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COVID-19: Information for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

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Students will most likely need to defer in that instance unless the school/University  can give a final grade based on past performance or project work. This is up for review on a case by case basis but most likely the student will need to complete High School/University before enrolling.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting final transcripts from conditional offer-holders until mid September, prior to the beginning of the Autumn Semester on September 28th.

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.

Yes we are still accepting applications. If you cannot travel to Ireland in time to start your programme on September 28th, do not worry. There are a number of options available to you.

If you cannot get your visa in time or if travel restrictions are still in place, we have made arrangements for you to begin learning online and join the rest of your cohort as soon as you are able – either later in the autumn semester or at the start of the spring semester on January 25th 2021.

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.

Unfortunately, the deadline has passed for applying for our Summer 2020 Preparation for University Academic English Courses. 

We are, however, still accepting applications for the International Foundation Programme - a one year full-time programme designed to offer international students an alternative route to undergraduate study.  This programme is suitable for international students who do not hold qualifications equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate or who need a further boost to their English language skills.Visit the UL Language Centre Webpage for more information. 

We are preparing to welcome our new students in September 2020. If you are unsure about whether or not to take up your place in September 2020 or defer to 2021 please contact international@ul.ie

Current policy is that you must produce your final transcripts in order to enroll at an Irish university. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting final transcripts from conditional offer-holders until mid September, prior to the beginning of the Autumn Semester on September 28th.

Please contact international@ul.ie to keep us informed of your situation.

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

We are making efforts to be as flexible as possible for students who are applying to UL. Please contact international@ul.ie to explore your options 

We are making efforts to be as flexible as possible for students who are applying to UL. Please contact international@ul.ie to explore your options 

Autumn Semester 2020

The Autumn Semester will begin on September 28th for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students and all current and new postgraduate students. Please note that this does not apply to:

  • Graduate Entry Medical School 
  • MSc. in Phsyiotherapy 
  • MSc. in Applied Linguistics  

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

Certain faculties and schools may operate differently. Applicants and offer holders are encouraged to check their emails regularly for any important updates from the UL Global team or from the relevant school / faculty.

Under the present public health guidelines, international students will be required to undertake a period of 'restricted movement' for 14 days before the start of the semester. Restricting your movements means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. This means you should arrange to arrive in Ireland by Sunday 13 September, if you plan to start classes on 28 September. (If your programme starts before 28 September, we will be in contact separately to make special arrangements.) 

You can read more about arriving in Ireland from another country here

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. 

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).

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. 

 

The University of Limerick has developed plans for academic delivery under four different levels:

Level A: lockdown.
Level B: 2m physical distancing.
Level C: 1m physical distancing.
Level D: no physical distancing, but stringent cleanliness and hygiene.

At present, the University is at Level B.  Its academic delivery at Level B is based on two fundamental principles:

The circuit breaker: students will study face-to-face classes for five days at a time, then study online for 10-15 days.  This will prevent the uncontrolled spread of any potential outbreak amongst the student body.
Social bubbles: students will study face-to-face with their own year cohort and, where they live on campus, most of their social interactions will be with other residents in their student village.  This will also reduce the risk of infection and make ‘test and trace’ much easier should anyone become unwell.

New students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will begin with a week of face-to-face teaching activities on 28 September to introduce you to your teaching staff and build a supportive learning group with your fellow students. Thereafter, you will have periods of online study (to provide the circuit breaker), supported by one-week blocks of face-to-face teaching activities to ensure you have opportunities for practical hands-on and experiential learning. The Academic Calender Model for Autumn 2020 can be found here

Returning students will start their programmes online and their first week of face-to-face teaching activity will be scheduled for October.

During your 14-day period of restricted movement, there will be an exciting range of online induction and orientation sessions to introduce you to the University and the Limerick region, as well as helping you to make new friends and find out how to access the range of support services we offer international students.

The University of Limerick boasts a large parkland campus and an unparalleled range of sporting and cultural facilities. There will be a huge choice of outdoor sporting and recreational activities on offer during the semester, many offered by our different student societies, as well as structured indoor activities consistent with physical distancing.

Your on-campus week will resemble a regular teaching week as much as possible. Space constraints created by the physical distancing requirements will mean that lectures will be delivered online during these on campus weeks, in addition to face-to-face teaching for labs & tutorials (up to 3 contact hours per week in each module you are taking). Individual courses will vary the content between online and face-to-face teaching for students across modules in a way to maximise opportunities for students to engage in learning while they are on campus. Courses that are offered online only will continue to operate online during all weeks.

Note: during on-campus weeks, students can use their laptops to access online learning, and facilitates will be open to enable this including the library, computer labs and other spaces, ensuring social distancing is ensured.

Your online learning week will resemble a regular teaching week as much as possible, but with all content delivered online. This will enable students to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. Individual courses will vary the content between synchronous and asynchronous activities for students across modules in a way to maximise opportunities for students to engage with maternal online. 

 

Synchronous activities will be on your timetable and include scheduled broadcast lecture or tutorial sessions. Asynchronous activities include those that you can undertake at any time including pre-recorded lectures and activities/tasks online (e.g. forum discussions, quizzes, etc).

Academic timetables will be available here on Friday September 25th. This combined timetable will detail your scheduled activities for both the on-campus and online learning weeks.

ITD advise that there are two important technical components to maximise your student experience when participating in remote online learning:

 

  1. Device Access: Regular access to a device (e.g. laptop) will enable you to remotely access materials and curriculum content (e.g. access to Sulis, reading materials, lecture recordings, live classes and lectures).

 

UL are working with suppliers with the aim of publishing a list of suitable laptop devices and prices, for students who do not already own a device. Further information will be communicated once suitable devices and pricing have been agreed with the vendors. 

 

  1. Internet connection: Access to reliable WiFi or a home broadband connection is recommended, however, remote learning can also be facilitated via a reliable and consistent Mobile Broadband connection. 

 

For those students that do not currently have access to broadband, a range of wired, wireless and mobile broadband solutions are now on offer in the market covering the majority of geographic locations in Ireland and, generally, service details are available online. ITD will offer more advice and guidance for students regarding broadband at a later stage.

In-semester assessments will continue to be the default approach for the Autumn 2020 semester. At the beginning of the academic year, your module leaders will outline the assessments for each module, however, in general, there will not be formal exams during examination weeks. Please note that:

  • Discussions are ongoing with accrediting bodies and it may be necessary in a limited number of cases to hold formal exams during the semester. You will be informed by your module leader at the start of the semester if this applies to a module you are taking.
  • All assessments will continue to reflect the high standards, address learning outcomes and offer equivalent validity as any assessment ordinarily conducted on campus.
  • Normal progression criteria will apply: students will be required to have a QCA greater than 2.00 and no deficient grades (e.g. F, I, NG, N) to progress to the next year of their course or to graduate as appropriate.
  • Students who cannot progress will be required to repeat or link-in the following year.Please contact your module leader or course director for further information.

The University of Limerick Academic Planning Group continues to monitor COVID-19 situation in Ireland. Updates will be provided on this page.  

 

As you know the blended learning approach we are using for the coming academic year provides for a mix of on-campus teaching and online learning. When you are not scheduled to be on campus for academic purposes, you can still access UL Sports facilities, social, student supports and other services. Be aware that many of these require prior booking.
 
All of the services and facilities that are available to you now and that will be available to you in September are outlined here.

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 in all library areas will be mandatory for all library users, for the duration of your stay in the library, with immediate effect.

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

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 call the UL Student Health Centreon 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 call  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.

If you are staying on campus accommodation, you can cook the shared kitchen facilities during your 14-day period of restricted movement. However, students should avoid sharing kitchen utensils, eat in their rooms and respect social distancing guidelines when in shared living areas. 

For more detailed information pertaining to accommodation, please contact accommodation@ul.ie.

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We understand that this is a particularly exciting time for our students and of course you will be eager to meet your housemates. If meeting with your housemates in the common living area, please respect social distancing guidelines. 

For more detailed information pertaining to accommodation, please contact accommodation@ul.ie.​

We understand that having to arrive two weeks before the start of the semester imposes an additional cost on our international students. To help ease this burden, for students who reserve a place in one of our student villages, the cost of accommodation (excluding meals) for the two weeks of self-isolation will be free. For any accommodation-related queries, please contact accommodation@ul.ie

 

Yes, of course! The blended delivery academic model means that priority will be given to students accessing educational facilities during their scheduled on-campus weeks However you will still be able to access campus if you are staying in campus accommodation. 

Travel

If you cannot travel to Ireland in time to start your programme on September 28th, do not worry. There are a number of options available to you.

If you cannot get your visa in time or if travel restrictions are still in place, we have made arrangements for you to begin learning online and join the rest of your cohort as soon as you are able – either later in the autumn semester or at the start of the spring semester on January 25th 2021.

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.

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.

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 international@ul.ie to keep us informed of your situation.

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.

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 UL Global team will be liasing with Campus Life Services to ensure high quality support is delivered to newly-arrived students completing their 14-day isolation period. 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.

Visas and Immigration

Students from EU countries do not need a visa to study in Ireland.

If you are from a non-EU/EEA country, you can check if you need a visa here

Students from visa-required countries should apply for a study visa well in advance of their departure. Guidelines on applying for an Irish study visa are available here

Please note, all students from non-EU/EEA countries, including those from non visa-required countries, will need to register with immigration within three months of your arrival. The UL Global team will arrange an appointment with the Immigration Bureau in Limerick on your behalf and your allocated time slot will be sent to you by email. You must attend your allocated appointment. 

If you require a visa to enter the country you will have to pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fee to receive your visa support letter. Once UL recieves this payment, your visa support letter will be issued.

Yes. This is an immigration requirement. There are a number of private medical insurance companies in Ireland offering health cover. O’Driscoll O’Neill Insurance offer a reduced rate. This can be purchased through TransferMate

Other companies providing private medical insurance include AVIVA, Quinn-healthcare and VHI Healthcare.

 

We strongly urge students to have their visas approved before online enrolment on September 28th.

If there are issues with securing your student visa, you can withdraw your application with a full refund or you can defer until the next academic year.

If you do not wish to defer or withdraw your application, you may be able to begin your programme online and arrive any time during the first semester. If this is the case for you, please contact the UL Global team at international@ul.ie as this will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

We strongly urge students to have their visas approved before online enrolment on September 28th. 

If you cannot get your visa in time for the beginning of the semester on September 28th and you do not wish to defer or withdraw your application, you will be able to begin your programme online and arrive any time during the first semester. Should you wish to commence your studies online from your home country, please contact international@ul.ie to keep us informed about your situation. Please note, if you arrive later than January 25th 2021 (beginning of Semester 2), you will not be eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Scheme. 

This will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If you commence your studies online and your visa gets rejected, please contact International@ul.ie to explore your options. 

The UL Global team will organise an appointment with the Immigration Officer, details of which will be given to you during Orientation Week.

The Immigration Bureau in Limerick is located at the Garda Station in Henry Street. There is a charge of €300 each time you register. You can only pay the registration charge of €300 by bank giro or debit/credit card.

You will need to bring the following items to the Immigration Office to register for your Irish Residence Permit (IRP):

• A valid passport
• A valid UL student ID card
• Evidence of financial support (e.g. current bank statement indicating your name or a letter of guarantee from a parent or guardian indicating the availability of sufficient funds to cover you during your period of stay in Ireland or a letter from your sponsor confirming your financial status)
• A letter from the University of Limerick indicating that you are a registered student and indicating the start date and duration of your programme
• Evidence of fees paid or of funded research position
• Evidence of medical insurance
• Registration fee of €300 (payment by bank giro or credit card)

The UL Global will arrange your immigration appointment on your behalf. Your appointment will be scheduled for at least two two weeks after your arrival date to allow your 14-day period of restricted movement. 

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.

08.06.2020

Please see the latest communication from the Department of Justice and Equality in relation to visa services. Should you have any queries pertaining to your visa application, please do not hesitate to contact international@ul.ie

You will be aware that since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have suspended the acceptance of all visa applications globally, with the exception of certain priority/emergency visas as identified on our website.

Notwithstanding restrictions still in place locally, it is our intention to resume the acceptance of visa applications, through our commercial partner, VFS, in the seven locations overseas where we have visa offices, as well as in our Dublin office from Monday 22nd June. Our seven visa offices overseas are based in China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the UK. There are still restrictions in place in some of these countries, so where it isn’t possible to resume from the 22nd June, we intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter. The initial resumption of services may also be on a limited basis in certain locations – for example, in China, only four of the fifteen Visa Application Centres (VACs) will be allowed to open initially and in Turkey and elsewhere, initial opening hours may be limited.

In all other locations, the resumption of services will be at the discretion of our colleagues in Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), as visas in those locations are processed by DFAT staff in the mission network. Our understanding is that they hope to resume services as soon as local restrictions allow them to do so.

During the initial phase of re-opening, we will only be accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under our current criteria as Emergency/Priority Short Stay visas.

There are also contingency plans in place to process applications in our Dublin office should the situation on the ground in other locations prevent us doing so there.

We will endeavour to keep you updated on any further developments as they arise.”

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

Please check the INIS website regularly for the latest updates on visas and immigration

INIS