Hosted by the University of Limerick, the prestigious Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is a world-class “space where musicians, dancers, composers, singers, conductors and choreographers explore together.” Spend a semester or year as a student in this exciting and vibrant environment, nestled in the beautiful green landscape and flourishing Irish music and dance scene of Limerick—Ireland's 2014 National City of Culture. As an international student you will be integrated like a native student, but with much greater freedom of choice in selecting your program of study. Through small-group instruction and the freedom to custom tailor your course load, you will grow as a performer and gain exciting and unique international experience and insight. The World Academy focuses on rediscovering old art forms as well as breaking new ground.
Many courses focus on Irish dance and Irish culture through the lens of the performing arts, but classes available in other styles are also offered through customized "Practicum" classes. When you're not in class, enjoy Irish traditional music and dance in its original context...at the campus pub!
Performing Arts Abroad's Ireland site director John will meet you on your first day and host a welcome dinner for our group. During the semester, he will lead the group in several day trips to places like Belfast, Kilkenny, and Glendalough and a full weekend adventure to Galway, the Aran Islands, and the iconic Cliffs of Moher. This is in addition to a wide range of campus excursions and activities offered by the university itself as part of a robust student life program. And of course, as with all of our programs, John and our U.S. team will be available 24 hours per day in case of any emergencies.
For a course listing in music courses, please download the PDF on the University tab.
-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. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered on a case by case basis with supplemental application materials such as a letter of reference and/or letter of explanation
-Language: No language is required, and courses in Irish Gaelic are offered as part of the program. 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 musicians with at least one year of music 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 music 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. Named as Ireland's 2014 National City of Culture, 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 music and a rich history, Limerick is an artistic center. Experience Irish music and 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 features a mild and moist climate with plenty of rain and infrequent extremes in the temperature. Summers are warm and winters are mild. 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.
Participants enjoy all the benefits of on-campus, apartment-style housing. The student village is just a short walk from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on the banks of the River Shannon. Participants will have their 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. Rooms with private bathrooms and showers are available.
Village management lives on site and is on call 24 hours a day. They are committed to making your living situation a positive one, and with years of experience hosting new and international students they can help you with whatever problems may arise from homesickness to housemates.
Spring Semester 2018: January 15, 2018 – May 15, 2018
Application Deadline: October 2nd, 2017
Arrival day: January 15, 2018
Orientation: January 15 – January 19, 2018
Classes start: January 22, 2018
Easter Break: March 26 - April 3, 2018
Classes finish: April 27, 2018
Exams: May 2 – May 14, 2018
Departure: May 15, 2018
Semester cost: $14,990
Full year cost: $25,000
Pre-trip advising and preparation
1 hour pre-departure orientation via video chat
Assistance with travel arrangements
New York Times one-year digital subscription
2 Day Trips led by PAA Site Director (examples include Belfast, Kilkenny, and Glendalough)
1 Weekend Excursion led by PAA Site Director (examples include Galway, Aran Islands, and Cliffs of Moher)
Access to School Gym and Other Campus Facilities
Housing (single room in on-campus housing)
University Excursions and Cultural Activities
Regular check-ins with professional, friendly, English-speaking on-site staff
Travel medical and accident insurance
24-hour emergency support
Re-entry and reverse culture shock resources
Post-program support and arts career advising
Huge alumni network of performing artists
-$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.
The University of Limerick is located in one of the most beautiful and vibrant artistic communities in Ireland. Limerick has consistently been named one of the best places to visit in Ireland, and is the 2014 Irish National City of Culture. The University has been hosting international students who want to be immersed into culture and university for years, and it is the home of The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The World Academy is renowned as a place to“break new ground, to find your own voice, to rediscover older sounds and gestures or to reinvent received traditions.” With dedicated professors and small classes, you will grow as an artist while gaining an international perspective about music. Choose from many different traditional and modern music courses and achieve unparalleled knowledge of Irish music by studying in the place it was created.
For a list of courses offered please download the PDF below.
Download PDF Music Semester in Ireland1