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COVID-19: Information for Erasmus and Exchange Students

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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 Internationalarrivals@ul.ie.

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 Internationalarrivals@ul.ie.

Please see here for further information.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 you are asked to notify UL at COVID19Report@ul.ie 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.

 

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 (updated on 24/11/2020)

You will be required to apply to the Student Status Committee (SSC@ul.ie) for the Alternative to Erasmus. Provided that you meet the criteria to be granted the Alternative to Erasmus, you will take alternative modules at UL. Please contact the course director for your course for more details on the alternative programme.

We would advise that you plan your semester abroad as normal but try to ensure that online options are available before travelling. If a student is forced to cancel their mobility because the host institution couldn’t carry out online classes, then this would be treated as a cancelled mobility and guidelines on force majeure would apply, i.e. the student should be reimbursed for their flight and accommodation costs.

Nominated students will be offered the following options:

Option 1 is to participate in classes remotely from their home country ; please note that there is no mobility grant for virtual exchanges taken from home.

Option 2 is to participate in classes remotely while living in the host country/city ; students will be eligible for the Erasmus mobility grant, as normal (see https://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus-mobility-grant

Option 3 is to cancel the exchange entirely ; if the semester abroad is a compulsory part of your degree programme, you will be required to apply to the Student Status Committee (SSC@ul.ie) for the Alternative to Erasmus. if the semester abroad is not compulsory, please inform the Erasmus office of your decision (outgoing.erasmus@ul.ie

It is unfortunately too late now to be nominated to another university.

If the semester abroad is a compulsory part of your degree programme, you will be required to apply to the Student Status Committee (SSC@ul.ie) for the Alternative to Erasmus, as a formality, and will take alternative modules at UL. Please contact the course director for your course for more details on the alternative programme.

If the semester abroad is not a compulsory part of your degree programme, you will continue your studies at UL in the Spring semester, as normal.

Yes, you can include the dates of quarantine for the grant calculation. Students should make sure that the quarantine period is stated on their Certificate of Arrival.

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)