University of Limerick
The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989. UL is located along the Shannon River in Limerick City. A portion of the university's campus lies south of the river and the other portion lies north of the river, with both campuses connected by two large bridges. UL is home to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. 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 Irish Studies, International Business, or Health Sciences & Nursing courses with international students.
Summer 1 2020
Late May, 2020 - Mid Jun, 2020
Mar 25, 2020
6 ECTS Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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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.
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.
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Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
- 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 Site Specialist.
- 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.
- The transcript from University of Limerick will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- 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
Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
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.
You will be placed in on-campus dorms that 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 dorms, typically housing six to eight students in each apartment. Semester and academic-year students live with both international students and local students from Ireland, while summer students live with international students only. Dorms include a single-occupancy room, a shared or en-suite bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared 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; 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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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
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!
Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland; one of the six countries of Ireland that remain part of the United Kingdom. A “Black Taxi Tour” will take place that accumulates a tour around the Protestant and Catholic sections of the city; the tour will also stop at the Peace Wall. You will have lunch at St. George's Market and will visit the city hall. You will, then, have free time to explore.