Pre-University Courses

NUI Galway is fully committed to developing and promoting initiatives which seek to counter disadvantage. The NUI Galway Access Programme activities are devised to advance the social, economic, educational and cultural needs of the western region.  

Many students, for a variety of financial or social reasons, find it difficult to gain a third level education. The University provides Access courses as a key approach to equipping non-traditional students for entry to third level studies. The activities managed by the Access Office include Access Courses for School-Leavers and Mature Students and ‘Breaking the Barriers’ initiatives.  

These approaches enable the University to target effectively the most disadvantaged in the region, to work with all schools, to offer educationally sound preparation for entry into our own programmes and to remain conscious of the special concerns of rural and gaeltacht communities. 


Course Name
Foundation Course in Business/Commerce
Foundation Course in Science, Technology & Engineering
Diploma in Foundation Studies:Access Course for Higher Education - Mature Students
Diploma in Foundation Studies: Access Course for Higher Education - School Leavers