With a population of five million, Ireland is known for its rich history, lush countryside, spectacular coastline, and for its recent astonishing economic growth that has caused Europeans to refer to the country as the "Celtic Tiger." While English is the most widely spoken language, Gaelic is also spoken in pockets of Western Ireland especially, reflecting the country's unique culture and identity. Long renowned for its literary tradition and scholarship, Ireland has one of the most highly respected systems of higher education in western Europe. Almost half of the Irish people are under the age of 25 and over 65,000 participate in higher education.
Limerick is a thriving modern city, the fourth largest in Ireland. It is the capital of Ireland's Midwest Region. It has a long history that can be traced back more than a thousand years. Within a day's excursion are the counties of Galway, Clare, Cork, Tipperary and Kerry. Shannon International Airport, only 16 miles from Limerick, provides daily access to a wide range of international destinations.
The University of Limerick was established in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick, and classified as the University of Limerick in 1989. Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 11,000 students. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research. The University is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 131 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding cultural, recreational and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning environment.
The University houses the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Music Centre. Students will have access to the excellent university sports facilities (the largest indoor sports complex in Ireland) as well as the opportunity to join university clubs. The University supports over 70 social and athletic clubs that provide wonderful opportunities to get to know local students.
Students may choose from a full range of classes at the University in the following Faculties: College of Humanities, College of Business, College of Engineering and Science, and College of Education. Students will be fully integrated into the academic structure of the university and will be able to enroll in classes in all areas, subject to meeting class prerequisites. Students will typically enroll in five classes per semester.
Students live on-campus with Irish and international students in the University’s Plassey, Kilmurry, Thomond, Cappavilla, or Dromroe apartment complexes. On-campus accommodation at the University of Limerick is self-catered, and students typically will be assigned single rooms.
For detailed information on the University of Limerick, visit the university's website.
Minimum GPA : 2.9
Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.
Application Deadline : February 14, 2014
Program Dates :
- Fall: End of August until mid-December (Around Dec 17 or 18 usually)
- Spring: mid-January until mid/end of May (usually around May 20)