What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Galway:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


All CEA students studying in Galway city have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the town center, these apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Galway just as the locals do. Cook tasty Irish meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new apartment a home. Please note, this housing option is not available to students in the Irish Language & Culture program.


  • CEA Office in Galway: 5-15 minutes by bus & walking
  • National University of Ireland, Galway: 5-15 minutes by bus & walking




  • 1-2 students per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included for summer students
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only, pay-per-wash
  • Central Heating

Session Available

  • Semester


  • Semester (Single room only): $700 - $1,500


CEA offers two homestay options depending on the program you choose. Students in the Irish Language & Culture (ILC) program live in a homestay with an Irish family in the small town of An Cheathru Rua. This town is outside the city of Galway, providing students the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily life of Irish locals. This option is for the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving Irish language skills and cultural understanding. 

Students in the Irish Studies or Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland program live in a homestay with an Irish family in Galway City. A city full of life and character, there is no better way to experience it then with those who have been brought up living in this great town. This option is for the culture-seeking type whose want the added insight of what it is to be a 'true' Galwegian.


  • NUIG - An Cheathru Rua Campus: ILC only; 15-20 minutes, bus to class provided
  • CEA Office in Galway: ILC program - 45 to 90 min; Irish Studies/Ecology program - 5 to 15 minutes by bus & walking
  • National University of Ireland, Galway: ILC program - 45 to 90 min; Irish Studies/Ecology program - 5 to 10 minutes by bus & walking


  • ILC: Full Board - 2 meals per day (Monday – Sunday)
  • Irish Studies/Ecology program: Breakfast only (Monday - Sunday)


  • 1-2 student per room
  • 1-2 student per Homestay (could be more depending on home)

Unit Amenities

  • Limited Kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Summer
    Mandatory for Students in Irish Language & Culture Program


Irish Language & Culture program:
• Shared Room: Standard
• Single Room: $400 - $800

Irish Studies / Ecology: Living Landscapes in the West of Ireland programs:
• Shared Room: $150 - $450
• Single Room: $400 - $800


Independent Living


While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Galway housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.








One of the benefits of studying abroad is the ability to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You will receive a calendar of the specific CEA excursions offered for your program during orientation. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we have collected typical experiences from some of the day trips and weekend tours offered to our students in the past.

Cliffs of Moher & County Clare

Co. Clare, with its strong Celtic folklore influences, thriving music scene, and tranquil natural beauty, is the ideal destination for an escape from the city. Experience the Burren, famed for unique exposed limestone geography that’s home to a range of flora and fauna. Explore the cavernous caves, once home to wild bears that roamed the ancient Irish forest. Fill up on scrumptious seafood chowder and buttery soda bread as you take a lunch break in the coastal village of Doolin, famed for its traditional Irish music sessions. Next you’ll travel to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll experience the forces of nature as you explore terrain once inhabited by Celtic warriors; this natural spectacle never fails to impress. Finally, take in the fresh sea air in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara, site of the Dungaire Castle, once home to the legendary King of Connacht.

Dublin City

Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is a Mecca for culture lovers. From the famous artwork of the Book of Kells, to the Bronze Age artifacts in the National History Museum, to the lyrical prose of James Joyce, Dublin caters to every taste. History lovers will enjoy the fascinating accounts of the 1916 Rising and Irish War of Independence commemorated across the city; in the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, you can still trace your fingers over bullet holes and learn about the courageous men who fought in the war. In addition to exploring Dublin’s riveting past, we’ll also stop by the Guinness Factory, the perfect place to sample Ireland’s number one export while

learning about the scientific practices that lie behind the brewing of this popular tipple.


Kerry is known as The Kingdom for good reason; it’s home to some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery, from gorgeous Killarney National Park to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. We’ll stray from the typical bus tour routes so you can experience these sites in a unique fashion, like early morning horse rides through the park and a gentle bike ride to Muckross House and Abbey. There is much to learn about the park’s flora and fauna, as well as the lives of the Kerry Chieftains that once resided there. No introduction to Kerry would be complete without a visit to Fungi the Dolphin—local fishermen will take you out to sea to meet Dingle’s biggest celebrity and learn about his Atlantic home. We’ll provide a tasty lunch under the canopy of trees at Torc Waterfall, and the evening includes time to relax and mingle with locals while experiencing the nightlife of Killarney town. The trip to Kerry offers a delicious combination of action, history, and nature that is sure to leave you spellbound.

Aran Islands

After a leisurely boat ride, spend the day exploring these enchanting Gaelic speaking islands by bike or foot. Little cottages decorate the magnificent landscape; you can even meander along the lovely beaches that dot the coastline. This trip makes for a peaceful, relaxing day in captivating surroundings.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of the unique flavor Galway has to offer. CEA offers a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, clubs, sports, language exchanges or something entirely different, our resident staff can help you get involved in the local culture. Here are just some examples.

River Cruise

Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and surrounding countryside as you cruise River and Lough Corrib. We’ll provide a delicious dinner and musical accompaniment on board.

Theatre Performance

Get enthralled at one of the Druid Theatre’s colorful and exciting stage extravaganzas. Learn all about Irish fairytales and legends as this Galway-based theater company presents their unique vision of Ireland.

Set Dancing

Join the locals at the hugely popular Monroe’s Pub, a bustling Galway pub where the fantastic live bands provide lively accompaniment to Irish dancing classes. It’s an exciting, toe-tapping way to spend an evening!

Aughnanure Castle

Tour this picturesque Irish castle on the shores of Lough Corrib to learn about the great O’Flahertys, who once dined in the banquet hall and stood guard in the famous watch tower.

Greyhound Racing

Spend a fun evening at Galway Greyhound Stadium and test your luck with a flutter on the dogs! With over twenty stadiums around the country, the pastime of betting on dogs goes back hundreds of years and was a common undertaking across rural Ireland. Today, you can sit in a lovely restaurant or take in the elements trackside as you cheer on your top pick.

Gaelic Athletic Association

Witness modern-day Irish warriors defend their home country’s honor as they clash in the ancient sports of hurling and Gaelic football. The Gaelic Athletic Association provides professional-level sports viewing for avid fans in Galway.

Connemara Exhibit

Visit to Dan O’ Hara’s homestead and learn all about life in rural Connemara. You’ll also see turf cutting at the Roundstone Bog.

Claddagh Gold

Learn all about the process of making the famed Claddagh ring of friendship at Thomas Dillon’s shop, home of the Claddagh ring since 1790.

Quiet Man Cottage

Visit the cottage made famous by John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara in the John Ford cinematic classic The Quiet Man.

Volunteer Opportunities

Through CEA’s partnership with the NUI Galway Student Volunteering Programme, ALIVE, you can volunteer for a few hours per week to build knowledge and skills while contributing to your host community. The following are examples of volunteer opportunities offered at CEA Galway:

  • Scout Leaders: Scout leaders help facilitate exciting activities for kids ages six to 16. Scouts meet weekly to play games, organize competitions, and have a great time! Kids are grouped by age range; fun, frolicking, and the occasional night out are guaranteed.
  • Hospital Opportunities: Want to provide a vital service for children in hospital and their parents? Trained volunteers serve on PlayWell teams, organizing activities in wards and playrooms to make the hospital a happier place for children during their stay.
  • Disadvantaged Youth: Help deliver a range of quality programs for at-risk young people. You’ll empower Galway’s disadvantaged youth to be the best they can be by assisting with parent and youth health awareness, soccer, and summer programs.

Other Opportunities

Academic Help

Work with students who face learning difficulties or live with disabilities. Typical volunteer activities may include helping type students’ assignments, assisting with proofreading, providing one-on-one academic support, or helping strengthen computer literacy. This is a great way to support fellow students!

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

What Our Student Said

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A great experience to learn about a new country and to exercise my independence.

Rachel McCroskey
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Summer 2015, galway

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