Lindsay Nygren is an international student at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Here are her top 5 reasons to study abroad at UL!
As an international student I have thought about what attracted me to first choose to study at UL, and about what has made me love it even more. This is by no means an all inclusive list, or everyone’s opinions but this is my list of the Top 5 Reasons to Study at the University of Limerick.
1. Responsive International Office and Departments
Beginning a new life journey can be a daunting adventure. When I first began looking at international programs I don’t know how many universities I emailed, some with very little interest in their response and some with no response at all! It makes you feel like you’re not valued at all. But when I sent a message to the University of Limerick I got a response within 2 days if not the same day of sending my email. The response time has been fantastic and the International Office is always willing to help with anything you may need prior to arrival and through the course of your stay in UL.
2. Beautiful and Environmentally Friendly Campus
Pictures of the UL campus online don’t do them justice. The campus is spread out but it’s beautiful to walk through with all the greenery and trees spread throughout. The Living Bridge is beautiful to see at night and if you ever feel like talking advantage of the rare sunny day you should walk one of the many paths that go through forests or along the river. It’s so serene and ideal for taking you away to another place when you just can’t focus on studying anymore!
3. Amazing Clubs & Soc Organizations
The variety of clubs and societies on campus and the activities that each makes available to its members is just astonishing! Most will subsidize trips to take members around Ireland and some even go internationally! It’s also a great way to make new friends and immerse yourself into the university and Irish culture. Check out UL WOLVES!
4. You’re 2-3 hours from Anywhere in Ireland!
You can take a bus, hop on the train or rent a car and be anywhere in Ireland within 3 hours and each area you visit has its own unique characteristics. With how close everything is you can make a day trip to Cork or Galway or spend a long weekend in a small coastal town in a cozy B&B. All are guaranteed to leave you with amazing memories and photos! Most clubs & societies do subsidized trips around the country, and some around Europe every weekend!
5. Make Friends Before You Even Arrive
If you’re an international student and have the opportunity to be in the the buddy program, take it! I met one of my good friends through the program as my buddy. When I was preparing to leave home and I needed to know what to bring, where to go and how to get to UL she was an invaluable resource.
It’s far from extensive but I feel like these are the parts of my stay here at the University of Limerick that have really made me glad that this was ultimately the university I chose.
by UL International Student Ambassador Lindsay Nygren. Check out Study Abroad at UL now!
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