Live and learn as part of a buzzing campus community in this renowned university in the Mid-West of Ireland.

Surround yourself with pioneering research, facilities and sportspeople in the University of Limerick (UL).

Why do over 3,000 international students choose UL every year? If you have ambitious academic goals and deep curiosity about Ireland life, it has a compelling offering. UL is a world-class university dedicated as much to international education as to the study and support of Irish culture, art, dance, and sport.

Then there’s UL’s award-winning campus. With state-of-the-art facilities, six purpose-built student villages, the country’s best sports complex and beautiful parkland grounds, the campus has been built and continually improved with student needs and community in mind.

Come to UL for the innovation and research, international flavour and proud sporting traditions.

International students answer the question: why choose UL?

About University of Limerick (UL)

The University of Limerick is an independent, globally connected university based in the west of Ireland. UL became a university in 1989 and has consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 young universities. It welcomes 15,000 students annually and is known for its focus on international education, with a third of all UL undergrads spending a semester abroad, and a 17% international student population.

UL is progressive, future-focused, and one of the world’s top Green campuses. It prides itself on modern and pioneering facilities. UL’s new library is one of the most digitally advanced in the world with a 10-meter high book vault and robotic crane that allows students to retrieve a book from thousands of drawers at the touch of a button. You’ll find Ireland’s first, and only, academic Flight Simulator here.

UL supports research excellence that has a demonstrable impact for communities, economies, society and culture. Six major research and innovation centres have their home on campus and work closely with PhD students, including the Bernal Institute, lero, HRI and Nexus.

International students talk about their experiences in UL (and why you have no excuse not to!)

UL Academics

UL has five main departments (known as faculties); the Kemmy Business School; Science & Engineering; Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Education & Health Sciences; and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. Each school boasts state-of-the-art facilities and offers hands-on experience. Teaching and learning is research-led, with a focus on preparing students for the challenges of the future.

If you are a Business major or considering classes in it, you’ll be pleased to know the Kemmy Business School has AACSB accreditation – putting it among the top 5% of international business schools. Over 50 programs are accredited by professional bodies.

In Science & Engineering, there is a particular research focus in the areas of materials, advanced manufacturing, software, and applied mathematical sciences.

Those studying sport, physical education or sports science may already be aware that UL is responsible for some of the leading research in these areas. UL students use the latest sports performance analysis techniques in these programs, including cryotherapy research and an on-campus altitude training centre.

What can I study?

UL has a well-established international program, and there are over 1,000 classes for international students to choose from each semester. You can pick classes across departments and outside of your major, though some may have academic prerequisites. You also have two weeks to try out your classes, with the option of switching if timetables allow.

Each class, known as a module, is taught during one academic semester and usually earns 6 ECTS credits. A normal course load is five modules, so you are expected to earn 30 ECTS credits each semester, the equivalent of 18 US credits.

Below are some of the most popular majors. If you don’t see yours, don’t worry just ask us.
  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Journalism
  • International Business
  • Irish Studies
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Political Sciene
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

UL has two academic semesters. Semester 1 (Fall semester) is from September to mid-December, while Semester 2 (spring semester) is from late January to late May.

Anakana from the United States talks about her experience of settling in at UL and the buddy program 

UL Campus Life

UL campus is one of the most scenic in the world and is probably what you picture when you think of Ireland. Set on 148 hectares of green parkland, with the River Shannon running right through it, the campus has its own trails, fountains and ruins to explore as well as distinctive places to hang out like the Living Bridge and UL Pontoon. On-campus purpose-built student villages, 16 restaurants, the concert hall, and expansive sports facilities all combine to create a community feeling. There are over 80 active clubs and societies to get involved in, from archery to wind sports to tea appreciation. There’s always a packed calendar of on-campus events from free lunchtime concerts to the International Festival. The campus is just a 20 minute drive from Limerick City and its famous nightlife.

A fun video of UL International Students talking about their impressions of Ireland ahead of St Patrick’s Day

Why Limerick?

Limerick was founded by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. A walk around the city today is a lesson in living history. Walk around the magnificent King John’s Castle or St. Mary’s Cathedral, which both date back to the 12th century, and then the Hunt Museum with its extensive collection of antiques.

Limerick city has plenty of festivals, live music, theatres, and outdoor markets to fill your weekend. It was the European City of Sport 2011 and watching a rugby match in the famous Thomond Park is a must-do.

Limerick is a great base to explore the rest of Ireland. The first thing you can tick off your bucket list is the Cliffs of Moher, just 80 minutes from UL. Other areas that demand to be seen are the astounding Ring of Kerry, the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.

The capital city of Dublin is two hours away with a bus that leaves straight from campus.

At A Glance
Semester in UL
Semester Dates
January 27 - May 20, 2020
Spring Semester

Sept 9- Dec 20, 2020
Fall Semester

*These are semester start dates, not dates of arrival. Please talk to an advisor for arrival dates and airfare booking.

1 semester - 2 semsters
Apply By
May 15 - Fall semester or Academic Year

October 1 - Spring semester


What's included?

Airfare, visa costs, materials for class, in-country transportation, and spending money aren’t included.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable


Application and Commitment fees are in addition to the programme fee.

Up to €1,000