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Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Adviser: Casey McClellan Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.9 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore
Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
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Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Design, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, German, History, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, Journalism, Linguistics, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Nursing, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Statistics
Program Description:



  • 18 years of age or above
  • In good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.9 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application review
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program

Program Description

On this program, students will directly enroll in the University of Limerick and take classes alongside local students pursuing their degree at the university.


Fall: mid-September - mid-December
Spring: mid-January - mid-May
Academic Year: mid-September - mid-May


Limerick is a riverside city with the Shannon river playing an integral part in the city's character. Limerick's location offers a good base from which to explore the Southwest and the West of Ireland. The Atlantic coast, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful lakes and mountains of Galway and Kerry are all within driving (or bus ride) distance. It combines big city amenities with an innate friendliness. Limerick's reputation as a major cultural and artistic centre, with award-winning restaurants, old-world pubs, famous traditional music along side modern music, and sports like Gaelic football and hurling, makes it the perfect environment for student living. For the not-so-sporty, there are societies, groups, and clubs to be found in almost every field of interest. The greater Limerick area, which incorporates the National Technological Park alongside the University campus and the international airport at Shannon, is booming economically.

The University of Limerick is unique. They take pride in their special emphasis on experiential learning through cooperative education. They offer high quality undergraduate education across a wide range of programs, as well as excellent research and scholarship. Limerick is especially proud of its outstanding cultural, sporting, and residential facilities, which are located on a truly beautiful campus. It is an environment that enriches and enhances the learning and working environment for students. Limerick offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business, education, engineering, humanities, informatics and electronics, and science. Please note that courses in Equine Science and Sports Science & Physical Education are extremely limited.


Available Fields of Study

Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Design, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, German, History, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, Journalism, Linguistics, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Nursing, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Statistics

Course Listings

To find courses at The University of Limerick, follow the instructions on the The University of Limerick webpage.

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the host program page before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will receive an email from the University of Limerick about registration after acceptance into the program.  

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 5 course for a total of 15 Penn State credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Penn State Global website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program; however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
  A1 A
  A2 A-
  B1 B+
  B2 B
  B3 B-
  C1 C+
  C2/3 C
  D1/D2 D
  F F
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
  6 Limerick credits   3 Penn State credits

Instructions and Terminology

In the UK and Ireland, a course or class is called a module. Please note that courses in Equine Science and Sports Science & Physical Education are extremely limited.

Housing and Meals


Students live in University of Limerick student residences.  A number of single rooms have been reserved for Study Abroad students in the five student villages on campus. Plassey Village has 8 bedrooms per house; Kilmurry Village, Drumroe Village and Cappavilla Village generally have 6 bedrooms per apartment; Thomond Village has a mix of 2, 4 and 6 bedrooms per apartment. The University also runs Troy Student Village, but it is a little further away. Usually housing arrangements, unless otherwise requested, are mixed with Irish and non-Irish students. The shared amenities of each house include a fully equipped kitchen/living room with cable TV and two showers/WCs. Houses contain a cardphone, credit for which can be bought from the village reception. All bedrooms in Drumroe Village, Thomond Village and Cappavilla Village are en-suite. Individual study-bedrooms contain a bed, desk, wardrobe and washbasin. Duvets and pillows are provided. One-semester students will be provided with bed linen that they may use and return at the end of the semester. Alternatively, bed linen and additional blankets can be purhased close to the campus for an inexpensive price. The International Office provides a bus to the shopping area as part of the Welcome Week.

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions. 


All housing options are self-catered and do not offer meal plans.  Students will have access to a fully equipped kitchen where the can cook their own meals or buy meals at one of the many local restaurants.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs 
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser


The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Penn State Global. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.


Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Penn State Global Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Penn State Global website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Penn State Global website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Penn State Global website. 


You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Penn State Global website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Penn State Global website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/01/2023
03/11/2023 09/04/2023 12/22/2023
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023
03/11/2023 TBA TBA
Spring 2024 09/10/2023
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2024 03/01/2024 03/12/2024 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/01/2024 03/12/2024 TBA TBA
Spring 2025 05/15/2024 06/12/2024 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed