MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE IN LIMERICK [ALSO KNOWN AS MIC]-140829
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Mary Immaculate College, also known as MIC, is a College of Education and Liberal Arts. Founded in 1898, the university level College of Education and the Liberal Arts is academically linked with the University of Limerick. The College now has a student population of over 3,600, enrolled in undergraduate programmes for B.Ed and BA degrees, an innovative new Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies programme and a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and Ph.D level. The college has a student retention rate of 96% – one of the highest in Ireland.
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. MIC also offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and is committed to improving access to higher education for adults.
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 has recently expand into Mount Convent, a former Sisters of Mercy convent in O’Connell Avenue in Limerick, where it houses postgraduate students.