The Irish studies program is located twleve miles west of Galway city, near the Irish-speaking village of Spiddal. Spiddal is known as the home of traditional Irish music and culture. Students are housed in cottages overlooking Galway Bay and are taught by faculty associated with University College Galway. The academic courses--focusing on history, culture, sociology, religion and literature--provide an integrated perspective on Irish society. Students have access to the cultural life of Galway city, the friendly ambience of rural Ireland and the rugged countryside of the Irish west coast. 

University College Cork's direct enrollment program offers an alternative study abroad experience. The University arranges a month-long "early start" program for international students, prior to the beginning of its own semester program. Intensive courses are offered in Irish archeology, the Irish ecosystem, modern Irish history and Irish literature. When the semester begins, students select from the range of the University's regularly scheduled humanities and science courses. CSB/SJU students live with Irish students in residences located within walking distance of the campus.