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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.

Students who need a Covid-19 test for travel purposes are not offered free tests by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). The free public HSE testing service is only for people who fulfill specific criteria, one of which is not travel. 

Anyone needing a test for travel must get a private test. The closest private test centre is in Shannon Airport. 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.


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 or

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 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 UL Global team 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 UL Global team ( or 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.

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. Once alternative options have been communicated to you, you should contact the UL Global team ( or 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. Further information is available on the Outbound Mobility page.

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


Your Course Director will be in contact with you once the new Autumn semester is finalised.

This will depend on each university. The UL Global team will check this on an individual basis and will inform students accordingly.

The UL Global team 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.

Yes, you should maintain your application. The deadline to submit all supporting documents is 10th July 2020 at 12:00 (to be submitted to 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: ; 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.