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COVID-19: Information for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

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

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.

 

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.

International Foundation Programme

We are 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. 

The International Foundation Programme will start on Monday 06 September 2021 and will end on Friday 13 May 2022.  Students must attend the course from Monday 06 September 2021.

The English Language Preparation for University Programmes

The English Language Preparation for University Programmes cater specifically for the language needs of students who intend to study for an undergraduate, study abroad or postgraduate degree at the University of Limerick. They are aimed at students who have reached the academic entry requirements for their chosen course but need to improve their English in order to meet the English language entry requirements for their chosen pathway at UL.  They are very suitable for students who have received a conditional offer from the University of Limerick.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the ULLC teaching team will run the summer P4U courses online for 2021. These have been adapted to suit a more flexible online delivery mode and are offered as follows:

  • 8 weeks + 2 days (commencing 01 July 2021)
  • 5 weeks + 2 days (commencing 22 July 2021)

Please contact language.centre@ul.ie for more information.

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.

Autumn Semester 2021

Your timetable will be made available two weeks prior to the start of the semester. It can be accessed at www.timetable.ul.ie.

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 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.

You are required to wear a face covering for public retail outlets and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

New Undergraduate Students

For new undergraduate students, the term begins on Monday 27th September. Students should arrive in Ireland 14 days in advance of the term to complete your 14 days of isolation in time to begin your classes.

Returning Students 

All other students (including returning undergraduates, new postgraduates and any new students on non-CAO programmes) will commence classes on Monday 6 September, unless you are joining one of the approved early start programmes.

Students should arrive in Ireland over the weekend of Friday 20th August – Monday 23rd August inclusive, to complete your 14 days of isolation in time to begin your classes.

Our online Orientation week will run from Tuesday 24th August to Saturday 28th August. Our online Engagement week commences from Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September.

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.

Travel

Please check out our 'Arrival in Ireland' page, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions 

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.

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.

You are required to wear a face covering for public retail outlets and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.

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

Third Level Graduate Scheme

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 .

 

This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 20 September, 2021.Students who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme but who are not in Ireland can now apply for the IG stamp from home electronically. 

Applications may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie). All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application.

Where a permission has been granted, applicants will still be required to register when they have returned to Ireland or appointments are available.

Please see the INIS wesbite for further information. 

 

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.

Purchasing medical insurance is an immigration requirement for non-EEA students. We recommend purchasing medical insurance through Arachas Corporate Brokers (formerly known as O'Driscol O'Neill). Arachas offer a number of plans tailored to non-EEA international students.

Product

Eligibility

Price

Irish Life Health Study in Ireland

If you are a non-EEA student undertaking an academic course of more than one year’s duration then you must purchase a Health Insurance Policy. Our policy is underwritten by Irish Life Health and can be purchased directly through our new portal.

 

Read here for more information on this policy.

From €402.15

Medicover Insurance

If you are a non-EEA student undertaking an academic course of a duration of 12 months or less then you are still eligible to purchase our Medicover products. These policies can be purchased directly through our new portal where you can also find the main differences in levels of cover.

 

Click here for more information on this policy.

 

From €150

Medicover Graduate

If you are a non-EEA student who is looking to remain in Ireland on a Stamp 1G Graduate visa you must purchase our Medicover Graduate policies. These policies can be purchased directly through our new portal where you can also find the main differences in levels of cover.

 

Click here for more information on this policy. 

 

From €220

 

If you are a non-EEA student undertaking an academic course of a duration of 12 months or less, you can purchase medical insurance with Arachas directly through TransferMate

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

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. 

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

26 March 2021

This notice applies to all Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021 and to permissions extended under previous notices. This is the seventh, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions granted since the outset of the pandemic.

In light of the continuing uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 21 April 2021 to 20 September 2021, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 21 April 2021 to 20 September 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to 20 September 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive. 
Any permission that was renewed by the previous notices is also automatically renewed by this notice until 20 September 2021.

The temporary extension of immigration permissions means that anyone who held a valid permission to be in the State in March 2020 is legally permitted to remain until 20 September 2021, even if  their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card has expired and they are awaiting a new one.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications continue to be accepted.

The Registration Office in Burgh Quay remains closed as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions announced by Government in December. Customers who were issued with appointments for first time registrations, will be contacted directly by the Immigration Service and they will be prioritised for appointments once the Public Office can safely reopen.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.     

Please Note: This notice provides the necessary time for those who can renew their permission, particularly Dublin based customers who can use the online system, to do so and to not wait until September.

Further information can be found on the INIS website

 

The standard criteria will now apply as follows:

  • Students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission are permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. 
  • At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

Further information can be found on the INIS website

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

INIS