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.
Students wishing to participate must demonstrate high academic ability and be in the top 5% (STEN 9 or 10, standardised score of 123 or above, or in the 95th percentile ) based on standardised tests carried out annually in primary schools (Drumcondra, SIGMA-T or MICRA-T). Students need to get this score in English or Maths, it does not have to be in both subjects. Eligibility is based on their most recent test result- Summer 2019. These results are usually noted on your child's report card. Your school will also have the results of these tests and can tell you if your child is eligible to apply. You will need to upload proof of their test results to their application for our records.
Our courses range from IT to Italian, Psycholgy to Engineering and Mandarin to Physics. 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 16 people). Unfortunately we cannot guarantee your first choice of course. Some of the courses are extremely popular and fill very quickly. Places are allocated by random selection
Due to popular demand and limited number of places, not all applicants will receive a place. Places are allocated on a random selection basis.
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. 25% of the total number of palces we have on offer are allocated on a scholarship basis.
Not all who apply for a scholarship will be successful. Places are allocated on a random selection basis
Places are allocated on a random selection basis so you can apply at any time during the above dates. The time of application is not taken into account.
The Youth Academy is always very heavily oversubscribed. We receive almost 4 applications for every place we have on offer so not everyone that applies will be successful in getting a place.
Please note: 1200 applications were received last September for 320 places.
Youth Academy typically attracts a high volume of applications each year and places are offered following a random selection process. People have 5 days (between Monday 9th and Friday 13th September) to make an application via our online application form. Once the application window closes our system will:
The random approach to the selection process means the following will not be taken into consideration in the allocation of places:
Further information on our application and section policy is available here: Application and Selection Policy
|Saturday 5th October||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Saturday 12th October||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Saturday 19th October||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Saturday 26th October||No class due to midterm break|
|Saturday 2nd November||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Saturday 9th November||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Saturday 16th November||10.00am-12.30pm|
|Graduation: Saturday 16th November||1.30pm-3.00pm|