Alternative study options

It's not always possible to commit to a full time programme and so here are some starting points for looking at alternative study routes.

Looking to brush up your skills while in NUI Galway?

Check out the courses run by the Student's Union each year, these include Sign Language, conversational Irish, first aid and suicide awareness.

There are loads of other opportunities to develop skills on campus throughout the year. See our pages on Making the Most of University for some of them.

Part-time / Evening:

See NUI Galway's range of part-time, flexible learning courses  

You can also search for courses throughout Ireland using Qualifax.

Online / Distance:

Many universities now offer courses either by distance learning or through blended learning (a mixture of distance and some workshops on campus). These courses will be listed within their university sites and to apply for courses in Ireland you should contact the provider of the relevant course directly. Closing dates and fees vary depending on course and institution. - see programmes available at NUI Galway. 

Skills4Study - NUI Galway students have access to this platform via the Library. 12 modules. Groupwork and presentations. Employability and personal development. Getting ready for academic study. Reading and note-making. Critical thinking skills. Writing skills. Referencing and understanding plagiarism. Exam skills. Research principles. Projects Dissertations and Reports. Confidence with numbers. Time management.

eCollege - was developed by SOLAS, the Further Education & Training Authority, in partnership with Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and other Further Education and Training providers. FET is for anyone who is over 16 who wants to learn new skills or enhance existing skills to get the right job, progress to third-level or to support the achievement of personal goals.

Libraries Ireland - public library membership gives access to a range of over 500 online courses via Universal Class such as software training, graphic design, business, languages, as well as hobbies and crafts.

There are many universities worldwide offering paid, credit bearing courses online and are straight-forward to find online - please ensure that they are legitimate universities before paying for courses

Learning online free / MOOCs: 

The internet is home to an increasing number of free course content and some sites also have accompanying apps. One example is language learning site Duolingo

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. Typically, you would not get formal credit for taking the courses on offer, however, it may be possible to pay a fee at the end if you wish to formalise your study or gain a certificate. The majority of programmes are only a few weeks long. Some universities use more than one of the following platforms to provide online courses .

ALISON - founded in Galway. Over 1000 courses available, all absolutely free to complete, certificates can be purchased. 

FutureLearn - FutureLearn partners with top international universities and specialist organisations to offer online courses and degrees. Courses have set start dates and run over a number of weeks. Courses are free but certification and tests have a fee.  

OpenLearnFree courses from the Open University on a range of topics.  

Google Digital Garagea range of free learning content designed to help your business or in your career. Over 120 courses including marketing topics, coding and IT, and general skills for business such as leadership and improve your soft skills.

Coursera - Coursera is taught by instructors from universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses - on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion. 

EdX - EdX was founded by and continue to be governed by colleges and universities. Courses have a set start date. Most are free unless upgrading to the verified track or taking a professional programme 

iTunes U  - Download the app to your Apple device for access to free courses.

Khan Academy - Many courses are aimed at school-goers, but also have a range of computing, and career focused courses as well as US academic test preparation.  

There are many more opportunities than those listed, use your preferred search engine to find a programme that suits your needs.
This list is an introduction to resources and is not intended as a complete listing.