Whether you help at an orphanage, clinic, or women’s center, you can
learn so much about the country
through a hands-on, custom internship in Ecuador. There’s no better way
to gain experience for your
resume, improve your Spanish, and immerse yourself in this enchanting
Explore the Emerald Isle, and the friendly country of Ireland. Visit ancient castles and
cathedrals of that date back to 6,000 BC. History, culture, and Irish hospitality await you
when you choose Ireland!
Who wouldn’t want to study in the land of James Joyce, leprechauns, and
Lord of the Dance? Explore the quaint bookstores, walk the cobblestone
streets, and listen to traditional music in the pubs while studying at one of
the best universities in Ireland.
Spend three weeks this summer in Limerick, a laid-back city, known for
its history, beautiful castles, and art galleries. Take hands-on courses about
Irish culture, history, film, law, and art taught by distinguished Irish faculty.
Why Study Abroad in Ireland
You can study abroad in Ireland and earn college credit while having fun in two of the country’s most exciting cities, metropolitan Dublin and quaint Limerick. Ireland, known as the "Emerald Isle" is both beautiful and historic, as views regularly consist of castles, monuments, cobblestone streets and beautiful landscapes. Studying abroad in Ireland allows students to either discover their heritage or learn about a friendly, new culture.
If you study abroad for a Semester in Dublin, you’ll spend a semester studying in almost any subject available while living in one of Europe's great university cities! You also have the option of studying abroad in Limerick, a traditional city set alongside the Shannon River, for a semester or summer.
Whether you choose to stay in just Ireland or to study in other countries with one of our multi-country study abroad programs, you will love everything about this beautiful country!
What Else Should I Know Before Studying Abroad in Ireland? Rolling green hills speckled with sheep, bright city lights along the riverside, music spilling out from pubs and combining with the performers on the street, and dark waves splashing against high cliffs, all of this makes Ireland the gem that it is. You may be considering a semester abroad on the Emerald Isle, but still weighing your options, so before you make your decision keep these three things in mind and know that anywhere you choose to study will be unforgettable.
Dublin vs. Limerick Bright lights, big city? Or a more quiet, quaint town? These are questions you’ll need to ask yourself in order to make the choice between programs in Dublin and Limerick.
Dublin: The largest city in Ireland, and the capitol Primary center for education in Ireland, lots of international students Diverse course options at Dublin City University (DCU) Live and learn alongside Irish students
Limerick: Smaller riverfront town, quaint. Smaller towns like Limerick are generally more affordable Diverse course options at University of Limerick Live and learn alongside Irish students The decision between Dublin and Limerick is really about what you are looking for personally in a study abroad experience. Both cities and their universities are reputable with plenty to do and see, so even if you choose to study in Limerick instead of Dublin or vice versa, transportation between cities is so simple that you’ll have the opportunity to experience both over the course of your summer or semester abroad.
Irish Music - To busk or not to busk? Music is a huge part of the cultural landscape in Ireland, from traditional Irish music, to folk music, rock and roll, punk music, and much more, there’s always something to listen to. Whether you decide to study in Dublin or Limerick, live music will play a part in your semester in Ireland. There will be a constant stream of concerts to attend at various venues and pubs, traditional music and dance performances to see, and the buskers (street performers) to experience. If you weren’t a melophile (music lover) before your semester, you will be by the end of it.
Busking has a rich history in Ireland, and is an artform in itself. Before recording studios, labels, radio and radio charts, busking used to be the only way for musicians to gain an audience and make money, and though in most countries it is seen as a form of begging, that isn’t the case in Ireland. There are different types of busking, and you’re likely to encounter all of them during your summer or semester abroad: Circle Shows - soloists or bands will play a full set with a beginning and end with lots of energy and action to draw the crowd into a circle. Walk-by - artists playing 1-2 hour sets, smaller than a circle show. Cafe Busking - musicians perform in cafes, hired by the establishment.
Grafton street, the main shopping drag in Dublin is also the best place to catch a walk-by or circle show. Popular artists like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard started their careers busking on Grafton street.
Irish Slang - Talk the talk Ireland is an English-speaking country, and the lack of a language barrier might be part of the reason Ireland appeals to you, but Irish slang is its own sort of language respectively. Part of the fun will be learning these new slang words, tossing them into conversation here and there, and ultimately bringing them back home with you after a summer or semester in Ireland. It’s a real craic! Here’s a list of a few words or phrases you’ll probably hear:
Craic - (pronounced crack) a good/fun time Eejit - idiot Acting the maggot - messing around, being a jerk Bloody - used to strengthen an adjective Taking the piss - teasing, joking The local - nearest pub Knackered - exhausted Don’t get too knackered trying to remember every word or phrase you hear, but throwing around some slang with your mates at the local is part of total immersion into Irish culture.
Whether you choose to study abroad in Dublin or Limerick, or not in Ireland at all, take this Irish blessing with you on your travels, “May the Irish hills caress you, may her lakes and rivers bless you, may the luck of the Irish enfold you, may the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.” Armed with this blessing, a love of music, knowledge about the great Irish tradition of busking, and a few slang words here and there, the adjustment to life in Ireland will be easy as the breeze along the Cliffs of Moher.