Located on the west coast of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City is considered the cultural capital of Ireland.  Galway is a UNESCO City of Film and was recently selected as the European Capital of Culture 2020.

Galway, with its narrow medieval streets, historic buildings, buskers, colourful shop fronts and vibrant night life, has a bohemian feel.  The City explodes with energy during the month of July when the festival scene reaches its zenith. Galway Film Fleadh, Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Fringe Festival, bring visitors from around the world to experience the best in music, film, theatre, literature and visual art. The week long horse-racing festival, the Galway Races, at the end of July is Ireland’s most well known racing festival.

Galway City’s historic setting and festival scene, form the perfect backdrop to the International Summer School.  Students are exposed to Irish culture and history both inside and outside the class room.  

The University of Galway campus is at the heart of Galway City, just a short ten minute walk to the city centre.


Connemara is the largest Irish speaking province in Ireland and a location of outstanding natural beauty.  The Irish Language Summer School is located in, Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, An Cheathrú Rua in the heart of Connemara (approximately 1 hour from Galway City).

Useful Websites

Galway - City of Tribes

Galway is known as the City of Tribes. Video by the Galway Convention Bureau.


  • Summer School Brochure

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  • Irish Studies Handbook

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  • Ecology Handbook

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  • Business Handbook

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  • Irish Language Handbook

    Irish Language Handbook PDF (1.7 MB)