NUI Galway will host its autumn undergraduate open day this Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm. The event, which has been reimagined as a virtual event in line with current public health guidelines, will provide an extensive interactive online experience which will allow students, parents, and guidance counsellors to explore courses and careers and to connect with NUI Galway staff and students throughout the day.
During the open day participants will have the opportunity to explore courses, careers, and support services by visiting the virtual exhibition which will include 89 virtual stalls, where visitors can download relevant details, watch videos, and web chat to the stall representatives.
NUI Galway offers more than 70 undergraduate courses which can be explored both at the relevant stalls and also at the live online presentations. The 45 live presentations will take place across five parallel rooms and visitors are encouraged to view the schedule in advance and plan their day.
Live online talks include introductions to broad subject areas including arts, business, law, engineering, science, medicine, and nursing, as well as introductions to more niche, specialised courses. New courses for entry in 2021 are also featured in the schedule of live talks including the new Bachelor of Science (agricultural science ) and the new Bachelor of Arts (global media ).
A key part of any open day is the opportunity to hear from current students and their experiences. The virtual open day will begin with a live panel discussion, Student Voices: Preparing for College 2021, featuring students from across a range of disciplines sharing their top tips for choosing courses, starting college, and managing pressure.
Sarah Geraghty, director of student recruitment and outreach at NUI Galway, said: “The Leaving Certificate class of 2021 are facing a challenging year and the aim of our open day is to support students and parents as they start to think about college options for next year. We hope the open day will be an informative and dynamic event which will help students to focus on the study and career opportunities that awaits them, and how they can prepare now for their life at university.”
Representatives from NUI Galway’s support services teams will be available to chat with students and parents, including stalls dedicated to accommodation, admissions, fees, and other professional and support services.
The Access Centre will provide information on the alternative entry routes to third level education including mature students’ entry, HEAR/DARE schemes, and QQI/FETAC Level 5 places. Staff from Shannon College of Hotel Management and St Angela’s College Sligo will also be available on the day.