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Institute for Irish-American Studies at CUNY


Study Irish Gaelic in Connemara, Ireland


Connemara, County Galway, is a place of wild beauty. On the west coast of Ireland, north of the Aran Islands, lies the village of An Cheathrú Rua. The village is an important rural center in the Connemara Irish-speaking region. Buffered on all sides by other Irish-speaking areas, mountains, and water, An Cheathrú Rua exists in a region where the Irish language continues to be the community language spoken in homes and in shops. An Cheathrú Rua has several beaches that serve the village including a coral beach know as "Trá an Dóilín."

The National University of Ireland, founded in 1845, serves over 15,000 students. Its "Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge" (Irish Language University Academy) serves native Irish speakers and students of Irish at satellite campuses in different Irish-language villages. The Irish language classes will be held at the An Cheathrú Rua facility which is called "Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain"(The Máirtín Ó Cadhain Building). Students live in local Irish speaking homes and receive their meals there as well. In addition to Irish language classes, students will also be able to participate in social activities and cultural lectures.

Elementary Irish 1&2 (6 undergraduate credits) OR
Intermediate Irish 1&2 (6 undergraduate credits) OR
Advanced Irish 1&2 (6 undergraduate credits)
Program Dates: July 20 to August 17, 2012
Eligibility Requirement: 2.75 GPA or better
Basic Program Cost: 2395 Euro
Costs include:
+ Tuition for 6 undergraduate credits
+ Housing (sharing) and three meals per day
+ Orientation and program activities
+ Social/cultural program
+ Transportation from Galway City to An Cheathrú Rua on first day
+ Transportation from An Cheathrú Rua to Galway City on last day

Costs do not include
+ International airfare ($750 approx.)
+ Personal spending money
+ Health and accident insurance ($130 approx. - required)
+ Local transportation to and from airport to Galway City ($30 approx.)  

Deadline: The deadline for application is March 19, 2012. To join the group, e-mail eolas@lehmangaeilge.org indicating your interest and then following the instructions and complete the forms attached here by March 19, 2012.

Prof. Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde)
Department of Languages and Literatures
Lehman College, CUNY
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
718-938-1345 (phone)
646-786-4064 (fax)


Commonly asked questions:


  1. Participants make their own flight arrangements. You should be accepted in the program before you book your flight. The travel time between Shannon International Airport and Galway City is about 2 hours. See http://www.aerlingus.com/ , http://www.continental.com/ , and http://www.delta.com/ . If you would prefer to work through a travel agent, we recommend DHO Travel (Donoghue Healy & O'Sullivan Travel) at 4356 Katonah Avenue, Bronx, NY 10470. Phone 877-346-8728 or 718-994-9696 or visit http://www.dhotravel.com/ . Please indicate that you are traveling with the Lehman College group. Bus service from the main Galway City campus of NUI-Galway and An Cheathrú is provided on the first day and return bus service from An Cheathrú Rua to Galway City is provided on the last day.
  2. The course is taught by fluent Irish speakers employed by NUI-Galway and students live in native Irish-speaking homes. If you would prefer to live in a "student residence," please indicate that when sending in the commitment fee.
  3. Registration is completed through the Department of Languages and Literatures, Lehman College. Once you have paid the commitment fee and have been accepted into the program, you can purchase your flight tickets. Non-CUNY students are welcome. Please consult Tomás.
  4. The basic cost of the program is indicated above. CUNY-IIAS forwards 100% of this to NUI-Galway. The fee for undergraduate students and for continuing education students is the same. The balance (after subtracting the commitment fee) will be paid to the Lehman College registrar or your local registrar should you be filing an e-permit from another college. Tomás will assist you with this process. Please do not try to register on your own.
  5. For more travel information, please e-mail or phone Tomás ( tomas@lehmangaeilge.org - 718-938-1345). He can assist for more information concerning how to make flight arrangements, accommodations, and Ireland transportation before and after your course. Please note that rooms are sharing. There is an extra fee for a single room.
  6. For curriculum and general program questions as well as CUNY student academic advisement and and non-CUNY student credit transfer questions, please e-mail or phone Tomás ( tomas@lehmangaeilge.org - 718-938-1345). He will be able to provide academic advisement. CUNY students may take advantage of STOCS grants that could be as high as $1,500. Please visit http://www.cuny.edu/academics/programs/international/stocs.html for more information.
  7. Students wishing to continue Irish language studies can take a hybrid or on-line Elementary Irish III in the fall through Lehman College. Lehman College also offers intermediate and advanced level Irish language courses on-line.


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