The University of Limerick welcomes students from a number of entry route options which are outlined below.

Irish, UK and EU undergraduate entry

Irish Leaving Certificate students and EU students can apply to study at University of Limerick through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Further information can be found on the Admissions webpages:

Here is a full list of Frequently Asked Questions about the CAO process. 

Our Admissions team would be happy to answer any other questions you have.

Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

HEAR is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomic disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Students who secure a place through HEAR may be allocated places on a reduced points basis, and are offered a variety of academic, personal and social supports while studying at third level. Learn more about HEAR.


Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)

DARE is a third level admissions scheme for students from non-traditional learning backgrounds, including students with a disability. 

Students eligible for the DARE scheme may be allocated places on a reduced points basis, may apply for a language exemption, and are offered additional supports while studying at third level. 

Find out more by checking out the Disability Services Office.

QQI FET Awards

This is an entry route for students who have achieved the relevant QQI FET Level 5 or Level 6 award.

The Admissions website has all the relevant information you need.

Mature Students

A mature student is someone who is 23 years of age or older by 1st January in the calendar year of proposed entry to an undergraduate course. Detailed information about mature students at the University of Limerick (UL) can be found on the Mature Students Office website.

All mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February at 17:15.

Graduate Entry to Medicine

This allows graduates from any discipline to complete undergraduate medical training specifically designed for graduate students. Irish and EU applicants should apply through the CAO.

Learn more about the Graduate Entry into Medicine.

Here is some useful information for applying to the CAO as an EU applicant.

International Students

Every year the University welcomes 3,000 students from over 100 countries to campus or virtually online.

For information on applying to undergraduate full-time programmes, you can take a look at our alphabetical list of courses. Each programme page has application information for international students.  For postgraduate full-time programmes, please visit the International Students page on the Graduate School website for more information. Visiting students who are interested in Erasmus or Study Abroad opportunities can also find all the information you need on the UL Global site

University of Sanctuary

As a University of Sanctuary we focus on enabling access to third level through a number of financial support plans and programmes to aid with the transition to University. UL offers a bursary fund for students in the international protection system or who have been granted refugee status or leave to remain.

Learn more on the UL University of Sanctuary website.