Our Semester in Limerick program offers state-of-the art facilities, great housing options, and classes with Irish students so you can immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll study at the University of Limerick, a progressive university where you can take courses in diverse fields. After class, you can head into the city of Limerick to explore its castle, stroll along the River Shannon, or listen to traditional music. On the weekends, Semester in Limerick students take advantage of travel opportunities throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe. The affordability of this program will allow you to see it all!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: October 15
- Avg Course Load
- 4–5 Courses (12–15 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Affordable option to study in a tranquil part of Ireland
- Study opportunities alongside Irish students while learning about Irish culture
- Diverse course offerings at an academically rigorous university
- The University of Limerick Buddy Program orients you to Ireland
- Chance to earn the President's Volunteer Award at UL by volunteering in the local community
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Limerick
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Ireland. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. They’ll also give you tips on how to blend in like a “Culchie” (anyone born outside of Dublin) or a “Jack” or “Jackeen” (anyone born in Dublin). Oh, and we’ll throw in a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had Coddle? Think sausages in soup!) so that you can start to taste the local flavor. Oh and we’ll teach you the lingo: you must say ‘lovely’ or ‘grand’ every time you would ordinarily say ‘awesome.’
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Ireland and the “Cead Mile Failte” (Hundred Thousand Welcomes) you received.
Semester in Limerick students live in a campus village located on the River Shannon and close to the campus sporting facilities.
- Individual apartments with single bedrooms en-suite for six students
- 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 24 hours a day.
Living here is a great way to form a community with Irish and international students and will certainly be a highlight of your time in Limerick!
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, as well as a farmers market right on campus! International grocery stores abound in Limerick and you’ll find options that sell Russian, Asian, African, and Caribbean products.
- Food Festivals: Ireland has undergone a food revolution in the last twenty years. Try out the Farmers’ markets where you get the best meat, cheese, milk, butter, yoghurt and juices.
- Ceili: Men and women of all ages love to dance in Ireland. When you go to a Ceili the adrenaline goes up a notch as people dance to old ‘reels.’ Try out the ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance for the greatest workout you will ever have.
- Hurling and Gaelic Football: Yes Ireland has two sports of its own. Go to both and you will not be disappointed.
- Greyhound Racing: While it is said that the locals live by the three “H’s”: Hounds, Horses and Hurling, dog racing is loved by everyone. At the races you’ll meet country people, Sikhs and Chinese plus other communities (all three communities love racing and gambling) and soak up an authentic experience.
- Writers’ Tour: For less than €10, you can experience the lives and neghbourhoods of some of Ireland’s best writers. The stunning coastal village of Dalkey outside of Dublin is excellent.
More About Limerick
Limerick is a small, unique city of 80,000 people located on Ireland's west coast. It's historic, yet modern in its architecture, industry, and ambiance. Georgian cathedrals and castles contrast with recently built high-rises. Residents treasure Limerick for its laid-back atmosphere, rich history, beautiful castles, and diverse population.
Walk the streets of Limerick to get a real taste of Irish culture. Enjoy the up-and-coming riverfront scene, fantastic museums, and the city's proximity to the natural beauty of Ireland’s west coast. During your time in Limerick, you may become a die-hard rugby fan (the city’s favorite sport). For an authentic experience, cheer on Munster at Thomond Park alongside the locals. Traditional pubs are scattered throughout the city, where you can hear Irish fiddlers play their tunes at night.
The city is renowned as a center for excellence in technology. It's home to the National Technology Park and to many international technology firms. Limerick is also known for its playwrights and actors, and there are always theatrical events to attend. In the surrounding countryside, you'll discover peaceful farmland dotted with the remains of hundreds of castles.
Conveniently located only 20km from Shannon Airport, Limerick makes travel affordable and easy. Your options are endless, including visiting Dublin, flying to continental Europe, or driving up the coast to see the Cliffs of Moher. The University of Limerick is located just outside of town. Transportation to and from the city is quick, so you'll always be connected.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
The Coast Road
This drive north of Belfast, skirting the stupendously beautiful Glens of Antrim, takes you to the Giants Causeway, where there’s a spectacular view of Scotland and Rathlin Island. Stop off in the town of Ballycastle for top-notch traditional Irish music. You'll learn about the legend of the King of Scotland, hiding out on Rathlin Island, who vowed to return to his homeland and reclaim his throne.
Belfast's Peace Wall
Peer into one of the most socially divided societies in Western Europe. The Wall separates the Loyalist/Unionist/Protestant community of Shankill Road from the Nationalist/Republican/Catholic population of Falls Road. They’re located only 250 yards from each other, but they're politically worlds apart.
Yes, you must kiss the Blarney Stone, but then head to the best part of the whole experience: the stunning park surrounding the castle. Visit the Fern Garden and be whisked to a semi-tropical paradise. End the day at the Jameson Distillery just down the road, where you'll learn how the Irish gave whiskey to a grateful world.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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 & Electronics, and Science.
Class descriptions and catalog:
Please click here to view the Fall 2017 Semester in Limerick module booklet and here to view the Spring 2018 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).
For additional information on specific classes, please see the UL book of modules. Click on “Advance Filters” and choose the appropriate semester, undergraduate level, and prerequisites.
Course Code Notes:
- Only modules beginning in “4” are offered to study abroad students (ex: HI4053)
- The final digit determines which semester it will run in.
1, 3, 5, 7 are fall semester classes
2, 4, 6, 8 are spring semester classes
1 and 2 are first year classes
3 and 4 are second year classes
5 and 6 are third year classes
7 and 8 are fourth year classes.
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 rest of the term. At that point, your modules are set and cannot be changed. We recommend that students select ten modules from the UL catalog and approve all of them with their home institutions before departure to allow for scheduling flexibility when you arrive onsite and register for classes.
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.
SPORTS SCIENCE & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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.
Some performance-based courses will require video submissions at the time of application.
The University of Limerick's (UL) reputation has skyrocketed as a top university. In Ireland and around the world, students are impressed by UL's innovative courses and high academic standards. Although a young university, the energetic, enterprising UL has a proud record of excellence in research and scholarship. It's also one of the most diverse universities in Ireland, attracting students from more than 95 countries. Founded in 1972, the Sunday Times named UL the University of the Year in 2015.
Over 13,000 students enjoy the University of Limerick's riverside campus, which is at the heart of a 600-acre park three miles above the ancient city of Limerick. The campus facilities are spread out over the beautiful campus grounds. The Shannon River runs right through the center. UL is proud to be one of the top "green" institutions in Europe. You'll find outstanding fitness facilities, with weight rooms, an indoor track and basketball arena, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. From the on-campus pub to the outdoor farmer's market on Tuesdays, everything you need is right on campus.
The University of Limerick is home to collections of fine Irish art, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. UL hosts an array of artistic events, including music and drama performances, as well as art and photography displays. You can join over 70 clubs, societies, and volunteer opportunities, allowing you to make new friends and explore new interests all semester long.
Accreditation(s): Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director in Ireland
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 3OrientationSeptember 4 - 7Classes StartSeptember 10Classes EndNovember 26; Exams: December 7 - 20DepartureDecember 21PRICE$14,990
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 14 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 14 - 18 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 21 (Estimated)Classes EndApril 26 (Estimated)DepartureMay 14 (Estimated)PRICE$14,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $450! Travel to Paris or Rome during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $450.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Cultural Excursions
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program