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COVID-19: Information for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Admissions

Students will most likely need to defer in that instance unless the school/University  can give a final grade based on past performance or project work. This is up for review on a case by case basis but most likely the student will need to complete High School/University before enrolling.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting final transcripts from conditional offer-holders until mid September, prior to the beginning of the Autumn Semester on September 28th.

We have extended acceptance deposit deadlines until the end of May for some programmes.  Please contact international@ul.ie for further information.

We have extended acceptance deposit deadlines until the end of May for some programmes.  Please contact international@ul.ie for further information

Irish universities and colleges accept several English language tests as proof of eligibility. If you are unable to take your English language test due to closures and find no alternative please contact  international@ul.ie to inform us of your situation. Irish universities and colleges are now accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes.  DET is offered online with test results in 48 hours. The Irish higher education institutions have confirmed with the Department of Justice and Equality about the recognition of DET for visa purposes.

Yes we are still accepting applications. If you cannot travel to Ireland in time to start your programme in September, there are a number of options available to you. Please see 'If I cannot travel in September due to COVID-19, what are my options?' for more information. 

Yes, we are offering a Pre-Sessional English program online during the summer to students who require extra English tuition. The duration and cost of the course depends on the incoming IELTS or Duolingo test score. Visit the UL Language Centre Webpage for more information. 

We are continuing to assess new applications and are preparing to welcome our new students in September 2020. If you are unsure about whether or not to take up your place in September 2020 or defer to 2021 please contact international@ul.ie

We understand that the examining boards and OFQUAL are working together to provide alternative arrangements so that candidates will have a result. Until such times as the outcome of this is known, we cannot make a decision on admission for A-level candidates. 

Updates will be published as soon as we receive them. 

Current policy is that you must produce your final transcripts in order to enroll at an Irish university. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting final transcripts from conditional offer-holders until mid September, prior to the beginning of the Autumn Semester on September 28th.

Please contact international@ul.ie to keep us informed of your situation.

Due to Covid-19, for 2020/21 academic year where a Non-EU student is unable to take up an offer, the University will refund the course fee/acceptance deposit paid for some programs.

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

We are making efforts to be as flexible as possible for students who are applying to UL. Please contact international@ul.ie to explore your options 

We are making efforts to be as flexible as possible for students who are applying to UL. Please contact international@ul.ie to explore your options 

Autumn Semester 2020

The Autumn Semester will begin on September 28th for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students and all current and new postgraduate students. Please note that this does not apply to:

  • Graduate Entry Medical School 
  • MSc. in Phsyiotherapy 
  • MSc. in Applied Linguistics  

At this stage it is hoped that Semester 2 will begin as planned on 25th January 2021 for all students.

Certain faculties and schools may operate differently. Applicants and offer holders are encouraged to check their emails regularly for any important updates from the International Education Division or from the relevant school / faculty.

Please note, the Univesity of Limerick continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. These dates are subject to change depending on the impact of COVID-19 and containment measures for students and staff. Please be sure to check the UL Academic Calendar for the latest updates on semester dates. 

The Autumn Semester will begin on September 28th for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students and all current and new postgraduate students, (some programmes, such as education and health will have different programme dates).

Please note, the Univesity of Limerick continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. These dates are subject to change depending on the impact of COVID-19 and containment measures for students and staff. Please be sure to check the UL Academic Calendar for the latest updates on semester dates. 

The University of Limerick is continuing to make preparations to welcome new including flexibility with arrival dates and potential for some online teaching in the first semester. We will continue to provide updates on this page.

There is little doubt but that some restrictions on the size of groups which will be permitted to gather will remain in place in Ireland in September, which will affect our ability to deliver lectures on campus. Therefore it is likely that there will be a requirement for lectures to be delivered online. However, we anticipate a blended delivery of programmes to allow students to spend some time on campus in the autumn to facilitate face to face laboratory classes, studio time, and some seminars/tutorials. This will be limited in order to insure the health and safety of our community and to work within the government restrictions. Any planned approach will need to take account of the possibility that future full or partial closures may well be called for at short notice.

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.

You can cook using the shared kitchen facilities during your 14-dy isolation period. However, students should avoid sharing kitchen utensils, eat in their rooms and respect social distancing guidelines when in shared living areas. 

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

We understand that this is a particularly exciting time for our students and of course you will be eager to meet your housemates. If meeting with your housemates in the common living area, please respect social distancing guidelines. 

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

Travel

If you cannot travel to Ireland in time to start your programme on September 28th, do not worry. There are a number of options available to you.

If you cannot get your visa in time or if travel restrictions are still in place, we have made arrangements for you to begin learning online and join the rest of your cohort as soon as you are able – either later in the autumn semester or at the start of the spring semester on January 25th 2021.

Due to Covid-19, for 2020/21 academic year where a Non-EU student is unable to take up an offer, the University will refund the course fee/acceptance deposit paid for some programs.

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

You will need to self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from any other country. This includes new international students, returning international students and Irish citizens coming home.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.

You will be asked to fill in a form before you arrive in Ireland called the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.

Download the Public Health Passenger Locator Form (PDF, 704 KB, 4 pages)

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating.

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 international@ul.ie to keep us informed of your situation.

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

Students are not permitted to leave their accommodation until they have completed their 14-day isolation period. 

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

Visas and Immigration

The INIS have published the following notice pertaining to all persons with current valid permissions to reside in the state due to expire between May 20th 2020 and July 20th 2020:

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 and supplements the notice of 20 March 2020 which renewed permissions due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following Notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission which was renewed by the notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 2 months.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay remains temporarily closed.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have also temporarily closed

If you have any questions, please consult the INIS Frequently Asked Question document.

 

The Third Level Graduate Scheme enables non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for period of time after they have graduated from their respective course. During this period of time they can seek employment and work in Ireland without an employment permit.  Entry to the scheme is facilitated by application and the start of the scheme is based on the official receipt of exam results. For a full explanation of the scheme and requirements, please visit the INIS website .

The Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills have recently held discussions on the operation of the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme (TLGPS) and have agreed the following:
 
1.       On a once-off basis, students who were residing in Ireland and attending Irish Institutions, but who returned home due to COVID-19 and completed their studies and exams online abroad, but who will receive their award from the Irish Institution will be entitled to avail of the programme and also allowed apply from overseas. It is worth noting that this particular measure has already been put in place and was published on the ISD website on 17th April.
 
2.       On a once-off basis those students who are due to start their studies in an Irish Institution in September, but because of COVID-19 will have to complete the first semester online and who will complete their studies in Ireland will also be allowed avail of the programme.
 
The above 2 points are strictly one off arrangements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subject to the usual criteria of the programme.   
 
3. Those students who intend to study for the full year online with an Irish Institution will not be allowed avail of the programme.

08.06.2020

Please see the latest communication from the Department of Justice and Equality in relation to visa services. Should you have any queries pertaining to your visa application, please do not hesitate to contact international@ul.ie

“You will be aware that since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have suspended the acceptance of all visa applications globally, with the exception of certain priority/emergency visas as identified on our website.

Notwithstanding restrictions still in place locally, it is our intention to resume the acceptance of visa applications, through our commercial partner, VFS, in the seven locations overseas where we have visa offices, as well as in our Dublin office from Monday 22nd June. Our seven visa offices overseas are based in China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the UK. There are still restrictions in place in some of these countries, so where it isn’t possible to resume from the 22nd June, we intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter. The initial resumption of services may also be on a limited basis in certain locations – for example, in China, only four of the fifteen Visa Application Centres (VACs) will be allowed to open initially and in Turkey and elsewhere, initial opening hours may be limited.

In all other locations, the resumption of services will be at the discretion of our colleagues in Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), as visas in those locations are processed by DFAT staff in the mission network. Our understanding is that they hope to resume services as soon as local restrictions allow them to do so.

During the initial phase of re-opening, we will only be accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under our current criteria as Emergency/Priority Short Stay visas.

There are also contingency plans in place to process applications in our Dublin office should the situation on the ground in other locations prevent us doing so there.

We will endeavour to keep you updated on any further developments as they arise.”

Irish universities and colleges accept several English language tests as proof of eligibility. If you are unable to take your English language test due to closures and find no alternative please contact  international@ul.ie to inform us of your situation. Irish universities and colleges are now accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET) for student admission purposes.  DET is offered online with test results in 48 hours. The Irish higher education institutions have confirmed with the Department of Justice and Equality about the recognition of DET for visa purposes

Please check the INIS website regularly for the latest updates on visas and immigration

INIS