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Students coming to UL for Autumn or Spring should select their modules from the list of classes applicable to the semester they plan to study in.
Detailed information about registering for classes, lectures, tutorials and exams will be covered in the comprehensive orientation programme when you arrive. The UL Global team can also provide one-to-one advice on request.

The University of Limerick operates a modular system with continuous assessment. A class/course is called a module.  A module is a self-contained package of education taught during a single academic semester. Visiting students may choose from a wide range of modules and may cross-register between faculties and departments. Acceptance on these modules is subject to academic prerequisites, timetabling constraints and ceilings on enrolments. 

The normal course load is 5 modules per semester. (30 ECTS Credits)

Classes and module information

The module code is the key in most cases to find out when the class is running. Example CU 405 1 CU is the subject area 4 is the type of study – only modules beginning in 4 are offered to study abroad students. 5 and 6 are postgraduate modules and modules beginning in 2 are certificate courses/access courses. 05 is just the departments way to distinguish between classes The final digit is the only way to determine which semester it will run in. 1, 3, 5, 7 are fall semester classes 2, 4, 6, 8 are spring semester classes 1 and 2 are first year classes 3 and 4 are second year classes 5 and 6 are third year classes 7 and 8 are fourth year classes. This is the usual key for classes but there can be some exceptions.

Choose from the following classes Autumn Classes & Spring Classes

Modules are available across all Faculties

More information can be found on the classes you are interested in taking on the Book of Modules. Notethis cannot be used for initial selection, it contains information on all classes, not just the ones available to visiting students.

A full credit load at UL is 30 ECTS credits.  That is usually 5 classes/modules.

The teaching style varies from faculty to faculty.  Most of the academic staff are informal.  You greet them by their first name and it is possible to ask questions.

Assessment style varies from faculty to faculty.  Modules are mostly assessed by means of a 100% end-of-semester formal written examination. In some cases assessment will be done through a mixture of continuous assessment and a written exam. You will get a course outline in the first lecture.  This will let you know the assessment style.

At Orientation, our office holds timetable information sessions along with some Q&A sessions.  During this time we will fully explain the registration process to you.  In brief, you will need to complete a form (which you receive at Orientation) and hand it in to our office in Week 2 of term. Our office registers you at that point.  You cannot register pre-arrival but you do need to pre-choose 10 classes as a good starting point.

An official University of Limerick Transcript will be issued and sent to your home university after results are made available.

To request an additional transcript or a copy after you have finished your time at UL, you will need to email and follow their instructions.