What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
Students who choose to study abroad in Limerick with API at the University of Limerick (UL) have access to all four faculties on the UL campus for undergraduate and graduate studies. Courses are taught mainly by Irish instructors. Course choices are selected from the following disciplines: business, education, engineering, humanities, informatics and electronics, Irish studies and science. In all colleges/faculties, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of UL and completion of required prerequisites.
API students will receive their transcript from the University of Limerick upon successful completion of their program.
Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture style, and grades are based on one final exam or a combination of assessments and a final exam. In order to determine what level a particular class is, pay attention to the last number in the course title. Courses that end in a 0, 1 or 2 are 1st year courses (lower division); courses that end in 3 or 4 are 2nd year courses (lower division); courses that end in a 5 or 6 are 3rd year courses (upper division); and courses that end in a 7 or 8 are 4th year courses (upper division). Most courses at UL are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Students take 4-5 courses and receive 12-15 credit hours per semester or approximately 3 semester credit hours per class.
Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require minimal additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. There are limited spaces available for international students in the equine studies classes. Most students are not able to take more than one of these courses. Please contact the API office for further details.
Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. Students are asked to indicate their choices in order of preference on the application form. There is a 2-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester in Limerick.
Click on the links below for the complete course listings by semester and use these course listings when completing the course preregistration form for the API application. Courses in sports science and equine studies, among other specific courses, are limited in availability to study abroad students. Course times, course descriptions and the semester a course is offered are subject to change and no course is guaranteed.
*For a quick-reference spreadsheet detailing all UL courses and codes, please contact the API Limerick Program Manager.
API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.
UL has introduced two new service-learning/practicum modules designed specifically for study abroad students. These options, called “Community Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Life Skills (CWELL )” and “English Immigrant Understanding of Irishness” consist of an elective course/project worth 3 U.S. credits focusing on community health, social work, and public outreach. Contact API for more information on these opportunities.
- Service-learning opportunities for credit
- FORUM on Education Abroad QUIP accreditation
- Special scholarships for STEM and LGBTQ students