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International Service Learning in Ireland

Ireland Study Abroad


Students will be able to engage in service learning in Ireland while developing a deep appreciation of Irish culture in either Galway or Limerick.


Arty, bohemian Galway (Gaillimh) is one of Ireland’s most engaging cities. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while restaurants and cafes offer front-row seats for observing buskers and street theatre. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and musical instruments, bridges arch over the salmon-stuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area’s famous oysters.


Limerick straddles the tidal reaches of Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon, where it swings west to join the Shannon Estuary. Following the city’s tough past, as narrated in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, its medieval and Georgian architecture received a glitzy makeover during the Celtic Tiger era.Limerick was chosen as the first-ever Irish City of Culture in 2014, and the subsequent investment saw a rejuvenated waterfront complete with stylish boardwalk. There’s a renovated castle, an art gallery and a developing foodie scene to complement its traditional pubs, plus locals who can’t wait to welcome you.


  • 2.7 GPA
  • Sophomore level or higher by program start date


  • Dates: June 17 – July 18, 2020
  • Courses: Social Work 491 or 540
  • Credits: 3
  • Faculty Director: Rebecca Jackson, Assistant Professor of Practice:
  • Where to apply:
  • Deadline: January 24, 2020


The program fee is $3,389. This amount does not include airfare, tuition for the 3-credit hour course, the Study Abroad administrative fee, or personal expenses.


Being an Exchange Student
For Degree-seeking International Students
Student Testimonials
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship
Social Work Study Abroad Manual
UTK Study Abroad Office