University of Limerick

Dive into the culture of Limerick, Ireland’s 4th largest city, which has a lot to offer. Enjoy the numerous festivals, like the Limerick Jazz Festival or the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

Discover Ireland's history back to 3000 BC at Lough Gur, one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites or explore the surrounding with the impressing Rock of Cashel, Birr Castle or the beautiful Cliffs of Moher. Established in 1972, the University of Limerick (UL) is very future-oriented and was named University of the Year by Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2015 due to its leading position in graduate employability and rising academic performance. It is located at the shore of River Shannon close to the city centre of Limerick.

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status


20-21 applications

program full

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens November 1, 2020

Student experience

Study in Ireland - Stories and Tips from International Students at Limerick

Program details

Areas of Study:

Our agreement with Limerick is primarily with their College of Humanities (Cultural Studies, History, Irish Studies, Law, Political Science, Sociology), however it may be possible to also take courses from Limerick's Faculties of Science (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Life Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics) and Health Sciences (Physical Education and Sports Science).

Closed Programs:

 U of C exchange students do not have access to Business, Equine Science or Journalism courses at Limerick.

Course Information:

Courses at UL are called "modules". A normal course load is 5 modules per semester and students must take a minimum of 4. Students need to take at least 3 modules in the same subject area. One UCalgary Half Course Equivalent = 6 ECTS credits. Module descriptions can be found online in the "Book of Modules".

UL Practicum

Worth 6 ECTS credits, students have the opportunity to participate in a UL Practicum Module with community-based projects. Practicum workshops address topics such as project management, ethics, research methods, measuring impacts and outcomes. Example projects offered in the past include working in areas such as tourism, history and heritage studies, social work in senior care, community association engagement and revilalization, rural youth exercise projects, supporting counselling centre for children/teens, sustainable community garden development, marketing arts and culture, religious studies research and history, non-profit education development, mental health associations, and more. See previous years' offerings for examples.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester runs from early September to late December and the spring semester runs from mid January to mid-May. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Living costs are about €9,180 per academic year. 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding


    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.


Exchange students can choose to live in one of five Student Villages on campus. Accommodation is in single rooms with shared facilities. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 (B).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Disability support

LGBTQ society

Some of Limerick's program highlights include:

  • UL Buddy Programme: all international students matched with UL student
  • Integrated living – all international students share housing with Irish and other international students
  • New 7 day Orientation programme – focusing on helping students settle and adjust to the their new home
  • Clubs and Societies – over 70 dedicated clubs and societies are run and managed by students for students, and are a fantastic way to make new friends, we even have a Tea Appreciation Society!
  • UL Engage - working with community groups but for academic credit
  • International Student Support Officer - dedicated to improving the International student experience through improved pre-arrival information, enhanced Orientation and encouraged integration. 

UL has a smoke-free campus policy - one of the few universities in Europe to have one. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.