Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque and friendly city of Limerick, Ireland, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at the University of Limerick, one of Europe’s most prestigious public universities and rated the second best university in the world for international students. Located three miles from the city center on the banks of the River Shannon, the park-like campus sports technologically advanced facilities and a sports arena. Exciting excursions are available to students to Galway and Killarney during the Spring semester, along with Cork and Dublin during the Fall.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 15 semester credits, AACSB accredited business courses
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
University townhouse on campus
2-day excursion to the Aran Islands, a day trip to the West of Ireland, a 3-day excursion to Cork (fall), a day trip to Dublin (fall), a 3-day excursion to Galway (spring) and a day trip to Killarney (spring)
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Introducing Margaret (or Meg!), a student from St. Michael’s College in Vermont who is studying Health Science & Sociology. She recently took over the AIFS Study Abroad Instagram story to show us a typical day in her life as a college student spending spring semester abroad in Limerick, Ireland!
Students are housed in Plassey Village, the number one choice with students. One or two AIFS students live with 6 or 7 Irish students or other international students in a townhouse to foster integration into the social life of the full-time student body.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Limerick.
Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland with a population of 100,000 people.
Founded by the Vikings in 812, Limerick is one of the oldest cities in Ireland.
Limerick is home to both the longest footbridge in Ireland and the westernmost castle in Europe.
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 while the culture is different, there isn’t a significant language barrier so your integration into local cultural life will be much 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. In my free time you can find me enjoying a good book or cheering on my favorite rugby team.
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.
In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Irish life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:
You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
AIFS students will have access to a range of state-of-the-art sports facilities at the university Arena, the Outdoor Activity Center and the university Boat House. Facilities include a 50-meter swimming pool, sprint track, indoor courts, cardio-fitness center, powered rowing track and a 400-meter track. There are over 36 sports clubs on campus and a packed schedule of fitness classes. For more information visit www.ulsport.ie/.
Students may choose to be allocated a UL student who will help them to settle in. Joining one of the 70 dedicated clubs and societies run and managed by students for students is also a great way to make friends and integrate into the student community.
AIFS students can make a difference to their community and gain valuable practical experience as well as transferrable work-related skills by participating in the President’s Volunteer Award Scheme. It’s also a great way to get to know real Irish/ Limerick people.
Volunteer opportunities range from working with children and young people, in the arts, culture and media, sports and recreation and with adults and older people. To find out more go to https://ulorientation.wordpress.com/get-involved/the-presidents-volunteer-award/
Depending on the number of hours committed to volunteering, students will be awarded with gold, silver or bronze. The award will be listed on the UL transcript at the end of the semester.
Bicycle or horse and cart tour. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and daily breakfast.
Fall Semester: West Limerick, Kerry, and County Clare
Spring Semester: Lahinch
Sightseeing tour. Visit the Cliffs of Moher. Watch Irish set dancing. Includes round-trip transportation.
Sightseeing tours and visits to Blarney Castle, Cobh and the Titanic Museum. Free time to explore, listen to traditional music, or visit restaurants and pubs. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and daily breakfast.
Guided sightseeing tour. Visit the Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.
Guided walking tour. Day trip to Connemara. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfasts and a welcome meal.
Guided tour of the 19th-Century Muckross House. Visit Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Includes round-trip transportation and lunch.
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Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
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.Learn more