Study in Ireland!
AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.
LocationThe University of Limerick is one of Ireland’s (and Europe’s) most prestigious public universities with 13,000 students. Its park-like campus is three miles from the city on the banks of the River Shannon. The location along with the magnificent facilities such as the Sports Arena, University Concert Hall and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance make this the ideal campus for learning and recreation. The University has just opened a €31 million library, the biggest campus library in the country and one of the most digitally advanced in the world.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Late December
- Spring Semester: Late January to Mid May
The University has five student villages which are a 10- to 15-minute walk from the main classroom buildings. AIFS students are housed in Plassey Village, the number one choice with students. One or two AIFS students live with 6 or 7 Irish students or other international students in a townhouse to foster integration into the social life of the full-time Irish students. You will have a single room and share a kitchen, living room and bathroom facilities. Each townhouse has cable T.V. and each room has broadband connection available for no extra fee. The community village hall located at the heart of the village is also available for events, dinners and get togethers with your neighbors.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that AIFS sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on AIFS programs will be billed through Appalachian the AIFS program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the AIFS costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1AIFS Program Fee||See AIFS|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|AIFS Application Fee||$95|
|AIFS Confirmation Deposit||$300|
|Airfare||$1400 - $2000|
|Refundable Housing Deposit||$250|
|1Personal Expenses||$1000 - $1500|
|Books and Materials||$250|
|Local Transportation||$100 - $300|
|4Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $2000|
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
AIFS offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $200 to $5000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students on the AIFS Limerick program will take 4 to 5 courses per semester. Students can choose from a wide range of courses offered by the University to international students, provided that prerequisites are met. Along with other international students, you will take classes alongside University of Limerick students and become fully integrated into the student body. The Civic Engagement Office at the University of Limerick has developed a program of credit-bearing service learning opportunities for students focusing on community projects in which students, UL academic staff and community partners work together to focus on an area of need within the local community.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the AIFS Limerick website.
Students participating on the Limerick program will take 12-15 credits. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an AIFS program should complete the AIFS application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall Semester||2020||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2020-2021||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.