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Limerick, Ireland - Mary Immaculate College

Loyola Exchange Program

Program Overview

Academic Departments

Academic Calendar Dates

Types of Accomodations

Program Costs

Application Process


‌Program Overview

Loyola's reciprocal exchange program in Limerick, Ireland offers a cost-effective opportunity for students who are willing to accept the challenges of a highly independent study abroad program. Students will be directly enrolled in the exchange partner university, the University of Limerick's Mary Immaculate College, providing an opportunity for direct immersion in the culture, community and country. Loyola students on this program will be expected to have the same responsibilities as local students and will need to make a number of arrangements on their own or directly with the partner university. Loyola's Office for International Programs will offer assistance whenever possible. Students from Mary Immaculate College regularly study at Loyola, so it is possible to get to know about the school before leaving Chicago.

Program Focus - Full Curricular Studies

Visit the University website - www.mic.ul.ie 

The City of Limerick

Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland with a population of about 80,000. It is situated on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland at the mouth of the river Shannon. As the city was founded on a Viking Fortress in the 10th century, there are still many reminders of the past such as St. Mary's Cathedral, the medieval precinct and King John's Castle. Limerick boasts a lively students culture due largely to the five institutions of higher education within the city limits. There is exciting pub music scene that ranges greatly in genre; from traditional music, to heavy metal to jazz. There are many opportunities for day or weekend trips to surrounding areas such as Galway, Cork, Clare, Tipperary, and Kerry. For further information about Limerick try the following web sites: www.limerick.com, www.limerick.ie


The College

Mary Immaculate college is a College of Education and Liveral Arts linked to the University of Limerick.  The total enrollment is about 2, 500 full-time students.  Each year the college hosts more than 100 international students, mostly from Europe and North America.

Curriculum Type - Liberal Arts

GPA Requirement - 2.75

Academic Departments

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Academic Calendar Dates

Early to Mid September - Late December (Fall Semester)

Late January - Mid-May (Spring Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.


Late December - Late January (Winter Break) 

Early April - Mid-April (Spring Break)

Types of Accommodations

Ashdown Student Accommodation (Full Academic Year Bookings Only).
Consists of self-catering apartments furnished to a high standard and situated approximately 8 minutes walk from Mary Immaculate College.

Rates for shared twin rooms are set at €4,020.00 for the year, and rates for a single room ranges €4,410.00 to €4,800.00 for the year.

Visit the Ashdown website for more information.  

City Campus Student Accommodation - City Campus is modern Student living at its finest. Situated off Lord Edward Street, minutes walk from Mary Immaculate College & near the historic heart of Limerick City. The development is set behind electronically controlled entrance gates and the apartments are set in a courtyard style with professional landscaping throughout. Rates range from €1,560.00 to €2,410.00 for a 9-month contract. Visit the City Campus website for more information.

Accommodation Upon Arrival

Students who wish to source accommodation for themselves are advised to arrive early and stay in a local guesthouse for an initial period. Students may find their own accommodation via local newspaper ads and student notice boards.  The Limerick Leader (www.limerickleader.ie)and the Limerick Post (www.limerickpost.ie) provide good resources.

*In order to secure accommodation students must complete and return the Accommodation Request Form by June 30 (fall semester) or October 31st (spring semester).

Program Costs

Loyola tuition and Mary Immaculate room and board

Loyola (OIP) Fee - $1000 for the semester or year

* To see a detailed list of additional estimated expenses click here.

Aid Transfer - Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans.




Application Process

1) Submit the LUC online application.

2) Submit an application for the Mary Immaculate College.


Office for International Programs · Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.7706 · studyabroad@luc.edu

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