This page is for individuals from/residing in other EU countries who wish to undertake a full degree at the University of Limerick.

Information about Erasmus+ and other study abroad and exchange programmes can be found at the International Education Division website.

Detailed information regarding the recognized qualifications from each EU/EFTA country can be found here: Entry requirements criteria for EU/EFTA applicants are available via the CAO website

For each country, the document outlines the recognition of the school leaving examinations. The document also contains details on the recognition of multi-national qualifications including the European Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate.

Understanding the Page for your Country

  • ​Be sure to read the section titled "Understanding the page for each country" on page 10 of this document before navigating to the relevant country page.  
  • In the table in the section "What is the minimum I need?", for Level 8 courses at the University of Limerick, you should use the "2 H5 required" section. 
  • To use Tables 1 & 2, details of the specific subject requirements in the Leaving Certificate for each undergraduate course are available from the relevant course page in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Applicants presenting older qualifications or qualifications not listed in the document should submit a query attaching scanned copies of those qualifications.

All University of Limerick students must have a high level of competence in the English language.
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of this competence by achieving the minimum standard in a recognized English language test, as outlined below. 

Examination Minimum Standard Requirement
Matriculation Examinations From European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Grade D or above

580 (paper based)
90 (internet based)

IELTS Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component
ETAPP (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes) Grade C1
GCE "O" Level English Language/GCSE English Language Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL
  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), or
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), or
  • First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)
GCE Examination Boards
  • Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations: Grade C 
  • Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: School Certificate Pass 1-6
  • University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council: School Certificate Pass 1-6
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

Oxford English Test Overall minimum 140. Individual skills 125.
Language Cert ESOL B2 Communicator High Pass with no less than 33 in each skill
Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 120 with at least 110 in each sub score.
  • This test of English will be accepted in 2022 and 2023 (it may not be recognised in 2024).
  • An interview may be required in addition to this. 

Be sure to check the entry requirements for your desired course prior to application, as some courses may have different minimum language requirements. 


European Union applicants must apply to the 
University of Limerick via the Central Applications Office (CAO)

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The information provided here is as a guide only, and may be updated from time to time. You are advised to consult official documentation, including the University of Limerick Academic Regulations, as the authoritative version

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