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.  Dublin Airport (DUB) is approx 3 hours from Galway.  There are frequent bus connections from both airports to Galway.  

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

When should I arrive/depart?
Irish Studies: Arrive Tuesday, June 24th and depart Wednesday, July 23rd.
Education in Ireland: Arrive Wednesday, July 2nd and depart Saturday, July 26th.
Irish Language: Arrive Friday, July 11th and depart Friday, August 8th

How do I apply?  
Please apply online at 

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 and Education in Ireland;     Student residence (Gort 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. 

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?
As a Summer School student, you are here for approximately five weeks and 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 that you carry your passport and letter of acceptance with you on arrival.

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. 

You may request additional transcript(s) by downloading, completing, and mailing the Transcript Request Form to the address noted on the form. Each transcript request involves a €10.00 charge, which may be paid by bank draft or international money order.