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
Fall 2024 08/28/24 to 12/22/24
Past Dates
Spring 2023 01/13/23 to 05/16/23
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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. 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.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program.

  • King John’s Castle: Step inside the walls of Limerick’s most iconic landmark in the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter. Discover the stories of ruthless King John, noble knights, and rebellious natives, which bring 800 years of dramatic local history to life.
  • Rugby match at Thomond Park: Take in the atmosphere as you walk with Munster Rugby supporters to the stadium, just outside the city center. Then catch the excitement as you cheer on the home team.
  • Historic Milk Market: Established in 1852, the Milk Market was a hub for the local economy. Today, it’s open weekends and full of stalls serving everything from coffee to crafts to pre-loved books. Discover your favorite stalls and chat with the local vendors about their wares.
  • Afternoon at Bunratty Castle and Folk-Park: Stroll around this perfectly recreated village, complete with fishing cottages, farmhouses from rural Ireland, a Victorian school, mills, a working farm, and the 15th century tower house from Bunratty Castle. Then enjoy a pub dinner at the incomparable Durty Nelly’s bar, with a unique vibe from 400 years back.
  • Kilkenny Weekend: Don’t miss this two-night trip to Kilkenny, a charming medieval city dating back to 1195. Stay in a hostel with IFSA students who are studying all over Ireland and explore this small central Ireland standout, known for its history, artisan food, sporting culture—and Ireland’s most notorious witch. Visit a local farm, try hurling with a local coach, test yourself with a pub quiz, explore Kilkenny Castle, and more.


IFSA arranges housing for you. Students live in clusters of university-owned apartments on campus near the River Shannon. All student villages include a mix of first years, seniors, international students, and postgraduate students. No meals are included, though apartments do have a kitchen where students can prepare meals.

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 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,250.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,725.00
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 $396.00
Visa $330.00
Books and Supplies $495.00
Meals $2,176.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,755.00
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.