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									Mature Students – Information
Mary Liddy   |   14 January 2010

•   Welcome Presentation
•   Making Your CAO Application
•   Selection Procedure
•   Q & As
•   Fees / Financial Supports
•   Disability Office Presentation
•   Access Office Presentation
•   Foundation Courses
Find Relevant Information

Undergraduate Prospectus pp. 24 – 26

Dedicated NUI Galway website:

Dept. of Education and Science website:
Conditions of Entry

• The term Mature Student is anyone who is 23 (or
  over) on or before the 1st of January on year of entry

• Must be an EU national or refugee and be three years
  resident in an EU member state at point of entry

• There are approximately 350 places available across
  all colleges for mature students
NUI GALWAY Structure

         Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
            Business, Public Policy and Law
 GY4xx        Engineering and Informatics
 GY5xx   Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  Arts (GY101-GY117) at NUI Galway

 Arts allows you sample a         Mature Students will sit an
  selection of subjects before      aptitude test on April 17th
                                    (Arts Only)
  deciding to specialise
                                   This is set by the Psychology
 You have a wide selection of      Department and takes
  subjects to choose from - 21      approximately 1hour with
                                    multi-choice questions
 We are the only university to    This combined with your
  allow students 2 weeks to try     CAO application will
  out all subjects, before          determine a place in Arts for
  making a final choice             you
Making the Decision

 Research your preferred       Take action and decide
  careers and their              which CAO course is your
  consequences for you           best route to this job
 Look at postgraduate studies  Study subjects which you
  too if you want to have a      really enjoy
  clear goal of where you want  Remember – this is just the
  to go with your competed       first step of the journey!
The Student Experience

 Facilities on campus include a sports hall, climbing wall, 25m
  swimming pool, gymnasium, ten natural grass playing
  pitches, a floodlit synthetic grass pitch and an athletics track
 Over 40 sports clubs ranging from field sports to water sports,
  martial arts to indoor clubs
- Something to suit everyone
The Student Experience

 Opportunities for additional study beyond your degree –
  unique bilingual campus
-our Diploma in Irish is very popular

 Over 83 societies to join – from Debating to Filmsoc, Mature
  Students Society to a Chocolate Society
CAO Application
 Application Fee – €45 or €35 for online application made by
  Jan 20th
 Apply online or on hard copy
 Deadline 1st February
 Amend details not later than March 1st
 It is your responsibility to read the CAO handbook carefully
  especially page 4, 5,6 &14.
 NUI Galway Courses page 67-68
Offers of Places

 Round A -1st week of July
 Very Important to respond within the dates given
 Mature Students will sit an aptitude test on April 17th (Arts only)
 Interview may apply in some courses such as GY106
 Interview will apply in Health Sciences courses, GY502,
  GY503 and GY504
Courses and Quotas

• 10% quota reserved for mature students in all courses in the
• No quota in Medicine (GY501) or in Pure Psychology
• Mature students wishing to study Psychology apply to BA
  Undenominated course (GY101)
Nursing Studies Quotas

• General (GY525)        15%

• Psychiatric (GY526)     40%

• Midwifery (GY527)        20%

• Aptitude test April 10th set by An Bord Altranais, followed
  later by interview
Procedures for assessing mature
• Arts: Written application through the CAO and written
  assessment (aptitude test in April)

• Date of assessment: Saturday 17th April
• Interviews for BA Connect programmes likely
Assessment Procedures

• Law:                               Written application
  through the CAO        No written test or interview
• Commerce: Written application through the CAO
      No written test or interview
      Foundation course available
Selection Procedures

• Science: Written application through the CAO
  No written test or interview
Foundation course available (p/t)

• Engineering: Written application through the CAO and
  occasionally interview with Dean or course director
Foundation course available (p/t)
Health Sciences
• No entry to Medicine (GY501) on mature years grounds

• OT (GY502), SLT (GY503) and Podiatry (GY504) 2/3
  places in each
• Written application through the CAO
• Applicants short listed for interview in June
Nursing Studies
• Nursing Studies: Written application through
  the CAO and written assessment (aptitude test)
  and interviews organised by An Bord Altranais
  (tel. 01 6398500)
• Date of assessment Saturday 10th April
• See website:
• See information booklet:
• Nursing/Midwifery A career for you 2010
Social, Personal, Financial and Academic

• Mature Students Officer available daily on drop-
  in basis or by appointment
• Disability Officer, Counselling, Chaplaincy,
• Careers advisers
• Health Unit staffed by nurses, doctors,
  psychiatrist etc. free service to students
• Special Return to Learning programme for
  mature students prior to registration
• (Early September)
• Special Orientation programme
Supports contd.

• Mentoring programme for mature students
• Social evenings, parties and children‟s parties etc
  organised by Mature Students Officer and by Mature
  Students Society
• Focus groups on “Adjusting to College” run for mature
• Special Study Skills, Applied Writing, Computer
  Training, Memory Techniques
• Hardship fund in the university
• University crèche and assistance with childcare costs for
  low income students
• Accommodation Office to provide assistance
    Government supports and policies for
    Third level
• Dept. of Education and Science “Free Fees” scheme
• “Free Fees” Conditions
• Must be EU National or have refugee status
• Must be three of previous five years resident in EU member
• Must not already be Level 8
  degree holder
Free Fees scheme contd.

• Must not have been in and opted out of third level course
  within last five years

• „Second chance‟ students ok

• Cert, Diploma and Level 7 degree holders ok
Local Authority (County Council)
• Apply in June/July
• Means tested on income for financial year 2009
• Independent vs. Dependent Mature Student
• €3,420 per annum 2009 / 2010 year
• Top-up grant (additional €3270) paid to low
  income (€22,000) students in receipt of Social
  Welfare payments since previous December
Fee Components

Course Fee Arts 2009/2010 = €5,822
                   Made up of:

• Tuition Fee (paid by DES)
• Non-tuition or Registration fee
(paid by Co. Council for grant holders
= €1,500 Euros)
• Student Services Charge
paid by every student
= €224
BTEA Dept. of Community and
Family Affairs
• Qualifying conditions:               Must be 12 months in
  receipt of eligible Social Welfare payment prior to
  commencement of college course

• 9 months in certain cases if registered with Fás and with
  Fás approval
• See website:
Foundation Courses

 Commerce and Business
 Science/Engineering and I.T.
 October to April, 2 evenings a week
 Preparatory Courses to relevant degree programmes at NUI
  Galway and GMIT
 Apply directly to University for these courses, not through
 Fee 2009 – 360 Euros or 50 Euros (SW)
Contact Information
         Mary Liddy / Trish Hoare
                Room 225
             Aras Ui Chathail
               NUI Galway
               091 492695
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