Limerick Castle

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  1. Program Details

    Study in Ireland’s third-largest city at the University of Limerick, considered one of Ireland’s most beautiful campuses. The University offers innovative academics, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and vibrant campus life.

    Location Limerick, Ireland
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.9 for semester, 2.5 for summer
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

    The Republic of Ireland’s third-largest city, Limerick, boasts a Norman castle, elegant Georgian buildings, and an active music scene. For performing arts lovers, the University of Limerick is home to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. For sporting enthusiasts, Limerick offers a wide range of sports from Gaelic games such as hurling and football to Limerick's favorite sport, rugby. It is also home to the National Coaching and Training Centre of Ireland and Ireland’s first 50m Olympic swimming pool.

    The University of Limerick is located 5 kilometers outside of town, spanning two banks of the River Shannon. Considered one of Ireland’s most beautiful campuses, the university offers innovative academics, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and vibrant campus life. The house- or apartment-style campus housing complexes are a great source of student social life.

    The University of Limerick is known as a technological powerhouse in Ireland and works closely with the nearby National Technology Park of Ireland. The university is also well known for science, humanities, business, and social studies. You may choose from the university’s wide variety of courses in almost every discipline, allowing you to create a broad and diverse curriculum, or further study in your major.

    Housing & Meals

    Live on campus with other Irish and international students in apartment-style or shared houses. You will have your own room and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with your flatmates or housemates. Meals are not included, but you can prepare your own meals in the residence villages or dine at the restaurants on campus. The three housing options (all very similar) are included in the program fee.


    Extracurricular activities abound at the University of Limerick. The International Office organizes a number of off campus activities each semester. These include a special Thanksgiving dinner in the Fall and organized trips to Dublin and western Ireland tourist attractions. Many of the 60+ clubs and societies organize day and weekend trips. Student residences organize dinners, dances and other activities. Orientation will introduce you to the myriad of opportunities available, as well as facilities and registration procedures.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students studying at the University of Limerick will:

    • augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Irish and international students and community members;
    • gain appreciation of the academic culture of the Republic of Ireland and differences between the Irish and US educational systems through direct enrollment;
    • gain awareness and appreciation of Irish culture through on-campus accommodation with Irish students, as well as access to a wide range of student organizations and clubs;
    • become more self-reliant through immersion in a new culture and separation from familiar structures and surroundings
    • become more effective at navigating differences by spending four to ten months of full integration in a foreign academic, cultural, and political climate;
    • and experience Irish and international perspectives on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at an Irish host university.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty and staff at the University of Limerick are accessible and supportive. Students work closely with the International Office at Limerick before and during their experience. These advising and support services are designed to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.

    The International Office organizes airport pick-up and an orientation for study abroad students upon arrival. You will receive information about campus facilities, clubs and the Irish educational system. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

    13–16 credits per semester; 28–31 credits for an academic year

    The University of Limerick operates on a US-style schedule credit system, with two academic semesters in the academic year, which runs from September to May. Assessment is in letter grades and grade point averages is calculated on a 4-point scale. The normal semester course-load is 5 modules (classes/courses), with a minimum of 6 ECTS credits (3 US credits) awarded for each module and 30 ECTS credits (15 US credits) for a semester of study.

    The summer program consists of one three-week session, during which you can take one of several courses. Most courses are 6 ECTS credits (3 US credits).




    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    Other academic information, as well as program dates, housing options, special classes, etc., can be found at Limerick's main study abroad page

    For more tips on difference in terminology and finding course information, go to Finding Course Information for Host Universities.

    Nursing BSN Track (UofM Students Only)

    BSN students in their senior year can study at Limerick and fulfill requirements of the BSN.  Nursing students take a specialized 9-credit block of classes at Limerick, replacing NURS 4703, NURS 4704 and NURS  4402, and any two 3-credit elective classes from Limerick’s regular class catalog. These other two classes can fulfill LibEd requirements, minor requirements, etc.

    Students apply during their junior year for study Fall semester of senior year.  Good standing in the BSN program is required.  Students should work with their SoN academic adviser well in advance of participation, as early planning is required.  Practicum placements in Limerick are limited, and spaces may be competitive depending on the number of applicants.

    Research and Community Engagement

    Participate in a research project while making connections with the local community through the UL Practicum course. You will work with a team of students, UL staff, and community members to design and implement your project. In addition to gaining research skills and connecting to the local community, you will also develop other skills such as teamwork, leadership, and working across cultures. If you participate in this UL practicum, you are eligible for the I-UROP scholarship.

    To to learn more about the UL Practicum and projects for the upcoming terms, contact your LAC adviser by clicking on the Contact tab. 

    Summer Courses

    Limerick offers a selection of 3-week, 3-credit summer courses available to international students. For brief course descriptions, and to view which Liberal Education requirements these courses fufill, visit our Summer Courses website.

    For more detailed information, visit UL's Summer Schools website.

      Major Advising Pages

      Student Populations


      Global Identity

      Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

      This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

      Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

    • Irish Life & Literature

      You will focus on Irish writers and traditional Irish culture such as folklore, music, and song, while also discussing the large social, political, and economic developments of the 19th & 20th centuries.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Literature core. 

      Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society

      Study how the economic boom known as the Celtic Tiger, followed by the global financial crisis in 2008 has impacted Irish society today.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core. 

      Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film & Television

      Examine how the notions of Ireland and Irishness have been portrayed in film, television, and documentaries.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Arts & Humanities core.   

      Creative Writing

      Identify and explore uselful strategies for short story writing, and compose your own piece of short fiction.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Writing Intensive liberal education requirement and Literature core. 

      Historical Perspectives of Justice in Ireland: Folk Devils, Fornicators, and Families

      Examine the historical context in which justice policy was developed, specific to punishment, the regulation of sexual behavior, and the evolution of family justice.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Civic Life & Ethics theme and Historical Perspective core. 

      Terrorism, Crime & Justice

      Learn about the Irish criminal justice system, theoretical perspectives on criminal justice, and an insight into trends and theories on terrorism.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Civic Life & Ethics theme. 

      Irish Myths & Legends

      Understand the importance of Irish myths & legends and how they are still prevalent in Ireland today, by reading well-known stories and children's literature, and looking at films and the media.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Literature core. 

      Modern Irish Theatre

      A survey of Irish theatre in the 20th century, with a focus on its relationship to Irish nationalism. Excursions to plays in Dublin and Galway are included.

      This class has been approved for UofM's Literature core. 

      Developing Self as a Healthcare Provider

      This interdisciplinary course will cover strategies for developing individual and collaborative approaches to healthcare, and will include Celtic spiritual approaches to health and wellness.

      Active Body, Active Mind—Physical Education & Sport Science

      Learn how psychological theories, concepts, and strategies can be applied to physical activity and exercise, and how that can have an impact on the individual.

      Business Studies

      International Financial Markets & Trading

      Use active learning on the Kemmy Business School trading floor to bring the course concepts to life. 

    • Dates & Deadlines

      Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
      Term Program Dates Application Deadline
      Fall Semester 2021 Late August - mid December May 1, 2021
      Academic Year 2021-22 Late August - late May May 1, 2021
      Spring Semester 2021 Mid January - late May Oct 15, 2020
      Summer program 2021 Late May - late June Apr 15, 2021

      *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
      **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

      Dates change from year to year.  For exact dates for upcoming terms, consult the University of Limerick's academic calendar (semester dates) and summer school page.  

      Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

      See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

      Term Abroad Date/Time Location
      Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 TBD TBD
    • Fees for University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick


      Summer 2019

      Fall 2020

      Spring 2021


      University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

      The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($1000 summer, $2050 one semester, $3100 academic year) and required UofM international health insurance.

      University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

      Billing & Payments

      Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

      Financial Aid & Scholarships

      Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

      Special scholarships are available through the University of Limerick for science, technology, engineering and math majors, as well as dedicated LGBTQ scholarships.

      Bridging Loan

      Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

      Cancellation Policy

      Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
    • Prepare

      Complete pre-application advising.

      Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

      To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

      Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
      Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
      Program Name University Study in Ireland
      Track Name University of Limerick
      Country Ireland


      May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

      Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

      Apply Now

      May & Summer Programs – Non-University of Minnesota Students

      Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

      Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

      Apply Now

      Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

      All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

      Apply Now


      After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist. 

      Standard Track

      Upon initial review of your application, the Learning Abroad Center will send you a link to the University of Limerick's online application system. Create an account there, and upload the items requested. These items include but are not limited to:

      • Official transcript
      • Course selection information
      • Digital passport photograph

      Nursing Track

      Prior to applying to UL, you will need to upload the below materials. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you. 

      • Application Essay
      • Study Abroad Approval from your Academic Adviser
      • Practicum Instructor Assessment

      All applications to this track will be reviewed together after the April 1st deadline. If you are nominated to the program, the Learning Abroad Center will send you a link to the University of Limerick's online application system. Create an account there, and upload the items requested. These items include but are not limited to:

      • Official transcript
      • Course selection information
      • Digital passport photograph


      Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

    • Program Contact

      For further information or questions about this program contact

      Whitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.

    • Contact Program Alum

      Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

      Alicia: Spring 2018, Industrial & Systems Engineering major, participated in the UL Engage practicum

      Sara: Spring 2018, Biomedical Engineering major

    COVID-19 Update

    This program was canceled for summer session 2021 due to COVID-19.

    The Nursing track for this program was canceled for fall 2021 due to COVID-19