Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will have access to a lengthy and detailed online pre-departure orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Galway. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Ireland, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Galway. The online orientation covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Galway Site Specialist with any questions.
Semester and Academic Year students fly into Shannon Airport (SNN) where they are met by the Galway resident staff and taken to their housing location. Summer students fly into Dublin Airport (DUB) where they are met by the Galway resident staff and taken on tours around Dublin. During the mandatory orientation meeting the day after arrival, students receive an introduction to Irish society and culture, as well as information on health and safety, housing, transportation and currency. The orientation also covers important academic information, including reviewing students' course selections and the course registration process. Throughout the time abroad, ISA resident staff continues to help students assimilate into the Galway lifestyle.