Visa Information

You can check if you need a study visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service. More detailed advice about study visas can be accessed on the website of the International Affairs Office at NUI Galway.

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 officials on arrival in Ireland, your passport will be stamped up to the end of your summer school course. Should you wish to stay for a longer period, you may need to liaise with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after arrival to facilitate an extension to your stay. The Summer School Office will be able to assist with this process.

Please ensure you bring your passport and original letter of offer with you to show to immigration officials at your point of entry to Ireland.

Travelling to Galway

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

Shannon International Airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from Galway City.  Shannon Airport is serviced by Bus Éireann.

Dublin International Airport is approximately a 3 hour drive from Galway City.  A number of bus services operate connections from Dublin Airport to Galway City centre: CitylinkGoBus and Bus Éireann.  A regular train service operates from Dublin (Heuston Station) to Galway.

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

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

From Galway City centre, you can take a taxi to the University, or take the No. 404 Bus in the direction of Newcastle from Eyre Square. Eyre Square is a short walk from the Galway Coach station, which is used by Citylink and GoBus, and from the Bus Éireann train/bus station.

Travelling to Carraroe/An Cheathrú Rua

Carraroe is also accessible via the No. 424 Bus Éireann Service from Galway Bus Station.  

Exploring Ireland

You may wish to spend some time touring Ireland during your visit. You will have a full schedule during your summer school experience, so we recommend that you consider scheduling some time before or after your course, to explore Ireland or travel in Europe. Some of the more popular tourist destinations in Ireland to consider are:

Aran Islands Dublin City Kylemore Abbey
Belfast Game of Thrones Tour Newgrange
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Giant’s Causeway Ring of Kerry
Cliffs of Moher Guinness Store House Skellig Michael
Connemara Inishbofin Island The Burren

 Useful Websites

Discover Ireland
Galway Tour Company
Lally Tours
Ryan Air
Visit Dublin
Hillwalk Tours


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  • Irish Language Handbook

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