Return To Learning Programme for Degree Students

Welcome to NUI Galway

Congratulations on your acceptance to NUI Galway as a Mature Student for the academic year 2019/2020  We welcome all of you to NUI Galway. This unique programme has been designed to help make the transition back into full-time education easier for you. During these few days, you will meet each other, current mature students, lecturers and support services.  Applied Writing, Study Skills, Theory, Critical Thinking, Essay Writing are but a few very helpful lectures that will be given to give you confidence as you begin your studies before term officially starts.  We understand that it may be overwhelming beginning your new life with us, but we hope to assist you as best we can so you know your way around the campus and what services you may need. These few days are highly recommended even if you feel you may have covered  similiar material through other studies.  Every day is a school day and we learn something new every day.

With a Warm Welcome,

Trish Bourke
Mature Students Officer

To participate in the following programmes you must have your CAO number and confirm attendance on-line.

To Sign up for the Return to Learning Programme please complete this on-line form at:   RTL Sign Up

 Click  RTL Aug Timetable 19 for the RTL Timetable 2019

Monday August  19 to Thursday August 22. (Thursday is optional but designed specifically for Engineering/IT and Science students).

Venue: IT125 Orbsen Building

Time:  9.30am to 5.00pm inclusive

Important Notice regarding Parking on Campus

Parking Guidelines must be adhered to at all times as clamping is in operation. Parking Instructions for temporary parking is available at Please ensure you have downloaded and placed the Temporary Student Parking Permit 2019 on your car and parked in a designated Temporary Parking spot- Corrib Village and Dangan.

On-Line Registration

On-Line Registration Opens  21 August at
If you require a letter of registration for the Grants Authority, Social Welfare or other; you should register as soon as possible. If you have done so before the Return to Learning Programme commences  you can organise to have your letters stamped, verified etc. at this time with the Student Information Desk (SID).

Student Support Services and Academic Dates 2019

Accommodation Office, Childcare Information, Disability Support Services, Counselling Services, Health Care Services and many more useful contacts are available at

If you have a query on Fees please see for detailed FAQ's and contact details.

Click here for the  Academic Calendar of Events for the forthcoming Academic Year 

 Campus Map

Main Campus Orientation and Freshers Week Information - Begins Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September. Teaching begins 9 September.

All information for new students is available here:


  • Mature Students Guide 2020

    Mature Students Guide 2020 PDF (16MB)

  • Access Diploma Programmes Guide 2020

    Access Diploma Programmes Guide 2020 PDF (16MB)

  • QQI

    QQI PDF (16 MB)