Irish Language


Course Overview

The National University of Ireland, Galway offers Irish Language courses at beginners', intermediate and advanced levels each summer. These courses are located at the University's Irish-Language Centre (Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain), An Cheathrú Rua in the heart of Connemara (approx 1 hour from Galway City). Quite apart from being a region of great beauty, Connemara is a major Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district) and is endowed with a rich folk tradition. The village of An Cheathrú Rua, therefore, provides the ideal location for learning Irish in its natural environment.

Programme Details

Dates:     July 10 – August 7,  2015  Credits:     6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits
Enrolment Deadline:    April 24, 2015  Location: NUI Galway Irish Language Centre, An Cheathrú Rua, Co . Galway

Programme Outline

Academic Director: Dorothy Ní Uigín

SS102 Beginners Course (A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

This four week intensive course provides a basic knowledge of spoken Irish and a general introduction to Irish linguistic culture. It is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of Irish. (6 Semester Credits)

SS103 Elementary Course (A2 on the Common European Framenwork of Reference for Languages)

The University is also offering a course for those who have some knowledge of the spoken language.  Its aim is to help participants expess themselves at an improved level of grammer and vocabulary. (6 Semester Credits)

SS104 Intermediate Course (B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The University is also offering a course for those who have a general knowledge of the language structures and a good vocabulary.  Its aim is to help participants become fluent and communicate more effectively in the spoken dialect of Conamara Irish. (6 Semester Credits)

SS105 Ardchúrsa (B2 on the Common Framework of Reference for Languages)

Tá an Ollscoil ag tairiscint cúrsa dóibh siúd a bhfuil ardchaighdeán Gaeilge acu.  Beidh na rannpháirtithe in ann labhairt go líofa agus beidh tuiscint acu ar struchtúir agus rialacha na teanga. (6 Chreidmheas Seimeastair)

Each course will include:

  • Intensive instruction in spoken Irish each day.
  • Special classes in traditional Irish singing and dancing.
  • Introductory lectures on relevant topics including Irish History, Literature, Folklore and Society.

Cultural Activities

Excursions and visits will be arranged to several Irish-speaking locations to experience language and culture in their natural environment. Towns and villages that will be visited include Ros a’ Mhíl, Ros Muc and An Spidéal with its local specialised crafts. The course will include receptions and evenings of traditional Irish entertainment for students.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees
€1,450 (Euro)

€945 full board, sharing  
€1,365 full board, single room

Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:    

Programme Administrator
Summer School Office,
NUI, Galway. 
T: +353 91 495442                                                                                                                             



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