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Academics the University of Limerick

The University of Limerick program is ideal for students in diverse majors as students may enroll in a wide variety of regular university classes in majors including life, health and theoretical sciences, business, education, environment and sustainability, psychology, European studies, social sciences and engineering. Please refer to the Limerick website for a listing of major areas of study (in Ireland, majors are referred to as “courses”):


To prepare adequately for the study program in Ireland, students are asked to participate in an all-day pre-departure orientation here in Oregon (in November and in May). This orientation provides information on cultural adjustment, visas, travel, university policies, and more. Most importantly, you’ll meet other students going to Ireland through the OUS program.

Upon arrival in Ireland, UL provides a five-day orientation. The orientation is designed to make the transition into Irish culture and university life as smooth as possible, and combines information meetings with excursions and fun social events (learn Irish dances in an evening of music and dance called a ceili, or try your hand at the traditional sport of hurling!).

Courses in Ireland

Participants are enrolled as regular Irish students, taking classes with Irish and other international students. There is a range of teaching methods at Limerick, often depending upon the discipline of study. Arts and business students, for example, will generally have a combination of lecture and tutorial classes. Lectures can vary in size from 20 to 100 and the associated tutorial classes are much smaller and allow for open discussion of material. Science and Engineering students usually receive a combination of lecture and laboratory classes. Fieldwork may form a large part of some classes. The formal contact hours vary. However, in general, greater emphasis is placed upon independent study outside of class contact hours than students may experience in Oregon.

Courses or classes are called modules at Limerick and are generally intended to be undertaken in specific years of a degree. In a UL undergraduate degree of three years, modules are taken at three levels: first year (100 level), second year (200 level) and third year (300). These are generally equivalent to second, third, and fourth year of a U.S. degree.

Most modules have a weighting of 6 ECTS (the European Union standard academic credit). Students are required to take a full-time load while at UL which is usually 5 modules per semester. The number of credits earned in Oregon for these units will be determined by the student’s home campus, but has typically been around 5 credits per unit. Thus, students at Limerick can expect to earn around 23 Oregon credits per semester.

Registration and Credits

Students participating in this program will be registered at their home university in Oregon and will receive home campus credits for courses taken at UL. Students’ course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at their home institutions. Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by their home university academic departments.

Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor about their plans to study in the Ireland program. Students wishing to earn major or minor credits for courses taken at UL are strongly advised to be in frequent communication with their advisor to determine what’s possible.

Because of the nature of this program, courses and credits are applied after completion of the program.

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Academic Calendar

The University of Limerick follows a semester-based calendar year.


The UL web site for current year semester dates is:

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