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  • Locations: Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNCW applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: Direct Partner Minimum GPA: 3
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Advisor: Natalie Palmer
Program Description:
Program Description | Eligibility | Academic Details | Housing
Program Dates | Financial Details | More Information

Program Description

The University
Each year, NUIG welcomes over 300 hundred summer school students with an interest in Irish Studies, Education in Ireland, Irish Language, English Language, Play Therapy, Ecology, Archaeology and Geology. The summer school courses on offer will bring you a rich and diverse perspective of the subject area, and are taught by expert lecturers and educational professionals who have a vast range of knowledge of their subject matter. Educational field trips are an integral part of the summer school courses and will provide you with an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of your specialism to its fullest extent. During your stay, you will also have time to explore Galway City and many other parts of Ireland which are within easy of the region

The Surrounding Area
Voted the “friendliest” and “most charming” city by a number of global publications, Galway really is a place like no other. Located on Ireland’s west coast and along the bay, Galway combines the energy of a young and diverse population with the authenticity of a place steeped in history and tradition. Galway is anecdotally referred to as the culture capital of Ireland, hosting events like the International Arts Festival and renowned Oyster Festival each year.

Student Life
NUIG has over 82 Student Societies (clubs), offering you great opportunities to meet people with similar interests, try new things, and have fun! From the Disney society to Energy society, you’ll never go wanting. Sports are also central to life at NUIG. Check out one of the many sporting clubs or games and get involved with the student newspaper or the college radio station. Finally, NUIG offers many volunteer experiences should you like to give back to your new home away from home.


  • Degree-Seeking student
  • At least Junior standing at time of application (with two full years completed at UNCW)
  • Good judicial standing
  • 3.0+ GPA at time of application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation

Academic Details

Students accepted into a Summer program at NUIG can receive credits for classes in a variety of subject areas.

1. Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland Summer School
2. English Language Centre
3. Education in Ireland Summer School
4. Irish Language Summer School
5. Irish Studies Summer School
6. Practice Based Play Therapy (P Cert/Dip) 
7. Achill Archaeological Field School
8. Burren Geology School
9. Caherconnell Archaeological Field School
10. Galway Archaeological Field School
11. The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology


Family Guesthouse/Host Family: Students of the Irish Studies and Ecology; Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland summer schools may choose to stay in  single or shared rooms in family owned guesthouses within walking distance of the University. A full Irish breakfast will be provided by the hosts as part of the overall cost.  

Student Residences: This type of housing provides students with single rooms in fully furnished, self-catering apartments. Laundry facilities are available on site. Bed linen, crockery, etc are provided in the apartments. Student residences are approximately a 10 minute walk to class.

Students of the Irish Studies and Ecology; Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland courses, will be housed in self-catering apartments at Corrib Village in Galway City.  

Students enrolled on the Irish Language Summer School will stay with Irish-speaking families in Carraroe, so that language skills can be practiced outside the classroom. All participants are required to stay in approved accommodation.

Students of the Achill Archaeological Field School on Achill Island will stay in accommodation in residential units in a modern self-catering block adjacent to the Field School. Accommodation costs are included in the course fee.

Students of the Burren Geology School will stay at Kilfenora Hostel in Kilfenora, Co Clare. Transport to and from the field school, is provided daily and is included in the course fee.

Students of the Caherconnell Archaeological Field School will stay at Kilfenora Hostel in Kilfenora, Co Clare. Accommodation costs and transport to and from the field school, is included in the course fee.  

Students of the Galway Archaeological Field School stay at Gort na Coiribe Student Residence in Galway City. The accommodation cost is included in the programme fee.

Students of the The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology will stay in self-catered accommodation provided in the nearby village of Corofin. The accommodation cost is included in the course fee.

Program Dates

Summer Dates
Mid-June to Mid-July
*See program site for exact dates & deadlines*

Financial Details

Program Cost
This program is available as a Study Abroad: 

  • Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad. 

With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

More Information 

This program is currently not accepting applications.