Frequently Asked Questions

‌‌‌How do I get to Galway?
Shannon Airport (SNN) is approx 1 hours drive from Galway, and is the most convenient international airport to Galway city.  Shannon Airport is serviced by Bus Éireann
Dublin Airport (DUB) is approx 3 hours from Galway.  There are frequent bus connections by the following bus serivces:
Bus Éireann 

What is the Application Deadline? 
Please refer to each programme for the enrolment deadline.  

When should I arrive/depart?
Irish Studies: Arrive Tuesday, June 20 and depart Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
Education in Ireland: Arrive Thursday, June 29 and depart Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Irish Language: Arrive Friday, July 14 and depart Friday, August 11, 2017.
Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland: Arrive Sunday June 18 and depart Saturday July 1, 2017 or arrive Sunday July 2 and depart Saturday July 15, 2017.

How do I apply?  
Please apply online at
The online application system will open for 2017 in November 2016.

What are the programme fees?  
Fees are listed seperately for each course. 
Payment should be made online.

What is the cost of living?
Allow up to €700 per month for meals and cost of living expenses (excluding accommodation).  This is an estimate only and will depend on each student’s individual needs.

Where will I live?
Living accommodations vary depending on the programme. 
Irish Studies:  Student residence (Gort na Coiribe) / Host families located near the University.
Education in Ireland: 
Student residence (Cuirt na Coiribe) / Host families located near the University. 
Irish Language: Host families located near the Irish Language Centre (Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge), in Carraroe, approx 1 hour from Galway City.
Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland:  Student residence (Gort na Coiribe) / Host families located near the University.

Do I need to bring towels/bed linen? Is breakfast provided?
Accommodation in student residences is assigned on a bed only basis.  Each unit is self-contained and includes kitchen/dining/living area and bathroom/bedroom(s). Bed-linen and towels are provided in student residences.  Bed linen, towels and breakfast are included in homestays.   

Do I need a visa?
You can check if you need a visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service
As a Summer School student, you will spend approximately five weeks in Ireland and therefore do not need to register with immigration.  When checked by Immigration on arrival, your passport will be stamped up to the end date of the Summer School.  Should you wish to stay for a longer period you may need to notify immigration in Ireland. 
Please ensure you bring your passport and original letter of offer with you to show to immigration officials at your point of entry to Ireland.

Do I need to bring books? Will I have access to computer suites?
A reading list will be mailed in advance of course commencement.  Texts will be available in the University bookshop and library.  Students will have access to the library and PC suites for the duration of the programme.  Wifi access is available on campus, should you wish to use your laptop. 

Do I need Medical Insurance?
Yes, you should arrange your own Medical Insurance and bring a copy of relevant documentation with you.  A list of doctors and dentists located close to campus will be included in the information pack at registration.

How do I request a transcript?
Transcripts will be mailed to your home institution unless otherwise requested. 

To request additional transcripts, click here:  Summer School Transcript Request Form

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