University of Galway’s open days to feature interactive, hands-on experiences

University of Galway Simulation coordinator Philip Augusthinose demonstrates a patient examination to Falla Devitt. An exclusive interactive tour of new world-class healthcare simulation facilities is one of the many activities taking place during University of Galway’s autumn open days. Credit – Martina Regan.
Sep 26 2023 Posted: 10:27 IST

University of Galway are inviting prospective students, parents, guidance counsellors and teachers for the autumn undergraduate open days – with new special events offering hands-on experiences of some of the most innovative teaching and learning facilities.

A perfect opportunity for students to start preparing for CAO 2024, the autumn open days take place Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, from 9am to 3pm.

The University offers over 60 internationally recognised undergraduate degrees courses in areas such as Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Arts, Science, Engineering, Business, Law and Hotel Management and over 90% of courses offer students a work placement and/or study abroad opportunity ensuring graduates are work place ready, and much sought after by employers at home and abroad.

The two-day event is spread across five exhibitions and the schedule includes the largest ever programme of talks with over 100 course, subject, career and student support talks on offer.

A special feature of this open day will be exclusive access to some of the University’s most innovative teaching and learning facilities and hands-on experiences including:

-       Future medical students and their parents will not want to miss the interactive tour of new world-class healthcare simulation facilities located in the Clinical Science Institute Building. The interactive tour takes place on Saturday only and places are limited. Visitors can book a place on the tour at the Medicine stand in the Red Zone and the tour commences at 9:45am from the Red Zone.

-       The School of Law’s Moot Court will be open to visitors with five tours taking place each day. The Moot Court is designed to replicate the experience of a real court hearing for our students! Registration is required in advance at Stand 4 in the Orange Zone.

-       The College of Science and Engineering are offering interactive zones for future students to explore pathways and courses from 9am to 3pm on both the Friday and Saturday in the Green Zone (Engineering) and Purple Zone (Science and Computer Science).

-       Visitors are invited to join a Drama Masterclass, a practical drama workshop that gives a taste of the University’s degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Spaces are limited and registration is required in advance at the Drama stand in the Orange Zone.

-       Music students will be interested in a Music Masterclass by the ConTempo Quartet, recognised as one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The masterclass is taking place on Friday only at 1pm in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre in the Pink Zone.

The open day schedule includes a series of talks that will help students and parents prepare for college life with talks on Student Life, Sport, Study Abroad, Careers and ALIVE volunteering.

The Access Centre will host sessions on alternative pathways, mature student supports and the QQI/FETAC/PLC entry route. Parents are invited to attend a Parents’ Talk taking place on at 11:30am (on the Saturday only) with advice and guidance on how parents can support the progression to third level. 

Sarah Geraghty, Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach, highlighted the importance of providing students with opportunities to explore the campus and think about their future studies: “The aim of our open days is to give students a taste of college life and hopefully a sense of great possibility for their future university studies. Our University is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally and in the top 100 in Europe in addition to being ranked 34th in the world and number one university in Ireland by the THE Impact Rankings for its efforts in progressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our lecturers, staff and students are looking forward to meeting future students to help them navigate their way through the many diverse and exciting study and career pathways that await them.”

Advance registration is required, with further information and the full programme available at, or by emailing


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