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 14 - August 11, 2017
6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits
Enrolment Deadline:  21 April 2017
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 Framework 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 express themselves at an improved level of fluency. (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 Connemara 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.

Entry Requirements

Courses on offer are at beginners, intermediate and advanced level. Students are registered for the course best suited to their standard in the language.  Applicants should be 18 years of age or over.

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 and Fees: 
€1,500 (Euro)

€960 full board, sharing 
€1,380 full board, single room

Further Information

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


Appications open November 2016