About

Why come to the Youth Academy?

The Youth Academy at NUI Galway is a unique opportunity for primary school students to get experience of learning in a University.

Students will be taught by engaging and friendly lecturers who are experts in their subject areas. All courses are highly interactive and use a variety of teaching techniques to ensure students get the most out of their experience at NUI Galway. The courses we offer are outside of the primary school curriculum which allows students the opportunity to make new discoveries in different areas of study, in a fun and interactive way. The Youth Academy also enriches the school experience by enabling students to learn about new and exciting subjects.

Who can apply?

The Youth Academy is aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th class primary school students.

Students wishing to participate must demonstrate high academic ability and be in the top 5%, or 95th percentile, (StEN 9 or 10) based on standardised tests carried out annually in primary schools (Drumcondra, SIGMA-T or MICRA-T). Your school will have the results of these tests and can tell you if your child is eligible. You should also have received their results on your childs report card. You will need to submit proof of their test results for our records.

Courses

There are a number of different specially designed courses on offer for students to choose from.

Our courses range from IT to Italian, Psycholgy to Engineering and Mandarin to Physics. The October/November courses are listed on the course descriptions page. Students only participate in one of the courses for the duration of the six week programme. On the application form you will be asked to choose your top 3 subject choices in order of preference. There are a limited number of places in each of the courses (approx 15 people). Unfortunately we cannot guarantee your first choice of course. Some of the courses are extremely popular and fill very quickly. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis so please get your application in early to avoid disappointment.

Fees

A fee of €150.00 per student applies to the six week course plus a graduation day. If you are successfully selected you will be contacted regarding fee payment afterwards.

Due to popular demand and limited number of places, not all applicants will receive a place. It is advisable to book early. In the event that we are heavily oversubscribed for the Youth Academy, places will be allocated according to early application and level of demand for particular areas of interest.

Scholarships

We have a limited number of scholarships, based on economic circumstance, available for students to attend the Youth Academy free of charge.

If you have a medial card you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Please apply via the online application form by entering your medical card details. Not all who apply for a scholarship will be successful. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis so it is advisable to book early.

Next courses

Our next round of courses will take place in October/November 2014. Please see below for dates and times

DateTime
Saturday 11th October10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 18th October10.00am-12.30pm
No class due to Midterm Break
Saturday 1st November10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 8th November10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 15th November10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 22nd November10.00am-12.30pm