University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type University study; study alongside Irish students; instruction in English by Irish faculty
Program Level Various levels
Courseload 15-16 credits per semester; 30-31 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. All courses are 6 ECTS credits (3 US credits), except the Architecture students, which is 12 ECTS credits (6 US credits) and 6 weeks long.




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

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.

For more information about this opportunity, reach out to the Learning Abroad Center directly.

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 Summer Courses.

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

Major Advising Pages

The University of Limerick offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following UMN degree programs and student populations:

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 overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like University Study programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be sent by email by the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Whitney Westley ( for additional information.


I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship