Spend a semester immersed in the beautiful green landscapes and flourishing Irish dance scene of Limerick, Ireland. Challenge yourself by learning traditional dance techniques from skilled faculty at the prestigious Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Through small-group instruction and the chance to focus on a specific type of dance, you will grow as a performer and gain valuable international dance knowledge.
-Age: Participants must be 18 or over the day they begin the program.
-GPA/Student Status: This program is for students who have finished Freshman year with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. If you are not a student, or have a lower GPA, please contact us to see if we can make an exception.
-Language: If English is not your native language, you may be asked to complete an international English language exam before acceptance.
-Experience: This program is meant for dancers with at least one year of dance experience. Some courses may require an audition for admittance.
-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for dance and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.
-Application Deadline: Please see the "Cost & Dates" tab for the application deadline for your specific session.
-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:
-Official university application / enrollment form
-One academic reference letter
-Your official academic transcript
-An audition video (optional except for specific courses)
-Your availability for a 30 minute Skype interview
We will contact you within two weeks of your Skype interview regarding your acceptance.
Ireland’s third-largest city, Limerick offers the cultural excitement of a metropolis yet still retains the charm of a town. The easygoing city will captivate you with its surrounding bright green landscape, historical buildings, and friendly residents. Explore ancient castles, walk along the River Shannon, or spend the day in Limerick’s modern downtown. With many venues for Irish dance and a rich history, Limerick is an artistic center. Experience Irish dance surrounded by the vibrant culture and spirit of Ireland. The city’s mild weather makes it easy to take advantage of the old world pubs, delicious restaurants, and many sports venues. Limerick is the perfect starting point from which to explore Ireland’s West and Southwest regions. Within driving distance of the city are the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Fold Park, Adare, Killarney, and the incredible scenery of Galway.
Ireland is mild and moist with plenty of rain and infrequent extremes in the temperature. The country has warm summers and mild winters. There is more rain in the west than in the east. The average temperatures in the summer are 66F during the day and 52F at night. In the winter it is 45F during the day and 36F at night.
You will have your own single room in a six or eight-bedroom house. Since houses are integrated with international and local students living together, you will have the chance to make Irish friends as well as meet students from other countries. Included in the cost of housing are shared amenities of a fully equipped kitchen, living room, internet, cable TV, and in each bedroom a bed, desk, and wardrobe.
Fall Semester 2017: August 28 – December 16, 2017
Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Arrival day: August 28, 2017
Orientation: August 28 – September 1, 2017
Classes start: September 4, 2017
Classes finish: December 16, 2017
Exams: December 4 – December 16, 2017
Spring Semester 2018: January 15, 2018 – May 14, 2018
Application Deadline: September 29, 2017
Arrival day: January 15, 2018
Orientation: January 15 – January 19, 2018
Classes start: January 22, 2018
Classes finish: April 27, 2018
Exams: May 2 – May 14, 2018
Semester cost: $14,990
Full year cost: $25,000
*Housing (single room in on-campus housing)
*Cultural activities and optional excursions
*24 hour emergency support
*Use of school gym arena
*Post-program support and access to alum network
-$200 application deposit due upon submitting application
-Full program payment due 45 days before program start date (minus $200 application deposit and any financial aid you will be receiving). Please note that regardless of your financial aid package, we require at least $1,000 of your program payment to be paid by 45 days before your program start date.
Estimated expenses not included in the program fee:
|Books and other academic requisites
|Clothes, laundry, etc.
Travel within Ireland
(one trip to Dublin, Galway, or Cork)
Please note: Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner organizations.
Deepen your understanding of movement and dance through intensive study at one of Ireland’s premier dance institutions. You’ll stand out at auditions and build specific skills in this semester or year-long program. Experience the love of life that is part of Irish culture and become immersed in a community of performers at the renowned Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. With dedicated professors and small classes, you will grow as an artist while gaining an international perspective about dance. Choose from many different traditional and modern dance courses and achieve unparalleled knowledge of Irish dance by studying in the place it was created.
For a list of courses, please download the PDF below
Download PDF Dance Semester in Ireland1