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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 participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Limerick programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Built in 1425, the Bunratty Castle and the surrounding Folk Park grounds shine a light on the daily lives of its 15th- and 16th-century inhabitants. In the 1640s the castle and grounds were abandoned and left to ruin for centuries. However, in the 1950s the process of restoring it to its former grandeur began. Open to the public, it is a labyrinth of staircases and rooms that one can wander and explore while imagining a life long ago. Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th-century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry.
This lively city on the beautiful south coast of Ireland is the country’s second largest city. Cork is known for its great contributions to architecture, design, music, dance, theater, film, food, literature, and sports.
Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is now the most popular tourist attraction in all of Ireland. The site is renowned for its mystical powers and legend has it that eloquence is bestowed upon anyone who kisses the Blarney stone.
The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.
There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!
Galway is a charming coastal city on the west coast of Ireland. County Galway is Ireland’s largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, and even today the mother tongue of much of the population is the native Irish language. The countryside surrounding Galway seems not to have changed in 150 years. Fields that were abandoned during the potato famine of the mid-1800s still lie untouched, and one sees the low stone walls and rolling hillsides that characterize Ireland. In the midst of the history and tradition of the countryside lies the bustling city of Galway. Students find plenty of diversion in the city labeled the “Cultural Capital of Ireland.” Students may also visit the 13th century Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed before undertaking his journey to the New World.
On the very edge of Europe is a group of three islands, rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in their long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland. Aran takes you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. It is a timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and welcoming island people.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Cliffs of Moher, an iconic stop for anyone along the Irish coastline.
The Cliffs of Moher & The Burren are at the heart of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, which is Ireland's rugged West Coast, and one of our most dramatic landscapes. This is Ireland at its most panoramic, with it’s cliff top walks, quintessential Irish Villages, friendly country vibes…all surrounded with jaw dropping views! It’s an adventure never to be forgotten! We will also travel through The Burren, which gets its name from the Gaelic word 'bhoireann' meaning, 'a stony or Rocky place' which formed over 320 million years ago under what was a tropical sea. This unusual landscape has an intriguing underworld area that is best understood by a visit to the famous Aillwee Caves, which are about 1.5 million years old, and boast some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in Ireland.
Dolphin Watch is a special guided boat trip with students to the mouth of the River Shannon, a huge area of wildlife conservation, where Irelands greatest river opens up into the Atlantic at Hoop head. Here you can watch and learn about Ireland’s resident group of bottlenose dolphins and other creatures that inhabit this beautiful area. Every trip is different in this dynamic environment, and you can immerse yourself in the magic of Ireland's stunning natural backdrop, while getting the chance to encounter irish wildlife at its best.
We make our way from Galway city to the wild and unspoiled boglands of Furbo in Connemara to get back to nature at Eile Mental. Eile Mental Activity Park promotes Irish language, heritage and culture through exciting outdoor activities in a fun, friendly and safe environment. While here we will receive a masterclass in archery while immersing ourselves in the peat bog landscape. Next, we will make the journey over the Connemara bog road to St Brigit’s Celtic Gardens where we will take a journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, with a tour of the four Celtic gardens, a traditional ancient fairy fort and thatched roundhouse.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
API students will receive their transcript from the University of Limerick upon successful completion of their program.
Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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. semester credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. semester 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.
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
University of Limerick Class Catalog, Fall
University of Limerick Class Catalog, Spring
API students live in university-owned student apartments located a short distance from the University of Limerick campus. Apartments generally consist of 6 single bedrooms, a shared living area, and a shared kitchen. Each room has a private bathroom, and standard apartments are non-smoking. During the semester, API students may be housed with Irish and other international students, while summer students live alongside American and other international students. It is common for apartments to be co-ed.
Meals are not included in the semester/academic year Limerick housing.
Housing for academic year students is included in the period between the fall and spring semesters.