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Mary Immaculate College
Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál
Crest of Mary Immaculate College
Motto Briathar Dé mo lóchrainn
Established 1898
President Professor Peadar Cremin
Students 2,500
Location Republic of IrelandLimerick, Republic of Ireland

Mary Immaculate College (Irish: Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál), also known as Mary I or MIC, is a College of Education and Liberal Arts, founded in 1898. It became academically linked to the University of Limerick in 1991. The college has approximately 2,500 students and 300 staff.[1] It is located southwest of the city centre in the affluent South Circular Road area, roughly a fifteen minute walk from the Limerick bus and train station.



The College was established as a dedicated primary teacher training college in 1898 by Bishop Edward Thomas O'Dwyer, Roman Catholic Bishop of Limerick.[2] From 1974 to 1991 Mary Immaculate College was a recognised college of the National University of Ireland; since 1991, degrees have been accredited by the University of Limerick.[3]

Degree Programmes

The role of the College was expanded in 1992 to offer a Liberal Arts programme, while continuing to run both undergraduate and, more recently, postgraduate courses leading to primary education practice. The college also offers an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) degree. The College's flagship programme for now is the B.Ed. with an intake of approximately 400 per year. Generally speaking, the output of qualified primary teach over a three year period is about 1500, from a combination of the three year B.Ed. programme and the Grad. Dip Ed. programme (which takes 18 months to complete).

The Arts subject currently offered at degree level are English, French, Irish, Geography, German, History, Leánn Dúchais (first year only), Mathematics & Computer Studies, Media & Communication Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology & Religious Studies. In the first year, students take four subjects including a Foundation Studies course each semester. In the second year, students choose two subjects as their major subjects as well as an Elective. In the third year, students take part in an off-campus year which can include study in one or two of a number of universities and colleges abroad, and/or a placement in Ireland or abroad. The degree is then completed in 4th year after final exams and the successful submission of a Final Year Project.

Student Composition

About 15% of students on campus are mature students, a relatively high figure when compared to other third level institutions. The College, in addition to catering for mature students, also offers special entry to disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, refugees, members of ethnic minorities and travellers.

Through its Erasmus and student exchange programmes, the College also has a vibrant overseas complement in its student body. Students come from England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Nigeria, Italy, Sudan, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, China, United States, Indonesia, Norway, Denmark, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Iceland.

The College is home to a radio station, Wired FM, Limerick's only student radio station, run in partnership with another Limerick college, Limerick Institute of Technology.

Partner Institutions

In addition to institutions throughout Europe the College exchanges students and staff yearly with the following colleges and universities:


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Coordinates: 52°39′11″N 8°38′22″W / 52.65306°N 8.63944°W / 52.65306; -8.63944



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