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Experience Ireland with AIFS Abroad

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Go Abroad in Ireland

Study or intern abroad with AIFS in Ireland to get to know this friendly island country, full of distinct language, music, culture, and sports.

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Choosing the Right City for You

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Dublin

With a rich cultural heritage of literature, art and history, Dublin is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. There is much to see and explore in this friendly city including the architecture of the elegant Georgian townhouses, the lively traditional music scene, its many churches and cathedrals, historic family connections, the Guinness Storehouse and the famed Temple Bar. The historic campus at Trinity College is in the heart of the city center at the meeting point of retail and cultural districts.

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Galway

Galway is a city of bustling medieval streets and waterways, built on the Atlantic Ocean and located in the heart of the most breath-taking natural Ireland scenery. The city is famed for its traditional and contemporary music scene, and a center of arts and culture. An internship in Galway is perfect for someone who wants an English speaking placement in Business, Marketing, Psychology and Social Services, Law, Hospitality, Bio Engineering, and many other career fields. Experience living and working in Ireland and make your resume stand out with an international internship!

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Limerick

Study in the third largest city of the “Emerald Isle” which has long been a popular destination for Americans and more recently visitors from around the world. An attractive city on the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick boasts beautiful historic buildings, fashionable bars, charming old pubs, a wide variety of shops, smart restaurants and boutique hotels. The Irish countryside is spectacular with beautiful farms and ancient castles.

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Maynooth

Maynooth’s historical significance is proudly on display, from the spectacular ruins of Maynooth Castle to the gothic style architecture of St. Patrick’s College. Natural sites are also beautiful in this area. Explore the sprawling Donadea Forest in the Fall or stroll along the peaceful Royal Canal. Choose from one of Maynooth’s delicious eateries, bars, or café’s to immerse yourself in the local cuisine. With so much going on, Maynooth is the place to be, as of late.

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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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I am so glad that I studied abroad with AIFS! I learned so much both through the class and through the extracurricular activities that I had the opportunity to go on. I had the opportunity to go to Dublin, which has become my new favorite city! I met awesome people, and all of the professors that worked with us were very knowledgeable and kind.

Studying abroad allowed me to immerse myself in another culture. I lived and studied with the Irish amongst other peers who came from all over the world to study at the university. Studying abroad has a way of encouraging people to integrate into a foreign society that travel simply cannot do. Our AIFS Resident Director was wonderful…there is no way that we could have done all that we did without her.

Studying abroad has opened opportunities for me professionally, academically and personally. When I came back to URI, I began working in our Office of International Education to help promote study abroad. While abroad I had to work with students from extremely different backgrounds from my own and this has helped me when I work in group projects at URI. I now have a better understanding of how to work successfully with others. Studying abroad truly changed my perspective on life, school and work.

I love living in the houses on campus. It allows you to really grow and be an independent person since you are cooking your own meals and living in your own room. Also, the community aspect is great. I love being able to live with people from different countries and truly gain the appreciation of different cultures.

I met some of the nicest people while in Maynooth. I am honored to have been able to spend a semester in Ireland on one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen.

The program provides a great immersive experience of Ireland with many trips around the country and lots of laughs along the way.

Loved being taught Irish culture and history from Irish professors and the field trips really enhanced the learning.

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