Music Semester in Ireland

Learn vocal and instrumental Irish Music techniques from knowledgeable Irish professors when you study at the renowned Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Experience Irish music in the place where it originated, surrounded by Ireland's unique culture and its lush, breathtaking landscape.


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.

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. 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 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 dance and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.


-Application Deadline: Please see the "Cost & Dates" page for application deadlines 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:

-Your resume/CV
-Official university application / enrollment form
-One academic reference letter
-Your official academic transcript
-An audition video (optional, except for specific courses)
-Availability for a 20-30 minute Skype interview

We will notify you of our acceptance decision within two weeks of your interview.



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Study Irish music and explore the rich culture that spawned it!