Irish Studies

University of Galway
Galway, Ireland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Irish Studies

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Galway

    The University of Galway is the largest and oldest university in Western Ireland, set between Connemara and the Burren on the broad sweep of Galway Bay. The university boasts a large course offering and world-renowned research in Biomedical Science & Engineering, Web Science, Human Rights, and more. ISA participants studying at University of Galway for a semester or academic-year have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students, while ISA participants studying at University of Galway for a summer have the opportunity to take Irish Studies courses with international students. The University of Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is globally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

  • Term

    Summer 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 16, 2024 - Jul 13, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Feb 25, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 10, 2024

  • Credit

    12 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

The Irish Studies program is offered through the University of Galway. This program offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish culture, society, history, literature, film, and art through a series of courses and excursions. The University of Galway offers non-credit introductory Irish Gaelic language classes that are available to interested students. Courses are taught in English by University of Galway faculty with other international students.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

You must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at your home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities


Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Hannah Burroughs

Program Manager, Ireland

Jessie Llerena

Region & Account Manager, Ireland


Karen Appel-Stefoni

Resident Director, Ireland

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Galway. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Galway and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

ISA students are typically housed at Gort na Coiribe Student Village, though location may vary depending on availability. These off-campus apartment-style student residences are about a 15 minute walk from campus. Semester and academic-year students live with both international students and local students from Ireland, while summer students live with international students only. The student residence includes a shared double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Bed linens are not included for semester and academic-year students but are included for summer students. Free unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom, and laundry facilities are available in the student residence complex.

A $750 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Ireland that you may not be able to visit on your own. The destinations below are a sample of some of the possibilities, which are finalized in the time leading up to the start of your program.

Aran Islands

The rugged Aran Islands lie outside Galway Bay, just miles from the Clare Coast and the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. All three islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, Inis Oírr) have individual character. These islands will not disappoint!Allofthe locals speak Ireland’s native tongue. From forts and churches to flora, fauna, and idyllic scenery, the Islands have it all! They are a must see!

Dingle Peninsula

A highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. It stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast. From Mount Brandon to steep sea- cliffs and to sandy beaches. Dingle peninsula is Ireland’s picture perfect postcard.


You will visit the bustling capital city of Dublin to see why Ireland is truly a land of saints and scholars. Explore the famous cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and bask in the exuberance of Temple Bar.

Kylemore Abbey * Optional

At Kylemore Abbey, you will experience a perfect day in the west of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, for its striking beauty alone. The Abbey is at the cusp of the memorable Inagh Valley and surrounded by the breath-taking Connemara 12 Bens. You will get to explore the rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. You will have time to explore the six acre Victorian Walled Garden and see the beauty of the Gothic Church on site.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Cultural Activities in Galway

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Galway. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Galway special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a tour of Salthill, theatre visits, visit to Galway Market, and a traditional music night.


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