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  • Locations: Limerick, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Study Abroad at University of Limerick: First-Year Program
Limerick, Ireland


Discover Your World at the University of Limerick
In our proud tradition of study abroad at SUNY New Paltz, the Center for International Programs, from fall 2019, is offering first-year students a unique introduction to college life during their first semester (or academic year) through a study abroad experience at our partner university in Ireland – the University of Limerick (UL). SUNY New Paltz and UL have a long-standing partnership, and New Paltz students are always very satisfied with their experiences at UL, which has an academic and campus environment similar to an American college/university. This makes UL very well positioned to host first-year students who will enjoy Irish hospitality and culture during their time abroad.  

First Year Program Info Sheet
Program Dates for Fall 2020 coming soon!
Official Arrival Date  
Welcome Week  
End of Classes  
A group flight option will be available to students. 

The pre-departure orientation will take place on campus at SUNY New Paltz in late August.  More details will be shared once students are accepted into the program. 

Program Costs
First-Year Program Budget Sheet
Financial aid and scholarships will "travel" to Ireland with you since you'll be paying your tuition and program fee to New Paltz Student Accounts.
  • 1200 SAT score (or 25/26 on the ACT) 
  • 90 or above high school average 

Application Process
We are currently working on this with the University of Limerick and will make every effort possible to streamline the process and minimize the number of steps. 

At a minimum, students should expect to write a short essay about their interest in study abroad as a first-year student.  There will also be a short interview with Admissions staff and study abroad advisors at the Center for International Programs. 

Students will be enrolled in a set of courses at the University of Limerick that will satisfy General Education requirements at SUNY New Paltz.  Some courses may satisfy entry-level or “gateway” classes for a limited number of majors or minors, pending academic departmental approval at New Paltz.  More details regarding courses will be available later in the process. 

In addition, students will be enrolled in a one-credit online course taught by Christian Wilwohl, Ed.D., Study Abroad Program Director.  The course will focus on cultural and academic adjustment through a series of online exercises and assignments as well as virtual meetings both in group and one-on-one sessions with Dr. Wilwohl.  Another purpose of this course is to provide students with resources and connections to campus while they’re abroad.  Dr. Wilwohl recently completed his doctorate in international education at the University of Minnesota and has extensive international and intercultural experience. 

Differences in academic culture and expectations will be discussed at pre-departure orientation, onsite orientation, and throughout the semester through students’ one-credit online course with Dr. Wilwohl. 

New Paltz students will be housed in Kilmurry Village. Kilmurry Village is a complex of terraced houses in landscaped grounds, close to the university gym and all sports facilities on campus. The suites are set-up like townhouses. Students are placed in individual houses consisting of private bedrooms, bathrooms and a fully- equipped kitchen and living room. For more information, visit the Kilmurry Village website.  

Housing is included in the students’ program fee paid to SUNY New Paltz Student Accounts.

Housing includes: 
  • Bedding 
  • Wifi in your bedroom and suite 
  • Cable TV  
  • Laundry facilities within your building 
Students will be enrolled in the Premium Meal Plan which will provide students with the maximum amount of vouchers (between 1000 and 1200 euros) for the 10 food outlets located on UL’s campus.  These outlets offer a wide variety of food options for students, who will also have kitchen facilities in their on-campus accommodation at Kilmurry Village.  More details regarding the meal plan will be provided later in the process.   
The University of Limerick provides a comprehensive orientation for one week prior to the start of the semester. The program introduces students to the various services and systems in operation at the University of Limerick, e.g. academic regulations/enrollment, health services, sports facilities, arts and entertainment. It is also an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and other students. Orientation includes day-time and evening events. It is an ideal way to settle in, meet other students and familiarize yourself with the campus before lectures start!  For more information, visit pre-arrival information handbook.  
The will also be a pre-departure orientation on campus at New Paltz before students leave for Ireland. The study abroad advisors and other staff on campus will cover matters related to cultural adjustment, academics, health and safety abroad (including health insurance procedures), communication while abroad, time management, budgeting, personal travel, etc. More details will be shared later in the process.  

To receive more information, please visit here. 

Student Life at UL  
  • Students will have regular check-in meetings with UL staff throughout the semester
  • SUNY New Paltz upper-level students will also be present at UL next semester and may serve as mentors for the first-year students, providing a connection to New Paltz while they’re abroad. 
  • As a UL student, you will be given membership to the university arena (sports center).  
  • UL is located just outside of Limerick City.  
    • 20 mins by taxi  
    • 20 mins by bus, which runs every 15 mins 
    • About an hour walk 
  • There are over 80 campus-based clubs and societies, memberships are open to all students. Joining a club or society is one of the best ways to ensure you make the most of your time at UL and to meet other students. Many clubs and societies organize subsidized trips during the weekends, it’s also a great way to see the country. For more information, visit the Clubs and Societies Website.  
  • To help familiarize self with UL’s campus, they have implemented the buddy program. A fulltime student will be allocated to you along with a few others to help you settle into life at UL. For more information, visit the Buddy Program website.  
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus. Click here to view the campus map.

For more information, please please complete this FORM.

This program is currently not accepting applications.