Edmeia Oneda Kearney |   Foundation Business Programme Leader

Shannon College of Hotel Management International Foundation Business Programme, offered by the University of Galway, welcomes you! Embark on a journey of academic excellence and personal growth as you explore the dynamic world of business. Gain essential knowledge, skills, and experiences that will pave the way for a successful career in the global marketplace. Join us and become part of a vibrant community of learners, where innovation, collaboration, and international perspectives thrive. Embrace the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in business, ignite your entrepreneurial spirit, and unlock your full potential. Your future starts here at Shannon College International Foundation Business Programme.
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‌The International Foundation Business Programme caters specifically for the academic and/or English needs of students who do not meet the academic requirement to directly enter undergraduate degree programmes and/or English requirements for their chosen degree.

Upon completion of this level 6 foundation programme students will have the opportunity to progress onto UG programmes in Shannon College of Hotel Management, University of Galway and other institutions in Ireland and worldwide. A foundation programme is a component part of the entry requirements for many international students who wish to pursue their UG studies in Ireland. Students who choose to complete their foundation programme through an Irish University have the great advantage of studying through English, developing a strong understanding of the Irish culture and adapting to the teaching style used in Irish Institutions. This will ensure they are fully prepared to commence their chosen Degree programme. 

Entry requirements

Satisfactory High School results/IELTS 5 or 5.5 (no band lower than 4.5)/pass an entrance interview.

How to apply

Download and complete the ‌Shannon College International Application 2023 , and return by email to Ms Joan Markham, Admissions Officer:  joan.markham@universityofgalway.ie

For more information


Programme Leader - Edmeia Oneda Kearney edmeia.onedakearney@universityofgalway.ie

Admissions Officer - Joan Markham – joan.markham@universityofgalway.ie 

Marketing Manager -  Sarah O'Mahony - sarah.omahony@universityofgalway.ie

Oscar Chenliang

Oscar Chenliang Huang |   China - Foundation Programme

Reflecting on my time at Shannon College, where I completed the International Foundation Business Program, I am filled with gratitude. The teachers' unwavering kindness and support, especially Mrs. Kearney, our program leader, made my journey truly remarkable. Engaging in various activities and proudly serving as the class representative connected me with both classmates and faculty. The students' genuine kindness fostered a sense of belonging that enhanced my learning experience. As I bid farewell to Shannon College, I carry cherished memories of growth and camaraderie. These invaluable experiences will undoubtedly shape my future endeavors. Thank you, Shannon College, for an unforgettable chapter that will be missed.
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Shehan Siriwardhane |   Sri-Lanka -Foundation Programme

It was incredible. From day one, I felt welcomed and supported by the faculty and staff. The lecturers were knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, which made learning enjoyable. It not only prepared me for my career but also helped me develop valuable skills and a strong sense of community. I can confidently say that choosing Shannon College was one of the best decisions I ever made.
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Vaness Nguyen Ngoc Thanh |   Vietnam - Foundation Programme

For me, one year studying Foundation was one of the most memorable years. During the course, with the enthusiastic help of teachers, my English has improved a lot, as well as gaining more basic knowledge about Business, Accounting and Economics. In addition, I discovered more about the Irish culture through the Intercultural Communication and I developed and understood myself better through the Personal Development classes. As well as the knowledge that I have gained, I also have new friends from different countries who accompanied me throughout the course. We got to know each other's cultures, attended school festivals, and did homework together. It can be said that Shannon College has brought me a new family full of warmth and laughter.
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Mariia Uliankina |   Ukraine - Foundation Programme

Foundation Program was a great combination of English and Business subjects that provide international students with the necessary skills for future progress. Studying on this program gave me an insight into the higher education system in Ireland as this program involved the same stages that undergraduate students go through such as lecture structure, projects, and exams. In addition to this, this course has given me the prospect of improving my English considerably since the course included a variety of academic writings, research projects, and oral presentations. Not only I was able to strengthen my English through these assignments, but I also learned many practical skills such as giving presentations, taking part in interviews, and creating surveys. It is noteworthy to mention that all the lecturers were helpful and friendly and went above and beyond.
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Maria Eduarda

Maria Eduarda Pacheco Fogaça |   International Business Foundation Student 2024

Oi, my name is Maria Eduarda Pacheco Fogaça and my name looks like a whole phrase because I am Brazilian. I am part of the international foundation programme, an introduction year for international students attending the University of Galway. The point is to give international students a year to study English and other subjects that might be missing in their previous education before proceeding to their course, in my case creative writing. I was very excited when I received the news that as a scholarship recipient, I would be included in the International Student Ambassador’s panel because before coming to Ireland I would spend most of my free time looking for testimonials of students coming from a background similar to mine. I see it as an opportunity to share my story and perhaps encourage someone to board into this journey. Se você tá com medo, vai com medo mesmo!
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