DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland through a partnership with Mary Immaculate College. Founded in 1898, by Catholic Sisters of Mercy and the Bishop of Limerick, Edmund T. O’Dwyer, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is the oldest third level institution in Limerick. The College has expanded significantly since 75 young women were enrolled in 1901 and, today, student numbers stand at more than 3,000.
When the foundation stone for Mary Immaculate College was laid in 1899, the intention was to provide an institution dedicated to the professional training of female teachers for the Catholic national school system. Today, with over 3,000 young men and women enrolled at the College and participating in a multitude of academic programs, MIC continues the embrace the founding vision of Catherine McAuley, who established the Catholic Sisters of Mercy as champions for the most marginalized in society with the conviction that education was essential to the quality of life to which all individuals should be entitled. These enduring values remain enshrined in the College Mission Statement as Mary Immaculate steers a new course in the Twenty First Century.
Mary Immaculate College is located between the South Circular Road and the Dock Road in the leafy southern suburbs of Limerick City, within fifteen minutes walk of the city centre and close to the many social and cultural amenities of this historic city.
The campus at Mary Immaculate College is truly vibrant and exciting. Walking through the new state-of-the-art auditoriums, 500-seat theatre, teaching laboratories, Students’ Union and Forum in the Teamhair/TARA Building or the award-winning sports and recreation complex, Tailteann, you will have the opportunity to see what college life is really like at MIC.
As well as convenient facilities including the College Restaurant, shop, (An Siopa) and bank, you can visit some of the college’s listed buildings of historical interest, such as the Foundation Building and Summerville House. You may also wish to have a look at the College’s Art Gallery or follow the Sculpture Trail around the College grounds.
Limerick, situated on the west coast of Ireland at the mouth of the river Shannon, is the Republic of Ireland's third largest city. Limerick city was founded as a Viking fortress in the 10th century. Reminders of the city's eventful past include the 12th century King John's Castle
, the medieval precinct and St. Mary's Cathedral
. The population of Limerick City is about 54,000 (Census 2006) and, with five institutions of higher education, there is a strong student culture. Limerick offers many activities for students, including a variety of historical, artistic and theatrical activities. There is a lively pub music scene catering for a variety of musical tastes, from Irish traditional music to jazz. In addition, the famous Cliffs of Moher are only a short drive away.
- Must be a full-time, traditional day undergraduate student.
- Grade point average of 2.75 or above.
- Good disciplinary standing.
- Usually, participant cannot have previously participated in the DSU Ireland program.
- Application process must be completed prior to March 15 for participation in the fall program and October 15 for participation in the spring program.
- Two positive letters of recommendation from full-time faculty members.
- Preference may be given to students who demonstrate that the studies in Ireland are directly related to their major course of studies at DSU.