Our Preparation for University programmes cater specifically for the language needs of students who intend to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or study abroad, at University of Limerick.

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Course objectives

Preparation for University is aimed at students who have reached the academic entry requirements for their chosen course but need to improve their English in order to meet the language entry requirements for their chosen pathway at UL.

These courses are open to all students with an offer to study in Ireland at a third-level institution.

They offer students a pathway onto their chosen degree studies and enable them to become familiar with being a student at an institution in an English-speaking country.

These courses are suitable for students who have received a conditional offer from the University of Limerick, and other third-level institutions.

Students intending to progress to study at other institutions should be aware of the minimum English language requirements for the programme of their choice.

Course content

The courses will consist of modules on:

  • Integrated English-language skills;
  • Academic reading;
  • Academic writing;
  • Academic listening;
  • Academic speaking;
  • Academic vocabulary and grammar.

The first two days will focus on an orientation to the course with guidance on using the UL platform. There will also be an opportunity to get to know the staff and other students on the course. During the course, students will work on improving their language competence together with developing their language skills. They will also obtain an understanding of Irish higher-education academic conventions and expectations.


Students will be part of a campus learning community and will be expected to fully engage with the classes provided.

Additional learning will take place through assignment tasks, which will enable students to study at their own pace at a time that is most suitable for them.

Teachers will use a range of tools to deliver the course in an interactive and meaningful way.

There will be a range of activities and tasks with teachers ensuring that students have every opportunity for learning to take place.

This will include the use of lectures/classes; clear language tasks; cultural sessions; self-study and group work; self-reflection; blogs; quizzes; discussions; and a portfolio of work.

Course outcomes

It is expected that by the end of the course students will have:

  • developed their communication skills;
  • reached the English language requirements to enter a degree programme at the University of Limerick;
  • developed the language and study skills needed for university course work, whether for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree;
  • gained a greater knowledge of how to learn independently;  
  • more awareness of university life.

Students who pass the Preparation for University programmes will have met the English language requirements for entry onto their chosen course of study at University of Limerick.

For those students it will not be necessary to take an external English language test at the end of their course.

Before starting the course, students should check that their academic qualifications will allow them to enter their chosen pathway at the University of Limerick.  


Assessment will be continuous, ie, there will be a number of assessments during the course rather than one final examination.

Students will be expected to attend and participate in all class activities and discussions.

Students may also need to sit an external English exam during the course if a certificate is required for another programme, eg IELTS or Cambridge English.

Fees and entry requirements

Start Date


Finish Date


Hours per week1

No. of weeks

Minimum IELTS score required


IELTS equivalent of minimum finishing level


Last date to apply 

9 Sept 2024

16 May 2025



14 (Semester 1)

15 (Semester 2)




11 Aug 23

27 Jan 2025


16 May 2025






15 Dec 23

08 July 2024  30 Aug 2024  20 8 5.54 6.5 €3,000 7 June 2024
29 July 2024  30 Aug 2024  20 5 6.05 6.5 €1,900 8 July 2024

1. An hour equals an academic hour, or 50 minutes.

2. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill.  

3. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill.

4. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill.

5. The minimum entry requirement for this course is an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any skill.

 An additional administration fee of €50 applies to all courses.

Please review our terms and conditions of enrollment before applying. 

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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
Email: language.centre@ul.ie