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Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

About

The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), formerly Limerick Institute of Technology, is Ireland’s newest and most unique Technological University. Through applied learning and fresh thinking, our focus is on meeting the evolving needs of society and industry, within our region and beyond.

TUS is a multi-campus, public, university level, higher education institution based in the Midlands and Midwest of Ireland. TUS collaborates with industry to offer career-focused programmes across the following faculties: Business & Humanities, Art & Design, Applied Sciences and Technology, Engineering and Built Environment and Health Sciences. TUS has research partners in NASA, industry partners in Silicon Valley and an international student community from all continents.

Reviews

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Ivanny
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My LIT experience

My name is Ivanny Cavaliere, I'm here to tell about the most amazing experience I had while I was studying in LIT. I studied Civil Engineering for 9 months in LIT, where I learned a lot about structures, highways design, public health, tunneling and bridges. Before going abroad I was afraid of not being able to follow the lectures because of the language barrier, but studying in LIT I had all the help from my professores, LIT international office and the friends I met there. I was also part of LIT basketball and soccer team, I had a great time playing with them. I made a lot of friends and had loads of fun. If you're an international student, LIT is always worried if you're feeling confortable away from your home and if you're having a great time. There's also a great outdoor club where once a month you travel inside Ireland to do an outdoor activity like kite surfing or caving. It's super cool!
Also, LIT helped me a lot on finding an internship for 3 months. I showed them my interest on working with anything related with construction, and they were very nice on helping me. I have no words to say how thankful I am for this work experience with SIAC Construction. If I had a chance in the future, I would come back to study in LIT again.

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Emeric
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience and the craic of it all

This was possibly the best adventure of my life.
I wanted to study abroad for so long and I don't regret it one bit.

I took part of the Erasmus exchange programme to make my studies come full circle, my choice was to study in Ireland and more precisely at the Limerick Institute of Technology.
From begining to end this experience was a complete sucess as I fell in love with Ireland, its people, its culture.
Thanks to the help of the LIT staff and international office my trip was a delight, no questions were left unanswered making it quite easy for us to feel at home. The housing issue can be daunting when you first settle abroad but you are directed towards different student villages way before your arrival: LIT staffmembers save you the trouble of searching and it feels absolutely great.

The study part was great and so different from what I was used to back in France...needless to say I prefer the Irish approach on studies: great lecturers always ready to offer their help and listen to your problems, great courses and a more than decent range of options (even though some mandatory lectures were not of my personal taste), an amazing induction week and the riveting excursions proposed by the international office, activities, workshops, charity groups, student union and so forth and so on. I honestly felt like I was a guest of honor since everyone was nice to me, students and teachers alike.

Let's talk real, the student life is rich as can be. I have honestly never felt bored as the city is overcrowded with students, there is a plethora of night clubs, a cultural mix I never knew existed in Ireland and quite the number of shops for those who want to go on a shopping spree (Penneys!). Lots of taxis to go home and the gardai driving around town. And of course the night saver...Burger king on arthur's quay helping you to sustain and quench your drunk/famished self.
You also have the possility to visit some of the cities nearby with cheap coaches..Cork, Galway, Dublin and a plentiful of other natural sites/caves/beaches and greenlands.

To study abroad also means you are going to build new friendships that will last forever, meet a lot of people from different cultures, share your experiences, foods, learn a lot of bad words from your mates and live the lad life to the full.

If I was to give a piece of advice to whoever wants to study abroad it would be: go for it. It is a commitment but you will not regret it as it's such an enriching experience on so many levels.

To this day I am still transfixed and amazed by what this opportunity brought in my life.
The words thank you don't feel big enough for what this year in Ireland did to me, all the people I've met, the kindness of the Irish people I could never repay, the amazing parties. I have a special thanks to adress to Cliona, Niamh and Michael from the interntional office for their devotion and help towards all the erasmus and brazilian students that studied at LIT this year.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have loved to have a complete programme, as in full licence but it's impossible without financial help.
More activities with Irish students.
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Julio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent course, infra-structure, staff and facilities

My name is Julio Rezende, and I was a student of Industrial Automation and Robotic Systems course at LIT during the Brazilian Science Without Borders program, in 2013/14. The course, which combines knowledges of different fields, especially from Electronics, Mechanical and Computer Science, and lots of practical lessons in every lecture, proves that much more knowledge and motivation are achieved with a hands-on environment. As a proof of that, I was awarded with a First Class Standard for my scores at the final exams.

After the academic year while I was in Ireland, I had the opportunity to do an internship program at ACORN Research Centre, supported by LIT, being part of a research project and getting work experience. The research infra-structure and environment provided by the center was a motivation for me and made me enjoy all the moments there, which helped me to develop my personal and professional skills.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Maria Beville

Job Title
International Officer
Maria Beville is a Limerick-native and completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature and a postgraduate degree in English language teaching. In 2014, when Limerick was National City of Culture, she co-organized a city-wide festival and curated a number of exhibitions across the city.
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What position do you hold at LIT? What has been your career path so far?

I'm International Officer at LIT, having just taken up the post this February. Prior to this, I worked as a lecturer in English Literature and Media studies at both Mary Immaculate College and Aarhus University, Denmark.

During the completion of my Ph.D. and while I worked as a lecturer I maintained a strong international dimension to all my work – attending international conferences, developing research networks with partners abroad, and undertaking study visits to European universities. I’m delighted to take this interest in international travel and networking into my new role and to use my experience to provide support to students who choose to undertake their study abroad experience at LIT.

Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Yes! And it was really the foundation for my entire career path to date. As an undergraduate student, in the third year of my degree, I studied at Aarhus University in Denmark, as an Erasmus student. This is where I really developed my love of Gothic literature, having had access to a fantastic array of elective literature and media courses.

It was really a formative experience for me as well. I was only 19 when I traveled there for a semester-long placement, but since then I have spent over six years in Denmark, living, studying, and working. I have close friends there still and have developed a love of the language and culture of Denmark, which as a 19-year-old, was a country that I knew hardly anything about.

When I chose Denmark, I wanted my study abroad experience to be an experience through which I could learn as much as possible. I loved the idea of going to a place that I knew very little about and also of being in mainland Europe where I could have many opportunities to visit other European cities and to make the most of my time away.

And I certainly did that. I have so many great memories of the traveling that I did while on Erasmus with the new friends that I made – many of whom I am still in contact with today.

What does the future hold for LIT - any exciting new programs to share?

LIT is on an exciting path toward internationalization at the moment and has a really forward-thinking and global vision. It has engaged in a number of prestigious international research partnerships and study exchange agreements which will allow more students and researchers to visit LIT and to undertake international study than ever before.

There has been a significant increase in activity in our International Office in recent years and we expect this increase to continue as ‘study abroad’ becomes more popular and more accessible. We continue to adapt to accommodate new numbers of students and researchers and to broaden our cultural programmes for incoming students as well.

Experience of international study and work placement is a huge boost to a student’s profile when they go out after graduation into the workplace. We will be working to develop support in this area over the next few years.

Of course, LIT is physically in a process of largescale development, too and is set for a major transformation by 2030 with the development of a new campus in Limerick and the expansion of its existing Tipperary campuses. This is going to include a new City Centre fashion incubator, new and improved student accommodation, and further investment in our sports facilities.

What unique qualities does your university possess?

LIT offers a fantastic learning environment for its students from Ireland and from abroad. Its core philosophy of 'active learning' is manifested through a wide range of campus activities. Known for its hospitality and friendliness, it offers flexible academic provision and a wide range of student supports. The Institute has an active social life with many student societies organizing events year round.

Our International Office is immensely dedicated to those who require its services and provides carefully designed orientation and induction programmes to international students. It also offers support and assistance in all practical matters for international students, including help with visa requirements, accommodation, transport, etc.

I have worked at and visited a large number of different universities internationally over the course of my career to date and I can say that the team at our International Office are really unique in terms of the welcome, and the support that we provide. Students can drop into the Office for assistance with any matter and someone is always ready to offer help and advice.

LIT is within walking distance of Limerick city center which is a small historic city on the river Shannon. With a large and growing student population, it is a vibrant city that is easy to get around, with every necessity available within walking distance.

Apart from this it is a city constantly buzzing with cultural activity, from concerts and live music, to street art, to theatre and dance performances; there is always something to do in the city. And this is sure to come into sharp focus as the city moves closer in its bid to be European City of Culture 2020.