IFSA-University of Limerick

Program Details

Program Location Limerick, Ireland
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34012
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2023 01/13/23 to 05/16/23
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-University of Limerick

For a truly integrated experience and the chance to study in unique programs, consider the University of Limerick. With 10,000 students, Limerick is big enough to offer a range of courses, but small enough to make students feel right at home. The University of Limerick is renowned for innovative teaching, a prestigious music and dance school and top-notch sporting. Known as "Ireland's Sports Campus", when you study at UL you can work out at the Sport Arena, watch a soccer match on the outdoor pitch, go kayaking on the shore of Lough Derg, or try to catch a glimpse of the Munster Rugby team while they train on campus!

The campus sits on the banks of the River Shannon and offers lots of beautifully landscaped green space. Limerick has a strong sense of community. Student social life revolves around ''The Stables,'' a complex with bars, restaurants, a bank, and stores. Limerick has good athletic facilities as well. Study abroad students might want to consider joining one of the Union-sponsored clubs and societies or the athletic clubs; they can help to get a better feel for campus life.

The approximate dates of this program are Sept-Dec (fall) or Jan-May (spring).

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-University of Limerick

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science]
Specifically from: BIOL, CHM, & PHYS (SCI) and HK, PSY, PUBH, & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

At the University of Limerick, a full course load consists of 30 ECTS credits, equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credit hours for a semester. A wide variety of courses are offered, please see the IFSA website for more details.


IFSA programs include a variety of activities and excursions. While the exact excursions may change year-to-year, an idea of what to expect is below:

Arrival orientation

  • 2- to 4-day on-site orientation that includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • 2-day visit with a local family
  • Transportation to host university accommodation at conclusion of orientation

Excursions & activities

  • 4-day Northern Ireland weekend, which typically includes day tour of Derry city, Antrim coastline, and Giants Causeway
  • Group dinners with IFSA-Butler staff in host cities
  • Program t-shirt
  • Farewell meal


Study abroad students will live on campus in a student village that offers a central clubhouse for recreation and a reception office.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The IFSA-Butler program fee includes tuition, excursions & special events, orientation, and many helpful, additional services.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,525.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,450.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Local Transportation $450.00
Visa $340.00
Books and Supplies $214.00
Meals $1,440.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,689.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.