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COVID-19: Information for Study Abroad Students

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Last updated 01 April 2021

Ireland is currently under Level 5 Restrictions. Read more here


Yes. We will be accepting applications until 1st June 2021.

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  for further assistance.


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.


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

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

COVID-19 Testing

You can get a free test for COVID-19 (coronavirus) if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 and your GP thinks you need to be tested
  • You are told you are a close contact by a member of the HSE contact tracing team

Please see here for further information.

If you do not have a GP in Limerick, please contact the Student Health Centre, Tel:  061 202 534, and a referral will be arranged for you.

Please note, if you do not have an Irish Public Personal Service (PPS) Number, a charge of €30 will apply at the UL Student Health Centre. 

The Student Health Centre can only arrange referrals for students who have an Irish mobile number as appointment details are sent by text message. If you do not have an Irish phone number, please email

Private testing 

The free public HSE testing service is only for people who fulfill specific criteria. If you do not meet these criteria (for example, if you require a COVID-19 test for travel purposes), you will need to get a private test.

The closest private test centre is located in the Clayton Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Dock Road, Limerick, V94H6HN.  

A cost of €99 applies. 

Please note, students are required to have an Irish phone number as appointment details and test results are sent by text message. If you do not have an Irish phone number, please email

Please see here for further information.


If you test positive for COVID-19 you are asked to notify UL at as soon as possible with the date you were last on campus and when you were diagnosed. The information you provide will be received by the UL Health & Safety Unit and may be communicated to the relevant Head of Department, if required for HSE reporting purposes, and the Student Health Centre. Records will be deleted by UL after 30 days.


In the event that students need to be repatriated to their home country students will continue their studies online.


Please check out our 'Before You Arrive' page, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions 

Please see our flowchart for further information on student arrivals

Travelling into Ireland from a 'high-risk' country

As of Friday 26 March 2021, all passengers travelling into Ireland from a ‘high-risk’ country must complete a 14-day period of mandatory hotel quarantine. This applies to all those who have travelled through a port or an airport in a high-risk country, even if you did not leave the airport / port. 

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

Once you have completed the period of mandatory hotel quarantine (this could be reduced if you get a 'not detected' result of a COVID-19 PCR test that is taken after ten days), you will receive a letter of completion. You will then be free to leave the mandatory hotel quarantine facility.

The cost of testing for COVID-19 is included in the mandatory hotel quarantine fee structure.

Further information, including a list of quarantine facilities and a list of ‘high-risk’ countries can be found here.

Travelling into Ireland from a country not deemed to be 'high-risk' 

Those arriving to Ireland from countries which are not deemed to be ‘high-risk’ must quarantine at home provided you have a negative or 'not detected' PCR test.

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

For all others arriving in Ireland from non-designated countries:

  • A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime.
  • You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.
  • you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.
  • If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.

Click here for further information.

To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of semester 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 semester. We recommend you contact your module leader for further details.

If you would like to defer your offer, we recommend that you contact 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  to keep us informed of your situation.

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 also required for public retail outlets and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.


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. 

For the latest updates on COVID-19 and UL, please see here.


Under current Level 5 Restrictions, people are required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and will be permitted to take exercise within 5km of home.

Please see Ireland’s Five Level Alert System for further details on domestic travel restrictions. 


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