Welcome to NUI Galway’s International Summer School.  Each year the University welcomes over 300 hundred summer school students with an interest in Irish Studies, Education in Ireland, Irish Language, English Language, Play Therapy, Ecology, Archaeology and Geology.

The summer school courses on offer will bring you a rich and diverse perspective of the subject area, and are taught by expert lecturers and educational professionals who have a vast range of knowledge of their subject matter.

Educational field trips are an integral part of the summer school courses and will provide you with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of your specialism to its fullest extent. During your stay, you will also have time to explore Galway City and many other parts of Ireland which are within easy of the region.

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Summer School
English Language Centre
Education in Ireland Summer School
Irish Language Summer School
Irish Studies Summer School
Practice Based Play Therapy (P Cert/Dip) 
Achill Archaeological Field School
Burren Geology School
Caherconnell Archaeological Field School
Galway Archaeological Field School
The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology

Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland

Course Overview

This new and exciting course offers students practical experience of the natural environment in the west of Ireland. It provides students with survey skills to identify natural resources and develops their skills to evaluate the sustainable use and conservation of Ireland’s ecological resources.

County Galway, on Ireland’s Atlantic West Coast is a land of contrasts. Influenced by its oceanic climate, glacial history, hydrology, geology and human habitation it has developed a variety of beautiful and landscapes with unique and fascinating habitats and species. From the fertile rocks of the Burren karst limestone to the raised bogs of the midlands, the sheer cliffs of the Aran Islands to the salt marshes of Galway Bay, there is a wealth of natural history to explore.

This course is designed to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to studying ecology by looking at all aspects of how these habitats are created and maintained through natural processes and anthropogenic activity. It will also consider conservation and sustainability issues and how a sound understanding of these ecological processes is used to combat the challenges facing the environment. 

Course Modules

Module I: SS1151 Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country (6 ECTS/3 Semester Credits)

Focusing on Connemara, Lough Corrib and Joyce Country and examines the ecology and conservation of blanket bogs, uplands and freshwater habitats of County Galway.

Module 2: SS1152 Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway (6 ECTS/3 Semester Credits)

Focusing on the habitats and species of the Burren and East County Galway including limestone pavement, turloughs and the raised bogs as well as the special coastal habitats of County Galway.

 Students may enrol on 1 or 2 modules.


June 19 -  June 30, 2017:  SS1151 Living Landscapes of Connemara and Joyce Country

July 3 -  July 14, 2017:  SS1152 Living Landscapes of the Burren and East County Galway

 Tuition & Accommodation Costs


1 module:  €1,420
2 modules:  €2,840

 Accommodation per two week module

€690 – Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast -  single occupancy)

€540 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast - sharing)

€475 – Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy)


The course is aimed at students who have completed two full years at University or College level before being admitted to the course and are undertaking any Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Natural History or Natural Heritage course.  Students should have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Required documentation

  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • A digital image/passport photo for your student identity card (headshot)
  • An official transcript of examination results

 Applications open November 2016 and close 21 April 2017.