Irish Language


Course Overview

National University of Ireland, Galway offers Irish Language courses at beginners and intermediate levels each Summer. These courses are located at the University's Irish Language Centre (Árus Mháirtín Uí Chadhain), Carraroe (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 11 – August 8,  2014.  Credits:     6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits.
Enrolment Deadline:    April 25, 2014  Location: NUI Galway Irish Language Centre, Carraroe, Co . Galway

Programme Outline

Academic Director: Dónall Ó Braonáin

SS102 Beginners Course

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

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

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

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 uile 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 which will be visited include Carna and Rossaveal, Rosmuc and Spiddal 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. 
Tel: +353 91 495442                                                                                                                             
Fax: +353 91 525051  



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