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University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland
Rankings:
  • 517 QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 537 THE World University Rankings 2018
  • 101 THE Young University Rankings 2017
Campus setting Suburban
Living cost USD 819 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 15%
Institution type Public

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About University of Limerick

Based in the south of Ireland, the University of Limerick is home to 15,000 students. The institution, granted university status in 1989, was the first to be established in the Republic of Ireland after the founding of the state in 1922.

 A unique feature of the student experience is that all students are eligible for an 8-month work placement coordinated by the university as part of the Cooperative Education Programme. The university has a network of more than 1,600 employers, making the Co-op programme one of the biggest in the European Union. Around 30 per cent of students in the programme work internationally for their placement, across Europe, Asia and America. The alumni community has one of the highest employment rates out of graduates in Ireland.

The University of Limerick has adopted aspects of the US university system. For example, students receive a grade point average as a result of evaluations. Arts and sciences are both key to the university’s mission; there are a number of dedicated and specialised scientific research centres, alongside the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and collections of Fine Art. Notable graduates of the university over the years include politicians, sportspeople and more than one dancer of Riverdance.

Campus information

The UL campus is truly one of the most beautiful university campuses anywhere in the world. Visitors never fail to be impressed by this peaceful green place with its trees, its fountains and the beautiful river Shannon flowing majestically through it all. In spring, UL is a symphony of birdsong, while in autumn, it is a celebration of colour. Known as Irelands Sporting Campus, the sporting facilities on campus are second to none.

Accommodation

Many students live close to the university campus, particularly in Castletroy. There is also a good amount of student accommodation on campus, arranged into five student villages.

Additional info

The University of Limerick strategic plan Broadening Horizons, reflects our intention to further raise the level of ambition of our staff and students. This plan is very much outward facing. It reaches out to communities and employers, to Limerick city and the local region, to our alumni, to external collaborators and to the international scene in a particularly powerful way. Firstly, we believe that lasting transformation will be achieved by sustaining and building on our achievements.

We therefore commit ourselves to embedding in Broadening Horizons the activities that have incrementally gathered momentum under Pioneering & Connected. Secondly, we will focus on accentuating our distinctiveness. As a research-led university, we will remain distinctive through our relentless focus on research with impact, graduate employability, industry engagement and the provision of an outstanding campus environment.

Finally, we will continue to raise our international profile. This will be achieved by further internationalising the UL student experience, improving the global currency of UL degrees, attracting more international students and staff and accessing leading international research networks. This will enable our staff and students to bring their particular UL story to the world and create new opportunities to invite the world to Limerick.

Competitive Advantage

Career preparation

UL is ranked among the top three universities in Europe for career preparation, combining theory and practical education to equip students with the skills needed to thrive in their careers after graduation. 2,000 UL students across 56 degree programmes undertake a six- to eight-month placement each year as a formal, academically-accredited compulsory element of their degree programme. About a fifth of these placements are with an international company.

High Employability

Popular employers include Intel, Dell, Microsoft, Google, Stryker, Regeneron, Northern Trust, Bank of Ireland

Famous Alumni

Notable alumni include Irish 2016 Olympian Thomas Barr, Riverdance co-choreographer and dancer Jean Butler, Canadian software-engineer pioneer David Parnas, former Ireland and USA rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Tamar Beruchashvilli

Awarded

Sunday Times University of the Year in 2015, and Law School of The Year 2017 - Irish Law Awards

The Student Experience

The student experience is also extremely important and the University has the #1 ranked student experience by international students of all European Universities (iGraduate Barometer 2017). UL is an exceptional place to learn more, live more and be more.

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Courses available 129

Accounting & Finance 6 Agriculture Studies 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 28 Architecture, Building 4 Aviation 3 Business, Management 12 Computer Science, IT 9 Creative Arts & Design 23 Education and Teaching 10 Engineering 20 English Language 2 Health and Medicine 13 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 17 Law 6 Mass Communication & Media 6 Sports Science 3

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Reviews 3

Anon 5/5
While studying here I had an amazing experience. It combined academic theory with practical, real... Read more
Anonymous, Spain 0/5
The university of Limerick doesn't do a lot in the field of psychology (which is my major); it's ... Read more

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