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COVID-19: Information for Study Abroad Students

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Last updated 19 Feb 2021 

Campus Activity under Level 5 Restrictions (Lockdown 3)

A Framework for Restrictive Measures has been developed to help us to go about our daily lives as much as possible, while managing the behaviour of the virus. The Framework consists of 5 levels.

Ireland is now operating under Level 5 of the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19. At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

Read more about Level 5 Restrictions.

Under these restrictions, third level education and research are designated essential activities where they are “…not capable of being delivered through alternative means and are time-critical for students and learners during this period.” (Minister Simon Harris).
In line with this guidance and the rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates, the University will be continuing with our existing blended learning model, but with enhanced protective measures for staff and students until at least the end of January, pending a review of the public health restrictions by Government.

UL Sport

UL Sport Gym, 50m & 25m Pools and all indoor and outdoor facilities including pitches are closed with the exception of facilitating elite high performance training.

Library & Information Services

All study spaces will be closed except for students who are between scheduled on-campus classes or labs  and the library building will be closed for physical access from Monday 11th January.*

Library & Information Service will continue to provide a range of services including:

  • Online library available 24/7
  • Online help, subject guides and skills classes
  • Click and Collect Service
  • Scanning and Digitising
  • Special Collections and Archives online only

*Update (29 Jan 2021): Limited study spaces will be available in the UL Library from 8th February on a pre-booked basis only. These spaces will be for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students only.


Yes. We will bel accepting applications until July 31st 2021.

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  for further assistance.


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.


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

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

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

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

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.


In the event that students need to be repatriated to their home country students will continue their studies online.


Please check out our 'Before You Arrive' page, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions 

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 semester 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 semester. We recommend you contact your module leader for further details.

If you would like to defer your offer, we recommend that you contact 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  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

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 also required 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


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. 

For the latest updates on COVID-19 and UL, please see here.


Under current Level 5 Restrictions, people are required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and will be permitted to take exercise within 5km of home.

Please see Ireland’s Five Level Alert System for further details on domestic travel restrictions. 


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