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The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, classroom-based and online, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.




8 weeks

Start date

12 Feb

Our short courses will start the week of the 12th of February and are offered online or in person (classroom) on campus. The short (non-accredited) courses run for 8 weeks - one evening per week from 7 to 9pm. See full listing below:

Short Courses 2024

An Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy Classroom
Writing for the Internet Online
Foundations of Data Visualization: A Practical Guide for Beginners Online
Conscious Choices for Sustainable Living Classroom
Brush up your Spanish Online
Renewable Energy Technologies: Principles, Applications, and Uses Online
Beginners Italian  Online
Brush up your German  Online
Understanding the Earth’s Goldilocks climate – and the changes that threaten it Classroom
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Online
The Practice of Poetry by Dr Rachel Coventry Classroom

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Tá an fhoirm ar fáil i mBéarla amháin faoi láthair ach is féidir leat teagmháil a dhéanamh le sa chás go bhfuiltear ag iarraidh iarratas a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge.

See brochure below for more details on the courses:

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Short Courses 2024 Brochure


How do I apply?

Applications can be made online here. Postal and in-person application options are not available.

This form is currently only available in English, but you can contact if you wish to apply through Irish.

Tá an fhoirm ar fáil i mBéarla amháin faoi láthair ach is féidir leat teagmháil a dhéanamh le sa chás go bhfuiltear ag iarraidh iarratas a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge.

Participants for the online courses will be emailed an access link to the course before the course start date. Courses start the week beginning 12th February 2024. The day and time for each course are listed above on the website.

When is the closing date?

The closing date is Wednesday 7th February, 2024

How much does the course cost?

The online short courses cost €145. 

Where are the courses held?

The courses will be delivered in a classroom or online via Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the access code and password the week before the course starts.

Are there any exams?

No, there are no exams at the end of the short courses as these courses are non-accredited.

Will I get a certificate?

No, you will not receive a certificate at the end of the courses as these courses are non-accredited.


Our courses require a minimum number of enrolments. Courses that do not reach this will be cancelled. Applicants will be offered an alternative course or will be refunded* the course fee. To avoid not being able to enrol on a course through oversubscription or cancellation please apply as early as possible.

Refunds are only available if we have to cancel a course. It is in this regard that you are requested to inform yourself of the content of the course before enrolment.

*Please note that refunds are processed by the University of Galway and may take some time.

Who can I contact?

If you have any further queries, you can call 091 494059 or email:

Quotes from our Short Courses students...


Eve Edgeworth |   Italian Online

The online Italian course was brilliant; it was great to learn something new and also to "meet" new people. Oriana was a brilliant teacher, very engaging and fun.

Liz Kelly |   Podcasting

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, I learned a lot and feel confident about pursuing my ideas and planning for my podcast. Orla was so open and inclusive of everyone - she is so experienced and yet so open to everything that we had to say.

Aoife Keane |   Beginners Italian

Overall is was a very well run, fun and engaging course. I would happily enroll in another online course in University of Galway based on this positive experience.

Anonymous Student |   Brush up your French

The course was very worthwhile - any French conversation is fantastic! The course brought us all along no matter what our level was, I think the more we do as a French student group will help to look up more videos online to improve our listening and understanding.

Anonymous Student |   Poetry

Emily created such a supportive space and was generous with her information. Her enthusiasm and encouragement brought out the best in all of us, no matter what our starting point was. Such an enjoyable learning experience and friends made too!