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  • Locations: Limerick, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/25/2021 05/17/2021
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Apartment (shared)
Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Architecture, Biology, Business, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Dance, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental/Sustainability Studies, European Studies, Exercise Science, History, International Business, Law, Management/Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Physics, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Theatre Arts, Visual Design Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Limerick, Ireland - University of Limerick

   Limerick, Ireland

The University of Limerick (UL) was founded in 1972 and was the first university established since the foundation of the Republic of Ireland in 1922. UL is located on the River Shannon, on 80 hectares (200 acres), inside the National Technological Park at Castletroy, and 5 km from Limerick city centre. The university currently has over 11,000 full-time undergrads, 1,500 part-time students, and 2,100 postgraduates. UL offers an exceptional student experience and has the largest work placement program of any university in Ireland, with a network of over 1700 employers.

Nimi Herard
Nimi Herard studied at UL in the Spring of 2017. He shares his experience in his study abroad report. He writes:

"One of the reasons I picked UL was because it was one of the highest rated research universities in Europe and their Psych department is amazing. I would definitely recommend this program, let alone, studying abroad, in general, to students! I feel like it’s just something all students should take advantage of. You’re able to escape your comfort zone, try new things, live in a different environment, make international friends, and so much more. It was truly a wonderful experience and I’m glad I was able to take on this adventure." 

Katie Nikas, a student who studied at UL in Spring 2016 shared this with us:

"I would recommend this program to absolutely everyone currently attending UMass. The Irish are so welcoming and friendly. I really felt like Ireland became an instant second home to me. Attending UL and living in Ireland has truly changed aspects of myself both as a person, a student, and a future businesswoman. Traveling feeds the soul and breaks down the wall of judgment and fear. Talking, listening and hearing other peoples’ opinions, fears, philosophies, jokes, and desires makes you a better person."

To read the full report, click here.  

Watch this video of UMB student Kuma Kumsa, who studied abroad at the University of Limerick:¿

To apply for the Exchange Program:
  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. Once completed, contact the Office of Global Programs to have your nomination submitted to University of Limerick. From there you will also need to submit the exchange application through UL directly:
For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

Colleges include Business, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Science, and Arts, Humanities, and Social Science. Programs of particular strength are Engineering, Computer Science, Equine Science and Sports Science (available to majors only). UL also has a host of Irish scholars specializing in Irish history, literature, arts, culture, politics and Irish language. Students are allowed to take classes across the curriculum if prerequisites are met. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from UL transferred to UMB. 

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Fall semester: September - December
Spring semester: January - May

University of Massachusetts students only. Undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. No language requirement is necessary. 

See Budgets sheet. 

Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

Students can choose to live on campus in one of the six student villages or off campus in private student accommodation or self-catering houses and apartments.

Cliffs of Moher   Limerick


You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

Students with a U.S. passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Ireland. For students who are not U.S. citizens, please visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website

Download: Ireland Country Information and Visas.pdf 

Course Transfers Reference Table:
Course # abroad Course Title Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
EH4002 Critical Practice 2: Renaissance Literature ENGL 402 Renaissance in English 3
EH4012 Restoration and Augustian Literature ENGL 403 Neo Classical Period 3
EH4036 Irish Literature 1930-1990 ENGL 415 Irish Literature 3
HI4102 Ireland: Revolution and Independence 1898- 1968 HIST 9000 HIST 9000 3
GA105 Irish Folklore HUMCTR 9000 HUMCTR 9000 3
PO4118 Ireland and EU Membership: Adapting Politics, Policy and Polity IR 355L The European Union 3
MK4008 Applied Marketing 2 MKT9000 MKT9000 3
MK4014 Branding MKT9000 MKT9000 3
MK4004 Consumption and Consumer Culture MKT9000 MKT9000 3
  Irish Traditional Music 2 MUSIC 9000 MUSIC 9000 3
PO4008 African Politics: Development and Democracy POLISCI 9000 POLISCI 9000 3
PO4032 Russian Politics POLISCI 9000 POLISCI 9000 3

Diversity at UL:
Out in UL: LGBTQ+ Society, University of Limerick 


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application. 

Once nominated by our office to UL, please apply here: .
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.