Study Abroad at University of Limerick, Ireland

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UL annually welcomes over 2000 International students from around the world including over 500 Study Abroad students making the study abroad experience at UL truly international! We are an active participant in engaging with Study Abroad internationally and UL is one of the few non-US institutions to be a member of the FORUM on Education Abroad with QUIP approval, UL is also a commitment partner for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative.

In the past, UL has been voted by international students as the number one university in Ireland for providing the Best Student Experience, Best Student Support and Warmest Welcome in Ireland. In addition, UL was voted as having the best overall Living Experience in Ireland and the 5th in the world.

We in the international office want your study abroad experience to be transformative and to help you become more independent, confident, and culturally aware because of your time at the University of Limerick. Come explore and enjoy

  • Study in a stunning 300 acre campus situated on the beautiful river Shannon
  • Connect to a real international experience by living on campus with Irish and other international students
  • Experience authentic Ireland in Limerick City which is a friendly, lively and youthful city rich in culture, history and heritage
  • Superb location, situated in the mid-west of Ireland, Limerick is only 1 hour to the Wild Atlantic Way, to Galway and Cork, and only 2 hours to Dublin
  • A fully comprehensive university offering an extensive choice of classes to suit all Major, Minor and Electives

About University of Limerick

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!

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Dear Solveig, I would recommend Thomond Village or Dromroe Village, both attract senior level students. All of the UL student villages have on-site village managers and security who monitor noise levels and any untoward behaviour. I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions. Warm regards Study Abroad @ UL

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9.57 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • Academics 6.6
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.2
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The truth

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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New country - new experience

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

Best Time of my Life!

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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University of Limerick

UL was truly an incredible experience. Not only was the school great, but all of the clubs and activities they offer really help to improve your experience. I joined the international society and had the opportunity to travel all over Ireland on a budget. When I wasn't traveling in Ireland, I took trips with my roommates and friends to other countries throughout Europe. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in studying abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
The school should make a greater attempt to help familiarize international students with the new academic processes.
Yes, I recommend this program

Missing it already

I'm Haileigh and I am 20 years old. I just finished studying at the University of Limerick! It was my first time traveling abroad by myself and it was amazing! One of the highlights of my trip was the London stopover because, there was a lot of free time provided for us to explore London. One of the other highlights from my trip was spending the weekend in Dublin with three of my friends I met while in Limerick. It was good to have free time and free range. In Limerick everything closes early, usually at 6 or 7pm so sometimes it was hard to find things to do after class since it ended at 4pm but one of the fun things I recommend is Smyth's bar/ club icon! It is in Limerick city and it is a great time! The bar is downstairs and it is more chill and the club is upstairs. I went a few times with friends and had a great time. I also highly recommend the Healthcare program! It is very laid back and has a more holistic approach. It was not very difficult but I definitely learned a lot! The Professors are amazing as well!

What would you improve about this program?
More free time on the excursions
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University of Limerick Semester Abroad

I absolutely loved UL, it was the exact university feel I was hoping to get in Ireland, chock full of the best resources, the nicest people, and of course, the greatest craic. The campus was secluded enough so that students really get the university vibe, yet it was still very easy to access the city center and any other activities one may want to do. Also, the International Office and International Club really went out of their way to make sure that every study abroad student had his or her needs met while they were at UL.

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A Place to Call Home

The moment you step off the plane you are welcomed by UL students who work hard all semester to guarantee you are making the most out of your time abroad. There was always a friendly face you recognized around campus, making the University of Limerick the perfect size school in my opinion. The location also could not be any better; having a beautiful campus but still being only 20 minutes from the city. My professors created their own lecture notes and were always available via email so there was no intimidation factor of being an international student. Coming abroad I expected to make American and Irish friends; however, I can now happily say I have good friends from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Holland, France, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Romania, and Canada thanks to UL's focus on becoming a greater international community. I will forever remember the memories I made and lessons I learned while being abroad and would recommend the University of Limerick to anyone who is thinking about traveling abroad. I hope I get the opportunity to visit again soon.

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A few tips to make the most of your time abroad

Studying abroad was the best decision I've ever made. University of Limerick (UL) is known for their clubs and societies, which is the best way to get to meet people. I, as someone who loves the outdoors, joined the Outdoor Pursuits Club (OPC) and spent basically all my time with them. This allowed me to see the natural wonders of Ireland that I never would have seen without the locals taking me there. My biggest tips is to get to know the Irish. They are some of the friendliest people I have ever met and as locals, they will be able to shows the "real" Ireland, not just the tourist attractions. And, step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the Irish culture. This is how you will grow the most as a person and gain the most from your experience, making lifelong memories and friendships! For further insights on my experiences at UL, check out my blog:

What would you improve about this program?
Personally, I wasn't involved much with the international students, as I became friends with a bunch of the Irish, so I couldn't really tell you much about the international program at UL. Though, if I did have questions, I knew who to contact and knew they would do their best to assist me, making me feel comfortable at UL.