Semester in Limerick
University of Limerick

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Your "home away from home" in Ireland.

Study for a semester at the University of Limerick, nestled in an authentic Irish city with state-of-the art facilities, great housing options, and diverse classes with Irish students so you can really get to know the local culture. After class, head into the city of Limerick to explore its 13th-century castle, stroll along the River Shannon, or listen to traditional pub music. On the weekends, leverage Limerick’s location for travel opportunities throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 5 courses (15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.9

Highlights:

  • Affordable option to study in a tranquil part of Ireland
  • Study opportunities alongside Irish students while learning about Irish culture
  • Student sports teams you can join ranging from beginner level to Olympian
  • 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

Program Details

University of Limerick

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): AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Department of Education and Skills, Ireland

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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 2019 Semester in Limerick module booklet and here to view the Spring 2020 Semester in Limerick module booklet (courses do not generally change much 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.

For example:

HI4053 Ireland: 1750-1850 is a History course, number 405, to be taken in the third semester, i.e. the fall of the second year.

EC4101 Microeconomics is an Economics course, number 410, to be taken in the first semester, i.e. the fall of the first year.

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.

EQUINE MODULES

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.

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Limerick

Location

Semester in Limerick students live in a campus village located on the River Shannon and close to the campus sporting facilities. 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!

Watch Abby’s and Shelby’s housing tour videos to get an idea of what your housing could be like.

Meals

Your accommodation comes with a fully-equipped kitchen so you can cook your own delicious meals. 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.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Single Room
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Academic advising
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, take part in a comprehensive orientation program. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Ireland from your site director, like where to go out, how to stay safe, and where to shop. 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). Enjoy a traditional welcome meal (Ever had Coddle? Think sausages in soup!) so that you can start to taste the local flavor. Also learn the lingo – you simply must say “lovely” or “grand” every time you would ordinarily say “awesome.”

Farewell & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. And – of course, one last group meal as part of our farewell to Ireland and the “Cead Mile Failte” (Hundred Thousand Welcomes) you received.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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

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

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.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

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.

Site Director

Karina Tarrant Byrne
Travel Tip:

When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.

Travel Tip:

When I go to a new country I love to read about it first and get a sense of its history and culture. When I arrive I like to have a good map (not just google maps) so I can see how everything fits together. If it isn’t an English speaking country I like to have some words and phrases learned so at least it looks like I am trying to communicate without expecting them to have English.

About:

I was born in Ireland and lived there till I was 16 at which point my family moved to New York. My father is a baker and he was the first to bring Irish scones and soda bread to New York. I finished high school in New York and continued to college there where I completed my undergraduate degree. After my degree I returned to Ireland to complete a Masters degree. Having experienced education in different countries, a career in study abroad really appealed to me. Prior to joining CIS Abroad, I spent several years working for a different study abroad provider. In that role, I was in charge of student orientations, cultural programming, general onsite logistics and student support services. I’m excited to once again have the opportunity to introduce students and interns to Ireland, its culture and history, and its beauty.

I live in a beautiful village in Limerick called Adare. I am married to a veterinarian and have four children, 2 cats and a dog. We love the outdoors and often go hill walking in Kerry, a beautiful part of Ireland. My children are very involved in sports so we spend a lot of time going to matches and different sporting events. I love Ireland and its culture and love sharing that love with others. I am an avid reader and love the theatre.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time. 

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

On-Site Program Modifications

We are excited to offer you this program after many months of travel restrictions! Just as you’ve experienced at home, many aspects of day-to-day life and program components may be altered to keep you and the community you are visiting safe. These may include single accommodations, certain academic offerings being delivered online, safety protocols such as mask-wearing, and other changes.

While some excursions and activities we’ve offered in the past may not be available, we do know that you’ll still be able to soak in the beauty of the country and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Prices and dates are subject to change based on any changes that are required to accommodate changing local laws and guidelines.

See our COVID-19 page for more information. Speak to your Program Coordinator or Advising Team for the most up to date information about any changes to this program.

Course Delivery

For the 2020-2021 academic year the University of Limerick has changed the delivery courses to provide for more social distancing on campus. In this adapted course model, lectures will be offered online, and laboratory classes, studio time, and some seminars/tutorials will be face to face. In person class time will be limited in order to ensure the health and safety of all students, staff, and wider Limerick community.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 20
  • Departure: May 19
  • Price: $15,890
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Jun 15
    May 15
  • Arrival: August 31
  • Departure: December 19
  • Price: $15,690
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 20 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $15,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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