Is this Program Right for You?
Experience Ireland's lyrical landscape and vibrant city life firsthand! Find out for yourself how the emerald isle's population 'saved civilization' from barbarians thanks to diligent scribes, and how the country, crippled by a great potato famine, was able to rise to great prominence in the EU community. Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture, while studying at one of the country's most prominent institutions, the University of Limerick.
The University of Limerick (UL)
distinguishes itself as one of Europe's newest universities, founded in 1972, and was the first new university established since the foundation of the Irish State. Its large and wooded campus sits about three miles from the ancient city of Limerick on the banks of the sparkling river Shannon. This modern institution is influenced by American higher education, yet it distinguishes itself through an emphasis on traditional Irish culture. The University has been accepting students from abroad for many years, and AU students can experience this uniquely Irish academic community first-hand.
Check out this 60-second video
to see a glimpse of what an international student can experience during a semester in Limerick.
A minimum GPA of 2.9 is required to participate in this program.
AU students directly enroll in the University of Limerick for either a semester or for a full year and earn AU credit. AU students are completely integrated into life at UL, taking classes alongside Irish and international students. The University is composed of six constituent Colleges: the College of Business, the Faculty of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Science, the College of Informatics and Electronics and the College of Humanities.
Students can select courses (called modules) in any of the six colleges, across departments and faculties, and typically enroll in four to five courses per semester (five is the traditional workload for an Irish student). With over 800 courses available, AU students are ensured maximum flexibility in designing their curriculum while abroad. Subjects range across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Science including some unique offerings in traditional Irish arts & culture, sports sciences and animal/equine science. There is also a special program for rugby players! Course descriptions are available at the University of Limerick website.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in Limerick
Limerick--a city at once historical and contemporary--boasts an early medieval city center, Georgian influenced architecture, and a modern university. The third largest city in the
Republic of Ireland, Limerick was founded by the Vikings over a thousand years ago and is now a lively, exciting modern city. It is magnificently situated on one of Europe's finest rivers, the Shannon. The University of Limerick is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in Ireland and is neighbored by the residential community of Castletroy to the south and the National Technological Park to the east.
A series of field trips and cultural events are organized for visiting students. The field trips, which have a strong educational content, include an excursion to Dublin each semester as well as weekend trips into the country. The cultural events include free access to concerts in the University Concert Hall by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish National Symphony Orchestra, and UL Orchestra and Choir; twice-weekly free lunch-time concerts of Irish Traditional Music; and performances of Daghda, the modern dance company in residence on the UL campus.
Housing and Meals
University of Limerick offers accommodation in three attractive village complexes. Whether students choose to stay in Plassey, Kilmurry or Dromroe Villages, all are within 5 minutes walk of the main University Buildings. Accommodations are typically individual or 2-person shared study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. All student-housing options on campus include a shared comfortable living area with cable TV and fully-fitted kitchen. AU students are housed alongside Irish students and other non-Irish students. Off-campus housing is also available. While there is no meal plan at UL, there are a variety of on-campus eateries open to students.
See the University of Limerick website
on accommodation for more information!
The University of Limerick Program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the Limerick website for specific program dates.
* US Fall Semester (UL Autumn Semester): September - December
* US Spring Semester (UL Spring Semester): January - May
* Academic Year: September - May
Watch the following video about this exciting study abroad program in Limerick