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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. 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. 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
Co. Limerick V94 T9PX


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Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience at UL, and mostly because I found myself surrounded by wonderful people, from my course, my on-campus apartment, and different societies. No matter what you're studying, I would recommend trying to get involved in societies to meet people!! My personal favourite was the outdoor pursuits club, which goes on hikes and climbs around Ireland on the weekends (as well as offers weekly climbing wall sessions).

To keep it brief, I studied at both Trinity in Dublin and the University of Limerick (UL) and preferred UL for several reasons, as follows:

- More authentic Irish feel vs big city feel. You're a bus ride away from Limerick city centre so you cannot walk there, but UL is a gorgeous campus and almost feels American in the sense that it has a lot of amenities on campus such as a pizza place, SPAR, pub, bank, etc. Also great campus for sports/gym use and walks around the grounds. In Dublin, it is very easy to lose the Irish culture and feel, but Limerick is more rural and felt more authentic to me - also get a different variety of accents (and county colours... but I'll let you figure that one out yourself :))
- I found it easier to integrate into Irish culture & society and meet/befriend Irish people but also had wide community of international friends on weekends since most Irish students go home
- The on-campus pub Stables is so FUN. (also, the chicken fillet rolls are to die for!!!)
- The international team is much more supportive at UL - they plan events and make it easy to get involved and make you feel heard and included in campus life (I felt none of this at Trinity).
- Limerick provides access to most major Irish cities and is a cute city in itself, but it is harder to access mainstream Europe because the closest airport is Shannon and Dublin is a bigger airport. This is only relevant if you'd prefer to travel Europe - for me I wanted to travel Ireland and I found Limerick was better for that than say, Dublin, in many ways because it's closer to spots like the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher, which people usually love (though my favourite was always Killaloe!!)
- Admin and wait times are slower in Ireland than in the states just in general - no matter the university - but immigration and the like tends to be easier in Limerick than in Dublin just because it is smaller and the International team is able to help you.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Important to get involved as much as you can, and say yes to everything!!! Try new things, sign up for trips on your own, you never know where life will take you! I have made some incredible friends at UL from all over Ireland and feel like it has been the greatest Irish experience I could have asked for, all while studying to get my degree too.
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Yes, I recommend this program

University of limerick is actually a great place to meet new people. The atmosphere of the school is something that you only get to experience once in a lifetime. The friends that you make at the school last for years to come. As far as it goes with teachers as long as you are not taking technical or scientific courses the teachers are amazing. That is not seeing that the technical and scientific courses the teachers are mean It just means you have to work harder for your grade. When it comes to the study abroad office they are amazing. They will help you with anything and everything that you need. As far as the other students that are at the school it all depends on you. You can make this experience amazing by being outgoing and meeting new people, or you can make it miserable experience and try to avoid people left and right. As far as getting around in Ireland be sure to get a bus pass it is the best though not always on time it is the best way to get around. Getting a bike is good but you have to make sure you get a nice juicy lock so that it does not get stolen. Let’s not be scared of this because those things happen everywhere in the world. But the only advice I can give to those that are going to the university of limerick is to be outgoing be interactive and get out of your comfort zone. Make sure you were one of the students that does well going in there with electives, and takes full advantage of everything they have to offer. I know 16 weeks or so is a long time for some people but it’s not enough to actually see it all.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would make sure that I had the funding to do anything and everything that was possible. I would try to travel a lot more than I did. I would make sure that I went there with mostly electives to take so that I can really really enjoy the country itself.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad at UL in 2016 and fell in love with campus, the welcoming and exciting energy of UL and life as a Limerick resident. As soon as my semester ended, I had my heart set on going back. I needed to earn a master's degree to work in my field, and when I researched UL's programs I realized that tuition was significantly cheaper than schools in the US and programs tended to last only one year. Not to mention, I could work part time. I got to return to my favorite place in the world and even worked with the international office to support incoming students! At UL, I learned from professors and mentors who really cared about me and made friends that truly became family. I loved the people around me, my Limerick community, and Ireland!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Making the decision to move abroad not knowing anyone. I had to trust myself to make the decision that was right for me and not let fear of the unknown get in the way. There are so many ways to meet people and make friends in UL, whether it's classes, clubs or events in town. If I hadn't put myself out there, I would never have been able to meet people who I love like family today!
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Yes, I recommend this program

My stay in Ireland was not my first long stay abroad but it was the first time I went for an academic purpose and I have to say that I have not been disappointed. The staff are qualified and good teachers. I do not remember a time I was as intrigued as I was in my lectures at UL. The only course I did struggle with was an Irish language course, which was fun but I could not really work with their structure, as they taught sentences and not the grammar of the language, but that is a personal difficulty I encountered in only that one course. All my other classes were very well structured. I also participated in a practicum module that I would recommend to everyone attending UL because it offers the possibility to get into a community and work with the people living in and around Limerick. I will never forget this experience.
The atmosphere at UL was amazing and I met many friendly people that I am still in touch with and hopefully never loose contact with. It was exciting to meet people from Ireland but also from all over the world. The campus offers the wonderful experience of different nations coming together. Clubs and societies as well as the international department offer many activities to get to know others and make friends.

What would you improve about this program?
More information on the different courses offered to International students would have been nice though one can always send e-mails if in doubt.
Yes, I recommend this program

The campus is beautiful. The professors were intelligent and qualified (and very helpful if you ask!). They are very helpful in giving information and also being there to answer questions. Limerick is a cool small city with a good night life and UL has their own bars on campus so you don't have to go far if you don't want to. Housing was nice and convient to the campus. Overall a great experience! Might even come back and study their in the future for a masters degree.


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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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