Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College (IrishColáiste Mhuire gan Smál), also known as MIC or Mary I, is a College of Education and Liberal Arts. Founded in 1898, the university level College of Education and the Liberal Arts is academically linked with the University of Limerick. The College now has a student population of over 3,600, enrolled in undergraduate programmes for B.Ed and BA degrees, an innovative new Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies programme and a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and PhD level. The college has a student retention rate of 96% – one of the highest in Ireland.

MIC is conveniently located in a leafy suburb just ten minutes’ walk from Limerick city centre, in Ireland’s Midwest region. With access to all major routes, the campus is just 25 minutes from Shannon International Airport and near to all the most beautiful scenery and tourist destinations in the Shannon Region e.g. the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle.

Why Study at Mary Immaculate College?

  • Ireland’s most prestigious and top-ranked College of Education and Liberal Arts.
  • Highly research-active faculty, 82% of whom have PhDs (one of the highest ratios in the State).
  • Accessible, friendly campus.
  • Staff focus is on students’ well-being and academic involvement.
  • International students are fully integrated with Irish students.
  • Autumn or Spring semester study, or full-year programmes.
  • Comprehensive orientation and continued staff support throughout.
  • Active International Students’ Society.
  • Superb, modern facilities, with on-campus accommodation.
  • English language support.
  • MIC graduates are found at the top level of many sectors nationally and internationally, most notably education, psychology, public policy development and media and communications.

MIC offers nine undergraduate degree programmes.


MIC has a vibrant international community, collaborating with more than 50 partner universities & colleges in Europe, North America and Australia, and hosts over 200 international students annually.

MIC also offers a host of postgraduate programmes to doctoral level in Education and the Liberal Arts, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and numerous access and inclusion pathways.

Through its Erasmus and student exchange programmes, the College also has a vibrant overseas complement in its student body. Students come from England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Nigeria, Italy, Sudan, Swede, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, China, United States, Indonesia, Norway, Denmark, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Iceland.


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