Limerick is a riverside city with the Shannon river playing an integral part of the city's character. It's location offers a good base from which to explore the Southwest and the West of Ireland. The Atlantic coast, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful lakes and mountains of Galway and Kerry are all with in driving (or bus) distance. It combines big city amenities with an innate friendliness. Limerick's reputation as a major cultural and artistic centre, with award-winning restaurants, old-world pubs, famous traditional music along side modern music, and sports like Gaelic football and hurling makes it the perfect environment for student living. For the not so sporty, there are societies, groups and clubs to be found in almost every field of interest. The greater Limerick area, which incorporates the National Technological Park alongside the University campus and the international airport at Shannon, is booming economically.
The University of Limerick is unique. They take pride in their special emphasis on experiential learning through cooperative education. They offer high quality undergraduate education across a wide range of programs, as well as excellent research and scholarship. Limerick is especially proud of its outstanding cultural, sporting and residential facilities, which are located on a truly beautiful campus. It is an environment that enriches and enhances the learning and working environment for students. Limerick offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business, education, engineering, humanities, informatics and electronics, and science. Use the Limerick course database to find more information about specific courses. Please note that courses in Equine Science and Sports Science & Physical Education are extremely limited.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. Please note that courses in Equine Science and Sports Science & Physical Education are extremely limited.
You will take regular courses (equivalent to 15 Penn State credits) with local students at this institution. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You will choose courses before your departure; however, your course schedule will not be finalized until arrival. Thus, we cannot guarantee entry into courses.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Limerick Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Junior class standing or higher at time of study
2.9 Cumulative GPA
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange housing directly with the University of Limerick. You will live in on-campus in village-style residencies, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet or Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with Limerick as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Exams run through December 16, 2016. Students may depart according to their exam schedule, but no later than December 17th, 2016.
NOTE: Students can arrive on either 1/16/2017 or 01/17/2017. Exams end on 5/15/2017.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.