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COVID-19: Information for Study Abroad Students

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Last updated: 14 June 2021 

Ireland is now in the recovery phase of our response to the pandemic - reopening society and the economy as the vaccination programme progresses. More information can be found here

Admissions

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.

 

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.

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.

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 Internationalarrivals@ul.ie.

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 Internationalarrivals@ul.ie.

Please see here for further information.

 

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.

In line with public health advise, if you test positive for COVID-19, you should immediately self-isolate

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.

If you are staying in campus-accommodation, you should contact your village manager immediately.

Further information on COVID-19 student guidelines and responsibilities can be found here

Please do not hesitate to contact the UL Global team should you need support or advice.

Fees

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

Travel

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

Post-arrival quarantine requirements depend on which country you are arriving from. If you are travelling from or via a designated state, you will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. 
If you arrive from an non-designated country, and have presented a negative PCR test (carried out less than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland) you will be asked to quarantine at your accommodation.

Further information can be found on our ‘Arrival in Ireland’ page.

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 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.

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.

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. 

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

 

Information about the public health situation in Ireland can be found here

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