The 2024 Summer School runs from Sunday July 14th to Saturday July 27th. We Welcome students from North America and Europe.

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Offering you a unique, transformational experience that adds significant long-term value to your personal development and career outcomes is the core of the Celtic Irish American Academy (CIAA) summer program.Celtic Irish American Academy is an international summer school for American, Canadian and European high school students. The 2024 summer school runs from Sunday July 14th to Saturday July 27th. The summer school is based in Galway City, recently voted the world’s friendliest city, home of the Claddagh ring, and regarded as the cultural capital, on the west coast of Ireland. Our mission is to provide you with an adventurous, fun and unique insight to your Irish heritage…

Parent and School Teacher, Kathleen Hennessey says

My son, Conor Hennessey, participated in the program run by Celtic Irish American Academy. For two weeks this summer, he was hosted by a family in Salthill, Co. Galway. He attended classes on topics such as Irish history, culture, and literature. He got to hear speakers such as former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and to explore the city of Galway and the beautiful countryside around it. 

From a parent’s perspective, this is all very valuable. He was able to stretch and challenge himself through travel and academics. He experienced a small slice of daily life in Ireland by sharing a home with the extremely generous host family, and he was safe and cared-for the entire time. 

From a kid’s perspective, though, most importantly, he had FUN! Yes he enjoyed the classes, and the things he learned still leak into dinner conversations. But to his mind, the highlights were the many excursions he took, the friends he made from all over, the comfort and warmth provided by his host family, and his increased appreciation of his Irish heritage. 

I cannot recommend this program highly enough, Brian has put together a fantastic mix of learning and adventure. He is accommodating and patient, quick to answer any concerns that may arise in the long months leading up to an experience of a lifetime. 

If your child has an opportunity to participate in the Irish Celtic American Academy’s program, I can only say: Go!

What to Expect During Your Stay


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The top 10 friendliest cities in Europe, according to Condé Nast in 2020, have been presented as follows

The Galway Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven
  1. Galway, Ireland
  2. Dublin, Ireland
  3. Valletta, Malta
  4. Oporto, Portugal
  5. Lisbon, Portugal
  6. Bologna, Italy
  7. Edinburgh, Scotland
  8. Reykjavik, Iceland
  9. Athens, Greece
  10. Helsinki, Finland
Galway is often recognised as being a fantastic city to visit. Earlier this year, it was named among the top holiday destinations for 2020 in an official Ryanair list. Galway has previously been named the best destination for ‘foodies’ by BBC Good Food Magazine and as one of the very best cities in the world by Lonely Planet.