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Why choose 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


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.


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Global-MINDS Master Programme in Psychology of Global Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion in Society

Global-Minds is an Erasmus Mundus master's program meaning that it's a master's funded by Erasmus+ and hosted by different European universities. The University of Limerick is one of them. As part of the program, you move between the semesters and study at different universities. The program created many great opportunities for me. I got to focus on social and cultural psychology - there's only a few master programs in Europe that focus on those topics. I got to learn about psychological concepts like social identity, intersectionality, coping, resilience, sense of belonging and about societal structures like xenophobia, racism and sexism. Overall, I gained understanding in societal processes, barriers to social justice, possible interventions and social-justice-oriented psychological research. With its staff, alumni/ae and students, the program has created a great network of passionate psychologists. Students have the opportunity to connect with diverse researchers which can create future career opportunities. Especially in the second year of the program, students have a lot of freedom and individual responsibilities to create learning opportunities. So I would say the program requires individual responsibility and self-initiative as well as the ability to cope with stress because moving across countries, applying for visas, joining new universities, interacting with more or less open-minded professors, organising an internship by yourself and writing a master's thesis in a foreign language can be very challenging. On the other hand, it also means that the program creates a lot of space to learn about yourself, test your boundaries, try out new hobbies, meet new people, gain new perspectives, make friends and develop new coping strategies. Therefore, despite the challenges within the program, it can be a great experience, like it was for me. I've learnt a lot and I've grown a lot throughout the program which is why I would recommend it to many people. However, students should be aware of the challenges they might encounter cause the program isn't for everyone.

  • Social and Cultural Psychology
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning about Cultures and Intercultural Challenges
  • Possible Mental Health Challenges due to Moving Across Countries
  • Possible Financial Challenges due to High Living Costs
  • Possible Tensions Within the Program
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Safe, Supported, and Sad to Leave

The study abroad team at the University of Limerick will make sure you are set up for success during your time on their campus through the first week's orientation sessions. On-campus student accommodation is fully furnished, satisfactory, and centrally located. UL has numerous student clubs and societies to get involved in, and a very lively on-campus pub scene. The campus also offers scenic walks along the River Shannon and several on-campus cafes for studying or meeting with friends. Courses are medium sized and professors make themselves available for questions and support.

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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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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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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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Alumni Interviews

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


After a gap year in China and a stay abroad in the USA during her bachelor's, Mona took part in an Erasmus Mundus master's program called "Global-MINDS". Within the program, she studied at the University Institue of Lisbon (Portgual) and at the University of Limerick (Ireland).


Why did you choose this program?

During my bachelor's, I gained interest in social-justice and social-change oriented psychology. I was looking for a master's program that would focus on social justice issues and not only focus on individuals but on community well-being and society as a whole. There is only very few programs in my home country that take that perspective. So I was very glad to find Global-MINDS which combines social and cultural psychology and includes a mobility component creating a special wholesome learning experience. Some classes in particular sounded very appealing to me, e.g., Cultural Psychology, Community Psychology and Political Psychology. Additionally, the mobility component was appealing to me because I had had great study abroad experiences before and I knew that going abroad meant challenging myself, gaining new perspectives and growing as a person.

Global-MINDS allows you to choose between three paths. I chose path A starting in Lisbon and then going to the University of Limerick. Compared to the other paths, the classes interested me the most and the places seemed interesting too, though very different from each other.

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

I had to organise my travels, accommodation, food, health insurance, enroll at the two universities, get my student card and sign up for classes. Non-EU classmates also had to take care of their visa which can be very stressful, especially between the first and the second semester. Overall, a lot of responsibility is on the student. However, all Global-MINDS students are in a similar situation and help each other very much. Additionally, many Global-MINDS alumni and alumnae are open to giving advice and sharing their experience with you.

The program coordination hosted an online welcome event where the current students could get to know each other and gain intercultural and self-awareness. When we arrived at the universities, there were regular (more regular at the University of Limerick than in Lisbon) in-person meetings where one of the local coordinators would check in with us. Via email, the program coordination provided information on how to enroll at the universities. The alumni association shared advice on how to find accommodation. Through the student email of the University Institute of Lisbon, we got some information on local student events and services. Later, via our student email at the University of Limerick, we got further information on local events, student organisations, library, counseling services, writing centre, the postgraduate union, sports activities etc.. Our program coordination also provided information on networking opportunities and local cultural and academic events, e.g., from the Migration Research Lab at the University of Limerick.

Students have to organise their internship on their own. You get a list of previous organisations where Global-MINDS students did their internship which can help to get an idea of what the internship could be like. We also got further information about the internship at the summer school (at the end of the second semester).

For the master's thesis, students could take initiative and approach a professor regarding thesis supervision. Alternatively, students would get a list of possible thesis supervisors and topics, could name their preferences and a supervisor would be assigned. During the summer school (at the end of the second semester), we got further information about the thesis regulations. Beyond that, we got a thesis handbook from the program coordination and could approach our thesis supervisor for further questions.

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

The Global-MINDS experience is different for every student. Besides academics, your experience will depend on the social dynamics within your students cohort, the social-political situation in your residence countries, your visa processses, luck in finding accomodation, your homesickness, your health, your contact to your family and your local support systems. Either way, it will be a unique experience full of learning opportunities. I don't know which challenges will arise for you but I would advice you to:

- stay curious
- follow invitations to try new things (if your energy allows it)
- try and learn the local languages and about the local, political contexts (if your energy allows it)
- spend as much time as you can in the country where you are studying (don't travel too much back and forth, for example, to visit your family) and allow yourself to be present - cause time will fly by
- learn about your best coping strategies to reduce stress, feel calm and content
- be ambitious about your student performance but don't put yourself under too much pressure
- get in touch with locals, e.g., through students or sports organisations
- get to know the fellow Global-MINDS students. You will be each other's support systems, so invest time and energy in your relationships
- be critical of the class content and the program's structures
- contribute to an academic culture in which you can be openly critical of each other's work while remaining kind and appreciative of each other's efforts and different perspectives
- enjoy. Enjoy the opportunities to reinvent yourself, to find new friends and hobbies, to learn about new cultures and perspectives, to engage with interesting class content, to engage in critical discussions and to intellectually challenge yourself. Enjoy the sunsets, the green spaces, the rainy walks and train rides and the beautiful campus of the University of Limerick. Enjoy the freedom to explore and learn.

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

During the first and second semester: At the University Institute of Lisbon and the University of Limerick, you will have 1-2 classes per day (Mo-Fri). In addition to the classes, you will do a lot of reading, some group work and writing. It's up to you to organise yourself.

During the third and forth semester: You will do 300 hours for your internship. It might be full-time or part-time. You will also be in touch with your thesis supervisor and work on your thesis, e.g., literature review, writing an ethics proposal, prepare research materials, writing, reviewing. To avoid procrastination, you can set yourself intermediate goals and set aside some hours per week to make progress on your thesis.

Depending on your other obligations (e.g., work, volunteering, care-taking), this will allow you time to enjoy Lisbon and Limerick, get to know the regions, make new friends, attend cultural events, do sports etc. Exam phases in Lisbon and Limerick and the final writing phase of your thesis will probably be the only more stressful times.

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

Honestly, my biggest fear was not to be good enough - classic imposter syndrome. Talking to peers and mentors and having first academic achievements during the program helped me to become more confident. So my advice would be, "Do it anyways!", because you bring your unique perspective to the classroom and you're probably underestimating how much your classmates and lecturers can learn from you.

Any final tips or advice you would give someone interested in this program?

The Global-MINDS program is a relatively young and small program with small cohorts and an usual structure (due to the mobility component and collaboration between universities). It's not a typical study abroad program, so there will be some uncertainties and organisational challenges. I wouldn't recommend the program to someone who has a hard time coping with uncertainty. However, if you don't mind some uncertainty - you'll probably have a great time exploring the universities, countries and learning about yourself, the program and the world.

Lastly, I would recommend reaching out to alumni/ae if you have any further questions.

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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