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Last Updated 09 April 2021

Please note

The following FAQs are relevant for international students who are interested in spending a semester at UL as part of the Study Abroad Programme.

If you are interested in coming to UL for a Full Degree programme, please see here.

If you a UL student interested in studying abroad, please see here.

COVID-19 Prospective Students

The term dates for Autumn (September to December 2021) Semester are as follows.

Orientation
Orientation for international students to be confirmed.

Teaching term
The teaching term will commence on 6th September 2021. It will end on 18th December 2021.*

Exams
Autumn Examinations are from 4th December 2021 to 18th December 2021.*

Please be sure to check the UL Academic Calendar for the latest updates on semester dates. 

*Please note that due to COVID-19, the orientation and academic calendar dates are subject to change depending on public health requirements at the time.

Yes, we are still accepting Study Abroad applications for Autumn 2021. The deadline for applications is 1st June 2021.

Late applications will be accepted in some cases. If you wish to make an application after the 1st June 2021 deadline, please contact study.abroad@ul.ie and we will be able to advise you.

Normally you can expect to hear about the status of your application approximately 24-48 hrs after submitting.

Please click here for details. You can also find information on our UL Global Hub​.

 

If you are still concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your plans to study at UL, please read the advice here.

 

If you think you cannot commence your studies in September 2021, please contact your home university or provider and your UL study abroad advisors at study.abroad@ul.ie

Campus Life Services have contingency plans in place to provide assistance and support to students living on campus.

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. 

The Accommodation team can be contacted via email: 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

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

Applying to UL

Students can apply through our online application portal.

GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale is required for direct entry.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement should provide additional supporting documentation with their application. This includes:

  • Letter of Recommendation from a professor/advisor.
  • Personal Statement - This can be between 300 and 500 words and should outline why you would like to study abroad in Ireland.

Before you begin the online application you will need to contact your study abroad adviser at your home University to get approval to study abroad. 

Once you have done that you need to: 

1. Take a selfie! You will need a digital photo.

2. Get an electronic copy of your official transcript.

3. Get a colour photo scan of your passport.

4. Preselect 8 to 10 classes. You will take 5 of these. Talk to your advisor and have a look at our information in Classes & Credits

For students applying from non English speaking countries, we accept the following English Language Qualifications:

ETAP

B2 TOEFL 550 (paper-based) 210 (computer based) / 80 (internet based)

IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.0)

UL has approved  the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2021/22 intake (due to test centre closures). The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 95.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your application, please see our step-by-step application userguide.

If your problem persists, please contact Study.Abroad@ul.ie and include a screenshot of where you are experiencing difficulty and we would be delighted to help.

Autumn Semester 2021 / Full Year 2021/22 (Applications Open)

  • Applications close on 1st June 2021. (Late applications will be accepted in some cases. If you wish to make an application after the 1st June 2021 deadline, please contact study.abroad@ul.ie and we will be able to advise you.)

Spring Semester 2022 (Applications will open on 31st July 2021)

  • Applications close on 1st November 2021.

Arrival/Orientation

The term dates for Autumn (September to December 2021) Semester are as follows.

Orientation
Orientation for international students to be confirmed.

Teaching term
The teaching term will commence on 6th September 2021. It will end on 18th December 2021.*

Exams
Autumn Examinations are from 4th December 2021 to 18th December 2021.*

Please be sure to check the UL Academic Calendar for the latest updates on semester dates. 

*Please note that due to COVID-19, the orientation and academic calendar dates are subject to change depending on public health requirements at the time.

Complimentary airport collection is available from Shannon Airport and airport assistance from Dublin Airport. This information will sent to students arriving for the Autumn 2021 Semester closer to the date.

If you have any queries on arrivals, you can contact our dedicated International Arrivals team at internationalarrivals@ul.ie or see our Before You Arrive page, which is updated regularly with the latest travel restrictions.

Visa and Immigration

Students from the EU and US citzens do not need a visa to study in Ireland. If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed here you do not need to apply for a visa - however, you will still need to register with immigration upon your arrival in Ireland.

Non-EU students should apply for a study visa well in advance of departure. Guidelines on applying for an Irish study visa are available here. 

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

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)

Yes, this is an immigration requirement. Please see here for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services guidelines for medical insurance. 

There are a number of private medical insurance companies in Ireland offering health cover. We recommend purchasing medical insurance through Arachnas Corporate Brokers (formerly known as O'Driscol O'Neill). Arachas offer a number of plans tailored to non-EEA international students. This can be purchased through TransferMate

Accommodation

Accommodation on campus should be booked using this accommodation link. Your UL Student ID number will be needed to apply online. This is the Application Number on the top left-hand corner of the offer letter above. Any queries you have relating to accommodation should be directed to accommodation@ul.ie

On-campus accommodation is in apartment style housing in one of the 6 campus villages or off campus rented accommodation close to the University. All six residential villages at University of Limerick are self-catering. We provide all cooking facilities and inventory. While kitchen/living areas are shared with a maximum of 7 others, all study bedrooms are private. While some villages offer shared bathrooms (maximum 4 sharing) our apartment residences offer en-suite facilities for those who wish to have their own toilet/shower. For further information on each of the student villages please go to our accommodation website.

Classes and Credits

You have to prechoose 8-10 classes to begin with.  You can choose these from our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our  Spring 2021 Module Booklet.

These module booklets contain all modules which are available for Study Abroad students to take during their semester at UL.

Please note, these module booklets are subject to annual change. Updated booklets will be published as soon as they become available. 

Should you require further information on a module you are interested in, you can search for the module in our Book of Modules.

Typically, the information provided in our Book of Moudles will suffice if you need to have the class pre-approved by your home university. However, should you require further information, please contact Study.Abroad@ul.ie and we can contact the course leader on your behalf. 

Please note, this cannot be used for initial selection - it contains information on all classes, not just the ones available to visiting students.A full list of modules available for Study Abroad students can be found in our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our  Spring 2021 Module Booklet.

You have to prechoose 8-10 classes to begin with. You will be prompted to include a list of 10 prechosen modules in your online application. Classes can be chosen from our Autumn 2021 Module Booklet or our  Spring 2021 Module Booklet.

During orientation, you will be given details on module registration.

During the first two weeks of the semester, Study Abroad students can try out different modules from their list of 8-10 prechosen modules. 

Once you have chosen which classes you wish to take, you will complete a module registration form, ensuring that their are no clashes between your chosen classes on the timetable (This is why students are required to prechoose.)

Please note, during orientation week, our office holds timetable information sessions along with some Q&A sessions.You call also contact Study.Abroad@ul.ie for one-to-one help with timetabling/module registration. 

Since visiting Study Abroad students choose their own classes, you create your own timetable. You will be given a blank timetable along with your welcome pack during orientation. 

Please note, during orientation, our office holds timetable information sessions along with some Q&A sessions.You call also contact Study.Abroad@ul.ie for one-to-one help with timetabling/module registration. 

You can choose completely different classes from the modules you preselected during your application. This will however mean that you do not have a schedule to begin with.

If you have already handed in your module registration form, you have until the end of Week 5 to change classes. Please contact Study.Abroad@ul.ie if you wish to do so.

Living in Ireland

Any student on Study Abroad is not allowed to legally work in Ireland. 

An approximate guide for the cost of living in Ireland can be found here.

Ireland uses 3-pin plugs. Adapters can be purchased from each village reception.

Information on UL's wide range of Clubs and Societies can be found here.

Sign-up for UL's International Society will be held during Orientation. Information about this will be forthcoming. 

Recruitment drives for other Clubs and Societies are held during the early weeks of each semester