STUDENTS at the University of Limerick are more likely to study or take work placements abroad than peers at other Irish third level institutions.
And it is partly down to this wanderlust that UL has been awarded €1 million, the highest allocation in the country, for the Erasmus Plus scheme, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.
The funding will finance grants for students who undertake a study or work placement abroad while the rest of the funding will be used to support students with a disability and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, vice president academic and registrar said: “The University of Limerick has the largest and most successful Erasmus programme in Ireland with one in three undergraduate students spending a semester overseas on study or work placements, which adds greatly to their student experience”.
“Moreover, it is known that time spent abroad directly enhances students’ employability, which is reflected in the fact that the University of Limerick has the highest graduate employment rate in Ireland.”
Almost 600 UL students went abroad on placements or to study last year, the highest figure in Ireland.
UL has been participating in the various incarnations of the Erasmus programme since 1988 and has over 240 European university partners
For information on the Erasmus Plus programme at UL visit http://www.ul.ie/international/