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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

In the event that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis results in the continued closure of the University beyond August you will

1.Be entitled to cancel your room booking by 30 August with a full deposit refund

OR

2.Keep your room offer. We will communicate any new details of your offer; ie Dates of stay, check in date, rental fees etc

 

Should students have accommodation queries please email accommodation@ul.ie

Summer accommodation is available for all students who wish to live in a UL village after their current licence agreement ends. All enquiries email to Chloe.Keogh@ul.ie Accommodation is subject to availability.

The Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020 was enacted on 27 March 2020 and this refers to students living in private accommodation. Amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act which:- 

* Prohibit the termination of any tenancies within the next 3 months. 

* No rent increases can be introduced within the next 3 months and tenants will be not be required to pay any increases.  

For more information please see the Citizen's Information website 

General Information

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. 

On Friday May 1st 2020, the Irish Government published a 'Roadmap for reopening society and business' in Ireland. This sets out five tentative, three-week phases for the easing of restrictions in Ireland, with phase 1 beginning on 18 May 2020.

A visual overview outlining these five phases can be found here

 

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).

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

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. 

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.

Yes. There are a wide range of student support services available online, as the University of Limerick staff continue to work remotely. 

Please see our Student Support page for details of support services available during th COVID-19 pandemic. 

Incoming student mobility

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have reluctantly taken the decision to suspend all incoming academic placements for the Autumn Semester 2020. The University of Limerick has contacted your home university to alert them to our cancellation. We are very sorry that this has occurred and wish you good health during this time.

Unfortunately no, UL has cancelled all mobilities, in and out, for Autumn 2020, and this means that our Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange agreements, which are based on reciprocal exchanges, are null and void for the Autumn semester. 

Please contact your home university regarding your options. We are happy to review your application should Spring semester be an option for you. Please email incoming.erasmus@ul.ie or incomingexchanges@ul.ie

No. If your University chooses to nominate you for a different semester, you will be able to keep the ID number you have already been issued. You will be sent new information regarding the new semester.

Please contact Accommodation@ul.ie and ask for a refund. As UL cancelled the mobility activity this will be processed for you.

Please contact your landlord to request a deposit refund. This is a private tenancy agreement.

Outgoing student mobility

Our commitment is to your health and safety and to ensuring that you can complete your degree on time, while achieving the intended learning outcomes.  In the current Covid-19, many exchange partners may be unable to receive our students in the Autumn semester, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to suspend academic placement abroad for this cohort.  This will allow us to plan your academic programme in the forthcoming semester so that we avoid last-minute disruptions to your studies.

We are very disappointed that you will not experience this time abroad and we are developing other options to help your meet the learning outcomes. The Erasmus and non-EU Exchanges office will communicate the cancellation of the inbound and outbound mobility programme to all partner universities. We will also communicate this decision to our internal UL offices, Access, Disability, Student Support and the Library. You do NOT need to contact these offices to inform them. 

The International Division will cancel your placement abroad. There is no need for you to contact your host university. Your Course Director will be in contact regarding your degree programme and your Autumn 2020 academic semester. This decision will not impact your degree programme. You will receive emails from the President and updates are also available on the COTEC website regarding UL developments and semester dates. 

You may still undertake a one-semester exchange placement in the Spring 2021. Please contact the International Division (outgoing.erasmus@ul.ie or outgoing.exchanges@ul.ie) to let us know if you wish to move your academic placement overseas to the Spring 2021 or if you wish to cancel your placement altogether. Please do so by 1st June 2020.

Unfortunately no, the decision is final for the Autumn semester. The decision has been taken by UL management to ensure the health and safety of our students during this pandemic and ensure that your learning is unaffected. All mobilities inbound and outbound have been suspended.

Your Course Director will be in contact in the coming weeks with details of alternative funded options that you can avail of. For AHSS students, a webinar has been organised for Thusrday 4th June 2020 (2.30pm to 4pm) to inform students on available options. Once alternative options have been communicated to you, you should contact the International office (outgoing.erasmus@ul.ie or outgoingexchanges@ul.ie) to express your interest.

The following Erasmus opportunities are available to UL students:

  • Erasmus Summer Traineeship – summer 2021 or summer 2022
  • Erasmus Graduate Traineeship Programme
  • Language Assistant Programme
  • Research Programme

Erasmus funding is available for the above programmes. In order to qualify for an Erasmus grant, which assists with mobility expenses, certain parameters must be met.

Those undertaking mobility while on a dual-degree programme should contact the Dual Degree coordinator, Dónal Palcic (donal.palcic@ul.ie) for further information.

 

Your Course Director will be in contact with you once the new Autumn semester is finalised. We anticipate that this will occur by end of May.

This will depend on each university. The International Division will check this on an individual basis and will inform students accordingly by 31st May.

The UL International Division will contact the Student Status Committee to cancel applications for the Alternative to Erasmus. Instead of taking alternative modules, you will follow the replacement programme offered for your course in the Autumn 2020. Your Course Director will be in contact with this information by end of May.

Yes, you should maintain your application. The deadline to submit all supporting documents is 10th July 2020 at 12:00 (to be submitted to SSC@ul.ie) and the SSC meeting will take place on 15th July 2020.

If you have already submitted your SUSI application for AY 2020/21, you should contact SUSI immediately to let them know that your circumstances have changed (Email: support@susi.ie ; Phone: 0761 08 7874)

You should check COTEC updates for further information regarding when campus will reopen. The President has issued an email to the campus community on April 30th outlining the proposed semester for Autumn 2020. We advise that you do not make any financial commitment until further information has been issued by the University.

Travel

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.

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.

Yes you should still apply and keep our team updated on your current situation by contacting international@ul.ie

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.

 

Start putting together all the documentation that you will need to submit to the visa office so that you are ready to submit your application as soon as the Visa Application System has opened again.

Please contact international@ul.ie to explore your options 

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

For up-to-date information pertaining to visas and immigration, please visit the INIS website. 

INIS