The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, online, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.




8 weeks

Start date

Feb 2021

*Online courses will be offered at the reduced rate of €100 (no concessions).

The short courses start the week beginning 1st February and are run online over 8 weeks, one evening per week (7 – 8.30pm). The mode of delivery will be a combination of:

  • Live, online classes and an opportunity to engage with your lecturer and fellow students
  • Pre-recorded presentations, viewed in the student’s own time followed by online classes with a questions and answers session facilitated by your short course lecturer

Short course list 2021

Mondays (7-8:30pm)

Visual Art: Key Concepts and Terms
From the Border to Brexit: A History of Northern Ireland
Create your own Podcast: An introduction 

Tuesdays (7-8:30pm)

Brush up your French 
Beginners Italian 
Seven Ages, Eight Taoisigh: Irish political history, 1922-1992 
European Cinema: An introduction

Wednesdays (7-8:30pm)

Brush up your German 
Brush up your Spanish 
Irish Literature
Wines of the World and Wine Appreciation 

Thursdays (7-8:30pm)

Greek for Beginners
Brush up your Italian
The Craft of Poetry writing

NB: Applications are now closed for our short courses, all courses are fully subscribed.

Click on the button above to apply online (postal and in-person applications are not available this year).

For more details on the courses, please browse through our brochure below:

2021 Short Courses Series brochure image


How do I apply?

Applications can be made online (online link will be activated shortly). Due to Covid-19 online applications only are being accepted. Postal and in person applications options are not available for the February courses.

Participants for the online courses will be emailed an access link to the course before the course start date. Courses start first week February 2021. Day and time for each course is listed above on the website.

When is the closing date?

Applications are now closed for February 2021.

How much does the course cost?

The online short courses cost €100.

Where are the courses held?

Due to Covid-19 the February 2021 courses will be not delivered in person on the NUI Galway campus. The courses will be delivered online via Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the access code and password the week before the course starts.

Are there any exams?

No, there are no exams at the end of the short courses as these courses are non-accredited.

Will I get a certificate?

No, you will not receive a certificate at the end of the courses as these courses are non-accredited.


Our courses require a minimum number of enrolments. Courses that do not reach this will be cancelled. Applicants will be offered an alternative course or will be refunded* the course fee. To avoid not being able to enrol on a course through oversubscription or cancellation please apply as early as possible.

Refunds are only available if we have to cancel a course. It is in this regard that you are requested to inform yourself of the content of the course before enrolment.

*Please note that refunds are processed by NUI Galway and may take some time.


Further Queries

If you have any further queries, you can contact the Course Administrator below:


What Our Students Say


Derry O'Connor |   Russian for Beginners

I recently undertook the Russian for Beginners short course. It gave me a basic knowledge of spoken Russian for everyday use which was just what I required. The lecturer introduced the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian vocabulary and grammar through a mix of in-class “role play”, reading and general conversation. We got wonderful course notes and some “homework” to be done for each week! The lecturer was excellent, full of enthusiasm, never late nor stinting in her time and helpful to each student. I really enjoyed the learning experience.


  • Short Courses Series 2021

    Short Courses Series 2021 PDF (4.5 MB)

  • Adult Learning Prospectus

    Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)