Semester in Limerick

Study at a well-regarded university in a tranquil part of Ireland without breaking the bank. Explore castles, stroll along the Shannon River, and learn the fiddle alongside your Irish friends.

On Semester in Limerick, choose from great course options in the stunning west of Ireland. Business, history, engineering, Irish culture and more. We have the classes you want in a great Irish city.

We’re one step ahead.  At CISabroad, all of our advisors have studied or lived abroad, even in Ireland! We’ll make sure you know what to expect before you go, enjoy every moment of your time overseas, and come back in love with Irish culture.

An awesome program that’s affordable, too! We understand that it can be tough to find the funds to go abroad. We are the most economical way to study abroad in Ireland which means you’ll still have spending money once you get there!

Our Semester in Limerick program is housed at the University of Limerick, which offers state-of-the art facilities, great housing, and classes with Irish students so you can immerse yourself in the local culture. Explore castles, stroll along the Shannon River, and learn the fiddle during your semester abroad in Ireland!  You will experience:

Calm city with a fun up-and-coming riverfront scene – Limerick, although laid-back with a small-town feel, is treasured by its visitors for the city's history, beautiful castles, and diverse population. Walk the streets of Limerick and get a real taste of Irish culture. 

World-class university – Semester in Limerick is based at the University of Limerick, a progressive new university where you can take courses in diverse fields for your major or elective requirements.

Full-tilt rugby culture – If you are a hardcore rugby fan, this program is for you. You can take classes during the fall semester and take part in the on-campus rugby team and rugby-related events throughout the season.

Volunteer options - Earn the President's Volunteer Award from the University of Limerick by volunteering in the local community. 

Global student experience – Fellow international students come from more than 60 other countries.

Affordable study abroad in Ireland option – Studying in Europe isn’t cheap, but choosing a smaller city like Limerick and an affordable program like CISabroad's Semester in Limerick can help you find the money for this amazing experience.

Travel opportunities throughout the region – With cheap airfare and train routes galore, you can spend your weekends traveling in Ireland, around the UK, and to various cities, beaches, and mountains throughout Europe.

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Ireland, then check out our Semester in Limerick program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Study at an academically rigorous university
  • Live alongside Irish students and study Irish culture
  • Participate in the University of Limerick Buddy Programme
  • Take a boat tour of the Shannon River
  • Check out nearby 12th-century castles in your spare time
  • Numerous activities arranged througout the semester to immerse you in the local culture
  • Diverse course options
  • Great campus facilities
  • Explore other parts of Ireland
  • Strong support from the University International Office
  • Live in a lovely house with local and international students

While on the Semester in Limerick program, you will have the opportunity to take a couple of excursions to see what the rest of Ireland has to offer. Here are just a couple of the places you might be visiting. Our site director, John Hayes, has named these excursions the "Four Corners of Ireland":

Cliffs of Moher
Standing 214m high over the Atlantic Ocean and running for 5 miles, the Cliffs of Moher are certainly a sight to be seen. Listed as a finalist for status as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, there is no doubting that these cliffs should be top on your to-do list. From the Cliffs, you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains – this is an excursion you don’t want to miss!

Kilrush County Clare
Overlooking Shannon Estuary and the Kerry Hills to the south, Kilrush is a traditional market town which now has the west coast's biggest marina. While in Kilrush, you will have the opportunity to go on a boat trip to the estuary to go dolphin spotting! Despite often inclement weather, a large pod of bottlenose dolphins live off the coast – giving you the perfect opportunity to see some wildlife!

This former ‘Rebel City’ buzzes with life, giving it worthy cause to rival the Dublin capital. The River Lee weaves around the city, adding charm to the Georgian architecture and poky 17th century alleys. But the best thing about this city is how it has effortlessly slid into the 21st century. With a brand new opera house as well as a burgeoning restaurant, music, and arts scene, this is a city that truly has everything covered.

Tour famous historical sites, such as the Book of Kells, the Guiness Storehouse, the Dublin Zoo, Dublinia and the Viking World, numerous festivals, and more!

Western Ireland
Enjoy a light breakfast and tea, followed by a dance lesson from well-trained Irish dancers. Then, take a bus tour around the city and explore various medieval sites and national parks. You'll get to see caves and waterfalls before heading to a beautiful seaside town and enjoying a traditional meal of fish and chips!

Semester in Limerick, housed at the University of Limerick, operates on a semester calendar, so you will have no problem fitting the program into your academic schedule. You can take courses from across the 6 colleges: Business, Education, Humanities, Engineering, Informatics, and Electronics and Science.

GPA Required: 2.9. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now for the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 4–5 courses (12–15 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 10 classes approved before you go abroad. This way, you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule. You should also consider filling elective requirements while abroad. 

Class descriptions and catalog: 

Please click here to view the Fall Semester in Limerick module booklet and here to view the Spring Semester in Limerick module booklet (courses do not generally change from year to year and students can base course selections on the previous year's courses as long as they correspond to the correct semester, Spring or Fall).

Click on "Advance Filters" and choose the appropriate semester, undergraduate level, and prerequisites.

The 2 letters of the course code indicate the subject area to which the course, or module, belongs. The first 3 numbers indicate the course itself, and the last number indicates the semester in which it is normally taken. For example, year 1 modules end in 1 (fall semester) and 2 (spring semester); year 2 modules end in 3 (fall) and 4 (spring ), year 3 modules end in 5 (fall) and 6 (spring), and so on. The 3-digit codes that follow the module titles represent the required number of corresponding lecture, tutorial, and laboratory hours, respectively.

For example: 

HI4053 Ireland: 1750-1850 (2-1-0) is a History course, number 405, to be taken in the third semester, i.e. the fall of the second year. There are 2 lecture hours and 1 tutorial hour per week.

EC4101 Microeconomics (2-1-1) is an Economics course, number 410, to be taken in the first semester, i.e. the fall of the first year. There are 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, and 1 lab hour per week.

Please note that availability is not guaranteed. You will not be registered for your courses at the University of Limerick until you arrive in Ireland and go through the university's orientation program. The first two weeks of the program you will take any module you want in order to try out as many modules as possible. After the first two weeks, you will register for your courses for the restof the term. At that point, your modules are set and cannot be changed. 


The availability of Equine modules is restricted to equine majors and places cannot be guaranteed to Study Abroad students in advance of their arrival at UL. Preference is given to full-time (Degree) Equine students. Study Abroad students will be offered any remaining places on the program. 


The availability of Sports Science & Physical Education is restricted to Sport Science/PE major students and cannot be guaranteed to Study Abroad students in advance of their arrival at UL. Preference is given to full-time (Degree) Sports Science & PE students. Study Abroad students will be offered any remaining places on the program.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Limerick is a unique, small city with a population of 80,000 in the Shannon region, on Ireland's west coast. It is historic and yet modern in its architecture, industry, and ambience. Georgian cathedrals and castles contrast with high-rises built in the last 10 years, giving the city a new feel while still offering its old historical routes to visitors. The city is also known for its playwrights and actors, and there are always theatrical events to attend.

The city is easily accessible by air, train, or coach and is only 20 km from the Shannon Airport, allowing for easy and cheap access to major cities in the UK and Europe. The city is also reknowned as a center for excellence in technology. It is home to the National Technology Park and to many international electronics and technology firms. For sporting enthusiasts, Limerick offers a wide range of sports, from Gaelic games (hurling and football) to the city's favorite sport, rugby. Limerick and the University of Limerick are home to Coaching Ireland and the University Arena, which houses Ireland's 50-metre olympic swimming pool.

The campus, located slightly outside the city, provides consistent transport for students with buses leaving from various points on campus all day. You will appreciate the laid-back spirit of the city and love shopping on the pedestrian streets, taking a boat tour down the Shannon River, and eating at riverside cafés.

As a study abroad student in Limerick, you'll want to learn the local culture. Ireland is famous for its local pub scene, and you will always be able to find traditional Irish fiddlers singing their tunes all over the city at night. Pick up a few words in Gaelic, check out a Celtic music concert, and, by all means, thoroughly enjoy St. Patrick's Day with your new Irish friends. With Dublin just a few hours away, you'll be able to visit the capital with the easily accessible bus transport systems throughout the country. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone, visit the Irish coastline with its amazing sea-cliff views, and get a taste of small-town Irish life in the countryside right outside of Limerick city.

Our Semester in Limerick program is located at the University of Limerick. Founded in 1972, the University of Limerick is accredited the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland.

Awarded 2015 University of the Year by the Sunday Times. About 10,000 full-time students enjoy a riverside campus at the heart of a 600-acre park three miles above the ancient city. The campus facilities are spread out over the beautiful campus grounds with the Shannon River running right through the center. From the fitness center to the outdoor food market on Tuesdays, you can truly find everything you need right on campus.

Founded in 1972, the University has quickly gained a reputation among its peers for its innovative courses and high academic standards. Although young, this energetic, enterprising university has a proud record of excellence in research and scholarship. Their innovative approach to learning has gained them huge respect among educators and universities throughout Ireland. The International Office is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your experience. You will take part in an extensive orientation when you arrive that introduces you to the city and to campus life. The International Office provides continuous support to students throughout their semester abroad.

The University is also home to collections of fine Irish art, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The University is always putting on artistic events, including music and drama performances, as well as art and photography displays. The campus also boasts outstanding fitness facilities, complete with group exercise classrooms, weight rooms, an indoor track and basketball arena, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. And that’s not all…they even have plans to expand! This campus truly offers a complete semester study abroad experience.

As a CISabroad student, you‘ll get an extensive orientation upon arrival and the staff of the University’s International Office will assist you throughout your stay. This orientation includes a campus tour and introduction to life on campus, as well as a trip to learn more about the city of Limerick. You will learn practical things such as how to use the public transport to and from the campus and city, and also how to get involved with the many student clubs and organizations available. Each semester, the university organizes an off-campus program to show you the "real" Ireland; among the fun excursions is a day trip to Dublin.

There are tons of ways to get involved and get to know your Irish classmates. One way to do this is to enroll in the Univeristy of Limerick Buddy Programme. Through this program, you have the opportunity to meet other Irish students and have fun! Past events have included a pizza night with hundreds in attendance.

Student life revolves around the Student Center Complex, which houses a student café, 2 pubs, a restaurant, a bookshop, a bank, the student health clinic, a laundry, and a grocery store. Anything you can think of is provided to you right on campus! The Student Union organizes activities for 70 clubs and societies which is a great way to get involved in something you’re interested in – or try something new!  In addition, there is a comprehensive range of sports and recreation programs, meaning you will always have something to do.

Both the general public and professional athletes use the University Arena, which boasts Ireland’s National 50m Olympic-standard swimming pool. It also has the largest indoor sports hall in the country, complete with cardio fitness suites, weight rooms, indoor track and basketball courts, group exercise classrooms and a health fitness clinic. And best of all, your membership to this incredible facility is included in your CISabroad program fee!

Semester in Limerick students will be living in a campus village located on the River Shannon and close to the campus sporting facilities. The village contains individual apartments with single bedrooms en-suite for up to six students. Other apartment amenities include a fully furnished kitchen, a comfortable lounge area, electric heating, television, launderette, and internet access through the University of Limerick network. The village offers full maintenance service, regular security patrols, and a Residential Village Manager who is available for student assistance.

There are several grocery shops and a supermarket located close to the university where students can purchase food and other supplies. For those interested in fresh food or who want to try an international dish, Limerick has options for you! Once a week, there is a market in the city that sells fresh fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price. International grocery stores abound in Limerick and you'll find options that sell Russian, Asian, African, and Caribbean products. Living in one of these beautiful houses is a great way to form a community with Irish and international students and will certainly be a highlight of your time in Limerick!

John Hayes was born and raised in Ireland.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Tipperary before heading to college. He studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick.  John adores travelling and has lived and worked in five different European countries.  He has taught in Spain, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, worked on farms in The Netherlands and has led study abroad programs in the British Isles and Austria.  John believes both International education and travel are essential in today’s world. He is on hand to help smooth your path while you’re abroad. 

John is married to Anja. 15 years and counting! Together they have a teen (Nathan 14) and tween (Lauren 12) 

When John isn’t dealing with teen v tween friction and angst he loves watching westerns, war films and watching/tweeting about sport. He’s completely crazy about almost all sports and will invariably want to take you to games of some description. 

All in all he’s a very friendly person who always wants to help others achieve their goals.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the Semester in Limerick program can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Fall programs are due on December 1; Spring programs are due on July 15. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Semester in Limerick can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the Semester in Limerick program, you WILL NOT need a visa if you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen. However, you will have to register with Irish Immigration once in Ireland and there is a €300 fee associated with this registration. More specific information will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program. 

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For the Semester in Limerick program, the GPA requirement is 2.9.

6. What are my housing options? 

The Semester in Limerick program offers apartment-style housing located on the River Shannon. 

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the Semester in Limerick program, you will enroll in 4-5 courses (12-15 U.S. Credits). For more details, go here.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival August 28
CISabroad Orientation August 28 to September 1
Classes Start September 4
Classes End December 8
Departure December 17
Application Deadline May 15
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 16
CISabroad Orientation Janury 20 - 22
Classes Start January 23
Classes End April 22
Departure May 16
Application Deadline October 15
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $14,990
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $14,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following: 

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • 4 Cultural Excursions Across Ireland
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Online pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup 
  • On-site support 
  • University of Limerick orientation
  • Student Union fees
  • Gym membership
  • University of Limerick official transcript 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.