Springboard Banner 2021‌Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

NB: The courses listed below are closed for 2020 however a number of our modules are funded by the Government's Modular Skills Provision initiative to cover 90% to 100% of the fees. Eligibility criteria are the same as for Springboard+ courses. Find out more about our Jobs Stimulus Courses here.

Springboard+ offers a choice of 332 government-funded, part-time and intensive conversion courses in higher education from certificate, to degree, to postgraduate level. See www.springboardcourses.ie for full details.

The following NUI Galway courses have a limited number of government-funded places for Springboard+ applicants in the 2020/21 academic year. Courses are part-time and will be delivered via online learning.

NFQ Level 8:
NFQ Level 9:

HCI Pillar 1 Courses

HCI Pillar 1 offers over 90 graduate conversion, full-time courses at level 8 Higher Diploma or level 9 Postgraduate Diploma. Courses offered are in areas of skills shortage and emerging technologies. The following NUI Galway full-time courses have been approved under the HCI Pillar 1 in the 2020/21 academic year. 

NB: The closing dates for application vary for each course from mid-August to mid-September so please refer to the individual course pages for further application and eligibility criteria details.


Please refer to the Springboard + website for eligibility criteria and required documentation.


All applications for these courses are made via the Springboard+ website.

My Springboard Course

My Springboard Course

Dr Eimear O'Hara tells us her experience taking a part-time Springboard+ course at NUI Galway.