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COVID-19: Information for Study Abroad Students

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Last updated 23 Nov 2020

COVID-19 Level 5 Restrictions and UL

The Government has announced a medium-term plan to suppress the spread of coronavirus while keeping as much of the country open as possible. At the core of the plan is an escalating five-level alert system.

The Government will decide on moving between levels based on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team.

An infographic demonstrating the restrictions in place for each level can be found here.

Ireland is currently at Level 5. At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

From midnight on Wednesday 21 October, Ireland will move to Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19. Level 5 Restrictions will remain in place for six weeks

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, with certain exceptions. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

Campus accommodation will remain open. Students are asked to not to receive visitors or visit other households.

Unfortunately, the swimming pool and both gyms on south & north campus will close from close of business on Wednesday 21st October and remain closed for the duration of the six-week period of Level 5 restrictions. 

Memberships will be frozen during this period. 

Under Level 5 restrictions, exercise within 5 kilometres of home.

Academic delivery for the majority of courses will be delivered primarily online with exemptions for essential onsite activities.

All essential face-to-face learning activities will continue as scheduled on campus including lab-based, clinical placements and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online. This will be our approach until the end of Semester 1 and is in compliance with Level 5 restrictions.
 
As previously indicated, timetables for all students will be updated online for Weeks 6 to 12 by 23 October 2020.

The library will remain open by appointment only with a focus on providing online resources and assistance.

Immigration services will remain open for the duration of Level 5 restrictions.

The Level 5 measures announced on 19 October designate higher education as essential where an on-campus presence is required for education activities that cannot be held remotely. Therefore, registered students of the University of Limerick are authorised to travel to/from campus for scheduled essential onsite activities.

If travelling to/from campus, please carry a printed or electronic version of the following, which may be requested by officers of An Garda Síochána:

  • Your ‘Confirmation of Student Registration’ letter which is available for all taught students to download on the Student Portal once you have registered
  • Any one of the following indicating your specific requirement to be on campus:
    • A copy of your timetable showing scheduled on-campus teaching in laboratories, workshops, studios or small group tutorials
    • Pre-booked access to the library or other on-campus study space
    • A scheduled appointment on-campus to meet your mental health and welfare needs
  • Identification (e.g. your student card)

Under Level 5 measures, you may not travel to/from the campus for any other purpose.

Admissions

Yes. We are still accepting applications. We have extended the deadline for Autumn 2020 applications until June 30th 2020.

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

All new Study Abroad applications are treated as normal, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the latest advice and guidance. You can also contact study.abroad@ul.ie  for further assistance.

The University of Limerick is delighted to announce our virtual Irish Cultural Studies programme starting in September 2020. Even though you may not be able to come to Ireland for the Fall Semester, we want to bring Ireland to you, through our interactive modules you will get to explore the beauty and depth of Irish culture, music, language, folklore and music.  Please click on the link here for more details.

Yes, if you are approved by your home University or provider- please still apply as the situation in all countries is likely to change over the next few months. We will continue to welcome applications from students approved by their home university or provider to take part in UL’s study abroad programme.  If your application is successfully, we will be in touch with you about the next steps leading up to registration. We will continue to follow public health guidelines and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

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 September 2020, please contact your home university or provider and your UL study abroad advisors at study.abroad@ul.ie

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.

All students will have a single room in a shared house, for more detailed accommodation information, please email all enquiries to accommodation@ul.ie

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:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/how-to-get-tested.html

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 

https://rocdochealthcheck.ie

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.

Fees

There will be no financial implications for you if you decide to withdraw from the Study Abroad programme you are enrolled in, up until the start of the semester.

In the event there is a second wave and students need to be repatriated to their home country students will continue their studies online.

Travel

By law, if you arrive in Ireland from any other country you will need to fill in a form called the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

You'll also be asked to restrict your movements for 14 days.

Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Full details from the Health Service Executive about travelling into Ireland from another country can be found here.

Most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to restrict their movements for 14 days.

This includes:

  • Irish citizens coming home
  • People with no symptoms
  • People who have tested negative for the virus in another country
  • Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

Do not:

  • Use public transport
  • Visit others
  • Meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from coronavirus
  • Go to the shop unless absolutely necessary - wear a face covering if you do

You can travel to where you plan to restrict your movements. But avoid using public transport if possible. Ask a relative or household member to collect you when you arrive in Ireland. Household members who were not travelling with you do not need to restrict their movements.

Read more about restricting your movements here

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of the Autumn (September 2020), for personal or travel reasons, the University if proposing online alternatives for Study Abroad students with the expectation that these students will attend campus when it is possible for them to do so.

If you cannot get your visa in time or if travel restrictions are still in place, you can still participate in classes online and join the rest of your cohort as soon as you are able or later in the autumn semester. We recommend you contact your module leader for further details.

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

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 Study.abroad@ul.ie  to keep us informed of your situation.

During the 14 days after you arrive into Ireland, you should avoid going to any shops unless abolsutely neccessary - please wear a face covering if you do. 

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

The lnternational Division will be liasing with Campus Life Services to ensure high quality support is delivered to newly-arrived students completing their 14-day period of restricted movement. A meal delivery service will be offered to students who are staying in campus accommodation. Details of this service will be made available once they have been finalised.

You are required by law to wear a face covering while using public transport. 

In line with Public Health guidelines, students must wear facemasks while indoors on campus where maintaining a 2m physical distancing is not possible.  This position will be kept under continual review and the requirement to wear face coverings may change. 

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

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 

https://rocdochealthcheck.ie

Other

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. 

The Irish Government has set out a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses which outlines the easing of public health restrictions in three-week phases.

The Irish Government has set out a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses which plans the easing of public health restrictions in three-week phases. This Roadmap outlines when Trasnport & Travel may recommence

 

Plans to provide guided tours and other events are currently being reviewed and contingency plans put in place. Please check back again for updates.