Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Study Abroad in Limerick: Academics

University of Limerick

University of LimerickThe University of Limerick is one of Ireland’s (and Europe’s) most prestigious public universities with 13,000 students. Its park-like campus is three miles from the city on the banks of the River Shannon. The location along with the magnificent facilities such as the Sports Arena, University Concert Hall and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance make this the ideal campus for learning and recreation. UL is home to a €31 million library, the biggest campus library in the country and one of the most digitally advanced in the world plus the longest pedestrian bridge in Europe which joins the north and south campuses.

The University of Limerick was named ‘Irish University of the Year 2019’ in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. UL’s leading position in graduate employability, strong research commercialization, the €52 million Bernal Project in science and engineering, excellent results in the annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement and a rising academic performance were among the reasons for the award.

The University fosters a broad arts program. It is the permanent home to several art collections along with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, an internationally acclaimed center for innovation and research in music and dance performance and the University Concert Hall which regularly hosts international performing artists.

AIFS students can choose from an extensive list of UL courses, making it one of the best places to study if you have a major that otherwise makes it difficult for you to study abroad.

Academic Overview

Choose one of 4 available programs and one course from those listed on the Courses page:

  • Irish Studies
  • Responsible Business
  • Health Care (graded on a pass/fail basis)
  • Sports Science

All courses are recommended for 3 credits.

Attendance To receive full credit for courses, students must attend all classes.

Computer access and email The Information Technology Department provides computing, communications, printing and audio-visual services. Students have access to PCs installed with a comprehensive range of applications and providing access to online information sources. AIFS students receive free e-mail accounts. Access to the University network from a studentís room is available. Mac laptops are compatible with the network but are not supported by the Information Technology Division. WiFi is available on campus to students who bring laptops.

Credits The University of Limerick awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each studentís home institution the ultimate decision when awarding U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits.

Library The Universityís magnificent library opened in 1998 with more than 140,000 books, 7,000 audio-visual items and subscriptions to 2,000 journals. The library also offers access to online international databases such as the European Documentation Center which holds almost all official publications of the European Union.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available, with the only exception being the Health Care course. Credits are not awarded for grades F and NG. Students receive letter grades on this scale:

E.U. U.S.
A1
A2
B1
B2
B3
C1
C2
C3
Fail
(4.0)
(3.6)
(3.2)
(3.0)
(2.8)
(2.6)
(2.4)
(2.0)
Below 2.0

Transcripts and Course Certificates Students receive certificates of attendance and transcripts issued by the University of Limerick upon successful completion of the prescribed assessments. Certificates of attendance are handed out at the conclusion of the summer school; transcripts are issued at a later date once the assessments have been corrected. One official copy of the transcript will be sent to the studentís home institution.

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