Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Study Abroad in Limerick: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee are a range of day trips and excursions which will take you outside Limerick and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Ireland.

Dublin (3 Days) (Fall only)

Included in program fee

Early afternoon departure for Dublin. Explore the Temple Bar area or visit the Guinness Storehouse. The next day, take a walking tour of historical and cultural Dublin, visit the Book of Kells and enjoy free time to explore the country's capital, better known to the Irish as Baile Atha Cliath, "town of the hurdled ford." Free evening to attend a conert or play in one of Dublin's finest venues.

Includes transportation, bed and breakfast accommodation, bus sightseeing ticket and entrances.

Cork (Day trip) (Fall only)

Included in program fee

There is plenty to see and do in Cork, ĎIrelandís real capitalí as the locals would have you believe. This island city is surrounded by the River Lee and is packed with historic and contemporary architecture, a mix that sits well with the cozy pubs where you can hear traditional Irish music, eat in lively restaurants and visit arts venues. You will visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and the Titanic Museum in Cobh, the final departure point for the ill-fated ship.

Includes transportation, lunch and entrances.

Killarney (Day trip) (Spring only)

Included in program fee

Visit Killarney the capital of County Kerry also known as ďThe Kingdom.Ē Take a guided tour of the 19th Century Muckross House located in the heart of Killarney National Park. Afterwards, experience the beauty of the National Park on a horse and cart tour and visit the spectacular Torc Waterfall.

Includes transportation, lunch and entrances.

Belfast (3 Days) (Spring only)

Included in program fee

Belfast has staged a remarkable transformation since the Troubles. Regeneration continues amidst the Victorian architecture of the city center and around the docklands where the Titanic was famously built and there is a thriving arts and music scene. As well as a guided tour of the city center, you will visit Giantís Causeway, a stunning and atmospheric natural rock formation which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.

Includes transportation, bed and breakfast accommodation and entrances.

Aran Islands (2 Days)

Included in program fee

Visit the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay off the West Coast of Ireland. The three Aran Islands are famous for their historical monuments, geological formation and for being one of the few locations in Ireland where the Irish language, Irish Gaelic, is still spoken. Take a ferry to the islands and have an overnight stay to experience the history, music, dance and culture of Ireland. Explore the virtually untouched landscape by bicycle or horse and cart tour. The excursion also includes a visit to the Cliffs of Moher.

Includes transportation, bed and breakfast accommodation and guided tour.

West of Ireland (Day trip)

Included in program fee

In the fall visit West Limerick, Kerry and County Clare. In the spring visit the seaside town of Lahinch. If you choose, you can engage in additional activities such as historical tours and Irish set dancing.

Includes transportation and sightseeing.

A Trip of your Choice!

What better way to see more of Europe? You will receive an allowance worth 40 euros to pay for all or part of the cost of a flight to any one of many European cities. Many low cost flights are available and the cost will depend on factors including day and date of booking. The current list of destinations from Shannon airport is as follows:

Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow (Prestwick), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London (Gatwick), London (Heathrow), London (Luton), London (Stansted), Malaga, Man-chester, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca, Paris (Beauvais), Tenerife, Venice (Treviso), and Wroclaw.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 Nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Limerick. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring Englandís capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of Londonís most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and local guide.

The University of Limerick International Society also offers optional trips which students can sign up for in Limerick.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.