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Freshman Students - start your academic journey

What are the academic entry requirements?

  • Your high school transcript is required as supporting documentation for the program application
  • Approval received from your home University or provider

How do I choose my classes?

Course Choice

At UL, courses are called modules, Freshman students can choose from classes/modules in our International Module Booklet. There are also unique courses set up especially Freshman students. (Irish Studies Modules)

The selection of modules available to freshman students can be found here

Completed applications are reviewed on an individual basis to ensure you have met the pre-requisites required for the courses.

Freshman students can only take level 1/Year 1 modules.

We the Study Abroad team have designed the International module booklet with you, our freshman student in mind. Each module available to Freshman students are listed by:

  1. Faculty
  2. Department
  3. Level
  4. ECTS (Credits)

 Level 1/Year1- modules are normally taken in the first year of University, hence they are suitable for you, our freshman students.

Module codes

Every module has a unique code, which carries a range of information. The following is an example:

HI4152 - FROM KINGDOM TO REPUBLIC: IRISH HISTORY, 1660-1960

HI All undergraduate courses begin with 4 15 2
Subject area Only Modules beginning with 4 are offered to Study Abroad students Internal use by the department within UL Spring or Autumn Module
History module Available to SA students.

Check out our International book of modules here

15 The history department uses this number as a way to distinguish between classes This module is available to our study abroad students in Spring.

 

Credits, Teaching style & Assessments.

Credits

It may help you to know that 6 ECTS (credits) equates to 3 US credits. Each Study Abroad student must have a course load that equates to 24 ECTS/12 US credits to satisfy Immigration

You must register as full time student and take classes to the value of 24 to 30 credits per semester. Student will take four or five classes per semester.  If you, the student decide to select four modules for your semester abroad, you must have permission from your home University.

Teaching style

The teaching style within UL varies from faculty to faculty and from lecturer to lecturer.  Most of the academic staff in UL are informal and it is possible to ask questions.

Lecture - The way in which a module is taught will depend on the subject matter, but typically, the teaching of a module will be based on lectures, supported by tutorials or labs. Depending on the subject, some modules also include practical sessions. Therefore, for some modules, you may have a lecturer, lab and a tutorial for other modules you may only have lecturers and a tutorial. Students are expected to supplement formal teaching with their own private study.

Lectures are formal talks given at set times according to a timetable published in advance and normally last two hour. Depending on the subject and the module, the size of the class may vary.

A lecture gives students the starting point for their work; some lecturers allow time at the end for questions. Many students take notes of the main points the lecturer makes or in some cases the lecturer may provide handouts summarising the work covered.

Tutorial - A tutorial is a group discussion lasting one or two hours. Typically a tutorial group might contain ten to fifteen students and will be led by a tutor.. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion, perhaps offering different perspectives or suggesting new approaches.

Lab - Practical’s/Lab base modules take different forms depending on the subject. For language students, there may be sessions in a language laboratory. There are also laboratory-based classes for students taking science subjects like Chemistry or Physics and maybe computer-aided design classes for engineering students.

Assessment

Freshman students are expected to undertake the same workload as domestic students and to follow all aspects of the module, including attendance at classes and tutorials and completion of assessment and examinations.  The lecturer will give you, the student the assessment profile.

Examinations are normally made up of essays or coursework to be submitted throughout the semester, and may have an end-of-semester examination. A tutorial & attendance contribution may also be an element.

View our academic calendar for semester & exam dates here.

At the end of each semester, you will be awarded a grade for each module you are registered for, which represents the quality of your performance in that module.

View our grading conversion chart here.

Transcripts

An official University of Limerick transcript will be issued to your home institution within one month of the publication of results.

Study Abroad students can request a further certified transcript, which will be issued electronically in a secure document, through the Graduates & UL Alumni section on our Contact Us page.

Registering for your modules

The Study Abroad team will register students for their chosen modules post arrival in UL