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Education Abroad Office

University of Limerick

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Limerick
Country: Ireland
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program in Ireland is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Irish people. The program is located in Limerick, the Republic's third largest city, two hours southwest of Dublin, allowing its visitors and residents to experience a city balanced upon city and country living.  While it is most famous for King John's Castle, a medieval castle in the heart of downtown Limerick, the city is home to many historical and cultural attractions, including art galleries  and festivals. 

Students will attend the University of Limerick and will be able to choose from over 1,200 classes that are offered each semester. The University campus is located on the banks of the River Shannon, three miles north of the ancient city of Limerick. On top of a vast array of subject areas in the Humanities, Health Sciences, Business, and STEM, students can also take courses diving into Irish Studies.

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Limerick. All housing, meals, and personal exepnses will be paid on site. Including housing, students should expect to spend 4,400€ to 5,150€ a semester for living and personal expenses. Limerick provides prospective students with an estimated semester budgetview the numbeo website. 

The program in Limerick offers a variety of courses in sciences, engineering, the humanities, and social sciences. Students attend classes with Irish students and other students from around the world. All classes are taught in English with the exception of foreign language courses.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Limerick is Ireland's third largest city, offering students plenty to of restaurants, museums, markets, and more in located within the city. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in Limerick's vibrant student life, which includes over 70 different student organizations, many of whom meet weekly, avaliable for students to join during their time abroad. Shannon International Airport is nearby, allowing for regional and international travel for students. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

 Students who choose to live on campus will be placed in one of five student villages. On-campus housing is limited and therefore not guaranteed; it is allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing early and/or seek off campus housing. Most off campus accommodation is located within walking distance of the University campus. Students living on campus can expect to spend roughly 2,700- 3,450€/semester on housing expenses (rent and utilities), which are paid directly to the University of Limerick. 

Limerick works on a university calendar similar to that at USC. Classes begin in September and end in December for the fall semester. In the spring, classes begin in January and end in May. USC students can attend the University of Limerick during the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.  

All new students must attend the orientation program that is scheduled at the beginning of each semester. The objectives are to give a students'-eye view of the University; its physical layout, courses, administration procedures, counseling services, library, student services office, and sports and recreation facilities. The University of Limerick offers ongoing support services as well as opportunities for international students to get involved in the campus community. 

Citizens of the USA do not require a visa to study in Ireland. It is, however, a requirement that all students register with the Immigration Office in Limerick within three months of arrival in Ireland. The immigration fee is currently €300. You need to be enrolled and registered as a student at UL before you can register with the Immigration officer. Full details will be given to students during orientation.


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