Our Semester in Limerick program offers state-of-the art facilities, great housing options, and classes with Irish students so you can immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll study at the University of Limerick, a progressive university where you can take courses in diverse fields. After class, you can head into the city of Limerick to explore its castle, stroll along the River Shannon, or listen to traditional music. On the weekends, Semester in Limerick students take advantage of travel opportunities throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe. The affordability of this program will allow you to see it all!
Enjoy all of this and more:
- Affordable option to study in a tranquil part of Ireland
- Study opportunities alongside Irish students while learning about Irish culture
- Diverse course offerings at an academically rigorous university
- The University of Limerick Buddy Program orients you to Ireland
- Chance to earn the President's Volunteer Award at UL by volunteering in the local community
Location:Limerick is a small, unique city of 80,000 people located on Ireland's west coast. It's historic, yet modern in its architecture, industry, and ambiance. Georgian cathedrals and castles contrast with recently built high-rises. Residents treasure Limerick for its laid-back atmosphere, rich history, beautiful castles, and diverse population.
“The CISabroad Semester in Limerick, Ireland program was absolutely amazing. The site director is very nice and helpful, always there to answer questions, which makes the transition to living in Ireland a lot easier. Going over with the program was also great because there are several pre-planned trips to famous places in Ireland, which allowed me to form lasting friendships with others in the group.”--Grace Burkhart, Spring 2019
Walk the streets of Limerick to get a real taste of Irish culture. Enjoy the up-and-coming riverfront scene, fantastic museums, and the city's proximity to the natural beauty of Ireland’s west coast. During your time in Limerick, you may become a die-hard rugby fan (the city’s favorite sport). For an authentic experience, cheer on Munster at Thomond Park alongside the locals. Traditional pubs are scattered throughout the city, where you can hear Irish fiddlers play their tunes at night.
The city is renowned as a center for excellence in technology. It's home to the National Technology Park and to many international technology firms. Limerick is also known for its playwrights and actors, and there are always theatrical events to attend. In the surrounding countryside, you'll discover peaceful farmland dotted with the remains of hundreds of castles.
Conveniently located only 20km from Shannon Airport, Limerick makes travel affordable and easy. Your options are endless, including visiting Dublin, flying to continental Europe, or driving up the coast to see the Cliffs of Moher. The University of Limerick is located just outside of town. Transportation to and from the city is quick, so you'll always be connected.
Valpo Application Requirements and Deadlines
You must have at least sophomore standing and at least a 2.9 cumulative GPA. You should consult with your academic advisor and the OIP as early as possible.
Freshman year is not too early to begin your inquiries about study abroad. Almost all Valpo students
can participate in this program without delaying graduation if they plan
carefully with their academic advisor.
The deadline for Spring and Spring Break programs is October 1st and for Fall and Academic Year programs is March 1st. After the deadline, the Office of International Programs-Study Abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo email. Then, please apply for your program's application as listed on the 'Homepage' link at the very top.
See the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Room and board will be charged per rates set by CIS.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and
ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming
potential resources as well. CISAbroad has scholarship and funding information for if and when you're accepted by CISAbroad for their program.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Cherelle Dunn- Study Abroad Coordinator
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Cherelle with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Maggie McCally - Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator-Ireland
Phone: (413) 582 0407, ext. 5040
*Online chat calls are welcome - book an appointment here: http://mmccally.youcanbook.me/
Additional Links & Information: Learn More!
Don't miss upcoming Study Abroad Fairs to learn more about our programs, including this one! OIP Study Abroad hosts two fairs per year ahead of each application cycle. Current fair information is below.
August 28th from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Spring and Spring Break programs
January 31st from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm in the CCLIR Community Room: Featuring Fall and Academic Year programs
Study Abroad Advocates: Contact students who have recently participated in the CISAbroad Semester in Limerick program.
Study Abroad Blog: Read about current and past students' experiences abroad!
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Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.