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UL Language Exemption

In order to be offered a place in UL, applicants must present in the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) the following

  • Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades  and  Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades  or  four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English

To apply for an exemption from the second language requirement for one of the reasons below, select the option that applies to you;


To apply for an exemption from the second language requirement for one of the reasons below, select the option that applies to you;

Born and part educated outside of the Republic of Ireland

You may be requesting a language exemption for the following reasons:

You were born outside of the Republic of Ireland (ROI), attended part of your second level education outside of the ROI for at least 1 year but you are now attending second level in Ireland and were unable to be provided with the opportunity to take up a second language
                        OR

You were born in the ROI but now reside and attend second-level outside of the ROI and  were unable to be provided with the opportunity to take up a second language.

Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Applying for a Language Exemption

To make an application for a Language Exemption you should do the following;

Go to www.ul.ie/admissions-askus and submit an enquiry choosing Language Exemption as the Help Topic. Include the following details;

  • CAO application number
  • Outline the reason you are not taking a second language
  • Complete and attach the following Exemption Application form . This form must be signed by the School Principal
  • Contact details including e-mail address and phone number
  • Application for a Language Exemption must be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before the 1st July of the year of entry.

 

 

Students may receive a waiver of the Irish or modern language requirement under the following circumstances:

  1. Where an applicant has a learning difficulty for a disability, as evidenced by a Department of Education & Skills (DES) Certificate of Exemption (Revision of Rule 46 "Rules and Programme for Secondary School" in relation to exemption from Irish - Circular Letter M10/94);

OR

  1. Where an applicant is DARE eligible under the following categories of disabilities with a learning difficulty:
    1. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    2. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome)
    3. Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    4. Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) - Dyspraxia / Dysgraphia. 
    5. Specific Learning Difficulty (for example, Dyslexia)

Please note, however, that this is a separate application to the DARE scheme.

Applying for a Language Exemption

To make an application for a Language Exemption you should do the following;

Go to www.ul.ie/admissions-askus  and Submit an enquiry choosing Language Exemption as the Help Topic. Include the following details;

  • CAO Application Number
  • Contact details including e-mail address and phone number.
  • Provide a copy of DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94.
  • Application for a language exemption must be made to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before the 1st July of the year of entry

Please Note; The National University of Ireland (NUI) Language Waiver is completely separate. Even if you have an NUI waiver you still need to apply to the University of Limerick.

A language exemption cannot be processed unless all of the above procedures are followed 

An applicant who does not have a Department of Education (DES) Certificate of Exemption due to attendance at a non-State/Private Second Level School may contact the Admissions Office at:

Telephone: +353 (0)61 202015 or by emailing: languageexemptions@ul.ie

Please note that the University of Limerick reserves the right to withdraw an exemption from a language where any evidence that accompanies the CAO application indicates that the applicant does not qualify for a language exemption