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  • Locations: Limerick, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brita Doyle Language Pre-requisite: none
Minimum GPA: 2.9 Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Click here for a definition of this term Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Courses Offered: Yes Housing: Dormitory, Shared Apt.
Internship: No Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

Limerick campusExperience 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. 

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Academic Information


Limerick buildings 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.

Course Equivalency

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.

Student Life

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 Limerick sceneryRepublic 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

Limerick walkUniversity 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!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 05/15/2019
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 12/21/2018
Spring 2019 10/12/2018
Varies by program 01/21/2019 05/13/2019
NOTE: These are term dates. Housing move-in dates and program orientation dates may differ and be earlier. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Fall 2019 03/08/2019 ** Varies by program 09/02/2019 12/20/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/08/2019 ** Varies by program 09/02/2019 05/18/2020

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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