Summer Study Programmes
The Commercial Services Office at NUI Galway offers study programmes during the summer months, including English language courses and faculty-led summer study abroad programmes.
English Language Courses
The National University of Ireland, Galway offers a range of English courses during the summer months in both General and Business English. Find out more
Course Dates and Fees
General English Courses
SU291 Intermediate Level
SU292 Advanced Level
SU293 Proficiency Level
June 14th – July 5th (all levels)
July 5th – July 26th (all levels)
July 26th - August 16th (all levels)
SU294 Business & Executive English Courses
Business English Course Outline
June 14th - 28th
July 26th - August 9th
€495 (per two-week General English course)
€730 (per three-week General English course)
€760 (for Business and Executive English two-week course)
Note 1: There must be a minimum of four students enrolled to proceed with all courses
Note 2: Students usually check into their accommodation on the Saturday prior to the course and start exploring Galway before classes begin on Monday morning.
Academic Director: Dr. Sean Ryder
A range of English language courses are offered – General English – Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency Levels and also Business English. These courses are not designed for beginners. Students must be 18 years or over, and must have already attained at least post elementary/lower intermediate standard. Study in Galway will give students an opportunity to improve their English in the attractive rural environment of the West of Ireland. An important aspect of the programme will be an introduction to the rich cultural life of Galway and the West of Ireland.
SU291 General English – Intermediate Level
This two or three-week course is designed to develop fluency and communicative skills. There will be morning classes covering relevant grammar topics, vocabulary, related reading material and listening exercises. The course will also address material relevant to the Cambridge First Certificate in English.
SU292 General English – Advanced Level
This two or three-week course will extend the advanced student’s knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar and idiom, and will also develop fluency. Emphasis in the morning sessions is on speaking and listening skills. The classes will also be suitable for students who wish to sit the Cambridge Examination in Advanced English.
SU293 – General English – Proficiency Level
This two or three-week course is designed for students who have reached Advanced Level and wish to prepare for the Cambridge Proficiency Examination. Classes will concentrate on the use of authentic materials, fluency, advanced idiom practice and regional accent variations. The course will also cover the use of English for Academic Purposes.
SU294 Business English Course
This two-week course is intended for people with a business background or students of business and commerce. Morning sessions concentrate on language functions and vocabulary relevant to business life/business communications. Please note there must be a minimum of four students to run this course.
Classes will be restricted in size appropriate to intensive English language tuition. The courses are structured to cover grammar, conversation/culture and listening comprehension. Student participation is encouraged through topic-based communicative activities – debates, discussions, role-play, reports and presentation on such topics as modern society; the media, advertising, politics, the arts, etc.
Social and Leisure Programme
One excursion per week is included in the cost and may include the Aran Islands, a cruise on Lough Corrib or a visit to the theatre. In addition, Galway is bustling during the summer months and details of the various festivals/events will be sent with the registration information. Students may also use NUI Galway's state-of-the-art sports and leisure complex at special rates.
- A 25-metre, 6-lane, moveable-floor swimming pool with saunas and steam room
- Fully equipped, 130-piece, life fitness gym facility
- International size sports hall with bleachers to hold 660
- High-tech climbing wall
- Squash, racketball and basketball courts along with resistance and core training areas
- Over 100 pieces of CV equipment incorporating cardio theatre equipment
The fee included for accommodation is for Corrib Village, NUI Galway’s student accommodation, which is beautifully situated on the University campus overlooking the River Corrib. The complex, comprised of apartments, has capacity for 800 people and boasts a wide range of on-site facilities such as free Wi-Fi, a self-service laundrette, a convenience shop, tennis courts and a free shuttle bus service to the city centre. Guests can also avail of an on-site games room and a barbeque area for those long summer evenings. In addition, reception staff and security personnel are on hand 24/7 to ensure an enjoyable and hassle-free stay for all guests. Participants are allocated single bedrooms in an apartment, which contains a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable living area complete with digital TV and a bathroom. Breakfast is not included in the price; there are kitchen facilities in all apartments and there is a range of campus restaurants to choose from.
Courses are held at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The exact venue is confirmed to students prior to arrival.
Students must pay online by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). On completion of registration, they receive a confirmation email stating the options selected and fee deducted from their card.
Conditions of registration
Students are expected to insure themselves against theft, loss, accidents and damage or medical expenses that may arise. The organising committee does not accept responsibility for any of the above.
Provided that a written cancellation is received 6 weeks prior to arrival, the full payment (minus 20% for bank charges and handling) will be refunded. No refunds will be given after that date. The cancellation policy applies to all reservations made. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. Please submit cancellation in writing to the English Language Centre.
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programmes
Established in 1845, with an initial intake of 63 students in 1849, NUI Galway is now a thriving University which boasts over 17,000 students. Of these, over 2,000 are international students from approximately 110 countries around the world. Such a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds makes NUI Galway a truly exciting place to study. The University consists of five Colleges as follows: College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies; College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; College of Business, Public Policy and Law; College of Science; College of Engineering and Informatics. Notable NUI Galway alumni include Martin Sheen and President Michael D. Higgins.
"My experience here in Galway has accounted for so many great memories that I'll have for the rest of my life. Part of the success of my program was largely due to the staff here at NUI Galway and Corrib Village. Everyone has been so accommodating and helpful. All of the interactions I've had with the staff have been positive and they are more than happy to help you. Thanks so much for making my time here so enjoyable!"
- Colleen Roach, a Faculty Led Study Abroad Programme Student
All students will be based in Corrib Village, NUI Galway’s student accommodation, which is beautifully situated on the University campus overlooking the River Corrib. The complex, comprised of apartments, has capacity for 800 people and boasts a wide range of on-site facilities such as free Wi-Fi, a self-service laundrette, a convenience shop, tennis courts and a free shuttle bus service to the city centre. Guests can also avail of an on-site games room and a barbeque area for those long summer evenings. In addition, reception staff and security personnel are on hand 24/7 to ensure an enjoyable and hassle-free stay for all guests.
When it comes to catering, students are spoilt for choice, with 15 cafés/restaurants on campus. Meals can be pre-booked but students also have access to fully equipped kitchens in their apartments should they prefer to cook. The University also boasts state-of–the-art meeting facilities and a choice of lecture theatres, boardrooms and classrooms. Audiovisual/computer equipment is offered in addition to on-site technical support. Students at the University also have access to the internet, the James Hardiman Library and a wide range of sports facilities.