook which goes through the online application process in detail.

2. Choose the location you wish to apply for by clicking on the highlighted links below to get access to the online form.

Galway (Campus, NUI Galway) Full-time day-time   Closed date for applications
Ballinasloe (Ballinasloe College of Further Education) Part-time evening  

Closed for applications

An Cheathrú Rua (Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge) Outreach bi-lingual programme Part-time evening  

Closed for applications

Sligo (St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill) Part-time  

Closed for applications

3. Upload all your supporting documentation (e.g. Financial Documentation, ID, Medical Card etc.) to your online application account.

4. Complete a copy of the Personal Statement and upload online with your application. The Personal Statement allows you the opportunity to disclose information about your own personal background, disadvantage and the reasons why you wish to do the course.

Please submit queries via EMAIL ONLY at: access@nuigalway.ie



Caroline Giles |   Law (BCL)

I am the first in my family to attend university and I am currently in my final year of Civil Law in NUIG with hopes to continue onto a masters next year. I am a huge advocate for Access and firmly believe I would not be where I am today without it. It is an invaluable resource for those who may not have taken the traditional education route.

Tendai Muzunze |   Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience)

I am a Global Commerce student today but thanks to the education I am getting here at NUIG, who knows what greatness awaits after I graduate...I grew up watching my mother, work three jobs just to put food on the table. When she passed away, I lost my way but not the sound of her voice telling me that I have what it takes to do amazing things. I eventually took heed and applied for the ACCESS program at NUI Galway - my life has never been the same.

Jo Hatfield |   Masters (Philosophy)

Without the access course, the first year of the BA would have been much harder and stressful than it was. The access laid solid foundations for entering university life from knowing the dynamics of how lectures are presented down to the simple things like finding the lecture halls. It made the first year much easier to cope with as it allowed me to see what my academic skills were and let me know that I wasn’t a failure where learning was concerned.


  • Mature Students Guide 21

    Mature Students Guide 21 PDF (16MB)

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    QQI PDF (16 MB)