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Before You Arrive

Congratulations on receiving your UL offer!

We are delighted that you are coming to join us at the University of Limerick and we look forward to welcoming you! 

On this page you will find information that we hope will help you as you prepare to embark on your studies at the University of Limerick.

Travelling into Ireland from another country

By law, passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. 

It is an offence not to complete the form with a large fine and/or a prison sentence. An officer at the airport or ferry terminal can ask for proof of the form and verification of the information supplied.

The form is now available online.

 

Please see our flowchart for further information on student arrivals

Travelling into Ireland from a 'high-risk' country

As of Friday 26 March 2021, all passengers travelling into Ireland from a ‘high-risk’ country must complete a 14-day period of mandatory hotel quarantine. This applies to all those who have travelled through a port or an airport in a high-risk country, even if you did not leave the airport / port. 

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

Once you have completed the period of mandatory hotel quarantine (this could be reduced if you get a 'not detected' result of a COVID-19 PCR test that is taken after ten days), you will receive a letter of completion. You will then be free to leave the mandatory hotel quarantine facility.

The cost of testing for COVID-19 is included in the mandatory hotel quarantine fee structure.

Further information, including a list of quarantine facilities and a list of ‘high-risk’ countries can be found here.

Travelling into Ireland from a country not deemed to be 'high-risk' 

Those arriving to Ireland from countries which are not deemed to be ‘high-risk’ must quarantine at home provided you have a negative or 'not detected' PCR test.

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

For all others arriving in Ireland from non-designated countries:

  • A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime.
  • 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.
  • you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.
  • If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.

Click here for further information.

 

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas or are transiting through an Irish port or airport you must have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland. Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirements.

You will be asked to show evidence of this negative or 'not detected' result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country you are travelling from and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce such evidence. Once you arrive in Ireland - you have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers.

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly - especially after you have been out and about or in and out of other people's homes or businesses. 
  • Observe good cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Maintain social distancing - keep 2 metres apart from other people.
  • Wear a face covering if you are using public transport. This is the law.
  • Only use public transport for essential journeys - walk or cycle instead where possible. 
  • Wear a face covering when visiting people aged 70 or over, or other vulnerable people - be sure to practise social distancing for their safety.
  • Work from home if possible. If you cannot work from home - keep 2 metres apart from other people.

Departure Checklist

If you require a visa to enter Ireland, please apply for your visa well in advance of your departure. More information on visas and immigration can be found here

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students 

If you are a new incoming non-EU undergraduate or postgraduate student, you are encouraged to pay your full tuition fee before your programme commences. Tuition fees for subsequent years of study can be paid in instalments. 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. 

You can pay for your tuition fees, medical insurance and accommodation fees online here. Please note, TransferMate is the official collecting agent for the University of Limerick. 

Study Abroad Students 

You can pay for your tuition fees, medical insurance and accommodation fees online here. Please note, TransferMate is the official collecting agent for the University of Limerick. 

Campus Accommodation

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

Accommodation-related queries should be directed to accommodation@ul.ie

Off-Campus Accommodation

If you wish to opt for off-campus accommodation, there also a number of off-campus residences and privately rented houses in the locality. Please see the UL Accommodation webpage for more information on accommodation or contact accommodation@ul.ie .

Please note, the university does not accept liability for accommodation advertised on the off campus database.

Please beware of fraudulent persons purporting to be landlords/landladies on Facebook, Internet sites or other media. Do not pay money to persons for accommodation, unless you are absolutely sure that they are genuine – landlords/ladies should not request full payment of rent before you have arrived in Ireland. Always request a contract be signed.

EU Students

EU students should bring their European Health Insurance Card

Non-EU students

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.

Pack your travel documents, passport and offer letter in your hand luggage so that you can present them at the airport immigration desk. EU/EAA students should bring their national identity card

Given COVID-19 the importance of maintaining personal hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic, we advise carrying hand sanitizer and a face covering on your person while travelling.

Be sure to pack a rain jacket and warm clothes! Winters in Ireland are mild and summers temperate, due to the prevailing south- westerly winds and the influence of the warm water of the North Atlantic Drift. Ireland has a mild climate all year, averaging 2°- 7°C (35°- 45°F) in winter and 18°- 24°C (65°- 75°F) in summer. May and June are the sunniest months.

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Students who have accepted their offer will have received an email outlining the following tasks which need to be completed:

  • Activate your UL Student Account and Register for Self-Service Password Reset
  • Complete the online Finance task
  • Enrol online on your course
  • Complete Enrolment at Orientation

You can find a step-by-step guide on completing these tasks here.

During Orientation it will be verified that you have completed the online course enrolment and the online finance task. You will then be able to receive your student ID card. 

All students arriving from overseas are required to complete the international student transport survey. Please select the appropriate link below to complete the survey:

Study Abroad

 

PhD

 

EU GPS

 

Non-EU Full Degree

 

Erasmus

Please provide your arrival details at least 7 days in advance of arrival. If you fail to complete the arrival form in a timely and correct manner, then the nominated transport company will be unable to arrange your free transfer from the airport to the University of Limerick.

Once the survey is completed we will share your arrival information with the transport provider who will then meet you at Dublin airport and arrange for your transfer. We are also arranging transfers for students arriving in Cork or Shannon airport.

Please note you must wait to complete the survey until your flight is booked, as the information will be used to track your arrival and is a requirement of the Irish government.

If you cannot complete the survey (for example, if you have already arrived in Ireland; if there are currently no flights from your home country), please email internationalarrivals@ul.ie.

If there is any change to your flight, please email internationalarrivals@ul.ie and resubmit the survey. If you do need to resubmit your survey, please add a comment in the ‘Any other comment’ section of the survey that you have updated with your new arrival details and submitted the form again.

Information on what to expect when you arrive at the airport can be found here.

All students must complete this Pre-Arrival Daily Health Declaration each day for the 14 consecutive days prior to your travel to Ireland. The online form can be accessed here.

A member of staff at the university will be in contact with you to ensure the daily health declarations are being submitted, so that your enrollment at the University of Limerick can commence.

This daily declaration will decide the following: 

  • Individuals who indicate that they do not have any of the mentioned symptoms during the 14 days immediately prior to their trip may travel to Ireland (Note: Students will need to record 14 consecutive days with no symptoms). 
  • Individuals who indicate that they do have one or more of the mentioned symptoms will need to record 14 consecutive days with no symptoms before traveling to Ireland.  
  • If this means that you will not arrive in Ireland on time to start your programme, the university will make reasonable accommodation for you to be facilitated to start the programme remotely and then travel to Ireland when it is safe to do so.

For students arriving in less than 14 days: 

  • All students who are due to arrive in Ireland in less than 14 days must still complete the Pre-Arrival Daily Declaration for the amount of days remaining before your arrival.  

If you have displayed any COVID-19 symptoms in the rest of the 14-day period leading up to now, please let us know by emailing ciara.kenihan@ul.ie

All students must complete this Post-Arrival Daily Health Declaration each day for 14 consecutive days, beginning the day you arrive in Ireland.  The online form can be accessed here.

A member of staff at the university will be in contact with you to ensure the daily health declarations are being submitted, so that your enrollment at the University of Limerick can commence.

Please remember to bring a thermometer with you to Ireland so that you can continue to track your symptoms for 14 days on arrival.

Individuals disclosing symptoms must immediately self-isolate and should contact the UL Medical Centre on 061 202 534. For urgent out of hours medical emergencies, please contact Limerick Doc on 087 755 1570

For students who have already arrived in Ireland: 

  • All students who have already arrived in Ireland must still complete the Post-Arrival Daily Declaration until your 14th day in Ireland. There is a question on the form which will ask you to indicate if you have had any symptoms since your arrival in Ireland. 

You are required to download the COVID-19 Tracker App to ensure that you remain safe and well while in Ireland

The primary purpose of the app is to ensure improved contact tracing. Your data is protected and the app only alerts those that have come in to contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

It is essential that you have your Bluetooth turned on for this app. Ireland as a country has embraced the app which makes it very effective. 

You will have to complete the 'UL COVID-19 Student Awareness' training. Please complete this training by carefully reading through this PDF. This training is to ensure that you understand the importance of COVID-19 student health and safety measures at UL.

On arrival to UL, you will need to register with the UL Student Health Centre.

This registration process can be done online. You will receive more information on this resgistration process after your enrollment at UL.

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