The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas every Autumn. 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.

Course list for Autumn 2020 will be announced in June 2020. See 2019 course listings and information below as reference only.




8 weeks

Start date

Sept 2019

*If you are a full time student, senior citizen or unemployed you may apply for the discounted fee of €100.

The short courses start the week beginning 30th September and are run over 8 weeks, one evening per week (7 - 9pm) - with the exception of the Alexander Technique  and Creating your own Podcast which take place over two Saturdays.

Short course list 2019

Mondays (7-9pm)

Visual Art: Key Concepts and Terms
From the Border to Brexit: A History of Northern Ireland
Introduction to Herbs, Nutrition and Fermented Foods
Introduction to Western Philosophy
Introduction to Genealogy

Tuesdays (7-9pm)

Brush up your French
Beginners Italian
Music in the Screening of Russian Literature
Early and Silent Cinema
Child and Youth Development and Communication Skills

Wednesdays (7-9pm)

Brush up your German
Brush up your Italian
Brush up your Spanish
Irish Literature
Philosophy: Thinking about Sex and Gender

Thursdays (7-9pm)

Bees and Beekeeping
Wines of the World and Wine Appreciation
Introduction to Russian
Creative Writing  
The Artefacts and Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland
Europe between the World Wars

Saturdays (10-4pm)

The Alexander Technique
Create your own Podcast: An Introduction


Online Applications will reopen in July 2020 for courses running in September 2020.

For a brief description of the courses click on the brochure below:

2019 Short Courses Series brochure image


How do I apply?

Applications can be made online. Alternatively, an can download an Short Courses Application Form 2019 and returned with payment* to:

Short Courses,
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development,
NUI Galway

*Please include supporting documentation for the reduced fee if applicable.

When is the closing date?

Application closing date is Wednesday 25th September, 2019.

How much does the course cost?

Our short courses cost €140. If you are a full time student, senior citizen or unemployed you may apply for the discounted fee of €100. 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 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.

Further Queries

If you have any further queries, you can contact the Course Administrator below:

Berna Morgan
Tel: 091 494055

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.


  • Short Courses Series 2019

    Short Courses Series 2019 PDF (1.4 MB)

  • Adult Learning Prospectus

    Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (20.6 MB)