The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas in October each year. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to meet interesting people to discuss your ideas with, to find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.




8 weeks

Start date

Oct 2018

*If you are a full time student, senior citizen or unemployed you may apply for the discounted fee of €85.

The short courses start the week beginning 1st October and are run over 8 weeks, one evening per week (7 to 9pm) - with the exception of Mindfulness in Action and Community Development which take place over two Saturdays.

Short course list 2018

Mondays (7-9pm)

Intro to Genealogy
Intro to Herbs, Nutrition and Fermented Foods
Intro to Western Philosophy

Tuesdays (7-9pm)

Intro to Russian
Beginners Italian
Intro to Astronomy
Appreciation of Poetry
Intro to Screenwriting
Decoding Irish Place Names

Wednesdays (7-9pm)

Brush up your German
Brush up your French
Brush up your Spanish
Europe between the wars
Irish Literature
World Cinema

Thursdays (7-9pm)

Bees and Beekeeping
Brush up your Italian
Improvers Russian
Creative Writing  
Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Saturdays (10-4pm)

Mindfulness in Action
Community Development

For a brief description of the modules, tutors etc. click on the brochure below:

2018 Short Courses Series brochure image


How do I apply?

Applications are closed for Short Courses 2018, the next series of Short Courses will run in October 2019.

When is the closing date?

Application closing date is Wednesday 26th September, 2018.

How much does the course cost?

Our short courses cost €125. If you are a full time student, senior citizen or unemployed you may apply for the discounted fee of €85. You must provide supporting documentation with your application.

Where are the courses held?

The courses are held in various locations on the NUI Galway campus. Once you have registered for a short course, you will receive an email the week before the course starts advising you of the location.

Are there any exams?

No, there are no exams at the end of the short courses as these courses are non-accredited.

Will I get a certificate?

No, you will not receive a certificate at the end of the courses as these courses are non-accredited.


Our courses require a minimum number of enrolments. Courses that do not reach this will be cancelled. Applicants will be offered an alternative course or will be refunded the course fee. To avoid not being able to enrol on a course through oversubscription or cancellation please apply as early as possible.

Refunds are normally only available if we have to cancel a course. It is in this regard that you are requested to inform yourself of the content of the course before enrolment.

What Our Students Say


Derry O'Connor |   Russian for Beginners

I recently undertook the Russian for Beginners short course. It gave me a basic knowledge of spoken Russian for everyday use which was just what I required. The lecturer introduced the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian vocabulary and grammar through a mix of in-class “role play”, reading and general conversation. We got wonderful course notes and some “homework” to be done for each week! The lecturer was excellent, full of enthusiasm, never late nor stinting in her time and helpful to each student. I really enjoyed the learning experience.