Learning Abroad Center
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University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

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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.

Program Details

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 Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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About

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.

Excursions

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. 

Program Structure

Program Level
Various levels
Courseload

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).

Coursework

Classes

Handbook

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.

    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)

    Summer Courses

    Active Body, Active Mind—Physical Education & Sport Science

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

    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.

    Creative Writing

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Literature
    • Writing Intensive

    Developing Self as a Healthcare Provider

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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

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

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Civic Life and Ethics
    • Historical Perspectives

    International Financial Markets & Trading

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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

    Irish Life & Literature

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

    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.


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Literature

    Irish Myths & Legends

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

    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.


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Literature

    Modern Irish Theatre

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

    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.


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Literature

    Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film & Television

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Arts/Humanities

    Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Social Sciences

    Terrorism, Crime & Justice

    Terms
    • Summer
    3
    Credits

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


    Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
    • Civic Life and Ethics

    Program Dates

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 TBD TBD

    Fall 2021

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Late August
    Program End Mid-December

    Spring 2022

    Application Deadline: TBD

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Early January
    Program End Late May

    Academic Year 2021-22

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Late August
    Program End Late May

    Summer 2021

    Application Deadline: Program Cancelled Summer 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Late May
    Program End Late June

    Fees

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

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    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.

    Fall 2021

    Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Apply

    You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now

    Complete

    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