How do I get to Galway? 

You will find information on travelling to Galway and campus maps HERE (scroll to the end for all maps).

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, GoBusBus Éireann. These bus services have free Wi-Fi on board. It is advisable to take the bus to Galway but it 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. 

Ireland West Airport (NOC) is approximately 1.5 hour drive from Galway City. The airport is serviced by Bus Éireann.

Cork International Airport  (ORK) is approximately 3.5 hours from Galway City and is serviced by Citylink.

When should I arrive/depart? 

  • Irish Studies:  arrive Sunday 16 June 2024 and depart Saturday 13 July 2024.
  • Business & International Management: arrive Sunday 16 June 2024 and depart Saturday 13 July 2023.
  • Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland:  arrive Sunday16 June 2024 and depart Tuesday 09 July 2024.
  • Education in Ireland: arrive Thursday, 27 June 2024 and depart Saturday 20 July 2024

How do I apply?   

Please go to How to Apply to make an application for one of our courses.

What is the cost of living? 

Allow up to €860 per month at least for meals and cost of living expenses (excluding accommodation). This is an estimate only and will depend on each student’s individual needs.   See the Living in Galway for more information on estimated cost of living.

Where will I live? 

Students enrolling on the courses in Irish Studies, Business & International Management and Ecology students will stay in self-catering apartments in Corrib Village

Students enrolling on Education in Ireland will stay in self-catering apartments in Goldcrest Village

Students enrolling on the Irish Language Summer School will stay with an Irish speaking host family in Carraroe.  Contact Treasa Uí Lorcáin the course director for further information T: +353 91 494602 or Email: and

Achill Archaeological Field School on Achill Island, provides accommodation in residential units in a modern self-catering block adjacent to the Field School. Contact Achill Archaeological Field School.

Caherconnell Archaeological Field School provides accommodation at the Kilfenora Hostel in Kilfenora, Co Clare. Contact Caherconnell Archaeological Field School.

Galway Archaeological Field School provides accommodation at Gort na Coiribe Student Residence in Galway City. Contact Galway Archaeological Field School.

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, towels and cutlery are provided in student residences. 

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 print bring your letter of offer and bring it and your passport with you, to show to immigration officials at your point of entry to Ireland.

Do I need to bring books? 

Reading lists are included in the information handbook which will be emailed to students in May.  Texts will be available in the University Library unless otherwise specified.  Students based on the University of Galway campus will have access to the Library.  

Will I have access to computer suites? 

Students based at the University of 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.   Full details available on the Information Solutions and Services website Services For Students 

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 .  All questions in relation to summer school transcripts should be emailed to

What is the cancellation and refund policy?


  • Student cancels before 17th May, 2024 - no tuition fee applies.
  • Student cancels after 17th May, 2024 but before start of course commences - deposit of €500 applies.
  • Student cancels after the start of the course - full tuition fee applies.

For course start dates, please refer to individual course pages.

Campus Living cancellation and refunds

  • Student cancels after 30th April but before 17th May 2024 - 60% accommodation fee applies.
  • Student cancels after 17th May 2024 - full accommodation applies.

Notification of cancellation of the booking should be advised in writing to and by the University partner or Student in the case of independent applications and will take effect the day Campus Living receives written notification.



Contact Us

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Ms. Nuala McGuinn
International Summer School

Ms. Maria Brady
Programme Coordinator
International Summer School

International Summer School
University of Ireland Galway,
Nuns Island, Galway, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)91 495442

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