Study Short Courses in Galway, Ireland

Galway at a glance

Galway is often referred to as the 'most Irish' of Ireland's cities, as it's the only city where you're likely to hear people speaking Irish. Galway is a great place for pursuing a degree abroad and you will hardly feel like a stranger, as the student crowd (including international students) make up a quarter of the city’s population. Local universities are committed to top quality teaching and they are world leading institutions for research in several subject areas. Galway is a city in the West of Ireland in the province of Connacht, lying on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. Galway is the fourth most populous urban area in the Republic of Ireland and the sixth most populous city in Ireland.

Studying

Studying in Galway

As all courses are taught in English, applicants must present qualifications in the English language: IELTS, TOEFL or PTE. Students also have the possibility to attend pathway and pre-sessional English programmes that help them acquire the necessary skills for their chosen field of study.

You can study any discipline you can think of, available at undergraduate level (Bachelor’s programmes) and graduate level (Master degrees and PhD courses), and you will also find postgraduate research courses, continuing professional development and Erasmus programmes.

You have the option to choose from one of the following fields: biotechnology, business information systems, law, commerce, creative writing, engineering, film studies, journalism, public policy, medicine, software design, web technology construction management and many more.

Students interested in online (distance) learning degrees, can select between: business, health care, languages, science, or nursing. Take a university short course for a quick introduction in a subject you consider learning, or for intensive in-depth knowledge on a topic that you’re really interested in.

Career

Career opportunities in Galway

Due to the Celtic Tiger economic boom, Galway is on the list of economically prosperous cities in Ireland. The major industries supporting the local economy are: manufacturing industry (mostly high technology equipment), tourism, retail and distribution, education, healthcare and services that include financial, construction, cultural, and professional.

Big multinationals with offices in Galway include: Electronic Arts, HP, Fidelity Investments, SAP, Medtronic, Cisco Systems, Covidien, Hays, Compass Group, Aviva.

Galway universities have strong collaborations with local business partners offering students the possibility for Internships while studying or work opportunities after graduation.

Life

Galway city life

Galway, often referred to as the most ‘Irish’ of all the cities in Ireland, has a unique and interesting vibe, combining the remains of the Medieval Times with a thriving and contemporary atmosphere and architecture. Galway is stepped in history and culture so you have plenty of places to discover and admire.

Notable attractions in Galway are:

  • Lynch's Castle
  • The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church – is the largest medieval church still in everyday use
  • The Spanish Arch
  • Galway Atlantaquaria
  • The Galway City Museum
  • Galway cathedral
  • Salmon Weir Bridge
  • The Hall of the Red Earl – the earliest medieval settlement fragment surviving within the walls of the city

Walk along the Eyre Square, the main square in the city containing John F. Kennedy Park, and along the Spanish Parade area. Admire Galway Bay or wander through the Claddagh area, where you can even try fishing or shop at one of the numerous specialty stores, popular for the Claddagh rings souvenirs.

Galway has a rich sporting heritage, with a history in sports like horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, greyhound racing, so you can enjoy many sports events.

You will find plenty of interesting venues, including special pubs and bars where you can listen to authentic Irish music and see performances of Irish dancers.

Curious about Dublin? Take a trip to the more vibrant and busy city, only two hours and a half away by bus.

International atmosphere in Galway

Stated as one of the best cities in Europe anyone can visit, Galway draws many tourists and is also home to several ethnic communities. More than half of the minorities’ population are people coming from Poland and other Central European and Baltic States, such as Latvia and Lithuania. A smaller crowd of Asian and African immigrants come from East Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

With a growing economy and many job opportunities, Galway has been continually attracting foreign investments and allured big financial and technology companies from U.S. and UK to set local offices here.

Weather Galway

Galway has a mild, humid and changeable climate, with no extreme temperatures. Most precipitations are rainfalls and hail, sleet and snow only occur occasionally, mostly during cold winter time. Due to a consistent humidity, Galway may experience heavy showers, and even thunderstorms. Average temperatures in the winter are 6 – 7 C (42 – 43 F), while during summer temperatures record 15 – 16 C (60 – 61 F).

Universities in Galway

NUI Galway ranks among the top 1% of Universities in the world. Our prestigious history spans almost two centuries. Our spectacular location boasts the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. Our global network connects us to partners around the world. Our researchers are shaping the future. Our students are shaping their own. 

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