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University of Limerick

  • Required GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of Program: 3 weeks, late May to mid-June
  • Application deadline: March 15
  • Program advisor: Nikki Bruckmann
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Cead Mile Failte! We're so excited that you're considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the University of Limerick as your destination. The city of Limerick is one of Ireland's top tourist destinations and has a lively music and art scene. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.

What the Limerick summer program has to offer

  • Modern, riverside, green campus with landscaped grounds and a 19th-century mansion
  • Bars, restaurants, stores, a bank and indoor and outdoor sports facilities
  • IFSA-Butler provides additional support from an on-site Student Services Coordinator (SSC)
  • Three full-day excursions to popular sites such as Limerick city, Dublin and the West of Ireland
  • Access to state of the art sports facilities, including an Olympic sized pool


  • House or apartment consisting of six single study-bedrooms with attached bathrooms and shared kitchen, laundry and living area with cable TV
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner vouchers are included in the program fee


  • Students enroll in one of six course options for 3 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Course options include: Irish Life & Literature; Visual Culture in Ireland: 1400-1950; Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society; Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television; Law in Ireland; and Creative Writing

We look forward to working with you!



What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available.

Students are permitted to take one of the following courses for 3 U.S. semester credits:
• Irish Life and Literature
• Law in Ireland
• Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society
• Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television
• Visual Culture in Ireland 1400–1950
• Creative Writing

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

How often do classes take place?
Students have 45 class instruction hours over a three-week period that includes a 10-minute oral presentation in the second or third week and a two-hour written exam at the end of week three. There will also be three all-day guided field excursions during the program to different parts of Ireland.

Will I have classes with local students?
Although IFSA-Butler is committed to providing integrated programs, summer courses abroad are often geared toward study abroad students only. Please be aware that your contact with local students may be limited, as you will likely attend classes and live with U.S. and other international students. All courses are taught by University of Limerick faculty.

Course Restrictions

See the Courses subtab for a list of courses open to study abroad students.


All courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours.


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Limerick Summer course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university’s policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Limerick. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
Students are housed in single en-suite bedrooms in on-campus student flats. Each flat contains six bedrooms, which share a kitchen for preparing meals and a lounge area for relaxing outside of class. Student flats are a short walk from academic buildings and other campus amenities. Students will have access to public launderettes as well as excellent sports facilities, including a 50-meter swimming pool.

What other facilities are available on campus?
Summer students will have access to the University Arena, Ireland’s largest indoor sports complex that contains Ireland’s first Olympic pool, a strength and conditioning center, a cardio-fitness center and playing fields. Students will also be able to take advantage of the student center, complete with a student union, travel agency, small grocery store, bar, printing center, dry cleaning service and banks.


Is there a meal plan?
Yes. The IFSA-Butler program fee includes a continental breakfast delivered to the room each day, including weekends. The breakfast consists of cereal, juice, bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee and yogurt. Students also receive vouchers for eating meals at on-campus dining facilities. The vouchers are worth enough to cover both lunch and dinner each day, including weekends. Students should plan for spending their own money if they wish to eat off campus.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals (whether a meal plan or self-catered) and any commuting costs you may incur.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Ireland for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you’ve made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing May 1 for summer programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after this date.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

About Limerick
Population: 80,000
Location: In the West of Ireland

City features
  • A commercial center with modern industry and traditional salmon fishing and lace production
  • A vibrant cultural scene with theatres, an arts center, clubs, pubs and restaurants of all kinds
  • Picturesque castles, medieval fortresses and city walls dating to the Normans
  • Enthusiasm for such sports as rugby, soccer, rowing and hurling
Do more!
  • Go windsurfing or sea kayaking on Ireland’s west coast
  • Travel the gorgeous western coasts of Counties Clare, Galway and Kerry
  • Take a train to Dublin, just over two hours away
  • Fly from nearby Shannon Airport to London (one hour) or Paris (90 minutes)

County Limerick
County Cork
County Kerry
 County Galway Guide
Tour Limerick

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.

Program Fees

Summer Payment Due: May 15
Fall/Academic Year Payment Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due: November 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for the entire program fee, which includes tuition, services and housing. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

**The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast, as well as vouchers for lunch and dinner every day.:

Personal Cost Estimates

Expense calculator

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

**Meals: The program fee includes daily breakfast, as well as vouchers for lunch and dinner every day.

† Housing Deposit
Semester and year students are required to pay a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name. Students in summer programs do not pay the $300 housing deposit.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.


To apply to the University of Limerick summer program, use our easy online application.

Applicants to the University of Limerick summer program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:

We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Limerick for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.

If you have already started an application to the University of Limerick summer program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Ireland:

nikkiProgram Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.

altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.




altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Dublin. Click here to read more about Resident Director Maria Keane.

paigeUpon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District.  Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.



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