Irish Studies

University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Irish Studies

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Limerick

    The University of Limerick (UL) boasts a stunning campus of over 328 acres and is situated along the Shannon River. Arts and sciences are an important component to the university's mission, and there are a number of dedicated research centers on the campus. UL is home to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and many collections of fine art. ISA participants studying at UL for a semester or academic-year have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students, while ISA participants studying at UL for a summer have the opportunity to take courses with international students from around the world. The University of Limerick is fully accredited and recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, and the business college is AACSB accredited.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late May, 2022 - Mid Jun, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2022

  • Credit

    6 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Irish Studies program is offered through the University of Limerick (UL). This program offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish culture, society, history, literature, film, and art through a series of courses and excursions. A unique offering includes the Modern Irish Theatre course, where students will be able to attend professional theatre productions in Dublin and Galway. Courses are taught in English by UL faculty with other international students.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

You must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at your home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 1 course for the Summer 1 program.
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.   
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancelations.  
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 6 ECTS credits for the Summer 1 program.
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university. 
  • Per University of Limerick, 6 ECTS credits is equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits / 4.5 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from University of Limerick will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

To access the most full and up-to-date course listing, please review the host university's course catalog by clicking the "Go to course search" button below.

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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Ireland


Niamh Hayes

Resident Director, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Limerick. Uncovering the uniqueness of UL’s campus and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


ISA students are typically housed at Plassey Village, though location may vary depending on availability. These on-campus dorms are located about a 5-15 minute walk to the center of campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm is assigned to you by the university. Dorms are apartment-style, typically housing six to eight mixed-gender students in each apartment. Semester and academic-year students live with both international students and local students from Ireland, while summer students live exclusively with international students. Dorms typically include a single-occupancy room, as well as a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Bed linens are not included for semester and academic-year students but are included for summer students. Free unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom, and laundry facilities are available in dorm.

A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.





You will visit the bustling capital city of Dublin to see why Ireland is truly a land of saints and scholars. Explore the Book of Kells, an illustrated Christian bible from 800AD, walk through the famous cobbled courtyard of Trinity College, witness Ireland's revolutionary history at Kilmainham Gaol, and bask in the exuberance of Temple Bar.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

At Bunratty Castle, you will explore one of Ireland's most authentic medieval castles, decorated in lavish tapestries and in ornate 15th and 16th century style furnishings. Take in the grandeur of the medieval banquet hall and step into Ireland's past as you take in the sights, sounds, and scenery of an authentic Irish village in the Bunratty Folk Park.

Adare * Optional

Continuously lauded as Ireland's most picturesque village, Adare hosts an array of colored shop fronts and traditional thatched cottages as well as medieval castles and chapels. Adare is also home to one of Ireland's most exclusive five star luxury resorts and golf course, Adare Manor.

Ring of Kerry

Take in breathing-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged Irish coastlines as you embark on a scenic loop drive around the stunning Kerry peninsula. See for yourself why Kerry and its islands have called itself home to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Charles De Gaulle, and Luke Skywalker.

Galway & the Cliffs of Moher * Optional

Galway (Gaillimh) lies in the heart of the West of Ireland, clinging to the outer edge of Europe. A walking tour will take play along Salthill;then, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at Galway’s farmers Market, partake in a walking tour of Galway's City and listen to some traditional Irish music.

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Cultural Activities in Limerick

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Limerick. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Limerick special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included Milk Market, King John's Castle, the Hunt Museum, and a traditional music & dance evening.


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