The University of Limerick (UL) is a university in Limerick, Ireland was founded in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick. In 1989, it became a university in accordance with the University of Limerick Act 1989.It was the first university established since the 1922 founding of the Republic of Ireland.
With close to 12,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, UL is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship. A survey of Irish students recently voted UL Ireland’s most popular university with a satisfaction rating of 85%.
The university has four faculties:
- Faculty of Education and Health Sciences (including the Graduate Medical School)
- Kemmy Business School
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science
UL has strong roots in business and industry and with that, excels at transnational research which ‘aims to accelerate the practical application of academic research to benefit society.’ UL is home to some of the most innovative and successful research centres in Ireland.
The Nexus Innovation Centre is a growing community of international researchers and entrepreneurs which supports new businesses and the creation of jobs.
UL is ranked number 1 in Ireland for international students by International Student Survey.
“The Study Abroad Office at the University of Limerick is dedicated to providing the best service possible to all of our key stakeholders in the Study Abroad process: students, partner institutions, parents, faculty and administrative offices, both internal and external to UL. Our goal is to create a meaningful study environment that enables our students to engage with all aspects of their study abroad experience, both within and without the classroom. This will be achieved by facilitating and encouraging students to engage with the UL campus and wider community, experience the cultural and social activities on offer and be active participants in the academic and cultural learning processes.” – University of Limerick
UL Sporting facilities & Clubs and Socs
Known as ‘Ireland’s Sporting Campus’, UL boasts Ireland’s first altitude training centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and the National Strength and Conditioning Centre. The new 3G pitches are the largest artificial grass development in Europe and the Sports Arena attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year.
The UL Arena hosts some of the top sporting facilities and allows students to take part in so many activates. The Astro pitches have been the latest addition to the already top-class facilities in UL.
If sports are not really your thing, fear not; UL has many other clubs and socities and a fantastic student newspaper ‘An Focal’, meaning the word in Irish, and now a student-run radio station ULFM.
UL has over 70 student-run clubs and societies. Clubs are supported by the students’ union, the sports department and the arts office.
There is an international society who meet EVERY Friday on campus in the stables bar.
The main building is a maze. No matter how long you spend in UL you will never fully understand it. If you have a class in the main building, try to get there early because you will end up lost without a doubt the first few times!
The ‘Black Dog’
Black Dog has roamed UL campus for God knows how long and must be respected. He’s just a friendly black dog that likes biscuits and sitting outside of the library waiting for a pet down. The unofficial mascot of UL.
The women in the library café are some of the nicest people in the world.
The women in the library café instantly make you feel better with their constant loveliness and warmth. Feeling under pressure? Go to the library café. Feeling lonely? Go to the library café. Missing your parents? Go to the library café.
Farmers Market on Tuesday mornings
Every Tuesday the courtyard hosts a farmers market selling everything and anything from homemade scones to Indian food.
One of the most beautiful campuses in Ireland
The University of Limerick campus is amazing. From the white house green to the views over the Living bridge to the pontoon, there are amazing scenes on the campus grounds-making it one of the most beautiful college campuses in Ireland.
The First Seven Weeks Team
If you’re struggling, feeling a bit lost or a bit homesick, there are a lot of people you can talk to including the First Seven Weeks team, the counselling service, the chaplaincy service, your academic advisor or any lecturer you feel comfortable talking to.
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