University of Limerick

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

The University of Limerick, with a student population of 13,500, has particular strengths in sciences, education, humanities, business, 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; 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, and was University of the Year in 2015.

•  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


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

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

Course options and details

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. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program 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.