Ireland established a National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change in 2015.

We’re in the middle of a transition, from a country with high household energy consumption and inefficient waste management in the early nineties, toward a resource-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly economy.

The efforts to “significantly decarbonise the Irish economy” come at local, government and European levels. There are policies and green initiatives fuelling innovation in public and private sectors.

Sustainability and Environmental Science students will find it interesting to see first-hand how Ireland is balancing protection of the environment and the economy at the same time.

70% of Irish land is used for agricultural purposes, but agriculture counts for a third of Irish emissions, the single largest contributor. 14% of Ireland’s land mass is protected natural areas, designated by the EU to stop the decline of endangered species and habitats. Projects such as Geopark LIFE in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher demonstrate a ‘tourism for conservation’ model, reconciling tourism development with conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in the historic Burren region.

The lakes of glendalough seen at a distance
At A Glance
Sustainability & Environmental Science
Start Date
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
8, 10 or 12 Weeks
Apply By
12 weeks prior to start date

8-weeks: €7250

10-weeks: €8595

12-weeks: €9950

What's included?

Airfare, materials for placement, visas and associated costs, mandatory health insurance, meals and spending money aren’t included.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

up to €1000