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 high school students. Each camp runs for 2 weeks. Camp 1 is from June 25th to July 9th and camp 2 is from July 10th to July 24th. 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.


Students engage in an intellectually stimulating and deeply enriching exploration of their Irish heritage and its intimate bond with the United States. We offer an exciting combination of tours, classes, sport and volunteering, which you can learn more about on our Activities pages. From hiking in the Wild Atlantic Way, to strolling down the cobblestone streets, to learning traditional Irish music and Gaelic language, there is an adventurous program in store for you!

Your stay in Ireland will develop your global awareness and an appreciation of your role as a global citizen. You will have a class in the National University of Ireland Galway, visit Trinity College Dublin and you will spend some time volunteering in the locality. You are the leaders of tomorrow and our aim is to instill a sense of confidence, commitment, and empathy that defines the Irish – American spirit and success the world over.

Parents – be confident that your child is learning in a secure environment and is residing with a carefully selected host Irish family who will give him / her all the positive experiences to be gained from the tremendous hospitality of a traditional Irish family.

Our directors and teachers have over three decades of experience in managing students and summer camps. You will greatly enhance your education in a program whose ethos is enshrined in the fine Catholic tradition of our country.