10-week Pre-Sessional Programme

Course Description

The 10-week Pre-Sessional Programme is aimed at international students whose English language level is below the University’s language entry requirement for academic study at NUI Galway. The aim of the programme is to develop proficiency in the core linguistic areas, English for academic purposes, develop students’ academic skills required for successful transition to their postgraduate degree course. 

Entry Requirements

  • An IELTS score of 6, with a minimum score of 5.5 is required in all bands.
  • An interview may be scheduled as part of your application.

Course Overview

  • Virtual Classes with experienced EAP teachers
  • Guided and collaborative learning with your international classmates
  • Access to online platform for further support and resources
  • Scheduled 1-1 feedback sessions with your teacher
  • Administrative support from NUI Galway’s English Language Centre
  • Final Course Assessment & Course Certification on successful completion of all modules
  • Maximum 15 students per class

Course Objectives

  • Develop core linguistic (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) skills
  • Academic Skills Development (Research, Communication, Academic Writing, Presentations, effective note-taking)
  • Develop learner skills for group tasks and independent study and research
  • Build discipline-related knowledge through academic text analysis
  • Develop ability to write appropriately referenced well-argued pieces in appropriate academic style and register
  • Develop critical thinking skills essential for postgraduate study
  • Orientation to Irish culture and life at NUI Galway including learning technologies and student support services.

Delivery Mode

We plan to deliver this programme online, as per current travel restrictions. If the current circumstances change and allow for international travel, the delivery mode will be reviewed.

Exit Requirements

  • Successful completion of all course modules with a minimum average exit grade of 70%
  • 90% attendance

Course Dates

8 June - 13 August 2021

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: €3,050
Course Materials: €110 (to be purchased by student prior to course commencement)

Required to participate in online programme

  • Headset
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Microphone
  • Course Materials

Further information and how to apply:

Click here to apply. For further information please contact Dr. Maeve Egan by emailing eganm@nuigalway.ie


4 -week Pre-Sessional Programme Online

Course Description

The 4-week Pre-Sessional Programme is aimed at international students who meet the University’s English language requirement who would benefit from improving their language and academic skills prior to commencing their chosen postgraduate course in September 2021. The aim of the programme is to develop proficiency in the core linguistic areas, English for academic purposes and to develop academic skills required for successful transition to your postgraduate degree course.

Entry Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5

Course Overview

  • Virtual Classes with experienced EAP teachers
  • Guided and collaborative learning with your international classmates
  • Access to online platform for further support and resources
  • Scheduled 1-1 feedback sessions with your teacher
  • Administrative support from NUI Galway’s English Language Centre
  • Course Certification on successful completion of all modules
  • Maximum 15 students per class

Course Objectives

  • Develop core linguistic and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) skills
  • Academic Skills Development (Research, Communication, Academic Writing, Presentations, effective note-taking)
  • Develop learner skills for group tasks and independent study and research
  • Build discipline-related knowledge through academic text analysis and reading
  • Develop ability to write accurately referenced pieces in appropriate academic style and register
  • Develop critical thinking skills essential for postgraduate study
  • Orientation to Irish culture and life at NUI Galway including learning technologies and student support services.

Delivery Mode

We plan to deliver this programme online, as per current travel restrictions. If the current circumstances change and allow for international travel, the delivery mode will be reviewed.

Course Dates

3 August– 27 August 2021

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: €1,050
Course Materials: €70 (to be purchased by student prior to course commencement)

Required to participate online

  • Headset
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Microphone
  • Course Materials 

 Further information and how to apply:

Click here to apply. For further information please contact Dr. Maeve Egan by emailing eganm@nuigalway.ie