NUI Galway to Host First Ever Virtual Undergraduate Open Day

Apr 27 2020 Posted: 10:09 IST

NUI Galway will host their first ever virtual Undergraduate Open Day on Thursday, 7 May. The Open Day, which will run from 12-3pm, will provide an extensive interactive online experience which will allow students, parents and guidance counsellors to connect with NUI Galway staff and students and to explore the full range of undergraduate courses on offer.

The recent Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings placed NUI Galway 10th in the world for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for research on life below water and support for aquatic ecosystems, and overall 68th in the world for addressing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

During the Virtual Open Day participants will have the opportunity to explore courses and careers through video content. An online panel discussion will be broadcast live, discussing the key issues for Leaving Certificate students, followed by an interactive live Q&A session. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with programme directors and academic staff via a live online chat, with a focus on how to choose the right course and how to prepare for a rewarding career after graduation.  

Representatives from NUI Galway’s support services teams will also be available to chat with students and parents including opportunities to discuss accommodation, admissions, fees and other queries . The Access Centre will provide information on the alternatives entry routes to third level education including Mature Students’ entry, HEAR/DARE schemes and QQI/FETAC Level 5 places. Staff from Shannon College of Hotel Management and St. Angela’s College Sligo will also be available on the day.

The Virtual Open Day will showcase four new degree programmes for the 2020 intake: Law and Taxation; Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice; BSc Genetics and Genomics; and BSc Geography and Geosystems.

A programme of talks, will be available to stream and download throughout the Open Day including:

  • Sport at NUI Galway
  • Access Office
  • College Presentations on Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Business and Law, Arts, and Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences.

Sarah Geraghty, Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach at NUI Galway, said: “With such uncertainty surrounding the Leaving Cert exams in 2020, this is a highly stressful time for students and parents. Therefore our aim is to provide an informative and dynamic virtual event which will help students to think beyond the current difficulites and to start looking forward towards their future studies and the wonderful college experience that awaits them. It’s an opportunity to not only explore study options, but also to get a taste of university life and the vibrant campus community at NUI Galway.”  

Register now at, or email for further information.


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