The University of Limerick, Ireland
Direct Enrollment Program - Fall Term
The University of Limerick, with 11,500 students, has particular areas of strength in sciences, education, humanities, engineering, and traditional Irish music and dance. Irish studies (including language, literature and music), equine science and sports science are especially popular among American students.
Note: This program is limited to five participants each fall.
NCC Eligibility Requirements:
Junior or Senior standing. GPA 3.0 preferred, with substantial course work in major.
NCC Academic Credit:
NCC students usually receive between 12-15 NCC credits for classes they take at the University of Limerick. Of course, it depends on the course load student choose.
Make sure you meet with your academic advisor to discuss the courses you plan to take while at the University of Limerick. There is a drop/add period at the beginning of their autumn semester to make final adjustments to your course schedule. If your final schedule is different from the NCC Pre-Study Abroad Credit Transfer Approval form, you MUST email the Office of International Programs with your final course list.
Housing and Meals:
All NCC students stay in University of Limerick on-campus residences, usually Kilmurry Village. Kilmurry Village is a co-ed complex of terraced houses in landscaped grounds, close to the Sports Arena and all of the sports facilities, and a short walk to classes. Individual houses have private single study bedrooms with a closet, desk, bed, sink, and internet connections. Students share two showers and toilets and a fully furnished kitchen/living room. There is a Village reception where you can request assistance or maintenance services and laundry facilities are in each Village as well.
For more information about Kilmurry Village, visit http://www.studentliving.ul.ie/index.jsp?p=117&n=144.
Meals: Students have a communal kitchen in their house that they share with the other "flat mates". There are a variety of places nearby to shop for groceries and a convenient, frequent bus service to downtown Limerick.
Students eat well on-campus at the University of Limerick. The University offers a wide choice of restaurants offering high quality, home cooked food at budget conscious prices. There are a variety of small restaurants, stylish cafes, and a bar/restaurants which serve food late into the evening. Check out the following websit for on-campus dining options: http://www.conference.ul.ie/index.jsp?p=228&n=260.
University of Limerick Estimated Costs:
Participants pay tuition and a $3000 program fee to NCC.
Financial aid is applicable to this program, however, all study abroad students should meet with a financial aid representative during the spring term to determine any changes/adjustments in their financial aid package.
Please see the Limerick Budget Planner to give you an idea of possible living costs. This is only intended to be a guide, because individual students' living expenses differ depending on their own lifestyle. Some students will spend more than others on, for example, social activities, travel, phone calls, or shopping.
*REMEMBER: NCC STUDENTS DO NOT PAY ACCOMMODATION CHARGES TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK; THOSE ARE PART OF YOUR NCC PROGRAM FEE.
- Food/Board: approximately $1000-$1500/semester
- Meals Out: breakfast - $7, lunch - $8-$10, and dinner - $10-$15
- Textbooks: $200-$300/semester
- Laundry: $4.00/wash and $3.00/dry
- Local Transportation: $300/semester
- Transportation to Limerick: by bus - $2-$3; by taxi - $20
- Transportation around Ireland:
- train within Ireland (one trip to Dublin, Cork, or Galway - €175
- bus to Dublin - $25
This really depends on the student. Students need to consider all personal spending money including travel! NCC students who participated in this program last year estimate approximately $4500, including very minimal travel.
Airfare estimate: $800-$1000 roundtrip
"Don't Stop Believing..." Oh yes, the Journey hit from the 80's. It's made a comeback as the hottest song in Ireland. Any time you are out and this song comes on, it's like the world stops - everyone wraps their arms around one another and belts it. It's fabulous really, and not just relevant to Ireland. No matter where you study abroad...Costa Rica, Japan, England ... you will have one of these songs, and I guarantee that it will forever remind you of the fabulous times, great people, and unforgettable adventures that you danced with for four surreal months that you took out of your lie to experience a whole new world.