Location:  Limerick, Ireland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - April

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

Subject Available: 

  • Art History
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Irish (Gaelic)
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Liberal Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Music - Education
  • Music - Performance
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Women and Gender Studies

The University: A nationwide survey of students in Ireland has rated the University of Limerick the most popular university in the country with an 85% satisfaction rating. The survey also found UL to be the most active college, supporting its title as Ireland's sporting campus. 

The University of Limerick is an independent university established as the National Institute for Higher Education by the Government of Ireland in 1972. It is located in a 600 acre National Technological Park on the banks of the river Shannon, 4km east of the medieval city of Limerick.

Academics: Exchange students are fully integrated into the university: you will be attending class and living with Irish students and students from throughout the world.

Housing: UL students can choose to live on campus in one of the six student villages or off campus in private student accommodation or self-catering houses and apartments. There are approximately 2,500 rooms available on campus. The student villages are managed by Plassey Campus Centre Ltd and are maintained to a very high standard.  

All houses, unless otherwise requested, are mixed, with Irish and non-Irish students. The shared amenities of each house are a fully equipped kitchen/living room with cable TV and two shower/WCs.

Activities and Programs: An Orientation Programme is organized during the week prior to the start of the semester. The Programme introduces students to the various services and systems in operation at the University of Limerick, e.g. academic issues such as regulations, enrolment and module registration and issues such as health services, sports facilities, arts and entertainment. It is also an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and other students.

All students of the University of Limerick automatically become members of the students union on enrolment. The purpose of the union is to represent students’ views within the university and on local and national issues. It is also responsible for providing a variety of services to students, such as entertainment events, clubs and societies. The union is run by students for students, independent of the university. The Student Union Offices are located in the Student Centre. There is a wide variety of clubs and societies on campus such as the Drama Society, GAA Club etc. Students can join during weeks 1 and 2 of each semester and there is a small fee for membership.

Location: Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland. The city centre is divided between the traditional areas of "English Town" on the southern end of King's Island, which includes the castle; "Irish Town", which includes the older streets on the south bank; and the current economic centre, called "Newtown Pery". The University of Limerick (UL), has a student population of over 13,000, and is about 5 km east of the city centre. 

International Office Website: http://www.ul.ie/international/en/home/erasmus-exchange/international-exchanges/

Course Offerings: http://www.ul.ie/international/en/home/erasmus-exchange/international-exchanges/incoming-students/ (see module booklet for appropriate term)

Housing Website: http://www.ul.ie/international/en/index.php/quicklinks/accommodation

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $260.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $3025.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1500.00
Airfare $1000.00
Local Transportation $
Other $1800.00
Total $11541.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes required immigration fee, estimates for laundry and personal expenses.