About the University
Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 14,000 students and 1,444 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Its mission is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow.
The University has been named 'University of the Year 2015’ in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. Also in 2015, the University was placed in the top 200 most international universities in the world in the Times Higher Education rankings. The latter measures international outlook by means of the diversity of both the student and staff body and success in international research collaborations.
About the Area
Limerick is a riverside city where the Shannon is an integral part of the city's character. Vibrant Limerick combines big city amenities with an innate friendliness - a mix that guarantees an attractive and welcoming environment for student living. The city boasts some fashionable bars, charming old pubs, glossy shops, fascinating historic sights, smart restaurants and boutique hotels.Limerick is Ireland's third largest city; which dates back to the 9th century. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past. There is certainly plenty of history to absorb in this fine riverside city; from the 13th Century King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone, to the Hunt Museum which houses over 2,000 works of art including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso. The city is also home to the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the University Concert Hall.
About Student Life
There are 25 societies and 45 sports clubs at Limerick including the Vikings, the American football club started several years ago by a visiting student from Minnesota.In addition to the clubs and societies, you'll find a campus that abounds with places to go. Seven restaurants and a variety of shops provide the services and amenities you expect on a large campus. Modern housing villages, some that even have their own pizzerias, expand on that campus feel.
Additionally, as a visiting student, you'll be invited to take advantage of University-organized excursions to places of cultural and historical interest, as well as enjoy easy access to musical entertainment and theatrical productions in the city center. A trip to Dublin is also arranged each semester.
- Students must have completed a minimum of 30 semester credits
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Students must an acceptable judicial conduct record
- Students must have declared their minor and core concentration
- Students must have academic advisor and dean approval
RWU students studying in Limerick have access to the University's full catalog of course offerings. Study abroad students will take classes alongside University of Limerick students and become fully integrated into the student body.
Aside from completing a Core concentration in International Studies students can also choose from a huge range of courses in any of the four colleges at the University of Limerick listed below:
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences History, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Law, Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology.
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Education and Professional Studies, Physical Education and Sports Sciences.
Faculty of Science and Engineering Chemical and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Information Systems, Civil Engineering and Materials Science, Design and Manufacturing Technology, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Life Sciences, Math and Statistics, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering and Physics and Energy.
Kemmy Business School Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing and Personnel and Employment Relations.
Service Learning Practicum A new 3-credit service learning course is also available which brings together students, academic staff and community partners to focus on an area of need within the community.
Most courses are recommended for 3 credits each and meet for approximately 45 contact hours per semester. Taking up to 5 courses you can earn up to 15 credits in a semester.
You can explore the UL Course Catalog here.
Living on campus is one of the best ways to enjoy university life. You are close to all activities, from lectures to sport, to social life. You make great friends who last a lifetime. The University of Limerick has 6 purpose built village-style residences on the campus which offer high quality accommodations.
Cappavilla Village: Cappavilla Village is located on the highest point on the campus, commanding views of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. Offering 6 and 4 bedroom ensuite apartments, sharing a large kitchen / lounge, it is an ideal location for nursing / health therapy students as it is a stones throw from the Health Sciences Building.Thomond Village: This spectacular riverside residence on the banks of the river Shannon offers 6 and 4 bedroom ensuite apartments. Residents enjoy spectacular views of the River Shannon and its habitat. The village also features 2 bedroomed apartments for families and rooms for impaired mobility.
Dromroe Village: Dromroe Village is an attractive apartment complex located between the Millstream and the River Shannon. Yet quite close to the main teaching buildings, Dromroe Village offers 6 bedroomed ensuite apartments all with fully equipped kitchen / lounges. Like Thomond Village, this village offers 2 bedroomed apartments suitable for student families and rooms for impaired mobility.
Plassey Village: Popular with 1st years, houses have 8 single bedrooms and a large kitchen / living room and 2 showers and toilets. The houses are grouped around landscaped courtyards creating a cosy communal atmosphere. Nearby is a small shopping centre with a good supermarket, pharmacy and Italian Pizza Pasta deli.
Kilmurry Village: Located close to all the sports facilities, Kilmurry Village is the place to live if you enjoy an early morning swim or jog or if you are a keen sports person. Houses sleep 6 / 8 students and are attractively landscaped around the communal Village Hall which is available to the Campus Community for a wide choice of social activity.
- Fall Semester runs early September thru mid December
- Spring Semester runs mid January thru end of May
Approved semester long programs will be billed through RWU Bursar accounts based on regular tuition, housing and semester fee rates.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students will be able to apply their financial aid awards to their semester abroad charges. Additional the following Roger Williams University Study Abroad Scholarships are available:
Bridging the World Scholarship
The Morris Award
Health & Safety Abroad
Students should review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security (https://www.state.gov/travel/).
Students studying in Ireland do not need a Student Visa but will have to register with Irish Immigration.
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