How do I get to Galway?
Shannon Airport (SNN) is approx 1 hours drive from Galway, and is the most convenient international airport to Galway City. Shannon Airport is serviced by Bus Éireann.
Dublin Airport (DUB) is a 3 hour drive from Galway. There are frequent bus connections by the following bus services: Citylink, GoBus, Bus Éireann. These bus services have free Wi-Fi on board. It is also possible to take an Irish Rail train from Dublin's Heuston Station to Galway City. Free Wi-Fi is also available on the train service.
When should I arrive/depart?
Irish Studies: Arrive Monday, 18 June and depart Tuesday, 17 July, 2018.
Education in Ireland: Arrive Thursday, 28 June and depart Saturday, 21 July, 2018.
Irish Language: Arrive Friday, 13July and depart Friday, 10 August, 2018.
Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland: Arrive Sunday, 17 June and depart Saturday, 30 June, 2018 (SS1151 Living Landscapes in the Connemara & Joyce Country); Arrive Sunday, 2 July and depart Saturday, 13 July, 2018 (SS1152 Living Landscapes of the Burren & East County Galway)
You may wish to consider scheduling time before or after your course to travel around Ireland or Europe.
How do I apply?
Please go to Apply Now to make an application for one of our courses.
The online application system will open in 6 October, 2017 for summer school courses running in 2018.
What is the cost of living?
Allow up to €750 per month for meals and cost of living expenses (excluding accommodation). This is an estimate only and will depend on each student’s individual needs. Students opting for self-catering accommodation can avail of kitchen facilities in their apartments to cook meals instead of eating out.
Where will I live?
Students enrolling on courses the Irish Studies and Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland can opt to live in self-catering apartments in student residences or stay with a host family/guesthouse.
Students enrolling Education in Ireland course will be housed in self-catering apartments in student residences.
Students enrolling on the Irish Language Summer School will stay with an Irish speaking host family in Carraroe.
Achill Archaeological Field School on Achill Island, provides accommodation in residential units in a modern self-catering block adjacent to the Field School.
Burren Geology School students stay at Kilfenora Hostel in Kilfenora, Co Clare.
Caherconnell Archaeological Field School provides accommodation at the Kilfenora Hostel in Kilfenora, Co Clare.
Galway Archaeological Field School provides accommodation at Gort na Coiribe Student Residence in Galway City.
The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology provides self-catered accommodation in the nearby village of Corofin.
Do I need to bring towels/bed linen? Is breakfast provided?
Accommodation in the self-catering student residences is assigned on a bed only basis. Each unit is self-contained and includes kitchen/dining/living area and bathroom/bedroom(s).
Bed-linen and towels are provided in student residences.
Bed linen, towels and breakfast are included in homestays.
Do I need a visa?
You can check if you need a visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service.
As a summer school student, you will spend approximately five weeks in Ireland and therefore do not need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. When checked by Immigration on arrival, your passport will be stamped up to the end date of your course. Should you wish to stay for a longer period you may need to liaise with the Garda National Immigration Bureau in Ireland to have your stay extended.
Please ensure you bring your passport and original letter of offer with you, to show to immigration officials at your point of entry to Ireland.
Do I need to bring books?
A reading list will be emailed in advance of course commencement. Texts will be available in the University Bookshop and University Library. Students based on the NUI Galway campus will have access to the Library.
Will I have access to computer suites?
Students based at the NUI Galway campus in Galway City will have access to computer suites on campus. Wi-Fi access is available on campus, should you wish to use your laptop.
Do I need medical insurance?
Yes, you should arrange your own medical insurance and bring a copy of relevant documentation with you. A list of doctors and dentists located close to campus will be included in the information pack at registration.
How do I request a transcript?
Transcripts will be mailed to your home institution unless otherwise requested. To request additional transcripts, please complete the online Transcript Request Form.