North Central College - Naperville, IL


University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland

Fall Term


J. Milcent Limerick Fall 2012

Program Overview

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), sports/exercise science and physical education are especially popular among American students. Students can select courses from a variety of university departments, and with more than 1,200 classes offered each semester, students can fulfill major, minor or general education requirements. The beautiful campus offers state-of-the-art sports and swimming facilities. The university has been ranked No. 1 in providing the Best Student Experience, Best Student Support and Warmest Welcome in Ireland.

•  20 minute bus ride from University of Limerick campus to city centre

•  Students who have studied at Limerick in the past recommend joining the Outdoor Pursuits Club as it offers travel opportunities throughout Ireland for little to no cost

University of Limerick website


Photo: courtesy of Julien Milcent, University of Limerick, Fall 2012



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred, with substantial course work in major



Students earn between 9-12 credits for classes depeding on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

Fall 2013 course options

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and Meals

All North Central College students live in University of Limerick on-campus residences; most of our students live in 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 with 5-7 other students who are their "flatmates". 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 and accommodation at University of Limerick, please click here.

Meals:  not included in program fees. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals in a 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 and 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. To view a list of on-campus dining and restaurant options, please click here.


Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. University of Limerick) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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