About the Erasmus+ programme
Eligible students are students who are enrolled in a full-time programme of study at UL leading to a degree or postgraduate qualification.
Most UL degree programmes offer study exchange opportunities. There are some exceptions with degree programmes that are subject to accreditation from an external body. Students should check with their Course Director if Erasmus is available for their degree programme.
For undergraduate students, the Erasmus study placement may only be undertaken if the student meets the minimum academic requirements to progress to the next year. The required standard is a minimum cumulative QCA of 2.00 or greater, with no deficient grades (F, I, NG, N).
ATTN: For elective placements (e.g. Business studies, Voice and Dance, Architecture, etc.), further specific selection criteria, such as a minimum QCA requirement, may apply. Students are advised to consult their UL Erasmus Academic Coordinator for further information.
NB: Students in the first or final year of a degree programme at UL may not take part in the ERASMUS+ programme.
The Erasmus/Exchange semester is an integral component of the following degree programmes:
LM002 - Arts
LM038 - Psychology and Sociology
LM039 - Journalism and New Media
LM040 - European Studies
LM044 - Applied Languages
LM056 - International Business
LM102 - Psychology
It is not necessary to take time out from your course to participate in Erasmus. The credits obtained at the host university during the Erasmus study placement will be recognised by the University of Limerick and will be integrated into your UL academic records.
If the Erasmus+ study period is an integral part of a student’s normal study programme, students normally undertake the Erasmus programme in Year 3 (Semester 5 or 6). Students normally spend one semester abroad (approx. 5 months) but this can be extended to the full academic year if approved by the Course Director and Erasmus Academic Coordinator.
If the Erasmus+ study period is undertaken on a ‘voluntary’ basis, students have the possibility to take part in the programme in Semester 4, 5 or 6 of the degree programme. Students are advised to consult the UL Erasmus Academic Coordinator for further information.
Students in the first or final year of their degree programme at UL may not take part in the ERASMUS+ programme.
It is very important to prepare and plan ahead. Students are required to attend ALL information sessions organised by the International Office before departure.
Prior to submitting the Erasmus application form, students must carry out thorough research on their selected institution(s).
Students should visit the Partner Universities page, where they will find information about host universities, particularly fact sheets and student reports (available from SharePoint). Students should also consult the partner university’s website, looking for sections entitled "international", “exchange”, "Erasmus", or "incoming students".
Students wishing to contact past UL Erasmus students and/or incoming students should contact the IED staff for contact email addresses.
Students should consider the following factors when selecting their destination: courses on offer, cost of living, semester dates, accommodation, location.
- Courses on offer
Check the host university’s course catalogue for modules offered through the target language, at undergraduate level, during the semester of your study placement.
Discuss possible module choices with the UL Academic Coordinator.
- Academic calendar/Semester dates
Autumn: Semester start can range from mid-August to early October.
N.B. In the majority of European universities, Autumn exams are held in January/February. This means that students must travel back after the Christmas break to sit examinations at the host university.
Spring: Semester start can range from early January to March.
- Cost of living
Check the host university’s fact sheet (http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/erasmus-exchange-partner-universities)
Type “cost of living” in the search box of host institution’s website
Check location on a map and check for flights, trains, etc.
Find information about the host city (population, location, etc.) and the university (number of students, faculties, campus layout, etc).
It is the responsibility of the student to arrange accommodation at the host city.
Accommodation booked through the host University is generally not “on campus”. Students often have to take public transport to get to the university.
University residences in Europe tend to be of lower standard (and less expensive) than private accommodation.
Finding accommodation in cities such as Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Southampton, can prove very difficult.
Students who do not study a foreign language as part of their degree programme at UL will study at partner institutions where courses are taught through English. Those students are therefore not required to be proficient in the host country language. Nevertheless, students are encouraged to gain a minimum level of proficiency in the language, for day-to-day living.
Students who study a foreign language as part of their degree programme at UL are expected to study in the host country language and must be confident that they have sufficient knowledge of the language to attend lectures and sit examinations in that language.
From January 2015, students applying to do a study period abroad which requires them to study through the host country language, will be required to take on-line language assessments prior to and at the end of the Erasmus period.
If a student undertakes a language module and receives ECTS credits from this, the International Education Division can reimburse up to €200 of the cost of this course. This initiative is in place to further encourage students to study their host country's language, if it is available to them. This reimbursement can be paid to the student upon submitting a receipt for the language module (including the cost incurred), as well as evidence from the host institution that the language module undertaken was worth ECTS credits.
For further information on this, please contact the Erasmus team (email@example.com).
The period you spend abroad on a study exchange will count as an integral part of your UL degree. If, for example, you are away in Semester 5 (Autumn semester of Year 3), you will progress to Semester 6 (Spring semester of Year 3) on your return, assuming that you have passed your exams at the host university.
The Erasmus exchange is wholly integrated into the existing UL curricula and students receive full academic recognition for the study period abroad, based on the ECTS credit system.
All of UL’s Erasmus partner institutions use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to provide a common scale for measuring in credits the workload required to complete course units (30 credits per semester). Students who successfully complete a semester abroad at a partner institution are awarded 30 ECTS credits.
Yes. The Erasmus+ programme provides mobility funding to contribute towards the additional costs of studying abroad, such as travel expenses, language preparation costs, higher general costs of living in the host country. ATTN: Students going to Switzerland are not eligible for the Erasmus mobility grant.
Students who receive an education grant or a fee waiver to study at UL keep these entitlements whilst on Erasmus.
The Erasmus grants are calculated according to cost of living in the host country. Further information is available on http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/erasmus-mobility-grant.
It is a condition of the Erasmus+ programme that participating students are not charged fees (for tuition, registration, examinations, access to laboratory and library facilities etc.) However, small fees may be charged for costs such as insurance, students' union, use of photocopiers, laboratory products, etc., on an equal basis with local students.
In order to participate in Erasmus+, students must be registered at their home university. Therefore, students partaking in the exchange programme must pay their usual fees to UL prior to the start of the academic year.
Expenses such as travel, accommodation, health insurance and general living costs are the student’s own responsibility.
Students who are interested in undertaking an Erasmus study exchange should call in to the International Education Division located in EO-020 (Main building) to get an Erasmus pack (Erasmus information sheet, application form, list of partner universities).
The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30 to 4.30pm.
UL will require that you submit the following forms:
Confirmation of Studies (Certificate of Arrival/Certificate of Attendance)
Mobility Grant contract
EU Participant's survey
After your nomination to the host university by UL, you should consult the website of the Host University and complete the relevant application, enrolment and accommodation forms.
The primary function of the Erasmus/Exchanges Academic Coordinator is to ensure the efficient organisation of all academic matters pertaining to the students' study placement within their specific academic areas. This comprises the following activities and tasks:
- Advise students on suitable destinations.
- Review, advise on and approve students' module choices by signing the Learning Agreement, before and during the mobility.
- Approve Erasmus full-year extensions, together with the relevant Course Director.
- Assess Erasmus results once the Transcript of Records is received and inform Student Academic Administration (SAA) as to whether the student has passed the Erasmus placement or which grades are to be entered on the student's records.
To find out who your Erasmus academic coordinator is, please go to http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/academic-coordinators.
You will need:
• Passport or National Identity card (EU citizens) valid until the end of the semester abroad
• For EU stduents, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid until the end of the semester abroad
• For non-EU students, valid private health insurance, IRP card valid until the end of the semester abroad & re-entry visa for Ireland, and Visa.
Private health insurance
Students are strongly advised to take out additional private medical insurance to cover the period of study abroad. If you have a medical insurance policy (VHI, Laya, Aviva, etc.) in Ireland, contact the insurer to ensure that you will be covered while abroad and bring a copy of your policy or policy number.
In some universities, students are obliged to take out additional insurance, e.g. liability insurance, repatriation cover, etc. Read the host University’s requirements on insurance or contact the host university directly to obtain this information. Please be aware that in recent years, accidents involving injuries such as broken limbs have occurred to students who were under-insured while abroad. This can incur serious problems for the student and their family, so please be attentive to this matter.
The following websites may be useful:
Aviva/Irish Life Health: www.avivahealth.ie
As a registered student of the University of Limerick you will also be covered by the University of Limerick Students’ Union Personal Accident Policy, which covers basic medical expenses resulting from accidental injury, certain permanent disabilities such as loss of a limb or loss of an eye, and accidental death. This policy extends to most sporting activities except hang-gliding. Full details of this insurance cover are available from the UL Students’ Union. Please note that this insurance does not cover medical insurance for illness.
In addition to private health insurance, students are strongly advised to take out travel insurance which includes repatriation to be transported home in the case of an illness. Please be aware that multi-trip insurance policies from most insurance providers do not cover an extended period abroad.
Students may take out travel insurance from any provider of their choice. Many institutions offer travel insurance, including insurance companies (Allianz, AXA, etc.), banks (Bank of Ireland, AIB, etc.), credit unions, etc.
Please find below examples of Erasmus insurance providers:
Oaktree Financial Services
Tel: 1890 876 077
Study & Protect (previously O’Driscoll O’Neill)
Tel: +353 (0)1 6395800
ATTN: Insurance policy must be taken out prior to travelling abroad. Cover cannot be provided once students have left Ireland.
Many insurance providers require that students have been residing in Ireland for at least 3 months prior to taking out insurance.
Your first port of call is the Host University International Office. If you find the response unsatisfactory, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the UL Academic Coordinator for your degree (http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/academic-coordinators) or the Welfare Officer of the UL Students’ Union.
The first instalment of the Erasmus mobility grant (80%) will be paid within 5-10 days of IED receiving the signed Grant Contract.
The second instalment (20%) will be paid within 5-10 days of submitting the Confirmation of Studies (Certificate of Departure section) and the EU participant's survey.
As part of the Erasmus semester, students are required to submit a number of forms to UL (see IED website for full list of forms). All the forms (except the grant contract) must be uploaded to the UL SharePoint site.
If you experience issues with SharePoint, please try the following trouble-shooting options:
- Uploading documents to SharePoint will not work on a mobile phone or tablet.
- Remember to use the prefix UL\ in front of your student ID number, e.g. UL\01234567.
- When uploading a document, ensure that each file name is prefixed with your ID number, e.g. 01234567_MyDocument. Once you have successfully uploaded your document, you will see it listed under Documents. If you receive an error stating Error: Access Denied, ensure that the file name includes your ID number and try again.
- You might experience issues using Google Chrome or Firefox; try using Internet Explorer instead.
- SharePoint is a Windows product and may not work effectively on Apple devices (MacBook, etc.).
- NB: You must be registered at UL for the semester. You will not have access to UL services if you are not a registered student.
If none of the above solves the issue, please log a call with IT services here: www.ul.ie/itss. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the issue, i.e. what happens when you try to log in (blank screen, no access granted, etc.).
Ensure that the Transcript of Results for your academic placement reaches the International Education Division.
Complete the online EU survey. This will be emailed to you by the European Commission.
Submit an Erasmus report.
Before leaving the host university, students should get confirmation that they will receive an official Transcript of Records. It is important to check if there is a request form to be filled out, when the Transcript will be issued, in which format (hard copy or digital copy) and to whom it will be sent. Depending on the host university, the Transcript of Records will be issued in hard copy and/or digital format and sent to the student and/or UL.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the International office in UL receives a copy of the transcript.
Some Universities use Section C of the Learning Agreement instead of an official transcript. Students should insist that they receive an official Transcript of Records from the host university.
You must achieve 30 ECTS per semester to pass Erasmus, unless otherwise agreed with the UL Erasmus Academic Coordinator (http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/academic-coordinators).
Autumn examinations are scheduled in January in the majority of European universities. This means that students must make arrangements to travel back to the host University after the Christmas break to complete the semester and write examinations. This may cause some difficulties if examinations clash with the beginning of the UL Spring semester but it is essential to write the examinations at the host university. This may mean missing the first week or so of the UL Spring semester. However, it is inadvisable to miss more than two weeks of the Spring semester. If there is concern about sitting examinations abroad, please get in touch with the staff at UL, either the Erasmus Academic Coordinator in the relevant subject area or the International Office, as soon as the exam timetable is published.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for students to write their Erasmus exams at UL because the International Office does not have the facilities not the resources to accommodate such requests.
Students must therefore write their examinations at the host university. This will mean in some cases returning to the Host University after the Christmas period in order to complete the examinations. Please plan for such an eventuality.
The Host University will issue a Transcript of Records following completion of all examinations. As per Erasmus charter, host institutions are obliged to issue a Transcript of Records within 5 weeks of publishing exam results. Before leaving the host institution, students should find out when, to whom and in which format the Transcript will be issued. Some universities only issue a transcript to students who formally request one. Make sure you understand what is required of you in order to receive a Transcript of Records.
If compulsory for your course, the first semester spent on Erasmus is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. If you decide, in consultation with your Course Director and Academic Coordinator, to stay for a second semester (within the same academic year), the results obtained during the second semester will count directly towards your UL QCA (as if you are studying at UL).
If Erasmus is not compulsory for your course, grades are usually converted and count towards your QCA. Please consult with the Erasmus Academic Coordinator for further information on grade registration and grade conversion (http://www.ul.ie/international/erasmus/outgoing-students/academic-coordinators).
Once you have submitted the Certificate of Arrival, your Grant contract will be issued and emailed to you. Upon reception of the signed original grant contract, 80% of the total mobility grant will be released and paid into the beneficiary's bank account, usually within 5-10 days. To receive the remaining 20%, you must submit the Certificate of Attendance (at the ned of the semester), the Erasmus participant's survey and finalised Learning Agreement.
The Certificate of Arrival is emailed to eligible students approx. 1 month prior to the start of the Erasmus academic semester.
Once duly filled in by the host university, the certificate must be upload to SharePoint.
The Erasmus grant contract is then issued and emailed to you. You must print it, fill it out and sign it before posting back to UL, at the following address: Erasmus Manager, International Education Division, University of Limerick, Plassey Park Road, Castletroy, Co. Limerick, V94 T9PX, Ireland
Once the grant agreement has been received, the first instalment of the Erasmus grant (80%) is paid into your bank account, usually within 5-10 days.
The final Learning Agreement must be uploaded to SharePoint as soon as module choices are confirmed.
At the end of the semester, students are required to upload the Certificate of Attendance to SharePoint and submit he Erasmus participant's survey via a web link received from the EU Comminssion.