National University of Ireland, Galway (Summer)

  • Galway, Ireland

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The city of Galway is known for their thriving student population who contribute to the bohemian vibe of the city. With bright colored store fronts, restaurants and homes, Galway is the perfect home away from home. Live music can be found throughout the city, and the sea sides serves as a great view, as well as a source of incredibly fresh meals. City walls from medieval times still stand, only steps away from contemporary shops, cafes and pubs.
With its campus in the heart of the city, NUI Galway offers amazing opportunities for you to engage with international and Irish perspectives. The campus prides itself with providing you with endless opportunities to engage in academia, and the surrounding community. While at your home away from home, you will have access to 82 student organizations, as well as hundreds of student events and volunteering opportunities.  

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Program Start


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Partner University

National University of Ireland, Galway


  • Galway

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction


Internship Opportunity

  • Yes!

Research Opportunity


Program Details

Academic Program

NUI Galway International Summer School offers you a range of courses in Irish Studies, Irish Language and Archaeology. The courses aim to give you a rich and diverse perspective of the subject area and are taught by lecturers and education professionals who have a vast range of knowledge of their subject matter.

Irish Studies (6 credits)

Irish studies looks at the diversity of “Irishness” through literature, culture, history and language. This program gives a comprehensive introduction to the area, taking elements from all the contributing disciplines and providing a series of complementary integral educational field trips. The seminar focuses on key themes, such as Identity, Emigration, and Religion, as well as providing a range of elective course.

Irish Language (6 credits)

NUI Galway offers you the opportunity learn Irish in its natural environment. A range of Irish-language courses are offered at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Each course includes intensive spoken Irish each day, special classes in singing and dancing, and lectures in English on relevant topics including Irish History, Literature, Folklore and Society. 

Achill Archaeological Field School (3-9 credits)

The course covers a full range of excavation and site recording techniques, surveying procedures including GPS and photogrammetry, and lab work that includes artifact processing, and digitizing site drawings.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Irish Studies Summer 2019 courses includes:

  • SS115 Representing Ireland – Literature and Film
  • SS116 The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland – from the First Settlers to Medieval Castles
  • SS117 Irish History: Conflict, Identity and the Shaping of Modern Ireland
  • SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland: Exploring Ireland’s Vibrant Artistic Heritage from Prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’ of the 8th Century AD
  • SS119 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
  • SS120 Gaelic Culture and Literature; From Cú Chulainn (Cuchulainn) to the Cultural Revival and Beyond
  • SS121 Irish Society: Stasis and Change in the Ambiguous Republic
  • SS154 Music, Emigration and Ireland
  • SS1153 Economic Policy in Ireland
  • Irish Language Classes (If interested)
  • Graduate Credit is also available. Special advisory sessions and an extended essay are offered to you if you are wishing to obtain graduate credits.

Irish Language Summer 2019 courses includes:

  • SS102 Beginners Course
  • SS103 Elementary Course
  • SS104 Intermediate Course
  • SS105 Ardchúrsa

Achill Archaeological Field School Summer 2019 courses includes:

  • SS106 Introduction to Irish Archaeology
  • SS107 Archaeological Field Studies
  • Data Analysis

Review NUI Galway’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Irish Studies (6 credits)

  • Student Residence Halls (single room)

Irish Language (6 credits)

  • Accommodations are provided with Irish-speaking families. All participants are required to stay in approved accommodations
  • Family Homestay (Full Board – single)
  • Family Homestay (Full Board – double)

Achill Archaeological Field School (3-9 credits)

All students are housed in a Hostel-style accommodations block, located right next door to the Archaeology Centre in Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland. You will be provided with a kitchen, dining room, and common room. WiFi is included.


Irish Studies (6 credits)

You will live in the Student Residence and you will not have a meal plan. You may choose to (if possible) purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.

Irish Language (6 credits)

You will live in a family homestay during your stay and meals will be provided for you. You can also choose to eat out at local restaurants.

Achill Archaeological Field School (3-9 credits)

Your accommodations will have a fully equipped kitchen and dining room. You will be responsible for your own cooking. Some students have done the cooking together to reduce expenses.

Estimate of Costs

Ireland Galway Summer 2020

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Irish Studies

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. You must be in good academic standing and show an interest in the overall program content. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply.

Irish Language

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. You must be in good academic standing and show an interest in the overall program content. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply.

Achill Archaeological Field School (3-9 credits)

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. You must be in good academic standing and show an interest in the overall program content. If your GPA is below the level indicated, consult with us about whether or not you should apply. Must be physically fit, as fieldwork is quite strenuous.

Experiential Learning

Information below is subject to change.

Irish Studies:

Field trips are an integral part of the program. You will participate on field trips to Dingle and the Aran Islands.

If you take the SS115 – Representing Ireland – Literature and Film course, you will visit Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee and Kilmacduagh.

If you take the SS116 – The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland course, you will visit sites in the Burren.

If you take the SS118 – Introduction to Art in Ireland, you will visit the Book of Kells and the National Museum in Dublin.

Irish Language

Excursion and visits are arranged for you to visit several Irish-speaking locations to experience language and culture in their natural environment. Towns and villages that are visited include Ros a’Mhil, Ros Muc and An Spideal, with its local specialized craft. This course will include receptions and evenings of traditional Irish entertainment for you.

Achill Archaeological Field School

If you are attending session 1, you will be undertaking a fifth season at the pre-Famine settlement at Keem Bay. If you are attending session 2, you will be investigating the deserted early modern coastal settlement of Caruan Point.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay

About the City

Galway has a rich history and still retains the charming character of a medieval city. Galway is a university town and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that makes Galway particularly attractive to students and tourists alike. Galway is also one of the few areas where you will still hear the native Celtic tongue. We encourage you to learn more about Ireland and the cultural capital of Galway!

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. United States citizens do not need a student visa to study in Ireland unless you are staying in the country for more than 90 days. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Irish Studies Summer 2019

06/17/2019 to 07/16/2019

Irish Language Summer 2019

07/12/2019 to 08/9/2019

Achill Archaeological Field School Summer 2019: Dates/cost vary depending on what dates you choose and how many credits you want to take.

*Reach out to the Program Coordinator for more information (Look at Contact Tab).

About the Program

Queen’s College to National University of Ireland, the University’s past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. From humble beginnings, NUI Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 170 years. According to QS World University Rankings, the University is now among the Top 1% in the world, and we are recognized as being one of the best universities for our international outlook.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at NUI Galway, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

NUI Galway’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.