Irish Studies

Quadrangle Building Image

Course Overview

This course comprises an integrated introduction to Irish Studies incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines, a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as Identity, Emigration, and Religion, and a broad range of elective courses as outlined below. The series of field trips is designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall course structure.

Programme Details

Dates: June 20 – July 19,  2017
6 Semester Credits*/12 ECTS Credits
Enrolment Deadline: April 21, 2017
Location: NUI Galway

*Also, available to register for Graduate Credits

Programme Outline

Academic Director: Dr. Louis de Paor                               

Please click on the module below for course description and Faculty:

SS115 Representing Ireland - Literature and Film
SS116 The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland
SS117 Irish History
SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland
SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
SS120 Gaelic Culture and Literature
SS121 Irish Society
SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance

Irish Language Classes

As part of the Irish Studies programme, introductory classes in the Irish Language will be provided for interested students.

Teaching Methods

Teaching will be by means of lectures, seminars, dramatic performances, guided tours and informed contact with the music, language and people of Ireland. An interdisciplinary approach will be used within each course and between the courses of the Irish Studies programme.

Students will have access to the library, audio and visual facilities of the University. Assessment for those requiring credit will be carried out on a continuous basis.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally required to be university graduates or have completed two full years at university or college level before being admitted to the programme. Students should also have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Required Application Documentation

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

  • 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

€2,100 (Euro)

€1,310 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – single occupancy)
€1,160 - Family Guesthouse (with Irish breakfast – sharing) 
€875  - Student Residence (without breakfast -single occupancy)

Further Information

Programme Administrator
International Summer School Programme
NUI Galway

Tel: +353 91 495442
Fax: +353 91 525051



Applications open November 2016