Welcome to the International Summer School

NUI Galway is located on the banks of the River Corrib about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Galway City. From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland.

Founded in 1845 with an initial intake of 63 students, NUI Galway is now a thriving institution with over 17,000 full and part-time students, of which 1,500 are international students representing over 92 countries across the globe, making up over 10% of the student population.

NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills needed to pursue successful careers. The University is comprised of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies; College of Engineering and Informatics; College of Business, Law and Public Policy; College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and College of Science.

 The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy. In tandem with it’s exciting range of programme, the University campus has also expanded and developed. In 2006, NUI Galway embarked on a visionary development programme aimed at improving the University's campus facilities, academic programmes and student amenities. The University is well on the way to creating the Campus of the Future, welcoming more students each year and developing a prestigious and innovative University.

This major investment programme, includes planning for new buildings, as well as extensions and renovations of existing facilities, many of which are currently underway.


The International Summer School at NUI Galway offers programmes in Irish Studies, Education in Ireland (a programme designed to offer North American teachers an opportunity to study aspects of the Irish Education System), Irish Language, Teaching English as a Foreign Language and John McGahern International Seminar.  It also provides academic credit for the Achill Archaeological Field School and Caherconnell Archaeological Field School.