Weekend Courses

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% (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 2018. 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 submit proof of their test results for our records.


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. Examples of 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 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 on a first come first served basis so please get your application in early to avoid disappointment.


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. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.


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.

How to apply

Applications for our February/March 2019 courses will open in January. Those eligible to apply, people who were unsuccessful in September, have been contacted directly with further details

How to apply:
1. Fill in the online application form;
2. Email proof of your child's latest test result to youthacademy@nuigalway.ie, or photocopy and post to Geraldine Marley, Youth Academy, NUI Galway

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. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note: 1000 applications were received last September for 250 places. Some people who applied at 9.04am on the day applications opened were not offered a place.

February/March 2019 Dates

Our next weekend courses will be in February/March 2019. These courses are only open to those who applied in September but were unsuccessful in getting a place

Saturday 2nd February10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 9th February10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 16th February10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 24th FebruaryNo class- midterm break
Saturday 2nd March10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 9th March10.00am-12.30pm
Saturday 16th MarchNo class- St Patrick's Weekend
Saturday 23rd March10.00am-12.30pm

Our next open round of courses will be summer camps in July 2019