Information for Parents
We hope you will find the information you need on our website to answer any questions you may have as a parent of a student choosing to study abroad at Mary Immaculate College. The study abroad experience is invaluable to a student and provides many advantages, most importantly:
- greatly enhancing a student's self-confidence and independence;
- promoting development of communication and interpersonal skills;
- offering an opportunity for complete immersion in a cultural experience and opportunities to mix with students from many different cultures;
- involving students in new ways of learning, studying and student activities.
Why Choose Mary Immaculate College?
Mary Immaculate College is Ireland's premier Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts with a growing and diverse community of just under 5,000 students. Programmes offered include undergraduate programmes in Education, Liberal Arts (Humanities) and Early Childhood Care and Education, as well as a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and PhD levels.
Mary Immaculate College is located in the leafy, southern suburbs of Limerick City, just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre. The campus offers superb, modern facilities, including:
- purpose-built lecture theatres;
- a 500-seat capacity theatre, The Lime Tree;
- on-campus accommodation;
- state-of-the-art sports complex;
- counselling service;
- chaplaincy service;
- active student's union, MISU; with a great variety of clubs and societies, including the campus radio station, WiredFM and the drama society, MIDAS. There is something to suit all students' interests.
As Mary Immaculate College has a relatively small student body and is compact, with all buildings located on one campus, staff quickly get to know each student, allowing for excellent pastoral care and academic provision. The welfare and flourishing of students is a top priority for all staff and a professional, sincere and friendly atmosphere pervades the College campus.
International students take part in a tailored orientation programme, can join the International Student's Society which organises super trips and events, and have the support of the staff of the International Office for assistance with any matter.
Health and Safety Considerations
Students are advised of health and safety procedures, precautions, and useful emergency contacts during orientation. Staff are available to students during office hours, and the campus and student accommodation are monitored by security staff.
Students are counselled on sensible behaviour and the importance of personal responsibility and vigilance, particularly when socialising and consuming alcohol (the legal age for the consumption of alcohol in Ireland is 18). Taking sensible precautions and being aware of personal safety are valuable skills to maintain throughout life, and students are reminded to practise safe behaviour throughout their time here.
International students can keep in touch with family at home as Wi-Fi is widely available, and mobile phones are ubiquitous in Ireland, with reasonable pay-as-you-go options. The International Office is very happy to assist in the event that a student cannot be contacted, or in any emergency.
Mary Immaculate College provides a comprehensive health service with two nurses, a doctor and a counselling service on campus. EU students are entitled to public healthcare upon production of a European Health Insurance Card, or equivalent. Non-EU Students are required to purchase health insurance prior to arrival. This can be done easily online here, and costs €120 for 12 months.
Preparation and Support
To ensure the study abroad experience is a success, we recommend students take time to prepare and thoroughly review our detailed study abroad guide. The guide outlines all necessary steps to take prior to arrival, and lists all the essential documents and items that must be brought to Ireland. Parents can consider the following to ensure a smooth transition to college life in Ireland:
- Encourage early preparation, which will avoid all last-minute stress.
- Remember the initial few days following a student's arrival can often be disconcerting for them as everything is new and tiredness is often a factor in forming initial perceptions. Being supportive during this transition stage and sensitive to feelings of loneliness is helpful, but also encourage students and assure them everything will soon feel normal.
- Encourage students to get involved in college life; joining clubs and societies, particularly the International Society, is one of the best ways to get involved.
- Just as it takes some time to settle in to a new life in Ireland, the same applies to returning home and students often take some time to readjust.
Always remember the staff at the International Office is happy to help with any question or concern.