Education in Ireland

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Course Overview

This programme is designed to offer North American teachers an opportunity to study aspects of the Irish Education System and, concurrently, to study the history, literature and culture of Ireland. It is be suitable for elementary and secondary teachers, adult educators and migrant minority language and special education teachers.

Programme Faculty includes members of the University; additionally guest educational practitioners contribute substantially to the programme.

Programme Structure and Method

The programme consists of two inter-related units:

  • The Education System of Ireland
  • History, Literature and Culture of Ireland

Teaching is by means of lectures, seminars, meetings with Irish educators and visits to educational institutions as well as guided cultural tours which facilitate contact with the music, language and people of Ireland. Students are provided with informal opportunities to view and study relevant videotapes from the university library. Facilities and time for private study as well as touring and sightseeing at weekends are offered. Assessment for those requiring credits is carried out on a continuous basis.

Programme Details

Dates:   June 29 – July 22,  2017
Credits:   6 Graduate Credits/12 ECTS Credits
Enrolment Deadline:   April 21, 2017
Location:   NUI Galway

Programme Outline

Academic Director: Dr. Anne Walsh

SS123 The Education System of Ireland
A review and analysis of the Irish educational system – its origins, development, structure and organisation – from early childhood to adult provision. Topics for special study may be selected for elementary, secondary or tertiary education; adult and continuing education; special education; vocational training. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with Irish educators during seminars and during visits to educational and social institutions in urban and rural settings.

Special arrangements for informal meetings between individual participants and their counterparts in Ireland will be facilitated during the programme.

For participants whose primary interest is Special Education, arrangements will be made for meetings with Irish practitioners in this field.

An overview of Irish History from the time of the famine, with particular emphasis on emigration and the factors leading up to the current political situation in Ireland.

A review of the literature and theatre of Ireland with emphasis on the distinctive achievements of 20th Century and contemporary writers.

An introduction to the music and folklore of Ireland as well as the Irish (Gaelic) language.

Entry Requirements

While there are no specific entry requirements, the programme is suitable for educators working as teachers or policy-makers and administrators, with an interest in the diverse perspectives of the history and development of education in Ireland.

Required Application Documentation

In order to complete an online application you are required to upload the following documentation

  • Resumé/Curriculum Vitae - please upload this document in lieu of a transcript
  • Passport photograph
  • Copy of Birth Certificate/Passport

Deposit & Fee Payment

On acceptance of a course offer, a deposit payment of €375 should be made to secure the course.  The balance of fees payable should be paid by 30 May 2017.  Payment can be made by three methods:

  • Via the online application system
  • International Bankers Draft/Money Order payable to the National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Electronic Funds Transfer using the information below:

Bank:   Bank of Ireland, 43 Eyre Square, Galway
Account Number:   28453773
Sort Code:   90 38 16
IBAN No:   IE 42 BOFI 903816 28453773

If payment is made by electronic transfer, applicants should notify the Summer School Office when payment has been processed and if possible forward a copy of the transfer documentation.

Transfers must be made in Euros and please ensure "Summer School & Applicants Name" is referenced on all bank transfers; if a third party is processing the payment, please ensure same.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition:  €2,150

€980 – Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – single occupancy)
€830  - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – sharing)
€675 – Student Residences (without breakfast - single occupancy)

Further Information

Programme Administrator
International Summer School Office
NUI Galway
T: +353  91 495442                                                                                                                 
F: +353 91 525051


Barney Keenan
127 Glen Rd.
Gorham, NH 03581
T: 603-466-2972



Applications open November 2016