This program is for students in any teacher education program that allows placement in an elementary school setting. It is a 4-week experience taking place at the end of the spring semester. The internship will take place at an elementary school (K-6) in Limerick, Ireland.
Limerick is the 3rd
largest city in Ireland with a population of approximately 150,000. It is located in south/central Ireland. Limerick is an older, European city with castles, cathedrals, and the River Shannon running through the City center and University campus. Students will be housed in campus lodging at the University of Limerick, located about 1.5 miles from the internship school. Limerick is very pedestrian and bicycle friendly with a well-structured bus system. Travel around the city and to/from the school will be very easy. Students will be free to travel on weekends. Ireland is approximately the size of Missouri, so travel around the country is encouraged via train or bus. The Ireland climate during the spring is moderate, with temperatures generally in the 50s and 60s.
Students will already have been assessed U of A College of Education tuition and fees for 15 credit hours for the spring semester. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, travel health insurance, $102.40 study abroad fee, housing, meals, local transportation, passport and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities and meals, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. College of Education students should apply for the COEHP Study Abroad Grants
. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. Honors students should apply for study abroad grants through the U of A Honors College.
And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more information regarding funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your time teaching abroad.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel, etc., contact:
Assistant Director for Outreach & International Service Learning
Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange