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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note

The following FAQs are relevant for international students who are interested in spending a semester at UL as part of the Study Abroad Programme.

COVID-19 Prospective Students

The term dates for the Spring Semester 2022 are as follows:

Orientation

The Orientation dates for Study Abroad students are to be confirmed. It is likely that it will be 17th to 21st January 2022. The January 2022 Orientation webpage will be updated once confirmed.*

Teaching Term

The teaching term will commence on 24th January 2022 to 22nd April 2022.*

Exams

The Spring examinations are 2nd May 2022 to 16th May 2022.*

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

*Please note that due to COVID-19, the orientation and academic calendar dates are subject to change depending on public health requirements at the time.

Yes, we are still accepting Study Abroad applications for Spring 2022. The deadline for applications is 1st November 2021. 

Late applications will be accepted in some cases. If you wish to make an application after the 1st November 2021 deadline, please email us and we will advise you. 

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

Please click here for details. You can also find information on our UL Global Hub​.

 

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 January 2022, please contact your home university or provider and your UL study abroad advisors.

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

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.

The Accommodation team can be contacted via email 

Please check out our Arrival page, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions. This webpage currently still has the September 2021 entry information, but it will be updated over the coming months for January 2022 entry.

Applying to UL

Students can apply through our online application portal

Spring Semester 2022 (Applications Open)

Applications will close on 1st November 2021.

Autumn Semester 2022/ Full Year Applications 2022/23 (Applications Closed)

Applications will open in January 2022 and close on 1st June 2022. (Late applications will be accepted in some cases. If you wish to make an application after the 1st June 2022 deadline, please contact us and we will be able to advise you.)

GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale is required for direct entry.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement should provide additional supporting documentation with their application. This includes:

  • Letter of Recommendation from a professor/advisor.
  • Personal Statement – This can be between 300 and 500 words and should outline why you would like to study abroad in Ireland.

Before you begin the online application, you will need to contact your study abroad adviser at your home University to get approval to study abroad. 

Once you have done that you need to: 

1. Take a selfie! You will need a digital photo.

2. Get an electronic copy of your official transcript.

3. Get a colour photo scan of your passport.

4. Preselect 8 to 10 classes. You will take 5 of these. Talk to your advisor and have a look at our information in Plan Your Academic Experience

For students applying from non-English speaking countries, we accept the following English Language Qualifications:

  • CEFR B2 
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based) 210 (computer based) / 80 (internet based)
  • IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.0)
  • UL has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2021/22 intake (due to test centre closures). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 95.

You can register for classes outside of your school although it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all module choices have the approval of their home institution for credit transfer. You must choose enough modules to make up a minimum of 24 ECTS.

Your home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules completed at UL. We will be pleased to provide full information on our modules to enable institutions to make decisions regarding the transfer of credits.

The UL Academic Calendar can be found here

If you are experiencing difficulty with your application, please see our step-by-step application userguide.

If your problem persists, please contact us and include a screenshot of where you are experiencing difficulty and we would be delighted to help.

Classes and Credits

You have to prechoose 8-10 classes to begin with. You can choose these from our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our Spring 2022 Module Booklet.

These module booklets contain all modules, which are available for Study Abroad students to take during their semester at UL.

Please note, these module booklets are subject to annual change. Updated booklets will be published as soon as they become available. 

Should you require further information on a module you are interested in, you can search for the module in our Book of Modules.

Typically, the information provided in our Book of Modules will suffice if you need to have the class pre-approved by your home university. However, should you require further information, please contact us and we can contact the course leader on your behalf. 

Please note, this cannot be used for initial selection - it contains information on all classes, not just the ones available to visiting students. A full list of modules available for Study Abroad students can be found in our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our Spring 2021 Module Booklet.

You have to prechoose 8-10 classes to begin with. You will be prompted to include a list of 10 prechosen modules in your online application. Classes can be chosen from our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our Spring 2021 Module Booklet.

During orientation, you will be given details on module registration.

During the first two weeks of the semester, Study Abroad students can try out different modules from their list of 8-10 prechosen modules. 

Once you have chosen which classes you wish to take, you will complete a module registration form, ensuring that there are no clashes between your chosen classes on the timetable (This is why students are required to prechoose.)

Please note, during orientation week, our office holds timetable information sessions along with some Q&A sessions. You call also contact us for one-to-one help with timetabling/module registration. 

Since visiting Study Abroad students choose their own classes, you create your own timetable. You will be given a blank timetable along with your welcome pack during orientation. 

Please note, during orientation, our office holds timetable information sessions along with some Q&A sessions. You can also contact us for one-to-one help with timetabling/module registration. 

You can choose completely different classes from the modules you preselected during your application.

If you have already handed in your module registration form, you have until the end of Week 5 to change classes. You can also contact us if you wish to do so.

Academic transcripts are printed by the Study Abroad office following each semesters' exam period once exam results have been issued to students.

Arrival/Orientation

Complimentary airport collection is available from Shannon Airport and airport assistance from Dublin Airport. This information will sent to students arriving for the Spring 2022 semester closer to the date.

If you have any queries on arrivals, you can contact our dedicated International Arrivals team or see our September 2021 Arrival in Ireland webpage, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions. This webpage currently still has the September 2021 entry information, but it will be updated over the coming months for January 2022 entry.

Visa and Immigration

Students from the EU and US citizens do not need a visa to study in Ireland. You can check if you need to apply for a study visa, by checking the Irish Department of Justice website here. Non-EU students who require a visa should apply for a study visa well in advance of departure. Guidelines on applying for an Irish study visa are available here

Non-EU students who do not need to apply for a visa to study in Ireland (such as US citizens), however will still need to register with immigration upon your arrival in Ireland.

UL Global will organise an appointment with the Immigration Officer, details of which will be given to you during Orientation.

The Immigration Bureau in Limerick is located at the Garda Station in Henry Street. There is a charge of €300 each time you register. You can only pay the registration charge of €300 by bank giro or debit/credit card.

You will need to bring the following items to the Immigration Office to register for your Irish Residence Permit (IRP):

  • A valid passport
  • A valid UL student ID card
  • Evidence of financial support (e.g. current bank statement indicating your name or a letter of guarantee from a parent or guardian indicating the availability of sufficient funds to cover you during your period of stay in Ireland or a letter from your sponsor confirming your financial status)
  • A letter from the University of Limerick indicating that you are a registered student and indicating the start date and duration of your programme
  • Evidence of fees paid or of funded research position
  • Evidence of medical insurance
  • Registration fee of €300 (payment by bank giro or credit card)

 

Yes, this is an immigration requirement. 

There are a number of private medical insurance companies in Ireland offering health cover, which you are free to choose from. One of these companies are Arachnas Corporate Brokers (formerly known as O'Driscol O'Neill). Arachas offer a number of plans tailored to non-EEA international students. This can be purchased through TransferMate

Accommodation

Accommodation at University of Limerick is the best student accommodation choice for students. Living in residence offers you an opportunity to enjoy your time at university to the full. The campus at UL offers amenities, which are among the best in the country and compare well with many worldwide renowned universities.

When you live in our accommodation, you will have your own private study bedroom equipped with a good size study desk and free access to high-speed internet via the UL wired network. All accommodation offers a private bedroom with shared living space and kitchen. Some of our apartment style residences offer en suite. All villages are equipped with a full set of inventory. From pots, pans, pillows and duvets to a TV in the living room, we will have thought of all the essentials so that you do not have to go to additional expense.

We guarantee an offer of university accommodation to all Study Abroad students. The only condition is that the application for accommodation be completed before the deadlines. You should apply online for accommodation once you receive your offer to study at UL. You will need your ID number in order to do so. This can be found on the top left-hand corner of your offer letter. Applications are made through the Accommodation Office.

Accommodation on campus should be booked using this accommodation link. Your UL Student ID number will be needed to apply online. This is the Application Number on the top left-hand corner of the offer letter above. Any queries you have relating to accommodation should be directed here

On-campus accommodation is in apartment style housing in one of the 6 campus villages or off campus rented accommodation close to the University. All six residential villages at University of Limerick are self-catering. We provide all cooking facilities and inventory. While kitchen/living areas are shared with a maximum of 7 others, all study bedrooms are private. While some villages offer shared bathrooms (maximum 4 sharing) our apartment residences offer en suite facilities for those who wish to have their own toilet/shower. For further information on each of the student villages please go to our accommodation website.

Student Support

We provide a wide range of services to Study Abroad students. The Study Abroad team can help you with any queries you may have while studying in Ireland. If you wish to talk to our team, you can email us. The UL Global Office is currently closed, and staff continue to work remotely.

Staying well, both physically and mentally, is a critical part of successful student life. At UL, we have a number of supports available to you such as our Buddy Programme, Counselling, Disability Services, Chaplaincy, First Seven Weeks, UL Student Life and many more. If you want to find out more details on the student support services, see here

UL has five Learning Centres specific to different disciplines, which are available for students to access. These are the Science Learning Centre, Mathematics Learning Centre, Information and Communications Technologies Centre, Regional Writing Centre, and the Peer Supported Learning Centre (PSLC) for Electronic and Computer Engineering. You can find more information on these centres here

We organise a number of events for students during the year. 

The UL Global Student Ambassador Programme allows current international students at UL to connect and share their UL experience with prospective students by sharing blogs about all the different aspects of your time here in UL.

Student Ambassadors can also take over the UL Global Official Instagram page, which allows prospective and current students to get a real hands-on look into the life of a UL student.
 
International Student Ambassadors are given the unique opportunity to help students with their burning questions about life in UL, as well as showing and telling students what life in UL is all about. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the UL Global Ambassador Programme, see here

The Buddy Programme is a great opportunity to meet domestic UL students and get insider tips! You will be matched with a UL buddy who has similar interests. Your buddy will contact you via email a few weeks before your arrival to introduce themselves. Here you can ask any pre-arrival questions you may have. 

Once you arrive, your buddy will meet you and share advice on settling into UL. Throughout the semester, your buddy will collect tickets for events for you and be available as a support when you need. At our free buddy programme events you will have the chance to meet a wider network of other UL students and new international students just like you. 

You can find more information on how to apply to the Buddy Programme here

Please email the Study Abroad team at study.abroad@ul.ie and we will be able to advise you. Depending on the lettter, you may be able to automatically download this from your Student Portal.