Study Abroad in Ireland

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  • About

    English as the medium of instruction and for a great deal cheaper than its neighbors? No wonder students are flocking to Ireland for study abroad - and that's before we've even mentioned the beautiful natural landscapes (Ireland didn't earn the nickname 'Emerald Isle' by accident!), Riverdance, and countless pubs, castles, and potatoes to match. Home to Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and U2, among countless others, this small island nation packs a punch.

  • Popular Destinations

    Don't let Ireland's relatively small size get you down - there are cities and sights-a plenty to explore during your stay (especially on your journey to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!) Ireland is chock full of remarkable ancient and medieval archaeological sites, making just about any study abroad destination a worthwhile and exciting decision.

    Dublin

    Ireland's capital city is a study abroader's dream. The city's museums, zoos, art galleries, and botanical gardens challenge the vibrant and edgy night life. The local Guinness store house helps ease the transition from daytime to nighttime fun!

    If you are interested in exploring the rest of your Europe during your stay in Ireland, Dublin would be an obvious choice given its proximity to Ireland's international airport.

    Galway

    Located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is the third largest city in Ireland. Though a busy city center, it does retain its medieval charm - it is even surrounded by four city walls dating back to the 14th century! Galway is pedestrian friendly with its city center blocked off to vehicle traffic, and hosts many cultural events for entertainment, including many festivals. Dubbed the "festival capital of Ireland," this city celebrates just about everything - even oysters!

    With waterways running amid the busy historic streets and shopping malls, this city offers something new and interesting around just about every corner.

    Cork

    Cork ranks in as the second largest city in Ireland, and can be found tucked away in the island's south coast. A busy seaport, this city has no shortage of international arts, cafes, restaurants, markets, and boutiques. The city is nestled in beautiful natural landscapes in just about every direction - from seaside views, to mountains, hills, river valleys, and the infamous Lakes of Killarney. Eye candy? I think so!

    Cork is also the birthplace of tripe, a traditional dish made from animal stomachs (but we like that study abroaders will fall in love with this city with or without sampling this local food!)

    Another city?

    Of course, Ireland has far more options than just Dublin, Cork, or Galway. To really go over all of your options, take a look at our article on where to study abroad in Ireland. Who knows, maybe your ideal destination isn't one of those three.

  • Planning Your Trip
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    While Ireland can be touted as a nation of rainfall, Celtic influences, and the occasional leprechaun - it really is much more than that. Ireland is the leading exporter of IT software in the entire world with tech-giants including IBM, Dell, and Google headquartered there. Ireland is a modern nation with the second largest GDP in the EU - providing a wealth of opportunities for international students seeking experiences in its diverse lands!

    Language

    Don't sweat the foreign language learning curve (though the accents may be a bit thick!) If you wish to experience a culture who utilizes your language but still retains traditional customs and celebrates their long history, Ireland is the country for you. Let the landscapes inspire you as it did many other great thinkers throughout history (W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and a host of other nobel prize winning authors, saints, and scholars just to name a few!)

    Housing

    Making the plans to get to Ireland is the EASY part... but what will you do once you arrive? Be sure to plan your housing in advance - most study abroad companies will actually organize this component of your study abroad experience for an added cost.

    What's more, most of said study abroad companies will give you a bunch of different options for your accommodation. For instance, API's study abroad program in Galway offers participants many different living environments with other students. Conversely, CEA's program in Dublin organizes only apartments for their students.

    It is hard to say which living situation is better - be sure to find a program whose housing arrangements make you feel the most comfortable. Besides, no one wants to spend their amazing semester abroad feeling out of place in their new home!

    Immersion and Cultural Activities

    Many independent program providers will include small group trips in their program fees to complement students' learning experiences. These trips can range from a daily trip to a nearby sight or a longer venture out in the neck of the woods. Regardless of the excursion, most students find these activities to be a highlight of their study abroad experience (besides, there's really only so much you can learn in a classroom!)

    CIS Abroad takes it a bit further with their semester program in Dublin by allowing students to choose two excursions out of many that they would like to participate in - thus giving students not only the option to have organized fun, but also to do the planning themselves for most of their free time!

    Insider Tips

    Expecting a sunny day at the beach, however, is less of a certainty. From the one-of-a-kind social life to picturesque coastlines to the rigorous academic experience available at top universities, Ireland is filled with opportunities to gain a more global perspective. So, if you want to find your pot of gold, be sure to follow the rainbow and make the choice to study abroad in Ireland. Remember to 'pay it forward' and review your experience studying abroad in Ireland when your program has finished. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

    Celebrate St. Patrick's day in Ireland to get a taste of the real Irish deal! Originally intended to honor its namesakes contributions to expanding Christianity, this public holiday is not just a day of wearing green, but instead a week-long festival!

    Beyond its contributions to the literary world, Ireland also has an incredibly rich heritage in the music and arts scene, leading the Irish culture and history to travel far and wide. Take the Celtic tiger for a ride, and find out for yourself what else lies in the many green hills of Ireland!

  • Costs & Funding
    Scholarships: Ireland

    If you prefer to study independently at a university or college, a small number of scholarships for international students are available from the higher education institutions in Ireland themselves; contact the institution of their choice directly to obtain further information.

    Other scholarships are available to help offset your costs of study abroad. Apply early, and apply for many - you never know which will work out in your favor!

    • The US-Ireland Alliance offers up to 12 George J. Mitchell Scholarships each year in an effort to further connect more Americans to Ireland.
    • Each semester, AIFS Abroad offers 40 $1000 scholarships to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and write an essay addressing "How study abroad will impact my academic and personal growth.
    • API offers a variety of scholarships for those participating in their programs - including a few great options in Ireland!
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  • IFSA-Butler students inviting you to Ireland!
    IFSA Butler
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    Come study abroad in the Republic of Ireland with IFSA-Butler University! Seven different university programs are available...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Limerick with AIFS
    AIFS Study Abroad
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    Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick, Ireland. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of...
    17 reviews
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  • Study with IES Abroad
    IES Abroad
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    You won't need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • ISA
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    ISA offers students an amazing opportunity to study abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI). Students can...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study abroad in Ireland with Cea
    CEA
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    Young. International. Vibrant. The capital city of Ireland has been a popular destination since the Vikings first built it...
    4 reviews
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  • University College Cork
    Looking for an incredible abroad experience in the land of intriguing tales of magic and folklore, celebrated writers, a...
    33 reviews
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  • Study Abroad at NUI, Galway
    USAC Study Abroad
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    The summer Galway program is ideal for students interested in learning about Irish studies in a lively, student-oriented...
    2 reviews
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  • Study and Intern Abroad with CAPA in Dublin
    CAPA The Global Education Network
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    Try and nab the luck of the Irish when you find yourself in Dublin, Ireland. Established as a Viking settlement in the 10th...
    14 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Quay St. Galway
    University at Albany - Study Abroad and Exchanges
    Cead mile failte! UAlbany's direct enrollment program at NUI Galway is designed to give you full cultural immersion in Irish...
    4 reviews
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  • Dublin FIE students
    Foundation for International Education
    An international internship at FIE in Dublin is a pre-professional, field-based experience coupled with academic analysis...
    8 reviews
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  • Athena Students at the Cliffs of Moher
    Athena Study Abroad
    Dublin is the perfect blend of the energy and commodities of a big city with the atmosphere of a small town. With the long...
    4 reviews
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  • Institute for Field Research
    This field school is part of a larger research project that examines the archaeology of the 19th century prison on Spike...
    3 reviews
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  • Study Abroad in Cork, Ireland
    USAC Study Abroad
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    The Cork program offers students the opportunity to enroll in a range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the...
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  • IPSL's International Service- Learning in Dublin, Ireland
    IPSL
    Living in Dublin, studying at Dublin City University/St. Patrick's University, working for community-based groups and...
  • FIE students participate in a discussion about the Irish peace process
    Foundation for International Education
    FIE's Dublin summer program is an incredible way to spend 5.5 weeks studying, exploring, and travelling in Ireland. The...
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