University of Limerick - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Limerick through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about University of Limerick and all other Ireland program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in Ireland with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


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General information applicable to all Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

Use the left-hand navigation for information specific to this program.

The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989. The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 11,300 students and 1,300 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship.


The mission of the University of Limerick is to promote and advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship in an environment which encourages innovation and upholds the principles of free enquiry and expression. Particular attention is paid to the generation of knowledge which is relevant to the needs of Ireland's continuing socio-economic development.



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Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland and a short 2 ½ hour bus ride from Dublin. The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and working environment.


The University of Limerick campus is located 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport. The University of Limerick campus is regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful university campus.



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Academic Highlights

The University of Limerick offers study abroad students a wide range of academic programs in the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Education and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering. The university system is similar to the U.S. style of education with courses/modules equal to 3 U.S. semester credits and a two semester academic calendar. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students are required to take 5 courses for a total of 15 U.S. semester credits.



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Students will choose from five apartment style student villages located on campus. Living on campus gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. All accommodations offer private bedrooms, some with bathroom facilities in each room and others with a shared bathroom with your suite. You will share a kitchen with other students in the apartment/suite ranging from 2 to 8 bedrooms.


All rooms offer high speed internet connections to the university service and wireless spots are located throughout the campus. You will prepare all meals individually or with your apartment/flat mates. Restaurants and student cafeterias are also available should you wish to purchase meals. Laundry facilities are located throughout the villages or you may choose to use the laundry services for a reasonable price.


Hear what current International Students at the University of Limerick have to say about living on campus:




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University Services

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students have full access to University facilities including the university library, bookstore, student health center, counseling services, bank, travel office, small grocery store, various restaurants and pubs, computer labs and sporting facilities. Each week there is a farmers market held on the center of campus where foods and vegetables can be purchase. Everything you will need can be located on campus, although a venture into Limerick City for major purchases is only a short bus ride away.



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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

University Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. The orientation program is offered during the week prior to the start of each semester. The program introduces students to the various services and systems in operation at the University of Limerick, e.g. academic issues such as regulations, university enrollment and course/module registration and issues such as health services, sports facilities, arts and entertainment.


You will have a tour of campus led by an Irish student to begin to make friends and connections with the Irish culture, as well as a tour of Limerick city including where to buy your groceries and other essential items. The orientation is also an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and other students. Participation in the orientation program is mandatory for all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students.





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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students.


Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.


All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.


Example of how you can get involved in the community:

The President's Volunteer Award is about recognizing the commitment that students make to activities other than their academic studies. While studying at Limerick, many will do voluntary work and the President's Volunteer Award offers you a way to make sure that work is formally recognized by the university.


There are three different types of award you can earn - Bronze, Silver and Gold.

To earn your award you simply have to volunteer your time (i.e. you can't get paid) and provide the university with evidence that you've helped serve your community. Most people do this by volunteering under the supervision of an organization or a supervisor. Limerick would just need a signature or reference so they can contact them if they need to.

There's also a reflective portfolio to complete where they'll ask you a few questions about the kind of work you did and what you learned from it - but don't worry this isn't very difficult to fill out!

BRONZE: 20 hours of volunteering
SILVER: 40 hours of volunteering
GOLD: 60 hours of volunteering


Special Programs and Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.


University-Sponsored Excursions

Three day long cultural excursions are offered each semester and included in the program fee. These are field trips to places of historical and literary interest. A visit to Dublin is offered each semester with the spring trip coinciding with St. Patrick’s day celebrations. Occasionally raffles and tickets to the theatre and/or sporting events are offered to students via their UL student email account. These tickets to musical performances, museums, and theatres tickets are offered for a low cost or sometimes free to all Study Abroad students.


For Autumn/Fall students the Study Abroad office also organizes a thanksgiving dinner and all Study Abroad students are invited. This dinner is provided free of charge to Study Abroad Students and has proved to be a huge success with students in the past. The Study Abroad Office also liaises with the International Society to promote other affordable trips which Study Abroad students may participate in.


Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


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Rugby Study Abroad Program

The Rugby Study Abroad Program at University of Limerick offers male and female rugby players of all levels the opportunity to undertake their academic studies while being an active member of UL Bohemian RFC, an AIB League Division 1 rugby club based in Limerick and affiliated with University of Limerick.


Program Highlights:

  • Enrollment at University of Limerick (UL) for one or two semesters
  • Full-time course load (15 credits per semester) just like regular study abroad students
  • Recreational playing membership for UL Bohemian RFC and free UL Bohemian playing kit
  • Free tickets to two Munster Heineken Cup matches and one Ireland international match
  • Membership for UL Arena – offering world-class sports facilities
  • Field trips
  • Lifelong friendships and contacts with fellow rugby enthusiasts

Rugby in Limerick

Rugby is one of the city’s most popular sports, at all ability levels. Limerick clubs Garryowen and Young Munster are among the most established in the country. Visiting teams come to Limerick with foreboding, particularly to Thomond Park, the formidable home of Munster, Shannon and UL Bohemian RFCs. As a participant of the UL Rugby Study Abroad Program, you will have opportunity to experience this atmosphere for yourself and to attend All Ireland League, European Cup, Celtic League and international fixtures during your stay in Limerick.

An additional fee does apply for the Rugby Study Abroad Program.  Please contact your coordinator for more information.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  


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University of Limerick
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,500 - $3,500
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

<h2>Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes</h2> <ul> <li>Tuition and instruction</li> <li>Host university activity and insurance fees</li> <li>24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad</li> <li>Pre-departure materials and travel gear</li> <li><a href="">Global Citizens</a> online cultural preparation</li> <li>Comprehensive assistance</li> <li>Personal program manager</li> <li><a href="">Scholarship</a> and <a href="">financial aid</a> assistance</li> <li>Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer</li> </ul> <h2>Activity and Excursion Package</h2> <ul> <li><a href="">Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program</a></li> <li>Local <a href="">Discovery Activities</a> hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator</li> <li>Welcome and farewell events</li> <li>HTH&nbsp;Worldwide health insurance protection</li> <li>Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program</li> <li>International Student Identity Card</li> <li>Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)</li> </ul> <h2>Additional Housing Fee</h2> <p>Housing amenities are generally:</p> <ul> <li>Single room</li> <li>Technology package available</li> <li>Linen package available</li> </ul> <p>An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.</p> <p>*All fees are subject to change.</p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level (sophomore or higher). Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.90

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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