University of Limerick International student Admissions  & Application
University of Limerick

University of Limerick

University of Limerick international student admissions & applications
University of Limerick
At the University of Limerick, you'll find a complete university experience that will challenge and demand the best of you. In return, you will get a top quality education and preparation for life like no other. UL is big enough to keep things interesting, yet small enough to ensure that no one gets lost in the crowd. Choose better, choose UL.
About the University of Limerick
Based in the south of Ireland, the University of Limerick is home to 15,000 students.

The institution, granted university status in 1989, was the first to be established in the Republic of Ireland after the founding of the state in 1922.

A unique feature of the student experience is that all students are eligible for a paid 8-month work placement coordinated by the university as part of the Cooperative Education Programme. The University motto is "Wisdom Through Action".

The university has a network of more than 1,600 employers, making the Co-op programme one of the biggest in the European Union. Around 30 per cent of students in the programme work internationally for their placement, across Europe, Asia and America.

The alumni community has one of the highest employment rates out of graduates in Ireland.

The University of Limerick has adopted aspects of the US university system. For example, students receive a grade point average as a result of evaluations.

Arts and sciences are both key to the university's mission; there are a number of dedicated and specialised scientific research centres, alongside the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and collections of Fine Art.

Notable graduates of the university over the years include politicians, sportspeople and more than one dancer of Riverdance.
Students relaxing at the University of Limerick
The Campus
The UL campus is truly one of the most beautiful university campuses anywhere in the world. Visitors never fail to be impressed by this peaceful green place with its trees, its fountains and the beautiful river Shannon flowing majestically through it all.

In spring, UL is a symphony of birdsong, while in autumn, it is a celebration of colour.

Known as Irelands Sporting Campus, the sporting facilities on campus are second to none.

Many students live close to the university campus, particularly in Castletroy. There is also a good amount of student accommodation on campus, arranged into five student villages.
The University of Limerick campus is one of the most beautiful university campuses anywhere in the world.
Why choose UL
  • Dually-Accredited (UK & US) Undergraduate Degrees
  • UL was awarded prestigious 5-star rankings for graduate employability, innovation and knowledge transfer, teaching, engagement, internationalisation and infrastructure by QS Stars independent assessors.
  • UL has close to 15,000 students, including more than 2,500 international students each year.
  • UL offers more than 70 undergraduate programmes and a postgraduate offering of more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes to Doctoral and Post-doctoral level.
  • UL pioneered the concept of Cooperative Education in Ireland, placing more than 2,000 students in paid and semi-paid work placements annually - 30% of these as international placements.
  • Known as 'Ireland's Sporting Campus', UL boasts Ireland's first altitude training centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and the National Strength and Conditioning Centre.
  • UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point
  • UL has on campus accommodation for 2,700 students
  • UL offers a number of scholarschips to international students
Top three in Europe for career preparation
UL's director of the Cooperative Education and Careers Division, Patrice Twomey, explains that 2,000 UL students across 56 degree programmes undertake a six- to eight-month placement each year "as a formal, academically-accredited compulsory element of their degree programme". About a fifth of these placements are with an international company.

All students, regardless of their discipline, academic performance or skills profile, are eligible for the programme, she adds.

"That is quite unusual," Ms Twomey says. "You would have a lot of universities maybe cherry-picking by course or by high-performing students, but this is a very inclusive programme."

She adds that research shows that students who have "had to flip between the world of classroom and the world of work" benefit from what is known as "career crystallisation – they have much more career clarity when they come back [from their placement] and [therefore] they are much easier to teach".

"The opportunity to dip your toe into the world of work in that way is so confidence-building, so skills-building; and it helps them immensely in seeing the relevance of what they're studying – whatever that may be," she says.

But Ms Twomey adds that the programme is about much more than helping students to secure their first position after graduation.

"We would really see it as an opportunity for them to develop knowledge and understanding that would make it more likely for them to be successful in their future career, as opposed to their first job," she says.
 The libary building at the University of Limerick