University Foundation Programme in Galway, Ireland

The Programme

This University Foundation Programme prepares students to progress on to higher education in Ireland at Undergraduate Level. The Galway Business School (GBS), in conjunction with our sister company, Galway Cultural Institute (GCI), offers English language classes with subject specific knowledge in the streams of Business, Science or Engineering. Students who successfully pass this programme at the requisite level will be given conditional letters of offer to partner colleges and universities.

  • Duration

    One Academic Year

  • ECTS

    European Credit Transfer Scheme
    30 ECTS

  • Next Start Date

    23 September 2024

  • Accrediting Body

    Galway Business School

  • Mode

    Full-time Day

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications
    Level 5

  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment & Exam

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 5.5 or equivalent

Programme Learning Outcomes

This University Foundation Programme will enable learners to:

  •  Make the transition into third level with ease and confidence
  •  Acquire keys skills in the area of study methods which will assist your throughout their third level journey
  • Gain a high level of English language proficiency, in preparation for life-long learning and success
  • Understand how business interacts in cross-cultural domains and an appreciation of intercultural differences are promoted through a number of programme learning tools and exercises

"I will never forget this year, all the team were very helpful and welcoming. Thanks to GBS I discovered this beautiful city and this wonderful country" 

Olivier Coste, GBS Graduate

Programme Content

• Academic English
• IELTS Exam Preparation
• Learn to Learn
• Computer Application
• Quantitative Methods
• Introduction to Marketing
• Business Communications

Delivery Modes – Full-time Day

This course is delivered on a full-time (Day) basis. Students will benefit from small class sizes and close interaction with lecturers in the English and Business modules. Additional workshops and tutorials will be provided to students throughout the school year to assist students in their study.

Staropramen Brewery Prague - Study Abroad Trip 2018

Staropramen Brewery Prague - Study Abroad Trip 2018

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed 12 years of High School with all pass grades (C or above) or equivalent. 

Non-native applicants must have a minimum IELTS 5.5 with no individual component less than 4.5 from a recognised IELTS testing centre. If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements for direct entry to the Foundation year, you may undertake one of our English language programmes to bring you up to the requisite level for Undergraduate study.


You will be assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and examinations throughout the programme. These can take the form of written examinations, individual or group projects, mock interviews and presentations.

Academic Career & Progression Routes 

Students who successfully pass this programme at the requisite level will be given conditional letters of offer to partner colleges and universities. Successfully completing this programme will serve as an excellent and formally recognised bridge between a student’s current educational qualification and further studies in a higher education setting; one which will be welcomed by top-ranking Irish institutions. 

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