Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Limerick, Ireland - Mary Immaculate College


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.


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.


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

Types of Accommodations

Ashdown Student Accommodation

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 €2,942 per person for the year, and rates for a single room ranges €3,830 to €4,580 for the year. A refundable deposit of €300 is also payable.

Visit the website for more information: http://www.ashdownvillage.ie/Home.aspx.

City Campus Student Accommodation—City Campus is modern Student living at its finest. Situated off Lord Edward Street, 15 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 for 2014 are €390 per month which includes all utilities. A refundable deposit of €300 is also payable. Visit the City Campus website for more information.

Long-stay students may also rent private accommodation. A list of vacancies is available from the College’s Accommodation Officer: Florence.Cleary@mic.ul.ie. Please note that properties on this list have not been inspected by the College.

Loyola University student, Patrick Smith met Mr Enda Kenny, the Irish Prime Minister, in April 2014, when he was presented with an Ambassador's Award for his blog about his experiences while studying at Mary Immaculate College, Ireland.

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)