Mary Immaculate College - MIC • Limerick, Ireland
Widely referred to by its nickname, ‘Mary I’ is one of Ireland’s best-known teacher training colleges, located in Limerick. Also known in Irish as Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál, Mary Immaculate College offers degrees in education, of course, but also runs revered programmes in Liberal Arts. Students at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels attend MIC as well as professionals wishing to upskill and add to their qualifications.
Only around 3,500 students are enrolled at the college, allowing for a strong sense of community among the students. Saint Patrick’s College in relatively nearby Thurles is a part of MIC and trains secondary school teachers in various subjects. MIC itself is academically affiliated with a separate, larger institution – the University of Limerick (UL).
Mary Immaculate College has been running its most well-known programme, its Bachelor of Education (in primary/elementary level teaching) since 1898, and until 1999 the college was headed by the nuns of the Sisters of Mercy.
Some of MIC’s most popular courses include their Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (offering a choice of many subjects), Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology, Bachelor in Early Childhood Care and Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies. The student retention rate at Mary I is an extremely impressive 96%.
Thanks to MIC’s proximity to Limerick city and well-equipped buildings and facilities, it has become a preferred site for many meetings and different occasions outside of its educational endeavours.
Mary I runs Erasmus programmes as well as many sports clubs and societies for students. As for accommodation, mostly first year students live in college-owned accommodation, including an on-campus option. After first year, students usually live in rented houses and apartments in the college’s surrounding area.