Academic Director: Dorothy Ní Uigín
Course Overview

The National University of Ireland, Galway offers Irish Language summer school courses at beginners', elementary, intermediate and advanced levels each summer. These summer school courses are located at the University's Irish-Language Centre, Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, An Cheathrú Rua in the heart of Connemara (approx 1 hour from Galway City).

Quite apart from being a region of great beauty, Connemara is a major Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district) and is endowed with a rich folk tradition. The village of An Cheathrú Rua, therefore, provides the ideal location for learning Irish in its natural environment.

Excursions and visits will be arranged to several Irish-speaking locations to experience language and culture in their natural environment. Towns and villages that will be visited include Ros a’ Mhíl, Ros Muc and An Spidéal with its local specialised crafts. The course will include receptions and evenings of traditional Irish entertainment for students.

Each summer school course will include:

  • Intensive instruction in spoken Irish each day.
  • Special classes in traditional Irish singing and dancing.

Introductory lectures on relevant topics including Irish History, Literature, Folklore and Society.

Please see the Irish Language Student Handbook in the downloads section below.

Course Modules

SS102 Beginners Course (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits)
A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

This four week intensive course provides a basic knowledge of spoken Irish and a general introduction to Irish linguistic culture. It is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of Irish.

SS103 Elementary Course  (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits)
(A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
The University is also offering a course for those who have some knowledge of the spoken language.  Its aim is to help participants express themselves at an improved level of fluency.
SS104 Intermediate Course (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits)
(B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
The University is also offering a course for those who have a general knowledge of the language structures and a good vocabulary.  Its aim is to help participants become fluent and communicate more effectively in the spoken dialect of Connemara Irish.
SS105 Ardchúrsa (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits)
(B2 on the Common Framework of Reference for Languages)

Tá an Ollscoil ag tairiscint cúrsa dóibh siúd a bhfuil ardchaighdeán Gaeilge acu. Beidh na rannpháirtithe in ann labhairt go líofa agus beidh tuiscint acu ar struchtúir agus rialacha na teanga. 


Arrival and Orientation: 15 July – 12 August, 2022

Tuition & Accommodation Costs

Tuition: €1705

Host Family (Single Room, full board): €1,480
Host Family (Shared Room, full board): €1,015

Students are required to stay in approved accommodation. Accommodation is provided with Irish-speaking families. Students who have some knowledge of Irish may request to stay in accommodation with students of similar ability. Applicants wishing to avail of this facility should complete a special form after enrolment.


Apply Online

Please refer to our step-by-step guide & tips for applications on our dedicated How to Apply page. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the course administrator at:

Courses on offer are at beginners', elementary intermediate and advanced level. Students are registered for the course best suited to their standard in the language. Applicants should be 18 years of age or over.

Required documentation

  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • A digital image/passport photo for your student identity card (headshot)


The Fulbright Commission offers Gaeltacht Scholarship Awards to US citizens while the Ireland Canada University Foundation offers scholarships to Canadian citizens who wish to study the Irish language. The Irish Embassy in Hungary offers a scholarship to Hungarian citizens interested in learning the Irish language.

Further Information

Course Administrator
International Summer School Programme
NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
Tel: + 353 91 495442
Fax: + 353 91 525051


  • Summer School Brochure 2022

    Summer School Brochure 2022 PDF (2.5MB)

  • Business Handbook 2022

    Business Handbook 2022 PDF (2.4 MB)

  • Ecology Handbook 2022

    Ecology Handbook 2022 PDF (2.1 MB)

  • Irish Language Handbook 2022

    Irish Language Handbook 2022 PDF (1.7 MB)

  • Irish Studies Handbook 2022

    Irish Studies Handbook 2022 PDF (2.1MB)