University of Limerick has been participating in the Erasmus programme since 1988 and is part of an extensive Erasmus network that includes over 240 European university partners. Limerick is a popular destination for European students – the University welcomes 400 students each year from countries such as Spain, France, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and Malta.
Over 300 UL students participate in Erasmus exchanges each year – for some students, Erasmus is an integrated element of their programme, and for others, it is offered as an alternative to Cooperative Education.
The Centre for Irish-German Studies was founded in September 1997 at the University of Limerick. It was officially launched at the 1st Limerick Conference for Irish-German Studies. The main aim of the Centre is to encourage and support research dealing with all
aspects of Irish-German relations. The term ‘German’ in the Centre’s name is to be understood in a linguistic rather than a geographical sense. In particular, the centre aims to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary research into all aspects of contacts between Ireland and the German-speaking countries; to create a forum of discussion for interested parties, in the form of seminars, guest lectures and conferences; to co-ordinate and encourage the compilation of Irish material on Austria, Germany and Switzerland and German language material on Ireland as a resource base for researchers; to increase knowledge about German-speaking countries, their societies and cultures as well as Irish German relations in the region, and further promote mutual understanding.
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