The on-site office, located in Galway, offers students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center. Here, students can take advantage of language tutoring and internet access. One of the most important resources at the Galway office is the full-time resident staff. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.
National University of Ireland, Galway, located near the town center, was founded in 1845. NUI Galway's verdant campus contains a mixture of state-of-the-art constructions and historic buildings. While committed to innovation in research and teaching, the university maintains close ties to its Irish culture and heritage. NUI Galway's Department of Irish and its Irish Language Institute create a strong presence on campus. Students have the opportunity to complete course work in either Irish Gaelic or English and signs on campus are written in both languages.
The student experience is central to life at NUI Galway. The university has a student population of 17,000, 13% of whom are international students. Hosting more than 100 student societies and sports clubs, NUI Galway encourages the integration of international students both inside and outside the classroom. ISA participants are welcome to join any number of organizations, as well as in the university's volunteer program.
ISA students live in apartment style dorms with international and local students. This mix allows ISA program participants the opportunity to meet students from a variety of backgrounds and is the ideal setting for students looking for a cultural immersion experience. Gort na Coiribe, the newly built dorm complex, is just a 15 minute walk from NUI, Galway and 10 minutes from Galway's town center. A shared bedroom is included in the program price for each student and single rooms can be secured for an extra fee. Each apartment style dorm comes fully furnished with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom and students are provided with a bed, desk and ample storage space. Students also have access to on-site laundry facilities (charges apply), bicycle storage sheds and nearby shopping. Finally, Gort na Coiribe has nightly on-site security and a 24 hour emergency security number.
Students living at Gort na Coiribe will be required to submit a $750 deposit at the time of payment.