Will first years be starting at NUI Galway this September?

For the vast majority of students, including First Years, the semester will begin on 28 September. For First Years this is predicated on the Leaving Certificate results being released on or near the usual mid-August release date. Students at Shannon College and some medical students will have alternative start dates. Full dates can be found here: www.nuigalway.ie/media/Semester-Dates-2020-21-rev-Jun-2020.pdf 

Undergraduate orientation will take place in the week commencing 21 September and comprise a mix of online and on-campus activities to help First Year students familiarise themselves with the university, understand the structures and demands of student life, learn about the supports available to them and get to know their fellow classmates who will in time become lifelong friends. 

This year, we will structure orientation such that each College will have a different day of on-campus activities. A timetable of these activities will be issued to students on acceptance of their offer. Orientation is a very important rite of passage for new students and we encourage all incoming students to engage fully with the programme of activities to give a solid start to their student journey. For First Years who are not able to attend in person, important orientation information will also be accessible online.

How will courses be delivered?

All taught programmes will be delivered in a blend of online and on-campus classes. Irrespective of the size of the class, we will have on-campus learning built into the student experience, typically through on-campus tutorials, seminars, distanced meet-ups and/or laboratories according to the needs of various courses.

Large-scale lectures will be adapted for online delivery, while smaller classes will be delivered on-campus where it is possible and safe to do so. The majority of online lectures will not be timetabled but will instead be made available in advance of any related timetabled classes such as seminars, tutorials, lab work etc. School and Programme Directors will be working with Academic Administration over the summer months to develop teaching timetables, taking into account the continually changing situation and evolving public health advice. Timetables will indicate which classes will be delivered on campus – these classes will be a regular part of the student experience and you will need to be on campus to participate. At all times capacity in rooms will conform to public health advice. 

We will work to accommodate the small number of students who cannot come to campus for health, access or other reasons, so as not to disadvantage their academic journey. We are working hard to ensure that all learning will be made available online, or accessible through some alternative means, to allow for students who may face delays in arriving in Ireland, allow for limits to student numbers in teaching spaces, accommodate those who cannot attend for health reasons, and to provide a backup in case of a rise in COVID-19 transmissions.

A final decision on the structure of Semester 2 will follow later when the COVID-19 scenario is clearer.

Where can I find more information about your undergraduate courses?

Our courses are listed here. We are also running a series of virtual events during March and April, live Q&As, for each of our Colleges/broad subject areas. Find out more about these events here. Information for this year’s CAO applicants is here.

Where can I find more information about Campus Accommodation?

Places in Goldcrest Village and Corrib Village have now been filled. Following CAO offers in August, it is usual to receive cancellations and at that point, any available accommodation will be offered to waitlisted applicants, by a computer generated random process. The waitlists for Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village are now open. The link is: https://www.campusaccommodation.ie/students/

All applicants have been emailed this week (check your spam folder if you did not receive it). Applicants who did not get a place will remain on the wait list.

What will happen in relation to Campus Accommodation in September (instalments, fees etc.)?

We encourage all students on taught programmes to be in Galway from September, to be available for on-campus learning, and to experience the fullest student learning experience possible, given the COVID-19 restrictions. Students should book accommodation and expect to be present in Galway throughout the semester.

Our campus residences, Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village are already fully booked for the next academic year. However, it is usual to receive cancellations after the CAO offers and we are accepting applications to our waiting list at www.campusaccommodation.ie/students. Following receipt of cancellations, we will offer any available accommodation to waitlisted applicants from a computer generated random selection by email. We will continue to abide by public health guidelines to ensure a safe living and study environment and, where possible, we will plan allocations to ensure students are in apartments with other students studying the same programmes to support peer-to-peer learning and laboratory/group project work. 

In addition, there is a wide choice of private off-campus accommodation available and all of the details are listed on NUI Galway Accommodation Office.

The timing of payment for campus accommodation will be subject to the date Leaving Certificate results are issued as well as issue of CAO offers, so we don’t have this information currently. However, updates will be posted on Campus Living’s website: www.campusaccommodation.ie/students as the situation evolves, so please keep an eye on this over the coming weeks.

Where can I find more information about other Student Residences

The University works with 10 other privately owned and managed Student Accommodation, which are listed below. If you have booked one of these for the upcoming academic year (2020/21), you should contact the student residence directly.   If you click on the link of the residence you booked you will find their contact details.  They will be best placed to answer your query directly as they each operate individually.

Where can i find more information on the extended deadline for Elite Sports Scholarships?

Our Scholarship Application process has been extended to the 15th of May to cater for the recent disturbances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Interviews will only be offered to students who have accepted a place at NUI Galway. Offers will be made in September. Find out more about these events here

Will NUI Galway accept my A Level results now that my exams have been cancelled?

We are monitoring all the changes to examinations worldwide and the possible implications. Discussions are still in progress and we are working towards ensuring that no cohort of applicants are advantaged over another and that an even playing pitch will be maintained. We will update our response as soon as further information becomes available.

A Guide to Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate students 2020

As you are aware the Leaving Certificate Examination has been cancelled for this year (2020) and replaced by a system of calculated grades.  The Department of Education and Skills has prepared a guide which may help answer some of the queries you may have around the new system. Please see link below to this guide. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2f07eb-leaving-cert-2020-information/#information-for-leaving-cert-students