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Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is a leading university-level College of Education and Liberal Arts. The College has a growing and diverse community of just under 5,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Education and Liberal Arts, as well as a range of postgraduate programmes at all levels. MIC has campuses in Limerick City and Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Each year, the College welcomes hundreds of students of many nationalities to study for a short period, semester, an academic year or longer on campus while simultaneously facilitating MIC students and staff to travel abroad for study, research and work.

Cultural Experiences
Cultural Experiences
International students at MIC have plenty of opportunities to travel around Ireland

Dedicated Staff & Support

At MIC, there are numerous staff members providing information and support to students coming to Ireland to study for short and long-term stays, and likewise travelling from MIC to take part in exchange and study abroad programmes. The College has a highly research-active faculty, which take part in international mobility schemes as well as regular exchanges. 

The MIC International Office assists students/staff coming from and going to non-European destinations such as North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and more. See staff llst below.

The MIC Placement & Careers Office facilitates students/staff studying or working at European destinations under the Erasmus+ KA103 scheme.


Holly Cowman

Director of International Engagement

Breeda Cahill

International Office Manager

Sarah Power

Latin American Programmes Manager

Alison Ryan

International Relations Executive

Cepta Kennedy

International Student Liaison Officer

Mary R Collins

Executive Officer

Therese Kelly

Grants, Funding & Student/Staff Mobility Officer

Adrienne McLaughlin

International Relations Executive

Why Study at MIC?

Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is one of Ireland’s leading university-level Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts with campuses in Limerick City, Ireland's third largest city, and Thurles- a thriving town in neighbouring County Tipperary.

The College has a growing and diverse community of under 5,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Education, Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Theatre Studies, as well as a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and PhD levels. MIC graduates are found at the top level of many sectors nationally and internationally, most notably education, psychology, public policy development and media and communications.

MIC has a 94% Student Retention Rate, meaning that the vast majority of our students are happy with their programme, the warm atmosphere on campus, superb modern facilities and the staff focus on students' wellbeing and academic involvement.

Flexibility and support are the cornerstones of the international student experience at MIC. Study abroad/exchange students can study in either the autumn or spring semester or the full-year; many full undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are open to international applications too. 

Broadening Horizons

International students are fully integrated with Irish students but there is a comprehensive orientation and continued staff support throughout your time at MIC as well as an active International Students' Society to make new friends.

English language support is provided where necessary, and is available to students aiming to study for a degree at the College or anyone from abroad who wants to improve their general English skills. 

The MIC campus in Limerick, where most international students find themselves, is situated in a leafy suburb just 10 minutes’ walk from Limerick city centre, in Ireland's mid-west region.

With access to all major routes, the Limerick campus is just 25 minutes from Shannon International Airport and near to all the most beautiful scenery and tourist destinations in the Shannon Region e.g. the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. Thurles, Co. Tipperary is an hour from Limerick and under 90 minutes from Cork (Ireland's second largest city) with good transport links. Both locations provide plenty of opportunities for travel and immersion in Irish culture.