FAQ

Q: What is the climate like in Ireland?

A: It will hard to predict the weather, but it is normally mild. We don’t expect snowstorms or severe frost. We don’t expect a heat wave either. Bring clothing to suit mild temperatures, some wet weather & some hot weather. For more information: www.ireland.com

Q: What is there to do in the area?

A: Lots! Check out: www.shannonregiontourism.ie

Q: What are the internal distances on campus at the University of Limerick?

The Irish World Academy is on the North Side of Campus and right next to the Pavilion restaurant. Students can easily walk to the main part of campus in 10 minutes using the Living Bridge.

Q: How do I register/apply?

A: Download the application form on this website under ‘Apply’. Fill it in and send it to the address indicated in the application form.

Q: Do I have to send payment immediately with my application form?

A: No, the Blas team will first review your application and make sure you are a good fit for the programme. We may write back with further questions, or send you the good news that we would be happy to offer you a place! Once you receive confirmation of your acceptance, you can then transfer payment.

Q: Is funding available?

A: Check the scholarships page for details.

Q: Is there internet access?

A: Free internet access is provided to Blas students in the college library and free wifi is available in the Irish World Academy.

Q: How do I get to Blas?

A: Check our contact section for a map to the Irish World Academy. We are accessible from Limerick City by the 304 Bus line which goes approximately every 20 minutes. The Dublin Coach green bus also has a stop on campus (visit www.dublincoach.ie for timetable).

Q: What is the currency in Ireland?

A: The currency in Ireland is the Euro. There is an ATM and bank offering foreign exchange on campus. For exchange rates, try: www.xe.com/

Q: What is the age limit for Blas?

A: The minimum age for participation in Blas is 16.

Q: Should I bring recording equipment?

A: Yes, it would be a good idea to have recording equipment such as a minidisk player or MP3 player. However, please note that permission to use recording equipment during class or Blas concerts is at the tutor’s/artist’s discretion and should not be assumed.

Q: Do I need to bring my own instrument?

A: Yes. We do have a few bodhráns (Irish frame drum) available for student’s use during Blas.

Q: Are towels and bedding provided in the accommodation packages?

A: Yes. The accommodation also has TV, fridge & cooking facilities as standard. Check the accommodation page for more details.

Q: Can I book accommodation in local hotels/B&B’s through Blas?

A: Blas only provides booking facilities for accommodation within the accommodation packages listed on the accommodation page. If you wish to stay in other accommodation please feel free to book this yourself. The following website has links to local accommodation: www.shannonregiontourism.ie