Summer Study at the University of Limerick

  • Select one Irish studies course from a range of exciting offerings.

  • This program is based at the University of Limerick's campus, in the spectacularly evocative west of Ireland.

  • Summer study at the University of Limerick is taught by Irish experts who are also members of the university faculty.

  • A semester program is also available.


You will enroll in one course for three weeks, to earn a total of three semester hours of academic credit. Your coursework will consist of subject-related readings, as well as written and oral assignments. Three field study excursions to areas of interest in Limerick and greater Ireland will round out your academic experience. The cost of lunch and dinner each day is included in the program fee.


  • (LIME HU 5000) Irish Life and Literature will familiarize you with the many influences that make up the modern Irish nation from a literary perspective, paying particular attention to its traditions, culture and history. Through an analysis of autobiography, as well as a consideration of important social, political and economic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries - and a survey of aspects of traditional Irish culture - students of literature, history, folklore and cultural studies will develop a unique understanding of this fascinating nation.

  • (LIME HU 5002) Visual Culture in Ireland 1400-1950 will help you trace the origins of Irish and European art from the medieval to the modern period. Of particular interest to students undertaking studies in art history, visual art and film, the course develops themes pertaining broadly and specifically to painting, portraiture, sculpture and architecture, through an analysis of historical influences, representations of national identity and aspects of various artistic periods and cultural traditions.

  • (LIME HU 5013) Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society adopts both a local and a global perspective on contemporary Irish society and ideology. Through discussions of aspects of Ireland's business and cultural ties to Europe and the United States, we will undertake a critical examination of demographic trends, international business initiatives, media representations, and issues surrounding poverty, gender, class, health, emigration and immigration, and education in Irish society. Students with a keen interest in the areas of sociology, anthropology and cultural studies will benefit from this course.

  • (LIME HU 5033) Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television delves into the contemporary topic of the depiction of Ireland in documentary and film, and from a broader perspective, the areas of media sociology, sociolinguistics, television, and the representation of gender, ethnicity and class. Ideal for students of media and communication studies, film, anthropology, sociology and linguistics.

  • (LIME HU 5023) Law in Ireland provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the Irish legal system. This course is of particular interest to social science, politics and pre-law students. The session is divided into four sections: the institutions of the Irish state; Irish and European law; criminal law; and law-making and/or legal practice in Ireland. One excursion will include a visit to the Irish parliament or courts in Dublin. No prior study of law is required.

  • Creative Writing: Ireland has a long and well established tradition of excellence in the genre of shortstory writing. This Creative Writing Summer School will build on that tradition by offering visiting students the opportunity to focus on and develop their short-story writing skills. Students will benefit from a series of lectures and workshops focusing on topics such as; "strategies for creating effective characters," "approaches to writing dialogue," and "considering structure and plot in short fiction." Through an analysis of the work of established short-story writers, students will identify and explore strategies for effective short-story writing. Students will also participate in regular writing activities, working collectively and individually to complete their own piece of short fiction. This module will focus on both an analysis of effective techniques in short-story writing, and a practical application of these techniques to the student’s own work. Students will also benefit from the advice and guidance of a visiting, established short-story writer, who will be available for seminar and workshop sessions with students.

  • Ireland's Myths and Legends: Ireland is famous for its myths and legends, stories of mythical creatures including leprechauns and banshees, and ancient tales of heroes and warriors. The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. The Tuatha Dé Danann (the peoples of the Goddess Danu), Balor of the Evil Eye, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the warrior Queen Meabh, Finn Mac Cumhaill and The Fianna are among the characters and events populating the ancient landscapes of Irish myth and legend. These tales were drawn upon to establish the foundations and influence the evolutions of Irish identity, and they continue to shape Ireland’s cultural, political, and literary movements today. Using a range of well-known stories, children’s literature, films and media, we will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend, and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society. Students will gain a knowledge of the importance of mythology and will be able to appreciate Ireland’s literary and cultural history more fully.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

You will earn three semester hours of credit for the three-week summer session.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • March 31