Online Applications for 2021/22 will open in August


Follow these steps to apply:

1. Gather all financial details as listed in the Application Guidebook - School Leavers 20-21 

2. Choose the location you wish to apply for by clicking on the links below to get access to the online form and set up your account:

  • Galway (Campus, NUI Galway)
  • Ballinasloe (Ballinasloe College of Further Education)
  • An Cheathru Rua (Outreach bi-lingual programme) 
  • Sligo (St Angela's, Lough Gill) 

4. Upload ALL documentation to your online application (financial documentation, ID, educational qualifications etc)

5. Please remember to complete a copy of the Personal Statement‌ and upload online with your application. This allows you the opportunity to disclose information about your own personal background, disadvantage and the reasons why you wish to do an Access Centre Course etc. As interviews will not be held in 2020, please ensure you complete all sections of this document. (Download here: Personal Statement)

6. Please copy and email the following link (right click on blue text) to your 2 referees to complete a short online report. School Leavers Referees Report 2020

Any queries please contact the Access Programmes Office: As NUI Galway staff are currently working remotely, in line with Government guidelines, please submit queries by email only: E-mail:



Darren Casserly |   Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

I am currently a 3rd year Arts with Journalism student. I would say that the access course prepares you better for college than secondary school and gives you the tools to succeed in college. I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking of applying, and I would not be where I am today without the course.


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