Ireland Study Abroad Program at University of Limerick
University of Limerick
- Minimum GPA: 2.7 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: April 15 for fall or full year
October 15 for spring
Application deadline for fall and academic year 2017 extended to May 15
- Program advisor: Julia Lieberman
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Cead Mile Failte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Limerick as your destination. The city of Limerick is one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations and has a lively music and art scene. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What Limerick has to offer
- A truly integrated experience and unique courses
- A beautiful, green campus on the banks of the majestic River Shannon
- Some of the best computer facilities in Ireland
- A student center with medical center, bookstore, food store, bank, bars and restaurants
- Free access to the University Arena, which houses a gymnasium, exercise and dance studios, indoor track, Olympic size swimming pool, tennis and squash courts
- An active student union with more than 70 clubs and societies
- Housing in a modern student village on campus
- Student village includes a central clubhouse for recreation
- Students purchase or prepare their own meals
- Shop and cafe on-site close to village
- Flexibility to enroll in multiple departments
- All courses are structured as self-contained semester modules
- Select courses from a major area and combine them with courses in humanities, social sciences, law, European studies and Irish studies
- The multidisciplinary Irish Studies Program is a comprehensive overview of Irish life and culture with field trips, concerts and university events
- Students take five courses per semester
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about the University of Limerick by visiting their website.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
- Click here to access the University of Limerick's online course catalog.
- Under "Study Abroad," click on the module booklet for the appropriate semester.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
Are there any course or departmental restrictions?
Please note the following module restrictions:
- Equine modules: The availability of these modules is restricted to equine majors only. Additionally, placement in equine modules cannot be guaranteed to study abroad student in advance. Preference is given to full-time, degree seeking students at the University of Limerick. Study abroad students will be able to select from the modules with open places upon arrival on campus.
- Sports Science and Physical Education modules: The availability of these modules is restricted to sports science and physical education majors only. Additionally, placement in sports science and PE modules cannot be guaranteed to study abroad student in advance. Preference is given to full-time, degree seeking students at the University of Limerick. Study abroad students will be able to select from the modules with openings upon arrival on campus.
- Journalism and Communications modules: Due to minimal spaces in modules, journalism and communications courses are not open to study abroad students.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. Each University of Limerick course is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. At the University of Limerick, a full course load consists of 15 U.S. semester credit hours for a semester and 30 U.S. semester credit hours for the academic year. For information on the credit weight, please consult below:
Semester Course Load = 5 University of Limerick courses = 15 U.S. semester hours
Academic Year Course Load = 10 University of Limerick courses = 30 U.S. semester hours
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Limerick course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses. You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Limerick. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
What are my housing options?
All IFSA-Butler students live in Dromroe Village. Dromroe Village is an apartment-style complex overlooking the Shannon River. All villages have a mix of students in the community: first year, seniors, international students and postgraduate students.
- Dromroe Village is a self catered residence and consists of individual houses of six to eight singlestudy bedrooms with en-suite bathroom facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, central heating and a card-phone, for which credit may be purchased in the village reception area.
- Dromroe Village also provides weekly trash pick-up, a self-service launderette and Internet portals for students with personal computers. A charge of €68 per semester or €130 per year is assessed for use of Internet portals.
- All University of Limerick study bedrooms come equipped with a private bathroom, bed, desk and wardrobe.
- A duvet is provided but linens and pillows are not. Most students purchase these items once they arrive in Limerick.
Dromroe Village is self-catering. Students make thier own meals in their kitchens.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur. Some university housing requires students to move out during winter and spring breaks. If you wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during university breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Scotland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Location: In the West of Ireland
- Picturesque castles, medieval fortresses and city walls dating to the Normans
- A vibrant cultural scene with theatres, an arts center, clubs, pubs and restaurants of all kinds
- A commercial center with modern industry and traditional salmon fishing and lace production
- Enthusiasm for such sports as rugby, soccer, rowing and hurling
- Travel the gorgeous western coasts of Counties Clare, Galway and Kerry
- Go windsurfing or sea kayaking on Ireland's west coast
- Take a train to Dublin, just over two hours away
- Fly from nearby Shannon Airport to London (one hour) or Paris (90 minutes)
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Dates & Fees
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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Ireland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Ireland program fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15
Summer Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
* U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa to study in the Republic of Ireland. However, citizens of certain countries may need to do so. If this applies to you, you will be notified by your IFSA-Butler program advisor. All students, regardless of citizenship, will need to register with the Garda (Irish police) upon arrival in the Republic of Ireland. Registration will cost €300 (approximately $400).
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:
Program Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
Connect with IFSA-Butler Students
If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
The University of Limerick offers a practicum option that provides curriculum-based learning for credit. The UL Practicum may be taken as an elective under the Broadening Curriculum initiative.
The practicum comprises three key parts, which must be completed by academics, community partners and students together in order to frame the project as a collaborative and collective project between equally valued and alternatively skilled partners. The first part is preparatory and taken prior to the on-site project component; second, the project placement and associated practical and academic work; and third, a mandatory ex-ante evaluation of the project by all partners to the work.
For more information about the University of Limerick practicum option, please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor