Mary Immaculate College Off-Campus Programme for Liberal Arts (B.A.) Honours Degree Students
The third year of the Liberal Arts Programme is dedicated to the off-campus programme. This programme enables students to expand their knowledge and skills through study abroad and/or work placements. Students undertake either one year-long placement or two placements of a semester’s duration each.
There is a strong international focus, whereby all students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in another country. This provides an opportunity to experience and understand other cultures, and, in the case of placements in continental Europe, to improve foreign language skills. Students of French and German Studies are normally required to complete at least one semester in an environment where the relevant language(s) is/are spoken. Students are encouraged to make full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work. Furthermore, travel abroad provides students with more stimulation and entertainment than they would probably experience at home!
The majority of students study abroad at one of Mary Immaculate College’s partner universities. European study destinations currently include universities in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Some of the universities in mainland Europe offer courses through English to facilitate students who may not have proficiency in the national language. In addition many universities provide language and culture courses that are specially designed for international students. Financial assistance from the ERASMUS LLP is currently available to students who study or work abroad in an EU state. Further details of the Off-Campus Programme are available here.
Academic programmes at North American and Australian universities are also very popular. Host universities for off-campus programme students include Frostburg State University in Maryland, Regis University in Denver, Loyola University in Chicago, University of St. Thomas Houston, Longwood University, Virginia, Thomas More College, Kentucky & Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY. Mary Immaculate College has recently extended its network of partner universities to include the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
Students who complete the second year course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language are eligible to teach English abroad during their off-campus programme. Various teaching opportunities in private and state schools have been developed for these students, notably in France and Spain.
Work placements in Ireland have been secured for students of Gaeilge, Media and Communication Studies and Psychology in particular. Employers in the Gaeilge sector have included Foras na Gaeilge, Raidió na Gaeltachta, TG4 and Gael Linn. In the field of Media and Communications, students gained valuable experience with local radio stations and newspapers and also in semi-state marketing departments. Psychology host organisations have provided opportunities for research in public health and education areas. Other sectors for placement have included local government, education and youth work.
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Suitably qualified students on the BA in Liberal Arts programme may apply for exemption from the Off-Campus Placement. For students to be considered for an exemption, they are expected to demonstrate that they have successfully completed equivalent standards in the past, in line with the UL Policy on Acquired Prior Experiential Learning. Typically, applications for exemptions might be considered in situations where students have already spent time studying in another relevant institution or where students have extensive vocational experience. Further information can be obtained from the Student Handbook and the relevant application form is available here.