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UL Language Exemption


Entry Requirements for Programmes at The University of Limerick

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.

In certain circumstances, an applicant can apply for a second language exemption.  To apply for a second language exemption from the University of Limerick you must apply online.  For more information on what you will require and to find the application form, please click on the relevant tab below.

All applications submitted prior to the 1st February will be assessed after this date.

Deadline for submission of application to Language Exemption: 1st July

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

NUI Language Waiver

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 Language Exemption.

Eligibility for Language Exemption falls under the following categories:

Presenting with a disability requiring a Language Exemption

  • DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94 or 12/96 - The Certificate of Exemption must have the official school stamp on it.
  • DARE
  • Non-State/Private Second Level School (who do not have a DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94)

Born and part educated outside of the Republic of Ireland


DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94

This applies when 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);

If you have a copy of DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94 signed and stamped by your school principal, you do not need to submit a psychologist report or a UL Language Exemption Declaration.

To complete your online application you will require all of the following:

Please Note: If you have a DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular 12/96 - primary school exemption, you will need to get your principal to sign and stamp the M10/94. 

DARE

Where an applicant is DARE eligible - please note: this is a separate application through the DARE scheme, to apply please refer to http://accesscollege.ie/dare/

You can still apply separately for a language exemption from UL if you wish under the following criteria:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (inc. Asperger's Syndrome)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Deaf / Hard of Hearing
  • DCD-Dyspraxia / Dysgraphia
  • Specific Learning Difficulty (incl. Dyslexia & Dyscalculia)

Please complete an online Application for Second Language Exemption and include a copy of DES Certificate of Exemption under Circular M10/94 signed and stamped by your school principal.  You do not need to submit a psychologist report or a UL Language Exemption Declaration.

To complete your online application for UL you will require all of the following:

Please Note: This is not a DARE application.  You will need to apply directly to the DARE Scheme.

Non-State/Private Second Level School

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

To complete your online application you will require all of the following:

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.)

To complete your online application you will require the following: