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Study Irish in Connemara, Ireland

Description: 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 (Carraroe). 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 CUNY 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 with local Irish speaking families and receive their meals from the families as well. In addition to Irish language classes, students will also be able to participate in social activities and cultural lectures. More information about the Irish American Studies program

About the Program
Location Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Dates: Friday, 12 July, 2019-Friday, 9 August 2019
Credits: 6 Credits
Courses: Elementary Irish 1&2 (6 undergraduate credits) OR Intermediate Irish 1&2 (6 undergraduate credits)
Faculty: Prof. Thomas Ihde, Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures
Housing: Family home stay

Program Cost

Program Cost
Airfare $750.00
International Insurance $100.00
Estimated Cost of Meals (3/day) $1,125.00
Tuition paid to NUI, Galway $1,775.00
Transportation to and from airport $30.00
Total Estimated student cost of participation $3,780.00


  • 15 February 2019


If you are interested in applying, please refer to the program's website. The application form is located at "Forms" at that site on the top of the page.

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Professor Ihde:

Prof. Thomas Ihde
Professor of Irish Language & Literature
Phone: 718-960-8215; E-mail:
Office: 257 Carman Hall, Lehman College

Financial Aid

You may be eligible to apply for the following financial aid programs: PELL, TAP, Student loans. Before applying to the program, be sure to touch base with the Lehman College financial aid office.

For more information about summer financial aid, visit the Lehman College Financial Aid website.