Summer 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.

When you arrive in Limerick, you’ll get an extensive orientation from the University of Limerick’s International Office. This includes a campus overview and tour, and an introduction to the city of Limerick. You’ll learn how to use the public transportation system and you’ll get to know your Irish classmates. The university also organizes fun excursions to show you the rest of Ireland.

The Student Center Complex holds a student café, two pubs, a restaurant, a bookshop, a bank, a student health clinic, a laundry, and a grocery store. It’s all an easy walk from your residence! There are also 70 clubs you can join to meet students with similar interests, and a variety of sports and recreation programs to keep you busy.

The school’s famous University Arena is open to both students and the general public. You can enjoy swimming in an Olympic-standard swimming pool and exercising in the largest indoor sports hall in the country - the membership is included in your CISabroad program fee! 

Summer in Ireland students will be living in a village on the University of Limerick campus.  The village contains individual apartments with single bedrooms en-suite for up to six students. Other apartment amenities include a fully furnished kitchen, a comfortable lounge area, electric heating, television, internet access through the University of Limerick network, and bed linens. The villages offer full maintenance service, regular security patrols, and a Residential Village Manager who is available for student assistance. Living in one of these beautiful houses is a great way to form a community with Irish and international students and will certainly be a highlight of your time in Limerick!

Students spending the summer in Limerick will have a meal plan that covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  For those interested in fresh food or who want to try an international dish, Limerick has options for you! Once a week, there is a market in the city that sells fresh fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price and throughout the city center there are various stores that sell international food which includes Chinese, Russian, Asian, African, and Caribbean products.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Summer in Ireland program can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

The Program Fees for the Summer in Ireland are due on April 15th. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process. 

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. 

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional). 

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office. 

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application for the Summer in Ireland program is due on March 15th.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Summer in Ireland program, you WILL NOT need a Visa if you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen. 

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Summer in Ireland program, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

The Summer in Ireland program offers apartment-style housing located on the River Shannon.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Summer in Ireland program, you will enroll in 1 course (3 or more US Credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

You'll spend your summer at the University of Limerick, a mid-size campus with about 10,000 students. The beautiful campus is located along the Shannon River at the heart of a 600-acre park. You can find everything from a fitness center to an outdoor food market on campus.

The university is known for its innovative courses and academic standards. It has an excellent research record, and is well-respected throughout Ireland for its innovative approach to learning. The school has an International Office that is dedicated to helping you get acclimated to life in Ireland. You'll have an extensive orientation when you arrive, introducing you to the city and to the campus. The International Office will also be there to support you with any questions you may have throughout your whole stay!

At the university, you can also find art collections, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The school’s fitness facility is excellent and boasts weight rooms, an indoor track and basketball arena, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. You’ll wish you had longer to explore everything that the campus and city offer! 

Limerick is Ireland's third largest city and located on the west coast. It has a rich history, with plenty of ancient cathedrals and castles to visit. The city is known for having a great theatrical culture, with plenty of plays and events to attend. 

Limerick offers its students an extensive range of attractions, museums, and galleries. For sporting enthusiasts, prepare yourself for a wide range of sports from Gaelic games, such as hurling and football (aka Soccer!), to Limerick's favorite sport, rugby.

The University of Limerick provides easy transportation for students to and from the heart of the city at all hours of the day. The laid-back city offers beautiful pedestrian streets, boat tours down the Shannon River, and riverside cafés.

You can take in Limerick’s local pub scene, watch traditional Irish fiddlers, and make friends from Ireland and all over the world. If you want to get out of town for a weekend, Dublin is only a few hours away! Be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone and take in the amazing sea-cliff views right outside of Limerick.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

While spending your summer in Ireland with CISabroad, you will be able to take a break from your studies and go on a few excursions to see what the rest of Ireland has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting:

Cliffs of Moher
These famous cliffs run for five miles along the Atlantic Ocean, giving you incredible views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains.

Kilrush County Clare
Kilrush is the west coast's biggest marina, and offers the opportunity to go on a boat tour to go dolphin spotting. This traditional market town is the perfect place to see some wildlife!

Eat lunch at a famous restaurant in Dublin and then explore the city's many historical sites and attractions specific to your major and courses of interest.

Western Ireland
After a light breakfast and tea, learn the art of Irish dancing from well-trained professionals! You'll then take a bus tour and explore several different medieval sites and national parks, followed by visits to caves and waterfalls on your way to a beatiful seaside town for some delicious fish and chips.


On Summer in Ireland, you’ll take one course in literature, culture, film, sociology, law or engineering at the University of Limerick, which has quickly gained a reputation among its peers for its innovative courses and high academic standards. The University is also home to some fine collections of Irish art, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Music Center.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

All courses are taught by University of Limerick faculty and are worth 3 UL credits, and you will enroll in one course.  These courses will be offered in the Summer of 2014:

Irish Life and Literature

Of interest to students of literature, history, folklore, cultural studies, and liberal arts. It has 3 strands: Modern Ireland, Irish Literature in English, and Traditional Irish Culture.

Visual Culture in Ireland 1400–1950

For students of history, art history, art, and film studies, this course covers the development of Irish and European art from the medieval to the modern.

Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television

For students of media and communications studies, film, cultural studies, anthropology, linguistic anthropology, linguistics, and sociology. Topics include Film Techniques and The Grammar of Cinema, Stereotypes and Convenctions, Cinema and Irish Society, Depictions of "The Troubles" in Cinema, and more.

Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society

For students of sociology, social anthropology, social policy, and cultural studies. Topics include Social Exclusion, Inequalities, and Representations.

Ireland's Myths and Legends

For students of humanities, cultural and global studies, and literature lovers, this course delves deep into Ireland's myths and legends. Study the importance of Irish mythology and gain an appreciation for Ireland's storytelling cutlure.

Law in Ireland

A concise but comprehensive overview of the Irish legal system, this will be of particular interest to social science, politics, and prelaw students. The School is divided into 4 sections: the institutions of the Irish state; Irish and European law; criminal law; and law-making and/or legal practice in Ireland. There will be a visit to the Irish Parliament.

Creative Writing

The short-story has a significant place in Irish literary tradition and this course permits students to master the art of creative writing through lectures, workshops, and regular writing activities. An experienced storyteller will also channel student’s creative abilities in developing their short-story writing skills. 

Technical Communication for Engineers

This course will develop non-technical skills important to every engineer. Through the use of a research project, the course aims to encourage a spirit of research and self-study using sustainable design and Life Cycle Analysis. Your project will also give you confidence in your oral presentation skills. Another aspect of the course is to ensure more technical aspects of Engineering communication are covered: the proper use of Engineering units and communication of designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD).

If you've ever wanted to learn about Irish culture and study abroad in Limerick, then check out our Summer in Ireland program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study at an academically rigorous university 
  • Classes focused on Irish culture
  • Engineering courses
  • Check out nearby 12th-century castles in your spare time
  • Fun excursions with fellow study abroad students around Limerick
  • Earn 3 or more credits in 3 weeks depending on the course you choose
  • Great student facilities on campus
  • Three meals included per day
  • Strong support from the University of Limerick International Office

Learn about the real Ireland in the heart of it all. Take courses on the Emerald Island’s culture, literature, history, film, art, society, law, engineering, and more while visiting the places you read about in the classroom during this summer in Ireland.

We are here to help.  At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad, even in Ireland! We love Irish culture, from the ancient Gaelic lore to the historic castles, and it’s not just our job but our pleasure to support you in your travels abroad.

An awesome program that’s affordable, too! We understand that it can be tough to find the funds to go abroad. We are the most economical way to study abroad in Ireland which means you’ll still have spending money once you get there!

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to Limerick will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can have peace of mind during your summer abroad in Ireland.

Study abroad in Limerick for 3 weeks this summer for hands-on courses in Irish culture, history, film, law, and art taught by distinguished Irish faculty. Engineering students can practice their project work and presentation skills on this program, too! On Summer in Ireland, you will fall in love with Irish culture and with your new home in Ireland’s third largest city. You will experience:

A beautiful city  Limerick is a tranquil city that offers a small-town feel, a riverfront location, gorgeous castles, rugby matches, and more.

A quality university  Your summer study abroad program in Ireland will be spent at the University of Limerick, a modern school with Irish professors at the top of their fields.

Great excursions – Complement your studies by traveling with your program to Dublin, to the Irish coast, and throughout the city of Limerick.

Ireland-specific classes – Enthralling classes will give you a real feel for your new home and for contemporary Irish culture.

Engineering classes – Develop non-technical skills through the use of a design project. 

Easy travel opportunities  It’s easy to get around to the UK or the rest of Europe with all of the cheap plane and train options available to you.