To provide the students with an introduction to the Irish language in an authentic Irish-speaking setting, drawing on the expertise of our highly experienced teaching staff. The courses are aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages, and will be offered concurrently at A1, A2 and B1 level depending on the ability and prior knowledge of the students.

Course Content:

Beginners’ Course (A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): Designed for those with no previous knowledge of Irish, this three-week intensive course provides a basic knowledge of spoken Irish and a general introduction to Irish linguistic culture.

Elementary Course (A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): This is suitable for those with some knowledge of the spoken language. It aims to help participants express themselves at an improved level of fluency.

Intermediate Course (B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): The course is offered to students who have a general knowledge of Irish-language structures and a good vocabulary. It aims to help participants towards become fluent and communicate more effectively in the spoken dialect of Connemara Irish.

Course Delivery:

Each course will include:

  • Intensive instruction in the Irish Language each day.
  • Irish singing and dancing workshops
  • Introductory lectures on relevant topics, including the history of the Irish language, Folklore, the Irish Language Media.

Excursions and visits are arranged to several Irish-speaking locations to experience language and culture in their natural environment. Towns and villages that are visited include Ros Muc and An Spidéal, with its local specialised crafts and a day trip to one of the Aran Islands. A visit to the renowned Kylemore Abbey is also arranged during the course

Course Requirements:

Courses on offer are at beginners’, elementary and intermediate level. Students are registered for the course best suited to their standard in the language.

Course Assessment:

Oral, written and aural examinations


6 Semester Credits/12 ECTS Credits (per course)


 31 Bealtaine/May - 21 Meitheamh/June 2024

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, an Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe (Co. Galway), Ireland. H91 DH28

Tuition, assessment and accreditation: €1,110

Accommodation / Full Board : €1,155 (single room, full board), €800 (twin room, full board)


The Fulbright Commission offers Gaeltacht Scholarship Awards to US citizens while the Ireland Canada University Foundation offers scholarships to Canadian citizens who wish to study the Irish language. The Irish Embassy in Hungary offers a scholarship to Hungarian citizens interested in learning the Irish language.


Accommodation is provided with Irish speaking families, with a minimum of four students and a maximum of twelve students per host family. All participants are required to stay in approved accommodation.

Application Deadline:

21 Márta/March 2024

Apply online:

You can apply for the course using this online form.

Contact details:

Treasa Uí Lorcáin
Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
An Cheathrú Rua
Co. na Gaillimhe H91 DH28

T: +353 91 494602
E: treasa.uilorcain@ollscoilnagaillimhe.ie