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COVID-19 & Outbound Mobility

Suspension of Outbound Mobility for Autumn 2020


On 30th April 2020, the UL Critical Operations Team and Executive Committee (COTEC) issued the following statement in relation to student mobility programmes:

Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange Mobility Programmes

As a result of the current travel restrictions and with no indication of when these will lift, we have also had to examine the viability of the Erasmus and Non EU Exchange mobility programmes in the Autumn Semester. After much consideration and with regret, we have decided at this stage - so as to allow for alternative planning for our students - that the Erasmus and Non EU Exchange mobility programmes will be suspended for the Autumn Semester and alternative programmes will be put in place for those UL students who had been scheduled to study abroad for their autumn semester. We realise that this is very disappointing for students, but at present it is the only safe option.


Last Updated: Monday May 5th 2020 17:02




Dear student,

I hope that you are well in these unsettled times. As you know the last number of weeks have been spent discussing the viability of our mobility programmes given the current pandemic. In the interest of your health and safety, and to minimise risk, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the autumn semester’s academic mobility for all students in the University of Limerick. This decision was not taken lightly and all of the various facets and considerations were discussed in depth and at length. The University of Limerick academics, support teams, international division and senior management are exceptionally disappointed for you and recognise the weight of this decision as the mobility of students and the global citizens it creates is core to our university ethos and to your student journey.

It is important to note that this will not negatively impact your degree award. Your Course Director will be in contact, via your UL student email, to update you on the alternative academic semester in the University of Limerick.  We are also investigating short mobility options for 2021 which will be optional and attract Erasmus funding.  We ask that you monitor communications from the President and the COTEC team as to when the semester will begin and in what format, the initial proposal from this morning is included below for your reference. We would encourage you not to make any financial commitments until that information is communicated to you from those sources.

We do wholeheartedly wish to minimise the impact of this decision on all involved.  On your behalf we will communicate the decision to cancel mobility with your host university and you do not need to continue with any paper work. We will be in contact again in due course regarding the UL mobility programme.                

An FAQ document has been created for you to review should you have more queries. This will be live within the COTEC information on the UL website later today and you should also reference the website for further updates throughout the coming months.

We wish you every success during the assessment period and please ensure that you focus on that in the coming weeks.

Our main priority for you is to stay safe and stay well.  

Best wishes,


Madeline Molyneaux

Manager, Erasmus and Non EU Exchanges

International Division

University of Limerick


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Further to the AHSS webinar held on Thursday 4th June, the UL Global office can confirm that Arts, Applied Languages and European Studies students may avail of the Erasmus semester opportunity in the Spring 2021. The application form and lists of host universities are available on this page under Additional documents.

Important: the Erasmus semester will be quality-graded, i.e. the grades obtained at the host university will be converted to UL grades and will cound towards your overall QCA.

Students may avail of alternative Erasmus opportunities at a later stage in their degree programme:

  • 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 in the Erasmus options document posted on this page under Additional documents.

Frequently Asked Questions available here.

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