The following pages will give you advice on applying as a mature student, degrees that you can apply for, entry criteria, assessment procedures and essential information on finances and supports. 

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    Mature Students Guide 2021 PDF (326MB)

  • Mature Students Virtual Information Evening, Wednesday, 13th January - 7pm to 9pm 

    How: Register you interest here Once you register details will be emailed to you in January to access the on-line platform.

    This special information evening is designed for Mature Students and Adult Learners who maybe considering studies at NUI Galway in 2021.  There will be an emphasis on applying to a full-time degree aimed at those who never thought it was possible and could not for a diverse range of reasons attend third level in earlier years. It is an annual event to reach out to community that university is accessible to all and to promote lifelong learning. All adult learners are welcome no matter what your age is as the university offers so much more than just full-time degrees. Adult Learning will be there to advise of part-time and flexible learning options also. 

    The Mature Students Officer will give a welcome presentation at 7pm explaining the CAO application procedure and sharing some past students experiences with you. Other presentations on part-time and flexible studies will be given also from 8pm.


    Mature Student Experiences

    Owen Ward- Arts Graduate

    From Galway, I completed the Access Course for Mature Students at NUI Galway. Upon successful completion of this part-time course, I started a full-time degree in Arts with Human Rights in the University.  I continued studies and completed the Postgraduate Masters in Education. As a mature student I have had the opportunity of running the Mature Students Society for a number of years and founded the Access Society.  I have had lots of opportunity with my studies at NUI Galway and my confidence grew from beginning to end of my academic journey.

    Carmen Filioreanu-Corporate Law Student

    Originally from Romania, I always had an interest in law particularly how it worked in business. My friend advised me to do the Foundation Diploma Course in Business. I learned so much on the course including economics and accountancy. I met wonderful tutors who helped me prepare to go on to a full-time degree in Corporate Law.  I am thrilled that I have now graduated from Corporate Law at NUI Galway.

    Jarek Jakubowicz- Engineering Student

    I moved from Poland a few years ago where I completed my high school diploma. I did not have the opportunity to progress to a University when I was younger. I worked in the building industry for years and was very interested in NUI Galway’s full-time degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I needed maths and science for this degree so enrolled in the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Science, Technology and Engineering in 2013. I was thrilled to get such high grades in the course which has led me to graduate as an engineering student at NUI Galway on a course that truly excited me. Now employed in an Engineering company and delighted that I studied at NUI Galway as a Mature Student.


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      Mature Students Guide 21 PDF (16MB)

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