There will be a lot of information available and staff representatives to consult with on MIC Open Day but we have compiled some specific information that may be of help in this section.
Virtual Q & A Sessions
This spring, in light of the COVID-19 restrictions, MIC is offering interested parties the chance to ask our lecturers, and other key members of the College community, anything they would like to know about MIC, and its degrees, via a series of Instagram Live Q&A sessions. More details here.
Teachers and Guidance Counsellors often accompany prospective students to Open Days, but they are not obliged to stay with them for the duration of the event.
Guardians should feel free to ask questions at the information stands, go on campus tours and attend talks (if there is space after all students have been accommodated).
On weekdays only, there are a number of options to get refreshments and relax while you are waiting.
The MISU Siopa: located on the lowest level of the TARA building, the shop has a variety of hot and cold snacks and beverages i.e. tea, coffee, sandwiches as well as a large range of confectionary. The College Restaurant in the Foundation Building serves breakfast and lunch/dinner on weekdays. It provides a range of hot and cold meal options and snacks, and there is also a coffee outlet located there.
Schools Outreach Programme
As well as organising Open Days, MIC's Schools Outreach Programme involves visiting secondary schools, attending career fairs and offering campus tours.
Each year more and more Career Guidance Counsellors are recognising the benefit of providing their transition year, fifth year and sixth year students with the opportunity to speak with a representative from Mary Immaculate College. Students gain an insight into the College's range of programmes, as well as the subject choices and career prospects related to them, and they get to ask any questions that they might have about student life at MIC. As part of the talks our Student Recruitment Officer will highlight new programmes such as the new BA in Education, Mathematics & Business Studies programme (CAO Code MI014) - new for entry 2020. Personal delivery of interactive presentations supplements information already available in the prospectus in hard-copy and web-based formats.
We are currently taking bookings for the academic year 2019-2020. To arrange a school visit at a time that is suitable for you and your class, please contact our Student Recruitment Officer (details below).
During the school year, MIC attends numerous career exhibitions and Adult Education events throughout the country. These included all of the major exhibitions in Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, Galway, Roscommon and Dublin. If you are organising a Career Fair in your area and would like Mary Immaculate College to participate please contact Dr Cosgrove.
Students' Union (MISU)
Mary I Students’ Union (MISU) is the representative body of students within Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick and Thurles. MISU is here to provide support, advice and representation for its members and to help make College life easier.
The SU’s main aims are to:
- Give students a say in their own student/college life
- Protect and represent students in academic and non-academic matters
- Create a positive college experience for students
- Help new students integrate into college life
- Facilitate extra-curricular activities for students
For more information, see www.misu.ie.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This spring, in light of the COVID-19 restrictions, MIC is offering interested parties the chance to ask our lecturers, and other key members of the College community, anything they would like to know about MIC, and its degrees, via a series of Instagram Live Q&A sessions.
Instagram Live Schedule of events (Instagram Handle @miclimerick)
- Thursday 30 April (10.30am): General Q & A Session on MIC with Dr Patrick Cosgrove, MIC Student Recruitment Officer
- Tuesday 5 May (11am): BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies (MI001) with Dr Carole Quigley, Department of Drama & Theatre Studies
- Thursday 7 May (11am): Student Support Services with Dr Geraldine Brosnan, Director of Student Life
- Tuesday 12 May: (11am): Bachelor of Arts (MI002) with Dr John Perry, Dean of the Faculty of Arts
- Tuesday 19 May (11am): MIC Thurles Post-Primary Teacher Education Degrees (MI009/10/11/12/13/14) with Dr Finn Ó Murchú, Head of the School of Education (Post-Primary)
- Thursday 21 May (11am): Entrance Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and CAO Concession Sports Scheme with Dr Patrick Cosgrove, Student Recruitment Officer
- Tuesday 26 May (11am): BA in Early Childhood Care and Education (MI007) with Alicja McCloskey, Department of Reflective Pedagogy & Early Childhood Studies
- Wednesday 3 June (11am-11.20am): Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching - MI005/06) & Bachelor of Education (International – MI004) with Dr John O’Shea, Department of STEM Education
- Wednesday 3 June (11.25am-11.45am): B Ed in Education & Psychology (MI008) with Dr Claire Griffin, Department of Educational Psychology, Inclusive & Special Education
- Thursday 4 June (11am): MIC Students' Union and Clubs & Societies with Aisling Cusack, President of MISU
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19: Student Teacher Experience Day at MIC Thurles on Saturday 28 March & Taster Sessions at MIC Limerick on Thursday 30 April 2020.
For MIC Thurles Student Teacher Experience Day in March and the MIC Limerick Taster Sessions in April, you must pre-register.
For the MIC Open Day events in October and January, both on the Limerick campus, there is no pre-registration.
For the MIC Thurles Open Day in November, there is no pre-registration.
Yes. All Open Days have a schedule.
For the October/January Open Day, there are scheduled programme talks at various times; campus tours go on a continuous basis and information stands are in place all day.
'Taster' events have a different format. These are open to transition years, fifth years and leaving certificate students and will provide you with a great opportunity to attend a taster lecture, tour the campus and get a flavour of college life at MIC.
For the MIC Limerick January Open Day and Taster Sessions, the TARA Building is the centre of events.
For the MIC October Open Days, we recommend beginning at the Tailteann Sports building. The bus stop is in front of this building.
For the MIC Thurles Open Day and Student Teacher Experience Day, events take place in the Main Building.
There will be representatives from all the key academic and student support facilities present on the day. Make use of the opportunity to speak with them by having your list of questions ready before hand. Some useful questions to ask may include:
- How will the programme be assessed?
- How many students will be on the programme?
- What careers have recent graduates gone on to?
- Is there opportunity to take a placement? If so, will MIC organise this?
- What does a placement/year abroad mean?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of living on or off campus?
- What sports and societies are available at MIC?
- How much time will I spend in lectures as opposed to self-directed study?
The MIC Student Teacher Experience Day, Taster Day and specific MIC postgraduate information sessions, are independent events.
MIC, the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology (including Limerick School of Art and Design) have Open Days on the same days in October each year. In past years, there has been a free bus service running between all three campuses on both days.
MIC Thurles Open Day in November coincides with LIT Tipperary's Open Day so again, you can visit both Thurles campuses but attendees have to make their own way between campuses.
Yes, we are delighted to announce the new BA in Education, Mathematics & Business Studies programme (CAO Code MI014). The BA in Education, Mathematics and Business Studies (post-primary) programme is a four-year, full-time, undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree. Graduates are qualified to teach Mathematics and Business Studies to Leaving Certificate honours level. Full details here.
On weekdays only, there are a number of options to get refreshments.
The MISU Siopa: located on the lowest level of the TARA building, the shop has a variety of hot and cold snacks and beverages i.e. tea, coffee, sandwiches as well as a large range of confectionery. The shop is only open during the College term.
Food Stalls: For October Open Days, there will be a number of food-stalls in MIC Limerick.
The College Restaurant in the Foundation Building serves breakfast and lunch/dinner on weekdays. It provides a range of hot and cold meal options and snacks, and there is also a Coffee outlet located there.
There are also vending machines throughout.
Tea/coffee will be available in MIC Thurles on Open Day.
No, but parents do often accompany prospective students to Open Days. You can stay together or break away and do your own thing.
Parents/guardians can ask questions at the information stands, go on campus tours and attend talks (if there is space after all students have been accommodated). There are a number of options to get refreshments and relax while they are waiting. See Food & Drink above.
There are a few opportunities to attend Open Days every year i.e. if you miss the October or November event, you can attend the January event and if you can't make the January event, Student Teacher Experience Day and the Taster Sessions in April offer another chance to visit the campus.
If you are unable to attend any events, our Student Recruitment Officer, Dr Patrick Cosgrove, may be able to answer queries.
T: +353 61 774775
- Teachers/Guidance Counsellors
- Students' Union (MISU)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)