Galway, the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has a population of 80,000. The city is the cultural capital of Ireland because of its pioneering role in theater, arts, and culture. Galway has all of the charm of small town Ireland, while providing a first class academic experience. Galway is a small city that is easily navigated on foot. Visit the vibrant Eyre Square in the city's center, which is ringed by streets full of shops, street musicians, pubs, restaurants, theaters, and everything else you need to make your stay enjoyable and interesting! The Irish Language 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.
National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College. After the Quadrangle building was constructed, the University welcomed its first cohort of 63 students in 1849. Today, NUI Galway is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world and is recognized as being one of the best universities for their international outlook. The University has changed with the times and has a blend of historical buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. NUI Galway’s campus is situated on the bank of the River Corrib, has over 90 buildings on 259 acres of land.
This course, which provides a basic knowledge of Irish conversation and a general introduction to the cultural heritage associated with the language, is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of Irish. The aim of the course is to meet normal daily conversational and communicative needs. Course content is selected accordingly, enabling the participants to practice and use what they have acquired in class among the people of An Cheathrú Rua who are native speakers of the language. Participants on all communicative courses play a part in successfully completing their respective courses by using the language outside the Centre. The course will include receptions and evenings of traditional Irish entertainment for students. Each 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.
Courses available for 2017 are:
SS102 Beginners Course (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits) A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
SS103 Elementary Course (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits) (A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
SS104 Intermediate Course (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits) (B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
SS105 Ardchúrsa (6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits) (B2 on the Common Framework of Reference for Languages)
Students will live with a host family to complete their immersive learning experience. They will share a bedroom in the home with another student. Full board is provided.
Students applying to study abroad at NUI Galway must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose. 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.
Visa and Immigration Information
You do not need a visa to study on this program. As a Summer School student, you will spend approximately five weeks in Ireland and therefore do not need to register with immigration. When checked by Immigration on arrival, your passport will be stamped up to the end date of the Summer School. Should you wish to stay for a longer period you may need to notify immigration in Ireland. 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.
July 14 – August 11, 2017
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to participate in this program, each student must first complete all application requirements at their home university. Each university has different application requirements so be sure to speak to your study abroad advisor.
After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Balance: March 1
The cost of this program for 2017 is $3,750. This cost includes tuition (6 credits),housing, full board, excursions, cultural activities and various lectures.
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.
The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All Fairfield University students participating in this program are automatically enrolled in CISI Health Insurance from the start date to the end date of their study abroad program. There is no additional cost to the student.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.