Gap, intern, or study abroad in

Ireland

Enrich the time between high school and college in a gap program, differentiate your resume with an internship, or get class credit while you study abroad. Along the way, you’ll attend prestigious universities, enjoy career-accelerating experiences, and immerse yourself in Ireland’s lifestyle and culture.

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Students on Excursion in Ireland

Destination Overview

It is said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten. The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, and the country’s history is almost tangible. In terms of Ireland’s landscape, the gentle rainfall, called “soft weather” by the locals, really does create 40 shades of green and quite a few rainbows as well. Ancient moss-covered ring forts crouch in lush valleys, while stone-strewn monastic ruins and lone castle turrets brave the wind on nearby hilltops. Many come to Ireland with high expectations of its romantic scenery, a blend of the raw and rugged with mist-covered verdancy, and seldom return home disillusioned.

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Cities in Ireland with API Programs:

  Dublin
Galway
  Limerick
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Why Dublin
  • Capital of Ireland and seat of Irish parliament
  • Top tier universities
  • Charming Irish hospitality
  • Famous pubs and restaurants
  • Impressive architecture, abundant green spaces, and the lovely River Liffey
  • Strong artistic, literary, and musical traditions
  • Vibrant nightlife and very active student population
  • Often described as a city that feels like a large village
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Why Galway
  • Seat of Gaelic language and heritage
  • Cultural capital of Ireland, and the 2020 European Capital of Culture
  • Charming coastal city of cobblestoned streets and stunning water views
  • Known for its festivals, exceptional food and its fantastic art scene
  • Great live music, cozy pubs and active student population
  • World-renowned theaters
  • The National University of Ireland, Galway ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Top destination for Irish water sports and hiking
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Why Limerick
  • 3rd largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and one of the oldest in the country
  • Over 400 castles in County Limerick
  • Attracts renowned street artists from across the world who adorn the city with vibrant and colorful murals and moving messages
  • King’s Island, Newtown Perry, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and excellent shopping at the famous Milk Market
  • Fabulous hiking/biking trails
  • Ideal for music students and music lovers: the University of Limerick houses the Irish World Music Centre, the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
  • Known as “Sports City”, Limerick offers excellent sports facilities and plenty of opportunities to participate in and watch Irish sporting events
  • Diverse array of courses across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines available, and the opportunity to live alongside Irish and other international students for a truly cross cultural experience

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

API is committed to providing enriching international experiences to its participants. We believe in the importance of promoting acceptance, dignity, and respect among people of all backgrounds. API demonstrates its commitment to inclusiveness by providing affordable and accessible programs, offering individualized support, and conducting ongoing diversity education and training for all API staff. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you during your journey abroad.

Read more about Europe on our blog:

Reflections on Twenty Years with API
Reflections on Twenty Years with API

Twenty years ago today (August 15, 2001), I walked into the API office to begin what I thought was a job. Little did I know that when I opened that door I was taking my first steps into a career that would span two decades, nor did I anticipate that this position would lead to lifelong friendships with individuals who have enriched my life exponentially and who have become like family to me.

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Reflections on Lessons Learned While Working Abroad
Reflections on Lessons Learned While Working Abroad

Years ago, I studied abroad in both Madrid and Paris, and these experiences were so impactful that I knew with complete certainty that I wanted to pursue opportunities that would allow me to travel and to continue engaging in intercultural exchange.

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“I absolutely recommend API, Ireland, and Galway! The memories and friendships I gained from my trip abroad through API will surely last a lifetime and I could not be more grateful.”

Michelle M.
API Galway student
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