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:
Average Courseload: 5 courses (15 U.S. credits)
GPA Requirement: 2.9
- 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 University President's Volunteer Award by volunteering in the local community
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 with 8 or more classes available
- Art & Design
- Natural & Applied Sciences
- 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 visit the University of Limerick’s website to view course information, including links to spring and fall course module booklets, and more. Please note, Fall and Spring Module Booklets are subject to change annually. Updated booklets will be published when they become available.
Should you require further information on a module you are interested in, you can search for the module in the full 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 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.
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 94,000 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 The Local Life
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. It is worth checking out the Milk Market in Limerick city on a Saturday morning, Ireland’s oldest market. It has lots of lovely artisan and local food.
Hurling and Gaelic Football
Yes Ireland has two sports of its own. Go to both and you will not be disappointed.
There’s nothing like experiencing the “Munster roar” in Thomond Park and seeing the unique synergy between the Munster rugby team and the fans at a live game. It gets better with the "behind the scenes" Thomond Park tour, with access to places normally reserved for players and coaches.
Adare - “Ireland’s prettiest village”
Just half hour from Limerick City, the heritage town of Adare on the banks of the River Maigue is a required stop on any tour of Limerick. It’s a postcard that has no shortage of attractions. There’s the 19th Century Adare Manor, the gorgeous thatched cottages that once housed the manor’s workers, the ruins of three ancient monasteries, the impressive Adare Heritage Centre, a celebrated golf course and a 2km riverbank walk that takes in some of its best historic buildings.
Housing in Limerick
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.
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
- Bed linens
- Kitchen Equipment
- Single Room
Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- 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
- The Local Life 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.
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 City and Peace WallFull weekend excursion
This is a great opportunity to see a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of political conflict. We will partake on a Black Cab tour which will bring us from east to west, north to south taking in both sides of the community and how they depicted their war efforts through amazingly detailed murals. The Wall separates the Loyalist/Unionist/Protestant community of Shankill Road from the Nationalist/Republican/Catholic population of Falls Road. We may also visit Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardensand, the Ulster Museum and the Titanic Museum.
Located in the County of Kerry, Killarney is at the heart of the very beautiful and spectacular Southwest of Ireland. Killarney town is surrounded by 26,000 acres of National Parkland, including three stunning lakes. The climate in Killarney results in lush greenery, scenic landscapes and breath-taking views of nature’s paradise. The students will go for a breathtaking boat journey through the three Lakes of Killarney and a hike through the Gap of Dunloe.
Galway is one of the brightest and most intriguing jewels of the West of Ireland. The city is wild, bohemian and, at the same time, full of culture, artistry, exceptional food and music. As well as being a popular seaside destination with long sandy beaches, Galway is also a thriving and cosmopolitan city centre. It is always a joy to explore with its wonderful cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, and its offbeat café/bar culture.
Travel with an open heart and an open mind. Temporarily step away from your own culture to experience something new.
Travel with an open heart and an open mind. Temporarily step away from your own culture to experience something new.
Karina was born in Ireland where she lived until she was 16, when her family relocated to New York. She finished high school in New York and continued on to college where she completed her undergraduate degree. She subsequently returned to Ireland to pursue a master’s degree.
Having experienced education in different countries herself, a career in study abroad really appealed to her, and prior to joining CIS Abroad, she spent several years working for the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. In her previous role, Karina was in charge of student orientations, cultural programming, general onsite logistics and student support services.
She is excited to once again have the opportunity to introduce students and interns to Ireland, its culture and history, and its beauty. Having been a visiting student herself, she knows she can relate to many of the experiences and difficulties students have as they settle in to life abroad, and she is looking forward to helping our participants have a wonderful time in Ireland!
Your Support Staff
Make sure to explore the city that you’re in! Although the beauty of study abroad is you have the chance to travel all over the country and to other countries as well, sometimes people forget how many amazing things there are right there in the city they’re studying in! Make some local friends, participate in holidays and festivals, find that local beloved restaurant. Although I have many travel memories to talk about, some of my fondest or most nostalgic moments I have were the ‘in betweens’ so to speak – going grocery shopping with friends, hanging out in the school courtyard at night when the temperature outside was finally bearable, saying hello to the neighborhood cow (yes, there was in fact a neighborhood cow). Don’t neglect what you have right in front of you!
You’ll be supported every step of the way!
Our advising team can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.
Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!
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.
Read more below for information related to this program:
On-Site Program Modifications
We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.
Our Financial Commitment
CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.
Our Academic Commitment
CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*
If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.
Our Health & Safety Commitment
CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:
- COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
- Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
- COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
- Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
- Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
- Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
- Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.
*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.
We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.
We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.
For the 2021-2022 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: May 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: August 27 (Estimated)
- Departure: December 18 (Estimated)
- Price: $16,690
- Application Deadline: Nov 1
- Arrival: January 15
- Departure: May 17
- Price: $16,690
- Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: August 26 (Estimated)
- Departure: December 16 (Estimated)
- Price: $16,690 (Estimated)
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.