Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Limerick, Ireland - Mary Immaculate College

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Global Exchange Program

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. Mary Immaculate College is a small, friendly campus where staff focus on students' wellbeing and academic involvement. There are great opportunities to mix with students from many different cultures and countries. 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 City, situated on the west coast of Ireland at the mouth of the river Shannon, is the Republic of Ireland's third largest city. Limerick City was founded as a Viking fortress in the 10th century. Reminders of the city's eventful past include the 12th century King John's Castle, the medieval precinct, and St. Mary's Cathedral. The population of Limerick City is just under 60,000 (2011 census). With half of the city's population under 30, and, with three institutions of higher education, there is a vibrant student culture.

Limerick offers many activities for students, including a variety of sports, historical, artistic, and theatrical activities. There is a lively pub music scene catering for a variety of musical tastes, from Irish traditional music to jazz. Please see Limerick.ie for more information on visiting and living in Limerick.

The campus is just 30 minutes from Shannon International Airport and is easy to access from any of Ireland's airports.

www.limerick.ie

The College

Mary Immaculate College is a College of Education and Liberal Arts linked to the University of Limerick. The total enrollment is about 3,200 full-time students. Each year the college hosts more than 70 international students, mostly from Europe and North America.

Curriculum Type: Liberal Arts

GPA Requirement: 2.75

Academic Departments

Click here for further information.

Academic Calendar Dates

  • Early September–mid-December (Fall Semester)
  • Late January–mid-May (Spring Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.

Holidays/Breaks

  • Mid December–late January (Inter-semester Break)
  • April 3–12 inclusive (Easter-changes annually)

Types of Accommodations

Ashdown, Clontarf Hall, and Alphonsus Court

These are privately run facilities located between 10 and 20 minutes’ walk from Mary Immaculate College offering the following amenities:

  • Private courtyard setting within close distance to bus and train station.
  • Apartments each have 4 single-occupancy bedrooms,  2 bathrooms, with kitchen/dining area.
  • Gas heating in all apartments and on-site laundrette.
  • On-site reception and on-site manager.
  • Multi-Channel T.V, 24-hour broadband, telephone system with intercom facility.
  • Specialist bicycle parking and car parking facility.

Visit the website for more information: http://www.ashdownvillage.ie/Home.aspx. Cost for 2016-17 is TBA.

City Campus Student Accommodation

This is a privately run facility located 15 minutes’ walk from Mary Immaculate College offering the following amenities:

  • Private courtyard setting within close distance to bus and train station.
  • Apartments each have 4 single-occupancy bedrooms,  2 bathrooms, with kitchen/dining area.
  • Gas heating in all apartments and on-site laundrette.
  • On-site reception and on-site manager.
  • Multi-Channel T.V, 24-hour broadband, telephone system with intercom facility.
  • Specialist bicycle parking and car parking facility.

The semester cost for 2016/17 is €2000 (which includes all utilities) plus €250 deposit. Please see: www.citycampus.ie.

O'Dwyer House

O'Dwyer House is an 8 single-occupancy bedrooms, 3 bathroom house only a couple minutes' walk from campus. O'Dwyer House can be booked through the Interntational Office for either one semester or the full year. The house is fully equipped and includes:

  • Housekeeping service twice weekly
  • Wi-fi
  • Swipe-card access to rooms
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shared kitchen/dining area

The cost is €2,300 per semester, plus €300 refundable damage deposit.  Please contact international@mic.ul.ie to book and for further information.

Private Rented Accomodation

Students may also rent private accommodation. A list of vacancies is available from the College’s Accommodation Officer, John Randles – email Courtbrack@mic.ul.ie  Please note that properties on this list have not been inspected by the College.

Accommodation Upon Arrival

Students who wish to source accommodation for themselves are advised to arrive early and stay in a local guesthouse or hotel for an initial period. Students may find their own accommodation via local newspaper ads and student notice boards. DAFT—www.daft.ie is the best source of accommodation—also 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 31 (spring semester).

Program Costs

Loyola tuition and Mary Immaculate room and board

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

CISI Insurance Fee- about $300 per semester

*To see a detailed list of additional estimated expenses click ExtraExpenses-Ireland.

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. (Student must first be nominated by LUC)

O’Dwyer House is an 8 single-occupancy bedrooms, 3 bathroom student house only a couple of minutes' walk from the campus.  O'Dwyer House can be booked through theInternational Office for either one semester or the full year.  The house is fully equipped and includes:

  • Housekeeping service twice weekly
  • Wi-Fi
  • Swipe-card access to rooms
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shared kitchen/dining area

 

The cost is €2,300 per semester, plus €300 refundable damage deposit.  Please contact international@mic.ul.ie   to book and for further information.