Join us this summer to learn about Ireland’s fascinating culture through great classes and exciting trips. There’s no better way to learn about Irish cinema, society, or law than studying it with the experts. Come to the lush and verdant University of Limerick for three weeks and take experiential courses in Irish culture, history, film, law, art, mythology, and engineering taught by distinguished Irish faculty. During our Summer in Limerick program, you will fall in love with Irish culture and with your new home in Ireland’s fourth-largest city known for its preserved Irish history, 12th century castle, charming pubs, and art galleries.
- A well-regarded, academically rigorous university deemed Ireland's "2015 University of the Year"
- Numerous activities and social events throughout the summer
- Strong support from the University of Limerick International Office
- Three credits in three weeks
- Nearby 12th-century castles and excursions to explore the rugged, natural beauty of western Ireland
- Meal plan that covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday
- Eat local pub food and marvel at Irish dancers
- Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
- Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
- Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Why This University?
The University of Limerick’s (UL) reputation has skyrocketed as a top university. In Ireland and around the world, students are impressed by UL’s innovative courses and high academic standards. Although a young university, the energetic, enterprising UL has a proud record of excellence in research and scholarship. It’s also one of the most diverse universities in Ireland, attracting students from more than 95 countries. Founded in 1972, the Sunday Times named UL the University of the Year in 2015.
Over 13,000 students enjoy the University of Limerick’s riverside campus, which is at the heart of a 600-acre park three miles above the ancient city of Limerick. The campus facilities are spread out over the beautiful campus grounds. The Shannon River runs right through the center. UL is proud to be one of the top “green” institutions in Europe. You’ll find outstanding fitness facilities, with weight rooms, an indoor track and basketball arena, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. From the on-campus pub to the outdoor farmer’s market on Tuesdays, everything you need is right on campus.
The University of Limerick is home to collections of fine Irish art, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. UL hosts an array of artistic events, including music and drama performances, as well as art and photography displays. You can join over 70 clubs, societies, and volunteer opportunities, allowing you to make new friends and explore new interests all semester long.
Accreditation(s): AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
How To Choose Your CourseNow the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Course ApprovalMake sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Course ApprovalIf you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
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Life In Limerick
Welcome and Orientation
Limerick is a small, unique city of 80,000 people located on Ireland’s west coast. It’s historic, yet modern in its architecture, industry, and ambiance. Georgian cathedrals and castles contrast with recently built high-rises. Residents treasure Limerick for its laid-back atmosphere, rich history, beautiful castles, and diverse population.
Walk the streets of Limerick to get a real taste of Irish culture. Enjoy the up-and-coming riverfront scene, fantastic museums, and the city’s proximity to the natural beauty of Ireland’s west coast. During your time in Limerick, you may become a die-hard rugby fan (the city’s favorite sport). For an authentic experience, cheer on Munster at Thomond Park alongside the locals. Traditional pubs are scattered throughout the city, where you can hear Irish fiddlers play their tunes at night.
The city is renowned as a center for excellence in technology. It’s home to the National Technology Park and to many international technology firms. Limerick is also known for its playwrights and actors, and there are always theatrical events to attend. In the surrounding countryside, you’ll discover peaceful farmland dotted with the remains of hundreds of castles.
Conveniently located only 20km from Shannon Airport, Limerick makes travel affordable and easy. Your options are endless, including visiting Dublin, flying to continental Europe, or driving up the coast to see the Cliffs of Moher. The University of Limerick is located just outside of town. Transportation to and from the city is quick, so you’ll always be connected.
Live La Vida Local
- Food Festivals: Ireland has undergone a food revolution in the last twenty years. Try out the Farmers’ markets where you get the best meat, cheese, milk, butter, yoghurt and juices.
- Ceili: Men and women of all ages love to dance in Ireland. When you go to a Ceili the adrenaline goes up a notch as people dance to old ‘reels.’ Try out the ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance for the greatest workout you will ever have.
- Hurling and Gaelic Football: Yes Ireland has two sports of its own. Go to both and you will not be disappointed.
- Greyhound Racing: While it is said that the locals live by the three “H’s”: Hounds, Horses and Hurling, dog racing is loved by everyone. At the races you’ll meet country people, Sikhs and Chinese plus other communities (all three communities love racing and gambling) and soak up an authentic experience.
- Writers’ Tour: For less than €10, you can experience the lives and neghbourhoods of some of Ireland’s best writers. The stunning coastal village of Dalkey outside of Dublin is excellent.
Housing in Limerick
University of Limerick Housing – Summer
Summer in Limerick students live in a campus village located on the River Shannon and close to the campus sporting facilities. Living here is a great way to form a community 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 on weekdays. The accommodations also come with a fully-equipped kitchen.
For those interested in different options or who want to try an international dish, Limerick has plenty of on-campus restaurants 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.
Inclusions and Amenities
Meet Your Site Director
Welcome & Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Ireland. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. They’ll also give you tips on how to blend in like a “Culchie” (anyone born outside of Dublin) or a “Jack” or “Jackeen” (anyone born in Dublin). Oh, and we’ll throw in a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had Coddle? Think sausages in soup!) so that you can start to taste the local flavor. Oh and we’ll teach you the lingo: you must say “lovely” or “grand” every time you would ordinarily say “awesome.”
Farewell & Re-Entry
Re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Ireland and the “Cead Mile Failte” (Hundred Thousand Welcomes) you received.
When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.
About Karina Tarrant
I was born in Ireland and lived there till I was 16 at which point my family moved to New York. My father is a baker and he was the first to bring Irish scones and soda bread to New York. I finished high school in New York and continued to college there where I completed my undergraduate degree. After my degree I returned to Ireland to complete a Masters degree. Having experienced education in different countries, a career in study abroad really appealed to me. Prior to joining CIS Abroad, I spent several years working for a different study abroad provider. In that role, I was in charge of student orientations, cultural programming, general onsite logistics and student support services. I’m excited to once again have the opportunity to introduce students and interns to Ireland, its culture and history, and its beauty.
I live in a beautiful village in Limerick called Adare. I am married to a veterinarian and have four children, 2 cats and a dog. We love the outdoors and often go hill walking in Kerry, a beautiful part of Ireland. My children are very involved in sports so we spend a lot of time going to matches and different sporting events. I love Ireland and its culture and love sharing that love with others. I am an avid reader and love the theatre.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
The Coast Road
This drive north of Belfast, skirting the stupendously beautiful Glens of Antrim, takes you to the Giants Causeway, where there’s a spectacular view of Scotland and Rathlin Island. Stop off in the town of Ballycastle for top-notch traditional Irish music. You'll learn about the legend of the King of Scotland, hiding out on Rathlin Island, who vowed to return to his homeland and reclaim his throne.
Yes, you must kiss the Blarney Stone, but then head to the best part of the whole experience: the stunning park surrounding the castle. Visit the Fern Garden and be whisked to a semi-tropical paradise. End the day at the Jameson Distillery just down the road, where you'll learn how the Irish gave whiskey to a grateful world.
Belfast's Peace Wall
Peer into one of the most socially divided societies in Western Europe. The Wall separates the Loyalist/Unionist/Protestant community of Shankill Road from the Nationalist/Republican/Catholic population of Falls Road. They’re located only 250 yards from each other, but they're politically worlds apart.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!
Get to know your Irish classmates; you can learn about the country and culture from them. I have met people from around the world and from around America. Many of them I still stay in contact with them because we had become close friends and learned a lot from one another. These friendships would not be possible without CISabroad.