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COVID-19: Information for Study Abroad Students

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Admissions

Yes. We are still accepting applications. We have extended the deadline for Autumn 2020 applications until June 30th 2020.

Normally you can expect to hear about the status of your application approximately 24-48 hrs after submitting.

All new Study Abroad applications are treated as normal, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the latest advice and guidance. You can also contact study.abroad@ul.ie  for further assistance.

The University of Limerick is delighted to announce our virtual Irish Cultural Studies programme starting in September 2020. Even though you may not be able to come to Ireland for the Fall Semester, we want to bring Ireland to you, through our interactive modules you will get to explore the beauty and depth of Irish culture, music, language, folklore and music.  Please click on the link here for more details.

Yes, if you are approved by your home University or provider- please still apply as the situation in all countries is likely to change over the next few months. We will continue to welcome applications from students approved by their home university or provider to take part in UL’s study abroad programme.  If your application is successfully, we will be in touch with you about the next steps leading up to registration. We will continue to follow public health guidelines and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

If you are still concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your plans to study at UL, please read the advice here.

If you think you cannot commence your studies in September 2020, please contact your home university or provider and your UL study abroad advisors at study.abroad@ul.ie

Autumn Semester 2020

Orientation

Under the present public health guidelines, international students will be required to undertake a period of 'restricted movement' for 14 days before the start of the semester. Restricting your movements means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. This means you should arrange to arrive in Ireland by Sunday 13 September, if you plan to start classes on 28 September. (If your programme starts before 28 September, we will be in contact separately to make special arrangements.)

During your 14-day period of restricted movement, there will be an exciting range of online induction and orientation sessions to introduce you to the University and the Limerick region, as well as helping you to make new friends and find out how to access the range of support services we offer international students.

Teaching term

The teaching term will commence on 28th September.

Exams
Exams dates for the Autumn semester are to be confirmed.

Please be sure to check the UL Academic Calendar for the latest updates on semester dates. 

There will be a combination of online/distance learning and face to face lecturers, tutorials and labs.

To minimise the risk of further infections, we will be using a ‘blended learning’ model, delivering some of the content online and using our teaching spaces for face-to-face interactive sessions and to allow for social distancing.

The University of Limerick is delighted to announce our virtual Irish Cultural Studies programme starting in September 2020. Even though you may not be able to come to Ireland for the Fall Semester, we want to bring Ireland to you, through our interactive modules you will get to explore the beauty and depth of Irish culture, music, language, folklore and music.  Please click on the link here for more details.

Accommodation

Campus Life Services have contingency plans in place to provide assistance and support to students living on campus.

All students will have a single room in a shared house. Students living on campus should continue to take personal responsibility for their own health and follow the advice on preventative measures which have been published and extensively circulated by the HSE and are available HERE.

If a student living on campus feels unwell, please TELEPHONE the UL STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE on 061 202434 during office hours (9am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm)

If a student living on campus feels unwell outside of these hours please TELEPHONE Emergency Services on 999/112 AND contact the UL Emergency Number on 061 213333 to alert them that the Emergency Services have been contacted

The UL Student Health Centre will liaise with Campus Life Services and the Village Management Teams will provide the support and assistance required to any affected students living on campus. 

For more detailed information pertaining to accommodation, please contact accommodation@ul.ie.

All students will have a single room in a shared house, for more detailed accommodation information, please email all enquiries to accommodation@ul.ie

Fees

There will be no financial implications for you if you decide to withdraw from the Study Abroad programme you are enrolled in, up until the start of the semester.

In the event there is a second wave and students need to be repatriated to their home country students will continue their studies online.

Travel

By law, if you arrive in Ireland from any other country you will need to fill in a form called the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

You'll also be asked to restrict your movements for 14 days.

Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Full details from the Health Service Executive about travelling into Ireland from another country can be found here.

Most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to restrict their movements for 14 days.

This includes:

  • Irish citizens coming home
  • People with no symptoms
  • People who have tested negative for the virus in another country
  • Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

Do not:

  • Use public transport
  • Visit others
  • Meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from coronavirus
  • Go to the shop unless absolutely necessary - wear a face covering if you do

You can travel to where you plan to restrict your movements. But avoid using public transport if possible. Ask a relative or household member to collect you when you arrive in Ireland. Household members who were not travelling with you do not need to restrict their movements.

Read more about restricting your movements here

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of the Autumn (September 2020), for personal or travel reasons, the University if proposing online alternatives for Study Abroad students with the expectation that these students will attend campus when it is possible for them to do so.

If you cannot get your visa in time or if travel restrictions are still in place, you can still participate in classes online and join the rest of your cohort as soon as you are able or later in the autumn semester. We recommend you contact your module leader for further details.

If you would like to defer your offer, we recommend that you contact study.abroad@ul.ie to explore your options.

If you contract COVID-19 before you are due to travel to Ireland for the start of your course you should not travel and you should follow all local health advice. You should wait for medical advice that you are no longer contagious before you consider travelling

You should contact Study.abroad@ul.ie  to keep us informed of your situation.

During the 14 days after you arrive into Ireland, you should avoid going to any shops unless abolsutely neccessary - please wear a face covering if you do. 

Those completing their 14-day period of restricted movement  can avail of local grocery delivery services from supermarkets such as Tesco or SuperValu

The lnternational Division will be liasing with Campus Life Services to ensure high quality support is delivered to newly-arrived students completing their 14-day period of restricted movement. A meal delivery service will be offered to students who are staying in campus accommodation. Details of this service will be made available once they have been finalised.

You are required by law to wear a face covering while using public transport. 

In line with Public Health guidelines, students must wear facemasks while indoors on campus where maintaining a 2m physical distancing is not possible.  This position will be kept under continual review and the requirement to wear face coverings may change. 

Face coverings are recommended for public retail outlets and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

Other

Throughout this crisis, Ireland has taken a measured, consistent and evidence-led approach to the challenge involved. Ireland has followed a graduated approach based on the best available international and local advice. In Ireland the lead has been taken by scientific experts, with the Government playing a support role. 

The Irish Government has set out a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses which outlines the easing of public health restrictions in three-week phases.

The Irish Government has set out a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses which plans the easing of public health restrictions in three-week phases. This Roadmap outlines when Trasnport & Travel may recommence

 

Plans to provide guided tours and other events are currently being reviewed and contingency plans put in place. Please check back again for updates.