Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Living Abroad

AIFS in Limerick Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Elaine Keane

c/o International Education Office
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

Phone: (353) 062 57865 or (353) 87 785 0956
Email: ekeane@aifs.co.uk

Dia Dhuit! – that's how we say hello in Irish (I also speak English and a little bit of German). I have been the AIFS Resident Director since 2004. I can't wait to show you the beautiful city of Limerick, I'm sure you'll feel at home right away.

I know Limerick very well after growing up here and obtaining a BA and graduate diploma in Adult Education from Mary Immaculate College, the sister college of the University of Limerick. You will find that the culture is different but there isn't a significant language barrier making your integration into local cultural life easier. You can think of me as a support for you both personally and academically for any issues that may arise. It's my goal to make your transition into Irish culture as seamless as possible.

During your time abroad I will coordinate all aspects of the program including academic planning, housing and social and cultural activities. See you in Limerick!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

Housing

  • AIFS students live in 8-bedroom townhouses, a 10-15 minute walk from the classrooms and library, with views of the River Shannon and surrounding area. Housing is mixed male and female. You will have a single en-suite room with its own key, and you will share a fully-equipped kitchen and living room. Each townhouse has cable T.V., access to high-speed internet and a phone which can be used with a prepaid card. In addition, the student village has its own laundromat, a village manager and regular security patrols at night.

Meals

  • Continental breakfast is delivered to the student residence and you will receive two meal vouchers Monday to Friday to purchase lunch and dinner on campus. These vouchers can be used in one of six different cafés and restaurants on campus which cater to a variety of tastes. The University also offers three dinner receptions during the program including a welcome meal and a farewell barbecue. There is also a farmers market on campus every Tuesday afternoon where you can purchase local produce.

Transportation

You can easily walk from your housing to all campus facilities. A public bus from the University takes 10 minutes to Limerick. Public transportation is inexpensive, as are taxis from the center of town to the University.

University Sports Arena

The University has one of the largest indoor sports complexes in Ireland. It is the home base to Coaching Ireland and is used by Ireland’s national soccer and rugby teams as well as athletes training for the Olympics and the local Munster rugby team. The University Sports Arena includes a 50-meter swimming pool, an indoor jogging track, a 60-meter sprint track, four full-size courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and indoor soccer, 45 cardiovascular machines including treadmills, cycles and cross-trainers and 35 resistance training machines and free weight stations. The arena is right on campus, a few minutes’ walk from the main academic building.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Irish culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. Past activities have included:

  • Walking tours and museum visits such as The Hunt Museum and the Limerick Art Gallery
  • Traditional Irish music concerts
  • Sports events such as hurling, visiting the Munster rugby museum
  • Visits to ancient historical sites such as Lough Gur, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Askeaton Abbey and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.