First-Year Students Spend Semester in Ireland

June 21st, 2004 by Adam

For 21 new Plymouth State University students, their first year will begin not on the Plymouth State campus but around 3,000 miles away, at the University of Limerick, in Ireland. The students met each other for the first time at PSU’s Orientation on Wednesday, June 17, when they gathered with their parents and university representatives for lunch and a special Limerick orientation session in Prospect Dining Hall. They will meet again at Boston’s Logan Airport in September to fly to Ireland, and will return in December.

Debra Regan, of PSU’s office of international programs and director of the Limerick program explains that the students will take two Plymouth State courses, English Composition and the First-Year Seminar, from Plymouth State Professor of Education Ken Heuser. They will be able to choose their remaining courses from the University of Limerick curriculum. Regan is the program director for the trip and will visit the Plymouth State students during their stay.

Stephen Lambert, director of The Bagley Center where the office of international programs is housed, is the driving force behind the program. Lambert points out that the instructional style in Ireland is quite different from the United States. “Courses at Limerick place responsibility on the student as an independent learner,” he explains. “Courses are taught lecture style with few graded assignments during the semester. Students may be evaluated and graded by a single exam at the end of the semester.”

The University of Limerick is located on a former estate on the banks of the Shannon River. It is home to extensive collections of Irish art and culture, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Music Center. The Plymouth students will live in university housing along with Limerick students, and have the opportunity to participate in campus clubs and societies during their stay.

For more information, contact Debra Regan at 603-535-2336 or