MAILED: Sept. 18, 2000
To respond to increasing demand by students for English language-based programs, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire added the University of Limerick in Ireland to its study abroad program options.
After spending a year evaluating universities throughout Ireland, UW-Eau Claire selected the University of Limerick because of its outstanding student services and curriculum, as well as the administration's superior communication, said Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education. Ireland, which is a new country for UW-Eau Claire's study abroad program, also was selected in part to respond to the interest of Irish-American students curious about their cultural heritage.
Study abroad students are fully integrated into the student body at the University of Limerick, attending the same lectures, seminars and tutorials and taking the same tests as Irish and other international students.
The University of Limerick's campus is similar in size to that of UW-Eau Claire's. Restaurants, a bookstore, full banking services, laundry facilities, and sports and recreation facilities all are located on campus. The university also offers a modern dance company, a chamber orchestra and a national art collection.
UW-Eau Claire students are housed with Irish and other international students in two-story terraced houses of six to eight bedrooms. The houses are arranged in village style.
Students may study at the University of Limerick for either the fall or spring semester or for the academic year. The application deadline for fall 2001 and the 2001-02 academic year is Nov. 1; for spring 2002 the deadline is March 1, 2001.
Limerick is located in the heart of the Shannon Region in Ireland's midwest. It is a scenic city positioned on the River Shannon, with King John's castle found in downtown Limerick. International travel also is convenient with Shannon International Airport located near Limerick.
For more information or a program application, contact the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 18, 2000