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University of Limerick

Program Overview 

Location: Limerick, Ireland
Culture: Vibrant, international
Neighborhood: Picturesque countryside near downtown
Housing: Off-campus apartments (university owned)
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

The University of Limerick (UL) is a young and vibrant institution for higher education. Located in Ireland’s third largest city and by the banks of the River Shannon, UL offers an internationally-focused education to all who attend classes. 

Located just outside of the downtown area, the campus has a picturesque view of the green countryside. Beyond enjoying the scenery, the students often enjoy the amenities that come with the university. Sport is deeply connected to life at UL. The athletic facilities include the University Arena, the national 50-metre swimming pool, a suspended jogging track, and over 36 club sports.

Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city and is situated on the west coast along the banks of the River Shannon. The city offers a unique blend of old and new, with the 800-year-old King John’s Castle standing alongside modern buildings that make up the landscape of downtown. Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick is home to the Munster Ruby team, one of the top Rugby teams in Europe. The stadium also holds major concerts, which have included Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.

Student Profile

The right-fit student enjoys both city and country life experiences, as the location of UL affords quick access to both. Students that want to learn more about Irish Culture outside of larger cities would enjoy living and taking academic courses in UL.

Other Programs at University

University of Limerick - Language

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (September - December)
Spring (January - May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Progression students must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by the University’s academic program application deadline. There is no concurrent option at UL.

Program Strengths

With access to more than 1000 classes every semester, students will find something that suits their academic interests and builds on their education. Arts, music, and the physical sciences are very  popular, as UL is home to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Science Learning Centre.

# of Credits (per term)

Full-time student status is achieved when scholars take 30 ECTS credits. This typically equates to 5 classes/modules per semester.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars register for their courses at the time of their university application.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

SAF Scholars are restricted to taking courses that begin with 4 in the course catalog.

Graduate Courses

There are no graduate course options at UL.


Housing Type

Off-campus apartments (university owned)


SAF Scholars will stay in fully equipped university apartments, which will allow students to cook their own meals. If desired, scholars may purchase a meal plan at their own expense.

Type of Room

Single bedroom within a shared apartment
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars who attend English language classes have the same access to UL facilities as all other students. The university library, extra-curricular organizations, athletic facilities, and campus life are all available to students who want to become more involved at UL. Rugby is one of the most popular sports at UL and in Limerick. For those interested in trying it themselves, there are several clubs available.

Life on Campus

Students at UL partake in the many activities that occur on campus as well as the offerings of events that exist in and around the area. There are multiple bus stops throughout campus. These routes give the students easy access to both the surrounding area and other cities in Ireland.

As the university is in a residential part of the city, it is not uncommon to see students and residents walking around campus and enjoying some of the many perks of the facilities. The on-campus University Concert Hall is a popular location for permanence and entertainment events. It has hosted everything from local communication organizations, such as the Limerick Choral Union, to world famous artists, such as Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.

Last Updated: 1/9/19