Key Facts

23

years of age or over

Income assessed

1

year resident in BMW region

21

weeks full or part-time

When

normally September to May

What is the Access Course? 

The Access Course is a 1 year course that aims to provide mature students (aged 23 or over on year of entry to a degree programme) with the opportunity to prepare, personally and academically, for an undergraduate course of full-time study of at least three years duration at NUI, Galway. 

  •  Students who complete the Access Course receive a Diploma in Foundation Studies from NUI Galway.
  •  They are also eligible to apply for direct entry (via the CAO) to full-time University undergraduate degree courses.
  • Read the Access Programmes Guide 2022

Location:

Our programmes are offered in three locations:

  • Galway (Campus, NUI Galway)
  • Tuam
  • An Cheathrú Rua (Outreach bi-lingual programme)

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Gather information that you will require e.g. PPS number, CAO number (if applicable), names and contact details of 3 referees (two academic and one personal)

2. You will have the opportunity to forward your financial documents after completing the application form.

3.  Check your email inbox for acknowledgement of your application and follow the information given to submit your addtional documentation.

The deadline for applications is 16 September 2022 at 5pm.

Complete the online application form here.

Please submit queries via EMAIL ONLY at: access@nuigalway.ie

Frequently Asked Questions‌‌

Caroline

Caroline Giles |   Law (BCL)

I am the first in my family to attend university and I am currently in my final year of Civil Law in NUIG with hopes to continue onto a masters next year. I am a huge advocate for Access and firmly believe I would not be where I am today without it. It is an invaluable resource for those who may not have taken the traditional education route.
Tendai

Tendai Muzunze |   Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience)

I am a Global Commerce student today but thanks to the education I am getting here at NUIG, who knows what greatness awaits after I graduate...I grew up watching my mother, work three jobs just to put food on the table. When she passed away, I lost my way but not the sound of her voice telling me that I have what it takes to do amazing things. I eventually took heed and applied for the ACCESS program at NUI Galway - my life has never been the same.
Jo

Jo Hatfield |   Masters (Philosophy)

Without the access course, the first year of the BA would have been much harder and stressful than it was. The access laid solid foundations for entering university life from knowing the dynamics of how lectures are presented down to the simple things like finding the lecture halls. It made the first year much easier to cope with as it allowed me to see what my academic skills were and let me know that I wasn’t a failure where learning was concerned.

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    Access Programmes PDF (1.31MB)