Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Study Abroad in Limerick: Courses

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Students can choose up to 5 courses. AIFS students can choose any course from an extensive list of UL courses provided that prerequisites are met. Some of the most popular courses chosen by AIFS students are shown below. For a full and current list of available courses contact the AIFS Admissions Officer or visit the University of Limerick website.

University of Limerick course numbers are shown in parentheses after the American equivalent. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

The most popular courses selected by previous AIFS students have included:

Cultural Studies 301 (CU 4026) (3) spring only | How to Read a Film

Introduces students to the field of film studies, giving them the theoretical tools to analyze film. It will make the distinction between knowing a lot about films and being able to address the question what is cinema? To this end the course will examine the techniques of film, critical approaches and how major theoretical movements have been applied to this field.

Cultural Studies 314 (CU 4121) (3) fall only | Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies

Areas covered include; the concept of culture, the English language tradition, German theories of culture, French theories of culture, gender and race, psychoanalysis, and culture and communication. Tutorials will take the theoretical aspects and apply them to present day cultural phenomena.

Cultural Studies 318 (CU 4118) (3) spring only | European Cinema

Lectures will cover different periods of European Cinema; Weimer cinema, Italian neo-realism, French New Wave and New German cinema. The tutorials will study individual films from the weekly screenings and apply theoretical approaches such as genre, auteur and image analysis.

Equine Science 321 (EV 4023) (3) fall only | Equine Health and Environmental Management

Describes the features of health in horses and the factors that contribute to disease. Summarizes the causes and effects of infectious and non-infectious agents on the health of the horses. Evaluates the relative contributions of the environment as a predisposing factor to disease in the domestic horse.

History 302 (HI 4102) (3) spring only | Ireland: Revolution and Independence 1898-1968

Topics include the importance of the Boer War on Ireland, resurgence of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, rise of Sinn Féin, Larkin and the Union Movement, Connolly and Irish Socialism, 1916 Rising, War of Independence, Civil War and Partition, Ireland during and after the Second World War, the declaration of the Republic, Civil Rights and the origins of the modern “Troubles”.

History 307 (HI 4082) (3) spring only | Europe: Society and Governance

The module covers a range of themes and topics including democracy/dictatorship and war 1924-44; American money and reconstruction the twenty-year crisis: international relations; the Nazi new order and total war; Holocaust; 1945: Europe’s ‘zero hour’ re-establishing order: the European economy and culture; the ‘second sex’: youth, political protest and cultural revolt; rebuilding the European house: Thatcher and Gorbachev; after the Wall: the return of ‘Europe’.

Literature 315 (EH 4145) (3) fall only | American Literature

A study of major texts in American literature, 17th century to present day; concepts of colonial and post-colonial writing; the relationship between literature and history; issues of language and identity.

Management 316 (MG 4035) (3) fall only | International Management

The domain of international management, concepts of industry, location and specific advantage models of crossborder business, managing multinationals, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances, international business networks, coordinating international value chains, extended supply chain management, technology diffusion, subsidiary initiatives, political and cross-cultural issues, managing in developing countries.

Marketing 302 (MK 4002) (3) spring only | Marketing

The module will trace the development of marketing as a business philosophy and will assess the role of marketing within the business organization. Students will also explore what it means for organizations to be market-led. Finally, the module will delineate the rights and responsibilities of marketers and customers, and identify the role and impact of marketing in society.

Marketing xxx (MK 4038) (3) spring only | Marketing Relationships and Networks

Course description coming soon.

Psychology 310 (PS 4022) (3) spring only | Psychology of the Personality

Personality is a collection of emotion, thought and behavior patterns that are unique to an individual. Through a series of lectures and practical tutorial sessions, topics relevant to the psychology of personality will be explored; including defining personality, temperament, aptitude and difference; personality and intelligence testing; and models including factorial models, typologies and circumplexes.

Psychology 314 (PS 4031) (3) fall only | Psychology and Everyday Life

This module will introduce students to a range of fundamental theoretical perspectives and issues in general psychology through examining their relevance in everyday life. In addition students will gain a basic understanding of the main investigative techniques used by psychologists. The range of topics will include; definitions of psychology; attachment; sleep, eating, aggression and biological basis of behavior.

Psychology 315 (PS 4032) (3) spring only | Psychology and Social Issues

Through a psychological analysis of the causes and consequences of social issues students will gain insight into how these issues might be resolved. Issues covered will include; the media and human behavior; the use and abuse of power; sex and sexuality; society and mental health; bullying at work; equality and advocacy; parenting and childcare.

Psychology 320 (PS 4035) (3) fall only | Biological Basis of Human Behavior

Students will learn about the role of the brain and the central nervous system in human behavior with an emphasis on specialized topics, including the biological bases of the chemical senses, sleep and dreaming, learning and memory, emotions, sexual behavior, stress, and psychiatric disorders.

Sociology 301 (SO 4001) (3) fall only | Introduction to Sociology

This module will familiarize students with the key concepts used within sociological analysis and demonstrate, using illustrative materials, the uses and importance of sociological analysis in the modern and post-modern world.

Sociology 319 (S0 4033) (3) fall only | Sociology of Media

Themes and topics covered in this module include: Sociology and the analysis of media and communications; The politics of the popular: TV drama and the coverage of social issues with specific reference to feminist perspectives on the media; media representation of the economy: The work of the Glasgow media group; media representation of poverty and inequality.

Sociology 320 (S0 4032) (3) spring only | Introduction to Sociology 2

Includes the work of contemporary sociologists, and provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge in preparation for further sociology modules. This module is oriented to developing students’ ability to use sociology as an analytical tool. Finally, this module also seeks to promote valuable skills in critical thinking, writing, referencing, and research.

Irish Studies Courses

Gaelic 101 (GA 4115) (3) fall only | Irish Language – Elementary Level

Vocabulary, verbal forms and syntactical patterns used frequently in conversational Irish. History of the Irish language and an introduction to early Irish literature.

Gaelic 201 (GA 4116) (3) spring only | Irish Language – Intermediate Level

Based on texts and other materials used in Irish post-primary schools. Content includes aspects of Irish culture.

History 303 (HI 4053) (3) fall only | Ireland: 1750-1850

Course description coming soon.

History xxx (HI 4068) (3) spring only | Ireland and the Wider World, 1919-1973

Discusses Ireland’s diverse societies, economies and cultures; the disunited kingdom and discontented colony. The modernization of industry, breaking and making of the union as well as Anglicization 1750-1914 and the failure of economic capacity through to the triumph of capitalism will be examined.

Literature 301 (EH 4036) (3) spring only | Irish Literature 1930-1990

Examines Irish writing in English at a crucial stage in its development. It concentrates on poetry and drama with special attention to the work of W.B. Yeats; the fiction-writing tradition is also studied. Background and context form an integral part of the course.

Music 309 (MU 4135) (3) fall only | Irish Traditional Music I

Sources of traditional music in Ireland, composition and improvisation as creative process, dance music tradition, tune types, instruments, stylistic features, contemporary developments, changing concepts of harmony, emergence of formal group playing and dynamics by incorporating practical instruction in traditional music, dance and song performance.

Physiotherapy xxx (PY 4122) (3) spring only | Gaelic Games

Course description coming soon.

Political Science 315 (PO 4015) (3) fall only | Government and Politics of the Eurpean Union

Topics and themes covered include the development of the European Community/European Union (EC/EU) as a political system from the aftermath of the Second World War until the Maastricht Treaty; the institutional system of the EC/EU including the decision-making procedures, the interaction between the EC/EU; the politico-administrative systems of the member states; the ongoing debate on institutional reform in the EC/EU.

Political Science 323 (PO 4023 (3) fall only | Comparative European Politics

Introduction to comparative European politics, a basic understanding of the organization of European governmental systems, the role of political parties, party families, voting behavior, majoritarian and consensual democracies and the politics of individual European states.

Political Science xxx (PO 4004 (3) spring only | Global Political Economy

Course description coming soon.

Sociology 327 (SO 4078) (3) spring only | Inequality and Social Exclusion

Introduces students to the dynamics and processes implicit to inequality and social exclusion. Further, to make them aware of the complexity of the conceptualization and operationalization of equality and social exclusion. At the end of the module students will be able to apply their understanding of both concepts to key substantive areas in Irish society.

University of Limerick Practicum: Service Learning in Ireland (3)

The Civic Engagement Office at the University of Limerick has developed a program of credit-bearing service learning opportunities for students focusing on community projects in which students, UL academic staff and community partners work together to focus on an area of need within the local community.

Each Service Learning opportunity is made of up of 3 parts:

  • Community oriented research, training for team building, project planning and management. Students will also receive information on the social, cultural and historical realities of the host community as part of this training.
  • A service placement or project field work under the guidance of a UL academic alongside group discussions and guided reflection.
  • Evaluation sessions with UL staff and community partners to access the project’s progress and ensure where possible a sustainable future for the project.

Recent projects have included ‘Understanding Irishness’ which examined the experiences of English immigrants in Ireland as part of a wider research project investigating Irish emigration, immigration and identity. Practicum activities included: facilitating focus groups and interviewing; project planning and team work. Student researchers collaborated with Migrant Hub and the Intercultural and Diversity Education Center.

Interested students can apply for a relevant service learning opportunity after their arrival in Ireland.

Other available courses listed below


  • Accounting 301 (AC 4001) (3) fall only, Principles of Accounting
  • Accounting 302 (AC 4002) (3) spring only, Managerial Accounting
  • Economics 304 (EC 4004) (3) spring only, Economics for Business
  • Economics 306 (EC 4101) (3) fall only, Microeconomics
  • Economics 307 (EC 4102) (3) spring only, Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics 302 (MA 4102) (3) spring only, Business Mathematics

Health Sciences

  • Nursing and Midwifery xxx (NM 4141) (3) fall only, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Nursing xxx (NS 4022) (3) spring only, Pharmacology of Nurses and Midwives
  • Physiotherapy xxx (PY 4123) (3) fall only, Instructional Alignment in Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy xxx (PY 4102) (3) spring only, Introduction to Fundamental Motor Skills


As part of the Generation Study Abroad initiative, the University of Limerick is offering 100 scholarships per year for five years to study abroad students with STEM majors. For further information on this initiative and how to apply for this scholarship, please see

  • Biology 301 (BY 4001) (3) fall only, Biology 1
  • Biology 305 (BY 4505) (3) fall only, Pollution Biology
  • Biology xxx (BY 4014) (3) spring only, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Chemistry 305 (CH 4054) (3) spring only, Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 307 (CH 4701) (3) fall only, General Chemistry
  • Physics 302 (PH 4022) (3) spring only, Physics for Environmental and Bio-Sciences
  • Physics 303 (PH 4031) (3) fall only, Physics for General Science

Unique Course Offerings

The University of Limerick is the only Irish university to offer these subjects at the undergraduate level:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Equine Science
  • Insurance
  • Physical Education and Sports Science
  • Public Administration

Students wishing to take Equine and Sports Science or Physical Education classes must meet with the Course Leader upon arrival at the University. This meeting is arranged for you by the International Education Division to determine if you are eligible to enroll for particular classes.

Other available areas of study include architecture, journalism, nursing and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Academic Support

Students have access to a Writing Center offering workshops to enhance writing skills such as thinking and writing critically. Study Skills Workshop includes: note taking; exam scheduling and preparation; time management; presentation skills; summary writing and essay planning.