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.

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.

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

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 - 6 UL credits, and you will enroll in one course.  These courses will be offered in the Summer of 2015:


Irish Writing in English

The Irish Writing in English summer school comprises three linked streams that analyse and contextualise the culture, history and traditions of modern Ireland. The first stream utilises an autobiographical approach to examine the distinctive features of Irish writing in English. This indepth assessment of writers and their work is complemented by the second stream, entitled ‘Ireland during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, which surveys the most important social, political and economic developments of the period. The final stream will concentrate on Ireland’s traditional culture with particular reference to folklore, music and song. This summer school will be of interest to students of literature, history, folklore, cultural studies and liberal arts.


Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film & Television

This course will offer an introduction to Irish cinematic and televisual culture. In particular, it will focus on how the notions of Ireland and Irishness have been represented by Irish and Irish-based directors in documentary and cinema production. Additionally, the course will equip students with the necessary vocabulary for the critical discussion of film. No specialised knowledge of film or television is required, and the course will be of particular interest to students of Irish studies, sociology, history, media, literature and cultural studies.


Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society

Of late, Irish society has been experiencing a period of rapid social, cultural, economic and ideological change. From 1994 to 2008, Ireland experienced an economic boom, commonly known as the Celtic Tiger. During this fourteen-year period, prosperity, affluence and optimism were at unprecedented levels. As a result, Irish society became more secular, globalised, consumerist and multicultural. Now, Irish society stands at a perplexing crossroads where national and international recession, rising unemployment, political and social uncertainty and change can all be found. This summer school illustrates to students how a sociological lens can help us increase our understanding of the challenges and contradictions faced by contemporary Irish society. 


Visual Culture in Ireland: 1400 - 1950

In recent years, Ireland’s art and architecture has generated an unprecedented interest at national and international levels as awareness grows of Ireland’s rich visual heritage. In examining Ireland’s visual legacy, this summer school will look at what shaped Irish art and architecture, including the influence of political, social and cultural forces; see how Irish art relates to major art movements in Europe; and examine representations of Ireland in film. Students will learn how to look at and interpret works of art and will discover how to look beyond the image so as to engage in critical analysis. They will also learn how images and material culture can be an important tool in historical analysis. This summer school will be of interest to students of the history of art, the history of architecture, film, visual studies, history, cultural studies and liberal arts. No prior knowledge of the history of art or architecture is needed.


Creative Writing

Ireland has a long and well-established tradition of excellence in the genre of short-story writing. This Creative Writing summer school will build on that tradition by offering visiting students the opportunity to focus on and develop their short-story writing skills. Students will benefit from a series of lectures and workshops on topics such as ‘strategies for creating effective characters’, ‘approaches to writing dialogue’ and 'considering structure and plot in short fiction’. Through an analysis of the work of established short-story writers, students will identify and explore strategies for effective short-story writing. Students will also participate in regular writing activities, working collectively and individually to complete their own piece of short fiction. The course will analyse effective techniques in short-story writing and apply these techniques to the student’s own work. Students will benefit from the advice and guidance of a visiting writer, who will be available to them for seminar and workshop sessions.


Law in Ireland

The Law in Ireland summer school provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the Irish legal system. 


Ireland Myths & Legends

Ireland is famous for its myths and legends, stories of mythical creatures (including leprechauns and banshees) and ancient tales of heroes and warriors. The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. The Tuatha Dé Danann (the peoples of the Goddess Danu), Balor of the Evil Eye, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the warrior Queen Meabh, Finn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna are among the characters and events populating the ancient landscapes of Irish myth and legend. These tales were drawn upon to establish the foundations and influence the evolutions of Irish identity, and they continue to shape Ireland’s cultural, political and literary movements today. Using a range of well-known stories, children’s literature, films and media, we will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society. Students will gain a knowledge of the importance of mythology and will learn to appreciate Ireland’s literary and cultural history more fully. 


International Financial Markets & Trading

This module introduces students to international financial markets and emphasises the investment decision process as framed by behavioural finance. Students will experience active investment trading using the bespoke Kemmy Business School (KBS) Trading Floor. Using the software on the Trading Floor, students will develop an appreciation of key financial and economic data. They will also have the opportunity to gain Bloomberg Certification, a qualification that is internationally recognised. Within the broad discussion of the psychology of investment decisions, students will be introduced to the notion of ethical investment choices and will reflect on the importance of individual and corporate responsibility. This module is delivered through workshops, lectures and time on the Trading Floor. Students will gain experience and a commanding view of the global financial arena using real-time sophisticated trading and investment software. The practical investment aspects will be supported by an overview of the changing landscape of international financial markets and institutions with particular reference to behavioural finance, ethical finance and responsible business. 


Corporate Social Responsibility

This module is suitable for both business and non-business majors. The module examines important concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how these may be applied practically to the twenty-first century workplace. Over the course of three weeks, students will cover the evolution of CSR and develop an understanding of how ethical standards link to sustainability and best practice in business. 


Business Tools for Social Projects

This module looks at how technologies, tools and theories used in the business world can be applied to affect positive social change. The module introduces students to questions of business responsibility and ethical practice and is designed to engage students for the wider social good.


Technical Communication for Engineers

This course will develop non-technical skills that are very important to every engineer. Through the use of a design project, we aim to encourage a spirit of research and self-study that focuses on sustainable design and life-cycle analysis. The project will enable oral presentation skills to be developed. The course will also cover more technical aspects of engineering communication, such as the proper use of engineering units and communication of designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD). The solid modelling element will be tailored to take into account how much CAD students have already completed. 


Urban Laboratory

Integrated into processes of local decision making, this summer school aims to make architecture relevant to governance everywhere. The Urban Laboratory draws on a fast-paced and flexible design studio environment run by architects, writers, critics, historians, scientists, engineers and philosophers from Ireland, the USA, the UK and Europe. In a society facing complex challenges, we believe in thinking through design. We recognise a specific relationship to place, with its broad cultural and environmental implications, as the determining characteristic of Irish culture. Beyond the metropolitan focus that prevails in many other architecture programmes, this summer school is uniquely positioned to creatively engage in the study of small places that are embedded in the west of Ireland and its landscape. Input on local history and urban governance will be provided by dedicated lectures, site visits and workshops with representatives of local authorities.

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.

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.

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! 

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.

Term: Summer 2015
Arrival Irish Studies, Business, & Engineering May 27, 2015
Classes Start May 28, 2015
Classes End June 15, 2015
Departure June 17, 2015
Application Deadline March 15
Arrival Architecture May 27, 2015
Classes Start May 28, 2015
Classes End July 6, 2015
Departure July 8, 2015
Application Deadline March 15
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $5,190 - $6,990 more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions throughout Ireland
  • 3 meals per day
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport transfers to and from Shannon airport
  • University of Limerick orientation
  • On-site support 
  • Internet access
  • Gym membership at the University Sports Arena
  • University of Limerick official transcript  
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.