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We invite you to study abroad with API in Galway, the "Cultural Capital of Ireland," which has also been voted the friendliest city in Europe by Condé Nast magazine. This program provides an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, and consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars focused on key themes in Irish Studies and a broad range of elective courses. Organized field trips complement the coursework, making this the ideal program for anyone looking for enriching experiential learning opportunities.

Enroll in classes alongside students from across the world, earn valuable academic credit, experience the warm and inviting hospitality of the Irish people, and explore this charming coastal city known for its lively atmosphere and its festivals, exceptional food, and fantastic art scene!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation



Medical and Life Insurance


Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities



Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport/birth certificate
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 15, 2024 - Jul 13, 2024 $7,900 Apr 28, 2024 No Extension May 28, 2024

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Galway programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

University of Galway may offer optional University-led field trips to some of Ireland's major tourist destinations. Previous Galway summer students have gotten the chance to visit the Aran Islands, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, and more! Additional excursions may be available depending on courses chosen. Final excursions and field trips are subject to change.

  • Aran Islands

    On the very edge of Europe is a group of three islands, rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in their geology and archaeology and in their long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland. Aran takes you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. It is a timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and welcoming island people.

    This excursion is offered by University of Galway and is may be subject to change. Additional field trips may be available depending on courses chosen.

  • Limerick City & King John's Castle

    Students will get to enjoy the Medieval city of Limerick where we will sample the local cuisine at the Limerick Milk Market. The market has been selling food and goods since 1852 and is the heart of the city. Then we will explore the city centre by taking part in a walking tour full of Limerick’s medieval history. Our last stop will be one of Europe's best preserved Norman castles, King John’s castle. Students will get to explore the outdoor courtyard within the castle walls to get a sense of the activity that took place here many years ago!

    This is an API-led excursion and will be accompanied by additional group cultural activities and events.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

Students who choose to study abroad in Galway with API during the summer are provided an integrated introduction to Irish Studies, incorporating elements from all the contributing disciplines. It consists of a series of interdisciplinary seminars focusing on key themes in Irish Studies such as identity, emigration, and religion, and a broad range of elective courses. The series of field trips are designed to complement the courses taught in the various modules and is an integral element in the overall program structure. In addition, as part of the Irish Studies program, an introductory non-credit class in the Irish language (Gaelic) is provided for interested students.


API students will receive their transcript from the University of Galway upon completion of their program.

  • Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy

    Kelly Kennedy will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program!


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    Jessica McNamara

    Jessica will be your on-site Resident Director and will be a resource for you while you are in Ireland!

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Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that students have 3 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. Students will be asked to indicate their choices in order of preference on the application form.

Each student will choose two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credits.


API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. semester credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.

Courses at University of Galway (Summer Irish Studies)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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  • Classes taught in English
  • Great opportunity to study Irish literature, history, and culture!
  • University of Galway is ranked among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide

API students live in student accommodations located on the university campus. Apartments generally consist of 3-4 bedrooms (single and double occupancy), and a shared living area, kitchen, and bathrooms. Students will live alongside American and other international students. It is common for apartments to be co-ed.

Meals are not included in these housing options.

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