Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland. The world renowned Druid Theatre Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish language theatre, are all located in the city. Galway and its surrounding hinterland - Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands - is a major draw for visitors who come west to see the Ireland of rugged countryside, castles, lakes and rivers and savor the unique atmosphere of Galway’s restaurants, cafes and traditional Irish music pubs. The University’s close proximity to Connemara and the Irish-speaking Gaeltact region provides a uniquely Irish dimension to the campus, one of many factors which appeals greatly to international students.
Established in 1845, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) has over 160 years’ experience of teaching and research across a wide range of academic disciplines, including the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Science.
The distinctive feature of NUI Galway is the bilingual, multi-cultural atmosphere, which the university promotes by offering a full program in the Irish language alongside a traditional English-language program. Each year large numbers of visiting students from both North America and continental Europe are attracted to the university. Those participating in the program will join approximately 11,000 other students taking classes from the university’s seven faculties. Aside from the academic studies, NUI Galway has many activities, clubs and extracurricular activities open to all the students. There are more than fifty societies and thirty athletic clubs on campus that cater for a wide variety of interests. NUI Galway also has a Student Union that runs a stationery shop, bar and snack bar service.
The International Summer School offers a range of courses in Irish Studies, Education in Ireland, Irish Language, Geology, Ecology, Archaeology and Play Therapy. Our courses aim to provide a rich and diverse perspective of the subject area and are taught by lecturers and education professionals who have a vast range of knowledge of their subject matter. 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.
Irish Language Classes: As part of the Irish Language and Irish Studies programmes, 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 library, audio and visual facilities of the University. Assessment for those requiring credit will be carried out on a continuous basis.
Family Guesthouse: Students may live in family owned guesthouses adjacent to the University. A full Irish breakfast will be provided by their hosts as part of the overall cost. Accommodation is provided on a Bed and Breakfast basis and students are responsible for all other meals. As students reside with a host family, this is not self-catering. Students will have access to a common area for tea/coffee making facilities, TV, etc.
Student Residences: Students may choose to stay at student residences located just ten minutes walk from NUIG and Galway city centre. All units are fitted with a fully equipped kitchen/lounge, multi-channel TV, an incoming telephone service with voicemail is fitted in each house/apt. (Outgoing calls can be made with the use of calling cards which can be bought at reception or most newsagents). Free Internet Access, via Wi-Fi or ethernet (bring CAT5 cable for laptop connection).
VISA & TRAVEL
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Visa and Travel - Ireland