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University of Limerick


The University of Limerick (UL) is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 13,000 students, approximately 13% of whom are international students. Established in 1972, UL is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. A testament to this is the fact that ULs graduate employment rate is 18% higher than the national average!

The University is situated on a superb riverside campus and has outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities free to all International students. Located in the South West of Ireland of Ireland, UL is 5km from Limerick City and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

UL proudly offers over 70 undergraduate programs and over 90 postgraduate programs in:

1. Arts/humanities/social sciences
2. Kemmy business school
3. Education and health sciences
4. Science and engineering

University of Limerick
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SAT and ACT scores required vary depending on the programme you choose to study.

How to Apply

Application Steps
  • Collate passport copy, transcripts, and digital photo
  • Preselect 8-10 classes
  • Complete the online application


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Additional Items:
  • Transcript
  • Language Requirement (English)
Basic Requirements:
Some programmes may have a higher entry requirement and/or a portfolio requirement and not all applicants who meet the minimum grades will be offered a place.
Special Requirements:
Particular programmes may require an interview and/or work experience.

How to Apply

Application Steps
  • Choose the program you want to attend
  • Collate the entry requirement documents
  • Click "Apply Now" > new user, to create your account
  • Upload required documents
  • Pay an application fee of €35
  • Submit your application

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the University of Limerick located?

    The University of Limerick is located in the northeast part of the city of Limerick, which is itself is in Ireland's west on the border of County Clare and County Limerick.

  • What is the University of Limerick known for?

    Limerick is an excellent university known for quality programs in a range of academic areas. Outside the classroom, UL is renowned for its outstanding campus environment and dedication to the sustainable development of the natural environment both within and beyond the campus. In 2016, a new walking/cycling greenway was refurbished linking the university with Limerick City.

  • How does University of Limerick rank?

    The University of Limerick is ranked #511-520 in QS Global World Rankings 2021.

  • How many students attend the University of Limerick?

    Close to 12,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, attend the University of Limerick.


University of Limerick - Scholarship

Scholarships for International Students

We have a number of partial merit-based scholarships. Once you submit an application you are automatically reviewed for scholarship. If you are eligible for scholarship, you will receive the decision at the same time as your offer.

$1,000 - $10,000


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Nur Khofifah
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Experience at University of Limerick

I have fantastic experiences during I study at University of Limerick, Ireland. At that time, I joined IISMA (Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards) programme that is held by the Ministry of Education of Indonesia. I chose University of Limerick as the host university. When I arrived there for the first time, I felt very glad. I could see the environment, campus life, destination place, and campus society were very interesting. The environment is super good. The citizen are so much friendly. Although we do not know each other, but on the street when we met people, they gave smile! The destination places to visit are also interesting. I sent the picture here. The last one is the campus society. It is also so much interesting because we can share our experiences each other and improve our communication skill because we met many international students that come from different countries. I suggest student to do study abroad programme at University of Limerick, Ireland. You will get unforgettable moment there!

  • The education system is very good because the habits of the students are amazing combine with experinced lecturers.
  • The Cappavilla Village Appaertment is enjoyable as a place to live for students.
  • The activities in societies are so much interesting to improve the communication skills and improve other abilities.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing study abroad experience!

Studying at the University of Limerick (or UL for short) is an unforgettable experience. The campus buildings, layout, and facilities are top-notch. Lots of greeneries and open spaces, conducive for studying. The classes are structured & organized, and the lecturers were accommodating of their students.

UL provides a diverse environment for learning and socializing, especially with lots of international students arriving each semester and the wide array of clubs & societies that you can join.

One thing I really like is the International Office Team! My student's cohort was managed by the Study Abroad Team, and they are the ultimate reasons why my study in UL was so smooth. They are so kind, helpful, fast response, and go to great lengths to help the students. They:
• helped us prepare our study visa
• answered each of our queries in a timely manner
• helped us secure student accommodations
• set up administration appointments for us when we need it
• arranged free trips for us
• helped us set up a local bank account
• organized dinners/lunch, helping us meet and socialize with fellow international students
• provided virtual reception for us to drop in and ask questions we might have
• set up virtual meetings to answer our queries or brief us on important information
• reminded us of events going on in Limerick and Ireland
• arranged bus transport to pick us up from and to Dublin Airport
• and many, many more!

In short, they provided assistance from the beginning of our pre-departure until our last minute in Ireland. As an international student, it’s important to have people you can go to for questions, especially if you’re from a faraway country and have lots to acclimatize to. The Study Abroad/International Office Team has been a great help during my stay in Ireland. They went to a great length to help the students, and I can’t thank them enough for that. No wonder UL was voted for the Best Student Experience; they really live up to the title!

All in all, studying at UL as an international student was highly satisfying. Before this, I’d always had doubts about continuing to a master's degree, but after finishing my student exchange in UL, it cemented my decision to take a master's degree someday.

I can confidently say that doing a student exchange at UL does change my life for the better. The four months I spent in UL have easily been the best time of my life. If you’re looking for an authentic study abroad experience, I really recommend this university! 😊

  • The international office team are super helpful & fast response
  • Lots of greeneries & beautiful country, conducive environment for studying
  • Comfortable, fully-furnished accommodations
  • Can be quite a struggle to get to smaller cities/towns, especially if you don't have a car
  • For non-EU students, you have to apply for a Schengen visa (costs around €80) to travel to mainland Europe
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Yes, I recommend this program

study abroad adventure in Limerick

I spend the fall term 2021 at UL and it was the best term I ever had.
UL has so much to offer: a huge campus (my advice: take a walk from UL along the river Shannon), sports facilities (track and field, tennis, swimming pool...), several restaurants/bars on campus, a huge variety of courses to choose from (one can even try modules such as irish traditional music & dance and aerial dance! - I loved these two modules), a modern library with loads of books and a cool roboter and many statues everywhere on campus.
There are also many clubs and societies. I tried cheerleading, the trampoline club, the outdoor persuits club and the arts & crafts society - I'm sure everybody will find something and it's a great way to meet irish and other international students. I met students from Spain, France, Indonesia, the USA, Germany, Hungary...... - from all around the world :)
Apart from that, there are daytrips to various places that take place almost every weekend and only cost 30 € (which is a great price for what you get). UL studentlife also organized a christmas market, a christmas ball, a halloween mistery game and many more fun activities throughout the semester.
From the beginning on, the study abroad team was incredibly nice and made sure that everybody was doing fine. They also organized various events: a study abroad dinner, a trip to bunratty castle and they offered us tickets to some concerts and movies at the university concert hall. They really cared about the wellbeing of the international students and were fun to talk to. It's small details such as these that make UL the best place to study at and really set it apart from other universities. I had the time of my life at UL and would recommend it to all other students who want to study abroad!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Don't wory to much about exams and thesis papers - the grading was really fair.
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It was wonderful and it allowed me to socialize a lot. The UL membership to UL sport arena was really nice and I discovered a new passion ! Classes and exams were well organized, even if it was pretty hard to make my own timetable, I had to do some choices in order to have 5 modules per week, and then the teachers can change the timetable of each module, and it’s even more complicated. However, it was a nice semester and I really liked the campus and all it’s facilities. Also, Thomond village employees were really nice, especially at the reception, thank you !

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You have to take advantage of the landscapes and the pure oxygen you can get. Also try the UL sport arena !
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Beautiful Campus with Friendly Students

The University of Limerick is a fantastic place to study abroad. The campus is very scenic and peaceful. The on-campus accommodation is very nice! I had a private bedroom and bathroom with a shared living room and kitchen. The pictures on the website do not do the spaces justice. They look quite small online but are actually spacious in person. Coming from an American university a few things surprised me:

1. The multiple bars on campus - This is something I never experienced back home and is a shame. The on-campus bars are a great time and place to meet new people. Expect a big drinking culture in Ireland.
2. The Irish students mostly go home on the weekends - Truthfully, the campus is a bit dead on the weekends. However, the study abroad office does its best to make your time at UL meaningful. Every weekend they organized day trips around Ireland to keep you busy.
3. The student clubs are a big deal - The student clubs here are amazing! I personally joined Outdoor Pursuits where I went hiking and rock climbing. I met some of my best friends through the club and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Ireland's nature and stay active.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Make more close Irish friends. The University of Limerick is very popular with international/Erasmus students. It is very easy to make friends with people within these groups. However, making friends with the Irish people is more of a challenge. Most students already have their friend groups set and you need to push yourself to become part of the group. The Irish are very friendly, you just need to put the initiative to get into the circle.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the MSc Marketing, Consumption, and Society program because I loved the business classes I took when I studied abroad and knew a degree from Kemmy Business school would be internationally accredited and indicate high quality. The program is cost and time-efficient, as it is a one-year full time, as opposed to the typical two-year graduate programs in the USA with higher tuition fees.

While some modules are grounded in theory, others teach through real-life experiences. I created several marketing campaigns for local businesses in County Clare and County Galway.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

UL International prepared me by sending helpful pre-departure emails about the campus, Irish culture, things to do before and after arriving, etc. They offered a free airport pick up as well, which I was grateful for when I was a study abroader with little travel experience. On-campus resources like the First 7 Weeks help you know all there is to know about UL along with UL Student Life.

I booked my accommodation on my own online through Campus Life Services.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Focus on doing well in your classes, but find a balance between work and fun. I met some of my BEST friends through this course and while I'm thrilled to have my master's, I'm even more grateful for the friends I made through it.

I also made time to travel on the weekends. If you make the choice to study in Ireland, make time to see as much of it as you can because there's no other place like it <3 The experiences I had through UL's clubs and societies like Outdoor Pursuits, International Society and Surf Club, allowed me to meet people and do things I could never have done had I stayed in Illinois.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I spent a few hours a day in the classroom and a few in the library. There's a mix of group and individual work in your modules and, of course, the middle and end of the semester tend to be busier with deadlines.

I would get a few hours of work during the week or on the weekends when I wasn't in class. I would make dinner with my friends in Thomond Village in the evening, or go to the Sports Arena to exercise or to the Stables/Scholars for pints and music. I went for walks along the Shannon River on campus and traveled on weekends!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was scared to uproot my life in the USA and move somewhere I didn't know anyone. I had to trust that I was making the right choice for myself and commit to it. I learned to start conversations, put myself out there and not let the fear of what might or might not happen to keep me from doing something amazing! I learned that when you go outside of your comfort zone, you have to practice patience and trust that things will work out the way they are supposed to. If you think you need help, ask for it!

There are so many people at UL who really care about you and want you to feel supported.

Why did you chose Ireland and why UL?

Ireland is a beautiful and historic country filled with the kindest people, the best music, and so much to see/do.

Limerick is near the Wild Atlantic Way and is big enough to be exciting yet small enough to make you feel part of a community, of which UL is very much connected to. The campus is only a ten-minute taxi ride from town and there are several bus stops on campus.

As an international student, I really felt like I was given everything I needed to be successful in my time at UL. Campus is so much fun with lots to do. The student-led clubs and societies are brilliant and the newly renovated library is huge and modern. What I especially love about UL are the people who make it such a special place to be. Ireland will always be my favorite place in the world, and Limerick will always be home.

I miss it every day!

Staff Interviews

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

Niamh Kavanagh

Job Title
International Student Recruitment Officer for North and South America
Niamh grew up in a small village in Ireland; the only three reasons you would find yourself in Niamh’s home village are: you live there, you are visiting someone who lives there or, you are completely lost.

Niamh loves all sports and started playing rugby at University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Law & Tax, Niamh realized she was not suited to sit behind a desk for her career and went on to do a Masters in Marketing and Management.

After playing International 15s and 7s rugby for a number of years with Ireland and working with International students, Niamh joined the UL Team, where she is the International Student Recruitment Officer for North and South America at the University of Limerick since 2017. Niamh loves her job, as she gets help students to figure out their future careers and gets to travel a lot to meet new people and experience different cultures.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory is from a trip where I traveled to Italy with the Irish Team to play against Italy in the Six Nations, but this was special game, as we were aiming for winning the tournament and also a grand slam (that is, winning the full tournament with no loses).

The day we arrived, the sun was shining and it was around 22 degrees (celsius) - it was a perfect day for the pre-match warm-up. Overnight the weather changed and it snowed and rained - we played Italy on the coldest day I've ever played rugby in! We still managed to win 6 - 3, which is a very close game in Rugby!

That was the first time Ireland won the Six Nations, and to win it as a grand slam was amazing. We shared the amazing Aer Lingus flight home with fans and an Irish band! All of us singing Irish songs together for the whole flight.

It will be hard to beat a trip like that one.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for UL has really opened my eyes to the opportunities and support available for students within the University. I have met some inbound UL students and witnessed them becoming independent and mature adults during their time at undergraduate or postgraduate studies. I really love to see students I meet and advise to become successful, and the University of Limerick really supports them through this.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I have heard was from this recent graduate of ours: Ashley. Ashley came to study with us for a semester as a study abroad student, and then last year completed her Masters in Marketing and Management at UL. Ashley loved the work we did at the International office in UL and wanted to work in a similar career. She loved the support we gave to students and the way we advised them on their future studies. Ashley has just started a new job as an international recruitment officer at a University in the USA! We're so proud of her and can't wait to watch her career flourish.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to take a programme at the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance. Full disclosure, I can’t sing or play a musical instrument, but because of the way the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance teaches their students, I would love to experience that too. I'd also love to be able to sing! I'm not too sure if they will be able to teach me this, skill but it would certainly be fun to try.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

There are so many things that I love about UL, but the one thing that makes me super proud is the student experience - we look after our students! I like to say we are their Irish Mums in UL.

Also, we have over 80 different clubs or societies, so there is something for all students to do outside the classroom. My colleague, Liam, is totally going to say that we have an awesome American Football team and we do, but the Rugby Team is totally better (trust me!).

UL is ranked number 1 in the world for student experience and it is because of the student support and student clubs & societies we have. We are very lucky to have this award!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The most important factor in UL being successful is our students.

They are amazing students and they are the heart and soul of UL. We are blessed with a beautiful campus in a lovely countryside setting on the banks of the River Shannon. Though only 3 miles from Limerick City, it feels like you are in your own little village. As all students, both domestic and international, live on campus, there is a super atmosphere and a real sense of community

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