The International Foundation Programme is a one year full-time programme designed to offer international students an alternative route to undergraduate study. This programme is suitable for international students who do not hold qualifications equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate or who need a further boost to their English language skills.

By the end of the course it is expected that students will:

  • have reached the required academic standard to study at UL
  • have reached the English language level requirements for entry to UL
  • be prepared for the linguistic demands of a degree course
  • have demonstrated the necessary study skills for completion of their chosen course

Three streams are currently available, Science and Engineering, Business or Humanities. Students study all the core modules plus the modules for their chosen stream. The programme will provide a solid foundation in the core subjects required to study for a degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Kemmy Business School.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Core Modules Core Modules
English Language for Study Purposes 1 English Language for Study Purposes 2
Writing Skills for Academic Study Applied Communication Skills
Study Strategies and Techniques 1 Study Strategies and Techniques 2
Mathematics 1  Mathematics 2
Business Stream  Business Stream 
Introduction to Economics Irish Marketing Environment
Business Communication 1  Business Communication 2
Science and Engineering Stream Science and Engineering Stream
Introduction to Engineering Introduction to Electronic and Computer and Technology Foundation Course 1
Science Foundation 1  Science Foundation 2
Humanities Stream Humanities Stream
Introduction to Sociology and Politics History and English Literature
Science Foundation 1  Science Foundation 2

Students will have a Senior High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Students pursuing the Faculty of Science and Engineering Stream are required to have English, mathematics, a laboratory science based subject and one other language
  • Students pursuing the Business Stream are required to have English, mathematics and one other language

All Students must meet the English language requirements. Any one of the following will be accepted:

  • IELTS score of 5.0, with no less than 5.0 in any one component or
  • TOEFL score of 200 on the computer-based test
  • TOEFL score of 530 on the paper-based test
  • TOEFL score of 75 on IBT
  • A grade B on the Cambridge First Certificate Examination

The International Foundation Programme will start on Monday 05 September 2022 and will end on Friday 31 May 2023.  Students must attend the course from Monday 05 September 2022.

The tuition fee for the course is €12,000 and includes the €50 non refundable administration fee.

The first step is to apply for an undergraduate course through the International Education Division of UL, Suitable candidates will then receive an offer letter from IED. ULLC will issue an offer letter shortly afterwards.

To secure a place on a course, students should pay full fees to the University of Limerick Language Centre. The administration fee of €50 is included in the tuition fee and is non-refundable. The Language Centre Terms and Conditions of Enrolment contain full details regarding payments. If you are in receipt of a scholarship then a financial guarantee should be provided along with your completed application form.

Please note that it is essential to read and accept the Language Centre Terms and Conditions of Enrolment in full before making an application for a course at the University of Limerick Language Centre.

Address for correspondence: University of Limerick Language Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel No.: 00 353 61 202 777 or 00 353 61 233 237
Skype: UL_Language_Centre,