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					University of Limerick                                                                         Incoming Erasmus Handbook 2011-2012



TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIVING IN IRELAND.................................................................................................................................. 3
GEOGRAPHY ............................................................................................................................................ 3
LANDSCAPE .............................................................................................................................................. 3
CLIMATE .................................................................................................................................................. 3
TIME ZONE .............................................................................................................................................. 3
CURRENCY ............................................................................................................................................... 3
BANKING .................................................................................................................................................. 3
CREDIT CARDS......................................................................................................................................... 3
POSTAL SERVICE ..................................................................................................................................... 3
RELIGION ................................................................................................................................................. 3
SAFETY ..................................................................................................................................................... 3
ELECTRICITY ........................................................................................................................................... 4
TELEPHONE.............................................................................................................................................. 4
RADIO AND TELEVISION .......................................................................................................................... 4
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES ............................................................................................................... 4
DRIVING IN IRELAND ............................................................................................................................... 4
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ................................................................................................................................... 4
LIMERICK CITY ........................................................................................................................................ 5
LIMERICK AT A GLANCE ......................................................................................................................... 5
ENTERTAINMENT ..................................................................................................................................... 5
SPORT ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
SHOPPING ................................................................................................................................................. 6
EATING OUT ............................................................................................................................................ 6
CINEMA .................................................................................................................................................... 6

GETTING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK .......................................................................... 7
BY AIR ...................................................................................................................................................... 7
BY TRAIN ................................................................................................................................................. 7
BY BUS ..................................................................................................................................................... 7
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ............................................................................................................ 7
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION DIVISION ................................................................................... 8
VISA AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS............................................................................... 8
VISA APPLICATIONS ................................................................................................................................ 8
IMMIGRATION .......................................................................................................................................... 9
HEALTH INSURANCE ........................................................................................................................ 9
MEDICAL FORMS …………………………………………………………………………………… .. .25
WORKING IN IRELAND ..................................................................................................................... 9
ACCOMMODATION ............................................................................................................................ 9
ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION ........................................................................................................ 9/10
TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION......................................................................................................... 111
OFF-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION ......................................................................................................... 11
LODGINGS/DIGS ..................................................................................................................................... 12
ACADEMIC CALENDAR .................................................................................................................. 12
ORIENTATION PROGRAMME ....................................................................................................... 12
ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION ............................................................................................ 12
ENROLMENT .......................................................................................................................................... 12
REGISTRATION....................................................................................................................................... 12
CLASS TIMETABLE .......................................................................................................................... 13
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS .................................................................................... 13



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COST OF LIVING ............................................................................................................................... 13
FACILITIES ON CAMPUS ................................................................................................................ 13
BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS ......................................................................................................................... 13
LIBRARY ................................................................................................................................................. 14
COMPUTER FACILITIES ......................................................................................................................... 14
EMAIL..................................................................................................................................................... 14
SPORTS ................................................................................................................................................... 14
UNIVERSITY RESTAURANTS .................................................................................................................. 15
CAMPUS BARS ........................................................................................................................................ 15
BANKING ................................................................................................................................................ 15
CRÈCHE.................................................................................................................................................. 15
USIT TRAVEL OFFICE........................................................................................................................... 15
BOOKSHOP ............................................................................................................................................. 15
SMALL FOODSTORE ............................................................................................................................... 16
OTHER FACILITIES ................................................................................................................................ 16
STUDENTS UNION ............................................................................................................................. 16
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES........................................................................................................................... 16
   Clubs............................................................................................................................................... 16
   Societies .......................................................................................................................................... 16
SUPPORT SERVICES ........................................................................................................................ 16
STUDENT PERSONNEL SERVICES........................................................................................................... 16
    Student Counselling ........................................................................................................................ 16
    Chaplaincy...................................................................................................................................... 17
    Student Health Centre .................................................................................................................... 17
FACILITIES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS .................................................................................................. 17
UL ACADEMIC COORDINATOR ............................................................................................................. 17
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION.................................................................................................. 17
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ............................................................................................. 18
APPENDIX 1: SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS IN LIMERICK CITY.................................... 19
APPENDIX 2: USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ........................................................................ 20
APPENDIX 3: MAP OF REGION ..................................................................................................... 21
APPENDIX 4: UL CAMPUS MAP…………………………………………………………………..22
APPENDIX 5: CAMPUS RESIDENCES MAP …………………………………………………….23

APPENDIX 6: MEDICAL FORM ……………………………………………………….………24/25
APPENDIX 7: ACCOMMADATION FORM……………………………………………..……26-28
APPENDIX 8: BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION ......................................................... 29
APPENDIX 9: ADMINISTRATION AND DEPARTMENT OFFICES ......................................... 30




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LIVING IN IRELAND
                                                        Currency
Geography                                               The currency of the Republic of Ireland is the Euro
Ireland is the most westerly country of the             (€). Euro notes come in seven denominations: 5,
European Union, separated from Great Britain by         10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro. There is 100
the North Channel on the northeast and the Irish        cent to the Euro and coins are in eight
Sea on the east. Ireland is an island of 84,430 sq.     denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and 1
km (32,598 square miles). Its greatest length is 485    and 2 Euro. As Northern Ireland is part of the
km (302 miles), its greatest width 304 km (189          United Kingdom, the pound sterling (£) is in use
miles), and its coastline extends for over 5,631 km     and denominations are similar to that of the Euro.
(3,500 miles). The highest mountain Carrantuohill
(1,040 metres/3,414 feet) is part of the                Banking
Macgillacuddy Reeks range near Killarney in             There are five retail banks in Ireland, the Bank of
County Kerry. The longest river is the Shannon          Ireland (BOI), the Allied Irish Bank (AIB), the
(370 km/230 miles). The largest lake is Lough           Ulster Bank, the National Irish Bank and the TSB
Neagh (396 sq. km/153 square miles) in Northern         Bank. The bank on campus is the Ulster Bank.
Ireland.                                                Most banks are open from Monday to Friday from
                                                        10h00 to 12h30 and from 13h30 to 16h00, with
The country is divided into four historic provinces;    some branches open through lunch. There is
Ulster (9counties) in the north; Munster (6 counties)   extended opening until 17h00 on one day per week
in the south; Leinster (12 counties) in the east; and   (the choice varying from place to place). ATM
Connacht (5 counties) in the west. The population       facilities are available is most towns and villages.
of the 32 counties of Ireland is approximately 5
million.                                                Credit Cards
                                                        All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Euro
Landscape                                               Card) are accepted in the majority of services and
The landscape varies from bogs and lakes in the         retail outlets. Some outlets may accept Diners Club
central lowlands to mountains and rocky islands in      and American Express cards. Most credit cards can
the west. Between these two extremes, the island        be used in ATMs, especially the Bank of Ireland
has abundant lush, green pastureland but little         and Allied Irish Bank ATMs.
natural woodland.
                                                        Postal Service
                                                        Post Offices are open from 09h00 to 17h30 during
                                                        the week and from 09h00 to 13h00 on Saturdays.
                                                        They offer full postal services to all countries and
                                                        often offer banking facilities. The closest Post
                                                        Office to the University is situated in the Spar shop
                                                        in University Court.

Climate                                                 Religion
Winters in Ireland are mild and summers temperate       Ireland is a predominantly Christian state with
due to the prevailing southwesterly winds and the       approximately 88% of the population professing to
influence of the warm waters of the North Atlantic      the Roman Catholic faith. In addition there are
Drift. Ireland has a mild climate all year-averaging    Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist and
2°- 7°C (35°- 45°F) in winter and 18°- 24°C (65°-       Baptist Churches, as well as Eastern Orthodox.
75°F) in summer. May and June are the sunniest          In addition to the Christian denominations there are
months with an average of over 7 hours of sunshine      centres for Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais. There are
per day.                                                also Mosques and Synagogues catering for those of
                                                        the Islamic and Jewish faiths.
Time Zone
Ireland is in the same time zone as Great Britain,      Safety
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The clocks change            In the Republic of Ireland the Police are called the
twice yearly for summer time. The summer time           Gardaí (Guards). In the case of an emergency dial
period starts the last Sunday in March at 1.00am        999 or 112 to contact the Gardaí, Ambulance or
GMT, i.e. the clock goes forward one hour. The          Fire Brigade services. Ireland is a relatively safe
summertime period ends the last Sunday in October       place to live, however it is advisable to take suitable
at 1.00am GMT, i.e. the clock goes back one hour.       precautions, such as avoiding poorly lit or back
                                                        streets in the cities and larger towns at night. If you
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avoid eye contact and leave the scene as quickly as     Driving in Ireland
possible.                                               In Ireland, cars are driven on the left-hand side of
Always remember to lock your room and windows           the road. In towns and cities the speed limit is
before you go out. Always be careful with your          normally 50 kilometres per hour but on certain
personal belongings and don‟t leave valuables           roads higher limits may apply. A general speed
unattended.                                             limit of 100 kilometres per hour applies on all roads
                                                        except for motorways where a speed limit of 120
Electricity                                             kilometres per hour applies.
In Ireland, the standard electricity voltage is
between 220 – 240 volts, and frequency is 50 Hertz
the same as in most parts of Europe. If your
electrical items are not suited to work under these
conditions you should equip yourself with a
transformer. This especially applies to those of you
who are bringing your electrical goods from the
USA. Buildings in Ireland have sockets for 13 amp
square pin fused plugs. Adaptors can be bought in       The laws regarding speeding, drink-driving and
most hardware shops to adapt your plugs to fit 3 pin    wearing seatbelts in Ireland are very strict. There is
sockets.                                                a penalty point system in operation, whereby points
                                                        will be added to your driving licence for road safety
Telephone                                               offences. Full details on all road safety offences
Public telephones in Ireland are coin, phone card or    can be found at www.penaltypoints.ie
credit card operated. Card operated telephones take
a telephone card that can be bought from                Public Holidays 2011/2012
newsagents and can be used for several calls until       October Bank Holiday     31 October 2011
the credit runs out. International phone cards can       St Stephen‟s Day Bank    26 December
also be bought from most newsagents.            The      Holiday                  2011
international dialling code for Ireland is +353 and      Bank Holiday for         27 December
the area code for Limerick is (0) 61.                    Christmas Day            2011
                                                         New Year Bank            3 January 2012
Most people in Ireland have a mobile phone and           Holiday
students are advised to purchase a mobile phone on       Bank Holiday for St.     19 March 2012
arrival in Ireland. A cheaper option is to purchase a    Patrick‟s Day
SIM card to use in your own phone. There are four        Good Friday              6 April 2012
mobile phone companies in Ireland, Vodafone              Easter Monday            9 April 2012
(www.vodafone.ie), O2 (www.o2.ie) and Meteor             May Bank Holiday         7 May 2012
(www.meteor.ie) and 3network (www.3ireland.ie)           June Bank Holiday        4 June 2012
offering these services.                                 August Bank Holiday      6 August 2012

Radio and Television
Ireland has three state controlled television
channels, RTE 1, Network 2 and the Irish language
Teilifís na Gaeilge (TG4), and one privately run
channel, TV3. There are six national radio stations
and many local ones. British TV channels can be
picked up in most parts of Ireland on Cable TV and
satellite.

Newspapers and Magazines
Popular national daily newspapers include the Irish
Times, Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner.
There are also daily tabloid newspapers. Most
towns have a local or regional paper. The local
paper for Limerick is the Limerick Leader. Two
free newspapers are also published weekly and are
a good source of information for services and
entertainment. All good newsagents sell a wide
variety of special interest magazines, from sport to
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LIMERICK CITY
Limerick at a Glance

The Vikings founded Limerick over a thousand
years ago. The third largest city in the Republic of
Ireland, Limerick City (population 55,000) is a
lively, interesting and attractive place to live and
study. The city is magnificently sited on one of
Europe‟s finest rivers, the Shannon.
                                                         The Hunt Museum from the river Shannon

                                                         The recent pioneering programme of urban renewal
                                                         has transformed Limerick, into a thriving, energetic
                                                         and all-embracing modern city. The Mid West
                                                         Region,     which     comprises      the     greater
Limerick is a city of many contrasts, illustrated in     Limerick/Shannon area, is one of the leading
the form of a medieval core with a later Georgian        growth centres of the country. The proximity of
addition. Of particular importance are:                  Shannon International Airport ensures that the
                                                         Region‟s important trade links with the global
   King John‟s Castle, built in the 12th Century,       market place are maintained.
    built to defend the river frontier between the
    Gaelic West and Norman Munster and                   Limerick offers an unequalled base from which to
    Leinster. It is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00.      explore the Southwest and West of Ireland.




                                                         Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren, Co. Clare

                                                         Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Adare, Lough Gur,
King John’s Castle                                       the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Killarney, and the
                                                         lakes and mountains of Galway and Kerry, are all
                            St. Mary‟s Cathedral,        within easy driving distance.
                            built c.1172. Originally
                            the seat of Donal Mór        Entertainment
                            O‟Brien, King of             Limerick has long enjoyed a reputation as a major
                            Munster. The palace          cultural and artistic centre, having contributed to
                            was later donated to the     the world of entertainment through its many
                            church. It is still in use   achievements in theatre, music and the visual arts.
                            today as a place of          Every year the city is home to the EV+A arts
                            worship.                     festival. Information about this event can be
                            It is open daily from        obtained from www.eva.ie. The Belltable Theatre
                            09h00 to 17h00.              hosts a variety of artistic events all year round,
                                                         including theatre, film, exhibitions, poetry readings
St. Mary’s Cathedral                                     and music. Limerick city is host to a wide variety
                                                         of    internationally acclaimed        groups     and
The Hunt Museum houses one of the greatest               organisations, including the Irish World Music
collections of antiquities in Ireland. Collected by      Centre, the Irish Concert Orchestra, Daghdha
John Hunt and Gertrude Hunt, the paintings and           Dance Company, and the Island Theatre Group.
artefacts were originally housed in the University of
Limerick before moving to their new home in the          At night the city comes alive with music and
old Customs house in Limerick City. The Museum           entertainment, and during the summer months an
is open Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00,          almost continental atmosphere is generated among
on Sunday from 14h00 to 17h00.                           the diners at the many street-side cafes, bars and
                                                         restaurants.


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                                                          has a reputation for its fashion design and is
                                                          renowned for its lace industry. There are several
                                                          shopping malls in Limerick city and surrounding
                                                          suburbs as well as many outlets offering all sorts of
                                                          items from jewellery to the latest fashion, sports
                                                          gear and games to antiquities and handmade crafts.
                                                          Main shopping hours in Limerick city are Monday
                                                          to Saturday from 09h30 to 17h30 with some
                                                          department stores staying open late at midweek and
                                                          weekends. Some large department stores now offer
                                                          24 hour opening and Sunday shopping.

By night, old-world pubs ring to the sound of             There are plenty of supermarkets and grocery stores
traditional Irish music, or to the sounds of rock, folk   in the city, and include many multinational
and jazz. The many wonderful pubs include                 companies such as Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco,
Dolan‟s, Nancy Blake‟s, The Locke, Mickey                 Debenhams, Lidl and Centra. There is a lively
Martin‟s, The White House and Tom Collins.                farmers market on Saturday mornings in the Milk
                                                          Market. Fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, and
Sport                                                     gourmet foods along with many other items can be
For a city of its size, Limerick can take pride in its    purchased at reasonable prices. International food
sporting achievements. New students arriving in the       stores are located throughout the city centre. These
city will have a wide range of sporting outlets for       cater for the growing multicultural population that
women and men, with all the mainstream sports             is now a welcome aspect of modern Ireland. These
well represented.                                         include Afro/Caribbean, Eastern European, and
                                                          Asian Stores offering a wide variety of produce and
                                 Rugby Union is a         regional specialities
                                 major sport in the
                                 area, with Limerick      Eating Out
                                 now universally          There are several places in Limerick where you can
                                 acknowledged as          dine, with various price ranges to suit depending on
                                 Ireland‟s unofficial     your choice of venue. Restaurants in hotels can be
                                 “Rugby Capital.”         more expensive and offer classic French cuisine to
                                 Thomond Park is          international contemporary dishes. Casual dining in
                                 the home of              pubs is very popular in Ireland. Lots of pubs in
                                 Munster Rugby in         Limerick have restaurants that offer either à la
Limerick.                                                 Carte or fixed menus. Limerick is well catered for
                                                          by numerous fast food outlets offering a range of
                                                          foods that mirrors its ethnic diversity. All have
The Limerick hurling team is always a powerful            seating arrangements and many are open
force in the national game and Gaelic football is         throughout the day till late in the evening. See
gaining in stature. Horseracing is well catered for       Appendix 1 for a varied selection of restaurants in
with a new racecourse nearby. There are four top-         Limerick.
class golf courses within a six-mile radius of the
city centre.                                              Cinema
                                                          There are two cinema theatres situated in Limerick.
                              Tennis and hockey           The closest one to the university is located in the
                              facilities are also well    Castletroy Shopping Centre complex. The second is
                              developed, and the          located Dooradoyle adjacent to the Crescent
                              river Shannon               Shopping Centre.
                              provides a permanent
                              backdrop for many
                              rowing and angling
                              clubs with a long
                              tradition of successful
                              activities.

                               Shopping
                               Shopping in Limerick
                               offers a wide variety
of choice and caters for all tastes and ages. The city



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GETTING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF
LIMERICK                                                                                  The university was
                                                                                          developed to help
By Air                                                                                    meet the rapidly
Shannon International Airport (SNN) is the nearest                                        changing economic
airport to Limerick City. With only one terminal                                          and social needs that
servicing arrivals and departures, it is very small by                                    emerged on Ireland‟s
international standards. The airport staffs are                                           accession to the
friendly and helpful. Before leaving the airport                                          European Union in
ensure you have enough Euro (€) with you until                                            1973.
more permanent banking arrangements have been                                             It is a dynamic
made. There is a bank and an ATM in the Arrivals                                          institution, which has
terminal at Shannon Airport. This bank is open to                                         played a pivotal role
cater for international flights and is open outside                                       in the economic
normal banking hours. Make sure you have                                                  development of the
'change' for phone calls etc., on arrival.                                                Mid-West region of
                                                                                          Ireland.
There are taxis available from the airport to the                                         The university has
campus. The average cost is approximately €40-            also become a focus for a wide range of artistic
€50. There is a regular bus service from Shannon          activity and is home to the Irish Chamber Orchestra
Airport to Limerick City and the bus stop is directly     and the Irish World Music Centre. Some fine
outside the Arrivals terminal.          Fares cost        collections of Irish Art are also housed in various
approximately €5.00 and the journey takes 45-50           locations on campus. The compact nature of the
minutes. Stay on the bus until it reaches Limerick        campus and the university‟s size foster a close
Railway Station. There are taxis at the station and       sense of community. The University believes
they will take you to the University campus, which        strongly that the creation of a friendly, caring and
will cost approximately €8.00. A regular bus              cooperative atmosphere is essential to the
service runs between the city centre and the              successful pursuit of any study programme.
University campus. A single fare costs €1.10. The
City Centre-University Bus departs from lower             The University of Limerick undertakes programmes
William Street.                                           of education and research in its 4 constituent
                                                          colleges: Kemmy Business School, Faculty of
By Train                                                  Education and Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts
Colbert Station is Limerick‟s only train station and      Humanities & Social Sciences and Faculty of
trains arrive regularly from Dublin and Cork. Train       Science & Engineering
timetables can be checked on the Irish Rail website:
www.irishrail.ie

Taxis are available outside the station for transfer to
the University, which will cost approximately
€10.00.    See Appendix 2 for taxi telephone
numbers.

By Bus
The national bus company, Bus Éireann, operate
daily services from all the major cities to Limerick.
Bus timetables can be checked on the Bus Éireann
website: www.buseireann.ie


UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
The University of Limerick is an independent
university established as the National Institute for
Higher Education by the Government of Ireland in
1972. It is located in the 600-acre National
Technological Park on the banks of the river
Shannon, 4km east of the medieval city of
Limerick. A map of the region can be found in
Appendix 3.


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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION                                    Web: www.ul.ie/international
DIVISION
                                                           Ms Katherine Martin
The year 2001 was the first year of operation of the       Administrator International Education (Europe)
UL programme of international education and the            International Education Division
newly created International Education Division.            Room E0-030
IED is responsible for                                     University of Limerick
                                                           Limerick
 The European Union‟s exchange programmes
                                                           Ireland
    under LIFELONG LEARNING: ERASMUS
                                                           Tel: +353 61 234654
 The Study Abroad Programme which attracts
                                                           Fax: +353 61 213062
    students for one study semester or for a full
                                                           Email: Katherine.Martin@ul.ie
    academic year from the USA
                                                           Web: www.ul.ie/international
 The recruitment of international students from
    Canada, China, India, North America, Norway
    and Russia on full-time undergraduate and              VISA AND IMMIGRATION
    postgraduate programmes at the University of           REQUIREMENTS
    Limerick
 Summer School in Irish Studies.                          Visa Applications
                                                           Information about VISA requirements is available
                              IED            provides      at the following website:
                              information          and     http://www.educationireland.ie/index.php?option=c
                              assistance     to      all   om_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=47
                              international students.
                              The office provides
                              information relating to
                              student immigration
                              regulations. It also
                              provides an orientation
                              programme to give
                              students          further
information, advice and support.          Staffs are
available to assist students with any queries. Office
Hours: Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 13h00,
14h15 to 17h00

LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME:
ERASMUS Contacts
Dr Patricia O’Flaherty
LLP Erasmus Institutional Coordinator                      If you are an EU citizen, there are no visa
International Education Division                           requirements when entering Ireland. International
Room E0-030                                                students who are citizens of a Non-EU country are
University of Limerick                                     advised to contact their local Irish Diplomatic
Limerick                                                   Mission. Those who do not have an Irish
Ireland                                                    Diplomatic Mission in their home country should
Tel: +353 61 202304                                        apply directly for a visa application form, well in
Fax: +353 61 213062                                        advance of their departure, to:
Email: patricia.oflaherty@ul.ie
Web: www.ul.ie/international                               Visa Section
                                                           Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Ms Maria Neville                                           13-14 Burgh Quay
Administrator International Education (Europe)             Dublin 2
International Education Division                           Ireland
Room E0-030                                                Tel: + 353 1 6167700
University of Limerick                                     (From 14h30 to 16h00 Monday to Friday)
Limerick                                                   Fax: +353 1 4751201
Ireland                                                    Email: visamail@justice.ie
Tel: +353 61 234654
Fax: +353 61 213062                                        Further information on student visa requirements
Email: maria.neville@ul.ie                                 for individual countries is available on the



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following web site:                                      Medical Forms
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Do_I_need_a         Students are asked to complete a confidential
_Visa                                                    medical questionnaire (Appendix 6) and return it to:
                                                         Student Health Centre
Immigration                                              Room CM-060
All Non-EU students must register with the               University of Limerick
Immigration Authorities in Limerick within 10 days       Limerick
of arrival in Ireland. The International Education       Ireland
Division will organise an appointment with the
Immigration Officer, details of which will be given      Complete and accurate information must be given.
to you during Orientation Week. At this meeting
you will be required to provide the following:
                                                         WORKING IN IRELAND
   Valid passport.
   Recent passport photographs (4).                     EU/EEA students are allowed to work in Ireland
   Proof of medical insurance.                          without restriction on the number of hours or on the
   Proof of financial security to cover your stay in    type of work. Non-EU students are allowed to
    Ireland. This can consist of a bank statement,       work for 20 hours per week during their study
    letter from a parent or the home university          period in Ireland. Students may work full time (40
    guaranteeing financial support.                      hours per week) during the vacation period.
   Completed UL immigration letter (available
    from the International Education Division).          Before starting employment it is necessary to obtain
                                                         a PPS number from the Social Welfare Office in
It is not necessary for students from the EU/EEA to      Limerick.
register with the immigration authorities.
                                                         Social Welfare Office
                                                         Dominic Street
HEALTH INSURANCE                                         Limerick
                                                         Ireland
All EU nationals are eligible to avail of full medical   Tel: +353 61 414799
services in Ireland. However, in order to do so, it      Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 09h15 to
will be necessary to bring a European Health             12h00, 14h00 to 16h00
Insurance Card from your home country. This card
replaces the E111or E128 Form. Please contact the        Applicants will need to present the following
Health Authorities in your home country for              documents in person, fill out an application form
information. Further information can be obtained         and return to the office two weeks later to pick up
from the following website: http://www.ehic.ie/          the PPS number card.
under Visitors to Ireland.
It is emphasised that the card provides entitlement               Passport + one other form of identification
to public health care only.                                       Proof of address in Limerick

Non-EU nationals are required to hold medical
insurance for the duration of their stay in              ACCOMMODATION
Ireland. This is an immigration requirement and
the immigration authorities will require proof of        On-Campus Accommodation
medical insurance. Students may extend medical           A number of single rooms have been reserved for
policies from their home countries to cover the          ERASMUS students in the five student villages on
period of study in Ireland or, alternatively, policies   campus. Consisting of 6 bedroom apartments in
are available from the following Irish health            Thomond Village, 8 and 4 bedroom houses in
insurance companies;                                     Plassey Village, 6 bedroom houses in Kilmurry
                                                         Village, mainly 6 bedroom apartments in Dromroe
Voluntary Health Insurance:      www.vhi.ie              Village and 6 bedroom apartments in Cappavilla.
Aviva:                   www.avivahealth.ie              These residences are of a very high standard.
Quinn-healthcare: www.quinn-healthcare.com

The International Education Division at the
University of Limerick has negotiated special
medical insurance discounted rates for international
students.



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                                                          Accommodation Office
                                                          University of Limerick
                                                          Limerick
                                                          Ireland
                                                          Tel: +353 61 202433
                                                          Email: Deirdre.ryan@ul.ie
                                                          The cost of on-campus accommodation per
                                                          semester for 2011/2012 is:
Plassey Student Village
                                                              Plassey      8 Bedroom House      €1,690.00
                                                                           4 Bedroom House      €1,950.00
                                                              Kilmurry     8 Bedroom House      €1,755.00
                                                                           6 Bedroom House      €1,950.00
                                                              Dromroe      6 Bedroom            €2,210.00
                                                                           Apartment
                                                                           2 Bedroom            €2,470.00
                                                                           Apartment
Kilmurry Student Village                                      Cappavilla   6 Bedroom
                                                              and          Apartment            €2,210.00
                                                              Thomond      4 Bedroom
                                                                           Apartment            €2,277.50
                                                                           2 Bedroom
                                                                           Apartment            €2,470.00

                                                          Prices are for the semester (15 weeks), and are
                                                          inclusive of an estimate of heating and electricity
                                                          and a service charge.

Dromroe Student Village                                   If you secure a room on-campus, you are advised to
                                                          arrive during office hours Monday to Friday from
All houses, unless otherwise requested, are mixed,        09h00 to 17h00.          If this is not possible,
with Irish and non-Irish students. The shared             arrangements can be made to have your keys left at
amenities of each house are a fully equipped              the University‟s Main Reception, which is open 24
kitchen/living room with cable TV and two                 hours a day. You will need to inform the Village
shower/WCs. Houses also contain a card-phone,             Manager of your date and time of arrival
credit for which can be bought in the village             approximately a week in advance in order to avail
reception. All bedrooms in Dromroe Village are            of this facility. The student villages will be open to
ensuite. Individual study-bedrooms contain a bed,         students from 28th August 2011. The move in date
desk, wardrobe and washbasin.           Duvets are        for spring semester students is 15th January 2012.
supplied. However, bed linen and pillows are
required. Please be aware that here is no Macintosh       Please note:
compatibility at the university. The Village Centre
also has a mini-supermarket, hairdressing salon and            All payments must be made payable to Plassey
launderette.                                                    Trust Co. Ltd.
                                                               The total rent for one semester plus the deposit
Please note that on-campus accommodation is very                must be paid on or before arrival. Students will
limited and is allocated on a „first come first served‟         not have access to their accommodation until
basis. Furthermore, priority is given to full-year              full payment has been made.
students. There are two off-campus residences as an            It is not possible to pay by instalments.
alternative: Brookfield Hall and Parkview Hall. The            Payment can be made by Credit Card, where a
accommodation form must be accompanied by a                     surcharge of 2% will be added, or by Bank
€250.00 booking deposit to confrm the reservation.              Wire Transfer. See accommodation form for
Students requiring on-campus accommodation                      more information.
should select more than one option in order of                 International Postal Money Orders are not
choice. Every effort will be made to allocate                   accepted.
students their first preference. The booking deposit           Euro cheques and Personal cheques are not
along with the accommodation form (Appendix 7)                  accepted.
should be submitted to:                                        Once village accommodation has been
                                                                assigned, living arrangements may not be
Ms Deirdre Ryan                                                 changed upon arrival at the University.
International Bookings


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      Students may remain in village accommodation     Tel: +353 61 202331
       during holiday breaks.                           Fax: +353 61 202827
                                                        Email: accommodation@ul.ie
If you are in one of the villages, your address while
at the University will be:                              Web: www.ul.ie/~accommodation/
                                                        Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 9h00 to
    Your Name                Your Name                  13h00, 14h15 to 17h00.
    House Number             House Number
    Plassey Village          Kilmurry Village           Rooms in the self-catering sector are of a varying
    Plassey Park Road        University of Limerick     standard, but are generally clean and comfortable.
    Castletroy               Limerick                   They are usually in houses with non-resident
    Limerick                 Ireland                    landlords.      Two students frequently share
    Ireland                                             bedrooms. Duvets and bed linen are not provided
                                                        and study desks are not always available. Students
    Your Name                Your Name                  share all other facilities. Kitchens are normally
    Apartment Number         Apartment Number           fully equipped. Weekly or monthly terms as agreed
    House Name               House Name                 with the landlord, are currently approximately
    Dromroe Village          Thomond Village            €200.00-€280.00 per month. Electricity, heating
    University of Limerick   University of Limerick     and refuse collection charges are additional to rent.
    Limerick                 Limerick
    Ireland                  Ireland

    Your Name
    Apartment Number
    House Name
    Cappavilla Student
    Village
    University of Limerick
    Limerick
    Ireland

(For a full map of on-campus accommodation refer
to Appendix 5)

Temporary Accommodation
Students who prefer accommodation in the private
sector are advised to arrive several weeks prior to
orientation to view off-campus accommodation.
Students are advised to book a room in temporary
accommodation (bed & breakfast) in order to look
for suitable accommodation on arrival. A list of
bed & breakfast accommodation is available in
Appendix 8. Alternatively, call any Irish Tourist
Board Office or visit the following website:
www.shannon-dev.ie/HeritageTourism

Off-Campus Accommodation

Students are advised not to book off-campus
accommodation prior to their arrival in Limerick.
Private sector accommodation should always be
viewed before reservation. The best is often taken
well before the start of the semester. The
accommodation office will provide a list of suitable
off-campus accommodation.

Accommodation Office
Room D0-035
University of Limerick
Limerick
Ireland


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Please note:
                                                          Please note:
      A deposit of one month‟s rent and an electricity    Do not plan to leave Limerick before 18h00
       deposit are generally required.                        on Saturday 17th December 2011 for
      Students who opt for self-catering                     Autumn Semester and 18h00 on Monday
       accommodation or lodgings must find their              14th May 2012 for Spring Semester.
       own accommodation upon arrival in Limerick.
      Do not book off-campus accommodation
       before arrival.                                    ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
      Inspect a number of properties carefully before    An Orientation Programme, organised by the
       you take a room.                                   International Education Division, introduces
      Students may remain in self-catering               students to the various services and systems in
       accommodation during holiday breaks.               operation at the University of Limerick, e.g.
                                                          academic issues such as regulations, enrolment and
Lodgings/Digs                                             module registration and issues such as health
Students interested in living with an Irish family        services, sports facilities, arts and entertainment.
may be interested in lodgings „digs‟. This type of        The Orientation Programme for autumn, full year
accommodation may be culturally rewarding in              and Spring ERASMUS students takes place over a
terms of integrating into Irish family life, and          two-day period on the Thursday and Friday before
improving language competence. Bedrooms can be            the beginning of each semester.
shared or single. The cost is approximately €90.00-
€120.00 per week which includes all expenses,             Orientation is compulsory for ERASMUS
including breakfast and evening meals.         The        students.
accommodation office will assist you in finding
lodgings „digs‟.
                                                          ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION
ACADEMIC CALENDAR                                         Enrolment
                                                          The procedure for enrolment will be explained to
The University of Limerick operates a semesterised        you on the first day of the Orientation Programme
academic year. Students are advised to arrive at          and Orientation Guides will assist you with this
least a week before classes commence to allow time        procedure. Enrolment only takes place during
to settle in and prepare for courses. The dates for       Orientation and during the first week of the
the academic year 2011/2012 are:                          Semester, therefore it is vitally important that you
                                                          attend. For enrolment you will need an Enrolment
Autumn Semester                                           Form, which will be given to you during
                                                          Orientation. Once enrolled, you will receive your
    Orientation             1st and 2nd September         University of Limerick Student Identity Card.
                            2011
    Classes                 5th September – 2nd           Registration
                            December 2011                 Every ERASMUS student must register for the
    Examinations            5th – 17th December 2011      modules they wish to study at the University of
                            inclusive                     Limerick.     A Module Guide and Module
    Christmas Break*        18th December 2011 – 4th      Registration Form will be given to you in the
                            January 2012                  information package you will receive at
                                                          Orientation. ERASMUS students are required to
Midterm Break 5th – 17th January 2012                     take a minimum of 3 modules and a maximum of 5
                                                          modules per semester. Each module is awarded 6
Spring Semester                                           ECTS credits. Registration must be completed by
                                                          the end of week 2 of each semester. Every
    Orientation              19th and 20th January        ERASMUS student is assigned an Academic
                             2012                         Coordinator whose duty is to assist students on their
    Classes                  23rd January – 20th          module selection and to sign the Module
                             April 2012                   Registration Form. During the first week of the
    Easter Break*            2nd – 9th April 2012         semester you will have an opportunity to meet with
    Examinations             30th April – 14th May        an Academic Coordinator from your subject area.
                             2012 inclusive
                                                          Failure to submit the Module Registration Form
* Students may remain in their accommodation              to the International Education Division by the
during holiday breaks.                                    end of Week 2 will result in a €20 fine. Please


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note that all students are expected to sit               Thomond Village (6         €2210        €4420
examinations in all subjects for which they have         Bed Apartment)
registered.
                                                         Cappavilla Student         €2210        €4420
                                                         Village (6 Bed
CLASS TIMETABLE                                          Apartment)
                                                         Books and other            €194          €388
The class timetable, which will be available during      Academic Requisites
Orientation and contains the lecture, tutorial and       Medical Insurance          €190          €380
laboratory times for each module. The number of          Food (self catering)       €1142         €2284
teaching hours per module varies from module to          Clothes, Laundry etc.      €351.50       €703
module, depending on the subject being covered
and the size of the class. Lectures and tutorials are    Total**                    3827.50       7655.00
usually of 50 minutes duration, with laboratory
classes lasting for 2-3 hours.                          *         On-campus accommodation includes
                                                        electricity and heating charges.
                                                        ** This does not include travel within Ireland or
ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                        social expenses.
REQUIREMENTS
As ERASMUS students are required to possess             FACILITIES ON CAMPUS
sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit
examinations at the University of Limerick,             Buildings on Campus
students should be competent to communicate
through the medium of English prior to their arrival.   There are fourteen buildings on campus: Main
                                                        Building, Foundation Building, Glucksman
Intensive language courses are available at a cost of   Building (Library), Lonsdale Building, Schrödinger
€250.00 for 3 days during the week prior to the start   Building, Schumann Building, Physical Education
of the Autumn Semester and they are run only if         Building, Computer Science Building, Materials
numbers are sufficient to cover the company's costs.    and Surface Science Institute, Kemmy Business
These courses are run by the University of Limerick     School, Health Sciences, Engineering, Millstream
Language Centre an affiliate company of the             and the University Sports Arena.                 The
University. The courses are optional and are not        administrative services (Admissions, Student
regarded as part of the ERASMUS programme. For          Services, International Education Division, etc.) are
further information refer to the website:               all located in the Main Building. The Foundation
www.ul.ie/~clc                                          Building houses a 1,000-seat concert hall. For a
                                                        full list of administration and department offices
                                                        refer to Appendix 7.
COST OF LIVING
                                                         BUILDINGS                SERVICES
The estimated cost of living for students in Ireland     Main Building            Admissions, Student
is estimated at approximately €800.00 per month.         Block designation:       Services, Fees,
                                                                                  International
                                                         A, B, C, D, E
Estimated Semester and Annual Living Costs for                                    Education Division,
Students 2011/12                                                                  Student Health
                                                                                  Centre, Restaurants,
 Item                        Semester      Year                                   Computers,
 On-Campus                                                                        Laboratories,
 Accommodation*                                                                   Classrooms
 Kilmurry Village            €1950       €3900           Foundation Building      Concert Hall,
 (6 Bed House)                                           Block designation: F     Restaurant/Café,
                                                                                  Classrooms
 Other options:                                          Glucksman Building       Library,
 Plassey Village             €1690       €3380           Block designation: G     Restaurant/Café,
 (8 Bed House)                                                                    Computers
                                                         Lonsdale Building        Chemistry/Physics
 Dromroe Village             €2210       €4420           Block designation: L     Laboratories,
 (6 Bed Apartment):                                                               Classrooms
                                                         Schrödinger Building     Life-Science



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 Block designation:       Laboratories,
 SR                       Computers,                                    Building           Service Desks
                          Classrooms
 Schuman Building         Computers,                 Monday        to   8.30 – 23.00       9.00 – 21.00
 Block designation: S     Restaurant/Café,           Friday
                          Classrooms                 Saturday           10.00 – 19.00      10.00 – 16.30
 Physical Education       Restaurant/Café,           Sunday             11.00 – 18.00       Closed
 Building                 Classrooms
 Block designation: P                                Computer Facilities
 Computer Science         Restaurant/Café,           The Information Technology Department (ITD)
 Building                 Computers,                 provides computer facilities for all University of
 Block designation:       Classrooms                 Limerick staff and students. PCs are available to
 CS                                                  students on an open-access basis, except when they
 Materials and            Laboratories,              are booked for classes. Most PCs are heavily
 Surface Science          Research                   booked between 09h00 and 17h00 during the
 Institute                                           semester. However, the biggest PC cluster (Room
 University Sports        50m Swimming Pool,         A0-060) is not block booked, and is open 24 hours
 Arena                    Gym, Sports Hall,          a day on a „first-come, first-served‟ basis. ITD PC
                          Sports Bar/Café            clusters are open from 09h00-22h00 during the
                                                     semester.
Classrooms in the university are designated by
letters and numbers e.g. if Chemistry 1 is           The software applications available to students are
timetabled to be in classroom A1-050, the room can   based on Microsoft Windows. Students do not
be found as follows:                                 require their own software copies as all software is
Building designation: Block A, Main Building         centrally maintained on file savers. The same
Floor designation: Level 1                           group of applications is available in all PC clusters.
Classroom number: 050                                Some familiar Windows software applications
                                                     available are: MS Word, Excel, Access,
(For a full map of University Buildings refer to     PowerPoint, SPSS, CD-ROM database access, etc.
Appendix 4)                                          More specialised applications on offer are outlined
                                                     on the ITD website: www.ul.ie/ITD. Network
Library                                              connections are available in all on-campus
The University Library, which is fully               accommodation at a charge of €68.00 per semester.
computerised,     is   a    designated European
Documentation Centre and receives all official       Email
publications of the European Union.                  ITD issue all students with a personal email account
                                                     at the University shortly after enrolment. This may
                                                     take a few days to set up. This is the email account
                                                     to be used by students for the duration of their stay
                                                     at the University of Limerick.

                                                     Sports
                                                     The University of Limerick offers extensive and
                                                     first class on-campus sport facilities. The diverse
                                                     range of facilities is unmatched anywhere else in
                                                     Ireland. People from Olympic class athletes to staff
                                                     and students can avail of all facilities, which
                                                     include the following:


The current collections in the library number
200,000 books and 7,250 audio-visual items. There
are subscriptions to approximately 5,500 journals
and periodicals and seating for 1,450 people. The
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Olympic size 50m indoor swimming pool                    nightly in the Stables bar, in the form of live music,
Indoor diving pool                                       comedy, table quizzes etc.
Steam room
Sauna                                                    Banking
Four full sized indoor courts                            The University has one bank on campus; Ulster
Cardio-fitness suite                                     Bank (UB). Ulster Bank offers free student
Elite training facility                                  banking, Bureau de Change and ATM facilities.
Aerobics studio                                          AIB only offers cash free transactions and an ATM.
60m six-lane indoor sprint track                         Ulster Bank is located at the student centre
225m suspended three lane indoor jogging track           courtyard and has two ATMs outside the bank.
2 squash courts                                          There is one ATM in the Canteen in the Main
Indoor climbing wall                                     Building and another located outside the University
4 outdoor tennis courts                                  Sports Arena.
8 lane 400m outdoor athletics track
Over 40 acres of playing fields                          Crèche
Floodlit astro turf
Extensive changing facilities                            Silver Apples is a custom-built crèche situated on
                                                         the university campus. The crèche has been built to
                                                         comply with the relevant childcare regulations in
                                                         Ireland. In a happy, relaxed atmosphere, the crèche
                                                         caters for 53 children. A number of places are
                                                         available to students with families each year. For
                                                         further information contact:

                                                         Mary Moloney
                                                         Silver Apples Crèche
A detailed description of all sport facilities is                                           University of
available at: www.universityarena.com.                                                      Limerick
In addition, students can enjoy horse riding,                                               Limerick
orienteering, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing at                                          Ireland
the University of Limerick Activity Centre in                                               Tel: +353 61
Killaloe, Co. Clare.                                                                        213468


University Restaurants                                   Email: Mary.Moloney@ul.ie
                                                         Web: www.ul.ie/creche
                                 There is a wide
                                 choice of restaurants   USIT Travel Office
                                 and bars on campus,     If you don‟t have an International Student Identity
                                 The student centre      Card, you can get one at the USIT travel office,
                                 complex has the         which is located at the student centre courtyard on
                                 Stables bar and The     the university campus. To receive up to 50%
                                 Paddocks restaurant,    discount on trains and buses in Ireland, you will
                                 two restaurants are     need to purchase a Travel save Stamp. This stamp
                                 located in the Main     entitles you to discounts on Bus Éireann, Irish Rail
                                 Building and a          and Irish Ferries. When applying for the USIT
further six in other buildings on campus. These          Student Identity Card and the Travel save Stamp,
restaurants are open all day with a basic meal           you will need to bring your UL student identity
costing approximately €5.00 -€6.00.                      card, one photograph and €19.00. A colour
                                                         passport photograph machine is located in the travel
Campus Bars                                              office. The USIT travel office is open Monday to
                                                         Friday from 10h00 to 17h00.
                                  There are three
                                  bars on campus:        Bookshop
                                  the Stables Club,      O‟Mahony‟s Bookshop is located in the student
                                  the Sports Club        centre complex on campus. It stocks all academic
                                  and Java‟s. Each       course titles, novels, stationery, newspapers and
                                  bar provides hot       magazines. The bookshop is open Monday to
                                  food daily, there is   Friday from 08h30 to 17h00.
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Small Foodstore                                          Gaelic Football       Sub-aqua
The University of Limerick Students' Union runs a        Golf                  Tae-kwon-do
foodstore, which is located in the Student Centre        Handball              Tang Soo Do
Complex. The store sells fruit, vegetables, frozen       Hockey (field)        Tennis
foods, dairy, and also has a delicatessen section        Hurling               Trampoline
where sandwiches and rolls are made to order,            Judo                  Volleyball
along with hot food. The foodstore is open: 8am –        Karate                Water polo
9pm Monday to Thursday and 8am –5pm, Friday              Kayak                 Windsurfing
                                                         Kickboxing
Academic Semester
Monday to Thursday from 08h30 to 21h00                  Societies
Fridays from 08h30 to 17h00
                                                         Aeronautical          History
Summer and Holidays                                      Celtic Supporters     International Students
Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 17h00                     Christian Union       Irish Peace
                                                         Computer              Lego
Other Facilities                                         Dance                 Music
                                                         Debating Union        Outreach
Other facilities on campus include:                      Drama                 Photo
                                                         Environmental         Radio
   Laundrette                                           Folk Group            Racing
   Farmers Market every Tuesday 12-4pm                  French                Spraoí - (Irish Speaking)
   Snap Printing                                        Formula 1             Ten Forward
                                                         Political Parties     Traditional Music
                                                         Games
STUDENTS UNION
All students of the University of Limerick              The International Students Society offers
automatically become members of the students            international students an opportunity to meet and
union on enrolment. The purpose of the union is to      participate in cultural events, e.g. International
represent students‟ views within the university and     Food Fairs, and organises weekend excursions to
on local and national issues. It is also responsible    various parts of Ireland. The society is open to
for providing a variety of services to students, such   both international and Irish students, with the aim
as entertainment events, clubs and societies. The       of encouraging integration and creating an
union is run by students for students, independent      atmosphere from which students will benefit.
of the university. The Student Union Offices are
located in the Student Centre.           For further
information refer to the website: www.ulsu.ul.ie        SUPPORT SERVICES

Clubs and Societies                                     Student Personnel Services
The Clubs and Societies Office is located in the        Student Personnel Services is a student-centred unit
Student Centre and is fully equipped to facilitate      concerned with the health, welfare and personal
exclusively the development of student activities by    development of the university‟s students. It offers
its students. Clubs and societies are administered      the following services.
by the Students Union and their full time Clubs and
Societies Development Officer. There is a wide          Student Counselling
variety of clubs and societies on campus such as the
Drama Society, GAA Club etc. Students can join                                  Student     counsellors
during weeks 1 and 2 of each semester and there is                              provide a confidential
a small fee for membership.                                                     counselling service,
                                                                                free of charge. The
Clubs                                                                           service    can    help
 American Football       Lifesaving                                             students deal with the
 Aikido                  Mountain bike                                          wide      range      of
 Athletics               Outdoor Pursuits                                       problems common to
 Archery                 Pool & Darts                                           student populations.
 Badminton               Rugby                                                    The service also
 Basketball              Rowing                                                 offers a range of
 Camogie                 Soccer                                                 modules for students,
 Dance                   Softball                                               including        Stress
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Skills. Students, particularly first year students, are   Email: carmel.hall@ul.ie
encouraged to attend a Life-Skills module offered         Web: www.ul.ie/medical
by the College of Education and Professional
Studies.                                                  Facilities for Disabled Students
                                                          The Disability Services Office welcomes students
Chaplaincy                                                with disabilities. The Office provides support for
Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Chaplains            students with learning, physical, sensory and other
are available to provide help and support to students     disabilities. Various facilities have been put in
of all denominations. Various activities, including       place to assist and enable students with disabilities.
a Community Outreach Programme, are organised             Students with a disability who require assistance
to foster student interest in both spiritual and          during their period of study at the University of
personal development. Wide ranges of religious            Limerick should notify the Disability Services
services are provided on campus on a scheduled            Office before their arrival.
basis. The courtyard area of the Student Centre
houses a contemplative space.         This area is        Brenda Shinners-Kennedy
designed for quiet contemplation and prayer.              Disability Officer
                                                          Room GL0036
Both Chaplains are located near the Student Health        University of Limerick
Centre on campus.                                         Limerick
                                                          Ireland
Roman Catholic Chaplain                                   Tel: +353 61 202346
Fr. Koenraad VanGucht                                     Email: Brenda.Shinners-Kennedy@ul.ie
Room CM-071
University of Limerick
Limerick                                                  UL Academic Coordinator
Ireland                                                   Every ERASMUS student is assigned an Academic
Tel: +353 61 202180                                       Coordinator, whose duties include:
Email: Koenraad.VanGucht@ul.ie                             To give a more detailed overview of modules
Web: www.ul.ie/chaplain                                    To assist in module selection
                                                           To sign the Module Registration Form
Church of Ireland Chaplain                                 To assist in academic matters
Rev. Patricia Hanna
Room CM-068                                               You will have an opportunity to meet with your
University of Limerick                                    Academic Coordinator during the first week of the
Limerick                                                  semester.
Ireland
Email: Patricia.Hanna@ul.ie
                                                          IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION
Student Health Centre                                     Before you leave home there are many things to
                                                          prepare. Please read the following points carefully
An acute care advisory service is provided to all
                                                          and make sure you bring the necessary
registered students, free of charge. This service
                                                          documentation with you to Ireland. Below is a
includes a full time nursing service and daily
                                                          checklist of what you need to bring with you.
attendance by doctors. A consultant psychiatrist
and chartered physiotherapist are available through
                                                             Passport
internal referral. All students are recommended to
register with a local General Practitioner to cover          Passport photographs
minor ailments and „non-office‟ hours/emergencies.           European Health Insurance Card, which
The Student Health Centre is open Monday to                   replaces the E111 or E128 Form, and private
Friday from 09h00 to 16h00.             For further           health insurance
information contact:                                         International student ID and travel card (ISIC)
                                                             Documentation indicating the source of
Carmel Hall                                                   funding to cover your stay in Ireland (Non-EU
Student Health Centre                                         students only)
Room CM-060                                                  Phone number of the University of Limerick
University of Limerick                                        main reception (+353 61 202700)
Limerick                                                     Phone number of the International Education
Ireland                                                       Division (+353 61 202414)
Tel: +353 61 202534



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   Other relevant phone numbers and email               Q: When will I receive my exam results?
    addresses
   Money to pay for accommodation in student            A: An official exam transcript will be sent directly
    village or self-catering                             to the student‟s home address within 6-8 weeks of
   Personal money                                       taking examinations.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Does Ireland use a different electrical power
point?

A: The regular Irish electricity point will take 220 –
240 volts. Plugs most commonly used in Ireland
are 3-pin flat.

Q: How should I handle my money?

A: Please ensure that you have enough € (Euro) in
cash on arrival to pay for transport, meals and
groceries, while you sort out more permanent
financial arrangements for your stay.

Q: Will I be able to open a bank account in
Ireland?

A: Yes, to open a bank account in Ireland is an easy
process. Banking for students is free and the only
documentation required is your passport and
documentation indicating your home address in
Limerick which you will receive at Orientation.

Q: Is there a society for international students?

A: Yes there is a society for international students
and it is open to all nationalities.

Q: Where can I get information on the modules on
offer at the University of Limerick?

A: The modules on offer for each semester are
available on the International Education Division
website: www.ul.ie/international
Go to the ERASMUS Exchange Programme and
click on ECTS Information Package.

Q: Where can I receive a copy of the class
timetable?

A: You will receive this during the Orientation
Programme.

Q: How long do I have to finalise my module
selection?

A: You have until the end of Week 2 of each
semester to register for your modules. Failure to
submit the Module Registration Form by the end
of Week 2 will result in a €20 fine.




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APPENDIX 1: SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS IN LIMERICK CITY

 General                        Chinese              Italian                 Traditional
                                                                             Fish ‘n Chips
 The Cornstore           €€€    Z-We-Ton      €€     Bella Italia    €€      Rio‟s       €
 19 Thomas Street               Newtown Centre       43 Thomas St.           Kilmurry
 Limerick                       Annacotty            Limerick                Roundabout,
 061 609000                     061 338 333          061 418872              Castletroy

 Hamptons Grill          €€€    Jasmine Palace €€€   Piccola Italia  €€      Luigi‟s        €
 Savoy Hotel                    O‟Connell St.        55 O‟Connell St.        44/45 Parnell St.
 Henry Street                   Limerick             Limerick                Limerick
 Limerick                       061 412484           061 315844              061 410269
 061 609325

                                                     Italian – Pizza/Pasta
 Freddys Bistro          €€€    Wokking        €     Luigi Malones €€        Golden Grill €
 Theatre Lane                   O‟ Connell St.       37 O‟Connell Street     8 William St.
 Lower Glentworth St.           Limerick             Limerick                Limerick
 Limerick                       061 312444           061 401040              061 418645
 061- 418749

 Market Square Brasserie €€€€                        Milano‟s        €€
 74 O‟Connell St.                                    Harveys Quay
 Limerick                                            Limerick
 061 316311                                          061 462030

 Salt House               €€€
 7/8 Georges Quay
 Limerick
 061 411511

                                Indian               French                  Thai
 Texas Steakout           €€    Mogul Emperor €€     The French Table €€€    Thai Gourmet €€
 16 O‟Connell St.               1 Henry St.          Steamboat Quay          The White House,
 Limerick                       Limerick             Limerick                2 Glentworth St,
 061 410350                     061 419499           061 609274              Limerick
                                                                             061 312012
                                Copper & Spice €€
                                2 Cornmarket Row
                                Limerick
                                061 313620

€       Cheap
€€      Medium
€€€     Medium - Expensive
€€€€    Expensive




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APPENDIX 2: USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
NOTE: The code for the Limerick area is 061. To ring a Limerick number from outside Ireland the
code is +353 61 (plus the local number).

 Aer Lingus (National Airline)                              0818 365000

 Bus Eireann                                                313333

 Car Hire:
   Avis                                                     715600
   Budget                                                   471361
   Hertz                                                    471369
 Castletroy Golf Club                                       335261
 Rathbane Golf Club (Public)                                313655


 Directory Enquiries                                        11811

 Emerald Appliances (Bicycle Hire)                          416983

 Emergency-Police/Fire Brigade/Ambulance                    999 or 112

 Ferry Companies:
   Brittany Ferries                                         021 4277801
   Irish Ferries                                            01 6610743
   Stena Sealink                                            01 2047777
 Irish Council for International Students (ICOS)            01 6605233

 Limerick Hospitals:
   Midwestern Regional Hospital                             301111
   St. Johns Hospital                                       415822
 Limerick Tourist Office                                    317522

 Limerick Train Station                                     315555

 Taxi Numbers:
   Castletroy Taxis                                         332266
   Economy Taxis                                            411422
   Swift Taxis                                              313131
   Set Price                                                414141
 Shannon International Airport                              471444

 University of Limerick Main Reception                      202700

 University of Limerick International Education Office      202414

 University of Limerick On-Campus Accommodation
   Plassey Village                                          202347
   Kilmurry Village                                         202081
   Dromroe Village                                          202977
   Thomond Village                                          237000
 Visa Office, Department of Foreign Affairs                 01 4780822




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APPENDIX 3: MAP OF REGION




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APPENDIX 4: CAMPUS MAP




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APPENDIX 5: CAMPUS RESIDENCES MAP




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APPENDIX 6: MEDICAL FORM


Dear Student

We are glad to hear that you are considering taking up an overseas placement here at U.L. I am writing
to you now as a preventative measure, to ensure that you take care of all the necessary pre-requisites
regarding your health before you travel.      In particular I want to draw attention to the level of
psychological services available to you here and what to expect. Also, I want you to realise the level of
re-adjustment that overseas placement can require.


Specifically I wish to point out to those of you who are already attending a professional for
psychological or stress related matters, it is imperative that you consult with this person regarding the
appropriateness of your travelling, taking into account that you may not be able to avail of the same
level of support as you are used to in your own home country.


We require that all students obtain a clean bill of health, both mental and physical, from their own
health professional before travel. We do not recommend that students with severe mental illness take
up an overseas placement, due to the stress likely to be generated by the transition and the fact that
there is no comprehensive psychiatric service attached to the University, to ensure adequate support
and care. Our experience in the past has been that for such students, what was hoped would be an
enjoyable and rewarding trip to Ireland ends up being one of unhappiness and isolation.


Should you arrive in Ireland and discover that you are not able to cope with the situation, and then of
course we will be only too happy to meet with you and provide whatever level of psychological
counselling you require.


Yours sincerely

Dr. Declan Aherne
Head of Counselling




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NOTE: Below is a copy of the Medical Form you will have to fill out before arrival at
the University if Limerick. Please complete this form and return it to the Student
Health Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE
ANSWERS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE

ID no.   ___________________                         Date of Birth________________

Surname__________________                            Forename(s)_________________

Home Address_____________                            Name and Address of Family
_________________________                            Doctor_____________________
_________________________                            ___________________________

Status____________________                           Medical Card No.

No of children_____________                          __________________________

Previous Medical History

1.       Do you suffer from any physical disability? If so please state its nature.
___________________________________________________________________________________
2.       In particular, do you suffer or have you suffered from any of the following disorders?
___________________________________________________________________________________
    (a) Diabetics
    (b) Epilepsy
    (c) Asthma
    (d) Tuberculosis
    (e) Skin Rash or Disease

3.       Are you receiving any long-term treatment with drugs or medicines for chronic illness or
         psychological upsets? If so, what are they?


4.     Have you any other condition which you think might be troublesome while at UL, emotional
       or psychological upsets are particularly important if they have ever affected study or exams.
___________________________________________________________________________________

5.     Please specify any allergies, or drug sensitivity
___________________________________________________________________________________

6.       Immunisation, date of most recent inoculations
         Diphtheria       _______________________            Tetanus _________________________
         Polio            _______________________            B.C.G. _________________________
         Rubella          _______________________            Others _________________________

7.     Have you any other comments to make on your health or medical needs?
___________________________________________________________________________________

Medical Certificate                         Date___________________________________________

I hereby certify that                       Mr/Mrs/Ms ____________________________________

Is in good health and fit to attend the University of Limerick
Signed____________________________________________________________________________
Medical Officer Official Stamp




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APPENDIX 6: ACCOMODATION FORM

        ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
        APPLICATION FORM 2011 – 2012

PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITALS
FAMILY NAME:____________________________________ FIRST NAME:
_______________________________
MALE _ FEMALE _ DATE OF BIRTH:___D/____M/_____Y/______________
HOME ADDRESS: _________________________________ NATIONALITY:
______________________________
__________________________________ TELEPHONE:
________________________________
UL ID/APPLICATION NUMBER: _____________________________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS:     
SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION (TO BE NOTED IN CONFIDENCE):
__________________________________________________________________________
______________________
YEAR OF STUDY IN 2011.2012: 1st _ 2nd _ 3rd_ 4th_ PG_
__________________________________________________________________________
______________________
PLEASE INDICATE (1) DURATION OF STAY & (2) CHOICE OF RESIDENCE IN ORDER
OF PREFERENCE: 1,2,3,4,5,6
AUTUMN SEMESTER _ FULL YEAR _ (see attached rates sheet) SPRING SEMESTER _
Dromroe Village _ Thomond Village _ Cappavilla Village _
6 Bedroom Apartment. (€2,210.00) 6 Bedroom Apartment (€2,210.00) 6 Bedroom Apartment
(€2,210.00)
Plassey Village Kilmurry Village _
4 Bedroom House (€1,950.00) _ 6 Bedroom House (€1,950.00)
8 Bedroom House (€1,690.00) _
I PREFER: SMOKING*_ NON-SMOKING*_ (*Subject to availability)
(Internet charge included in rental fee, internet connection in each bedroom; please note
there is no Macintosh compatibility at UL).
_ RENTAL SHOWN ABOVE IS PER SEMESTER & INCLUDES ALL SERVICES AND
ALLOWANCES FOR HEAT & ELECTRICITY.
_ SEE ATTACHED RENTAL FEES FOR FULL YEAR STUDENTS
_ ALL HOUSES ARE OF MIXED GENDER UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED.
If there are other students whom you would like to share a house with, please list them and
we will take this into consideration
when rooms are allocated. We would ask you to appreciate that your request cannot be
guaranteed.
NAME(S):
__________________________________________________________________________
_____________
Please send completed application form & €250 booking/damage deposit to: email:
Deirdre.ryan@ul.ie or International
bookings, Accommodation Office, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. Deposits must be
made to secure
accommodation. Deposits of €250 can be made by credit card (subject to a service charge of
2%) or bank transfer
Credit Card: Master Card _ Visa _ Credit Card#: ________________________________
Your Billing Address:__________________________ Name on Card:
_______________________________
__________________________ Expiration Date: Month ___________ Year _______
__________________________ Security Number (last 3 digits on back of card): _______
Please Charge This Account: _ DEPOSIT ONLY _ DEPOSIT AND FULL RENT PAYMENT
Cardholders Signature: ________________________________ DATE:
_______________________




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I confirm that I have applied and been accepted on an International Programme at University
of Limerick 11/12.
Signature: _________________________________ DATE: _________________________
PLACE YOUR
PASSPORT PHOTO
HERE

What do I do next with this form to confirm my on campus accommodation?
1. Check that all details are clear and legible, especially name, email address, special
requirements and credit card
details.
2. Please read and understand the payment details and important notes below before
returning your form. We
recommend you keep a photocopy of the front and rear for your records.
3. Send this form by email or mail to the following address:
Email your application to: Deirdre.ryan@ul.ie
OR
Deirdre Ryan, International Bookings, Accommodation Office, University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland
Ph: 00353 61 202433, Fax: 00353 61 202188
4. If you have any queries regarding your accommodation, please email Deirdre Ryan on
Deirdre.Ryan@ul.ie
Payment Details
DO NOT SEND CASH
Deposits:
You may secure your room by paying a deposit by credit card or bank transfer (see bank
details below). You will receive
notification by email that this charge has gone through. The charge will be €250.00 plus a 2%
credit card service charge.
Rental fees:
Rental fees must be paid prior to your arrival. For the autumn semester, the payment deadline
is Monday 01 August 2011.
For the spring semester, the payment deadline is Friday 02 December 2011. It is important
that your rental fee is paid by the
deadline stated to insure your key will be issued on arrival.
How do I pay my rental fee?
You may pay your rent by two methods:
1. Credit Card – You may instruct us to debit your credit card for your rent. You will receive
notification by email that the
charge has gone through. Please note that there is a 2% credit card service charge.
2. Bank (Wire) Transfer – You may transfer the rental fees to our bank account using the
following details, please
ensure to use your name and UL ID/Application number as reference and send a copy of the
bank receipt to Deirdre
Ryan:
IBAN – IE03 ULSB 9860 5011 6900 95
ACCOUNT NUMBER – 11 6900 95
BIC/Swift/Routing Code – ULSBIE2D
Sort Code – 98 60 50
Bank Details – Ulster Bank, Student Centre, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick,
Ireland
Payable to – Plassey Trust Company Ltd, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland
3. International Student Payment Scheme – Full details can be found at
https://ul.studentfees.ie/studentregistration.aspx (NON EU STUDENTS ONLY)
We would ask that you email us at Deirdre.Ryan@ul.ie to advise us when the transaction is
complete.
Important notes regarding accommodation on campus at UL
1. Booking deposits are non refundable unless there are extenuating circumstances.
2. Students who indicate that they wish to stay a full year and subsequently vacate their room
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semester will be in breach of their lease and will forfeit the booking deposit and any prepaid
rents.
3. Room rates stated overleaf include the following service charges; internet connection,
maintenance, security, cable
TV including TV licence, refuse collection, refuse sacks, light bulbs and a cost for limited
usage of energy.
4. Check in dates are:
Autumn semester - Sunday 28 August 2011* – Sunday 01 January 2012
Spring semester - Sunday 15 January 2012* – Friday 20 May 2012
It is important to note that we are unable to accommodate arrivals prior to these dates.
Please note check in
is from 12h00 on Sunday 28 August 2011 and Sunday 15 January 2012. Please refer to
our website
www.ul.ie/campuslife for a list of local hotels and bed & breakfasts.
RENTAL FEES FOR FULL YEAR STUDENTS
Students living on campus for the full year will be charged at the following rates.
Plassey Village 8-Bed 4-Bed
Deposit on Application €250 €250
Mon 1 Aug 2011 €1859 €2145
Fri 2 Dec 2011 €845 €975
Fri 24 Feb 2012 €676 €780
Kilmurry Village 8-Bed 6-Bed
Deposit on Application €250 €250
Mon 1 Aug 2011 €1931 €2145
Fri 2 Dec 2011 €877 €975
Fri 24 Feb 2012 €702 €780
Dromroe Village 6-Bed 2-Bed
Deposit on Application €250 €250
Mon 1 Aug 2011 €2431 €2717
Fri 2 Dec 2011 €1105 €1235
Fri 24 Feb 2012 €884 €988
Thomond and Cappavilla Villages 6-Bed 4-Bed 2-Bed
Deposit on Application €250 €250 €250
Mon 1 Aug 2011 €2431 €2503 €2717
Fri 2 Dec 2011 €1105 €1137 €1235
Fri 24 Feb 2012 €884 €910 €988




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APPENDIX 8: BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION

 Name             Address                          Email                      Telephone No.
                                                                              + 353 61 (INT)
                                                                              061 (LOCAL)

 Annville         Newtown, Castletroy              annville@hotmail.com       330023
                  (1st turn right after Chawkes
                  Garage, 350 yards on Right)

 Blackberry       Hawthorns, Newtown               blackberry@irish-bnb.com   336262
 Way              (1st turn right after Chawkes
                  Garage, 350 yards on Left)

 Castlemoor       Rivers, Castletroy                                          330789
                  After Kilmurry Roundabout, 2nd
                  last house on right before
                  Annacotty Roundabout. Bus Stop
                  outside gate

 Castletroy Inn   Dublin Road, Castletroy                                     338385

 Castletroy       Dublin Road, Castletroy                                     331167
 Lodge
 Cregans          Dublin Road, Castletroy          cregansbandb@eircom.net    331347

 Sandvilla        Monaleen Road, Castletroy        sandvilla@indigo.ie        336484

 Twin Oaks        Dublin Road, Castletroy                                     311663

 Cruises House    Denmark Street, Limerick City    cruiseshouse@tinet.ie      315320




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APPENDIX 9: ADMINISTRATION AND DEPARTMENT OFFICES
The following office numbers may be useful to you during your stay at the University of Limerick


                 Room No.          Department Office

Administration
                 E0-001            Admissions Office
                 D0-035            Accommodation Office
                 E0-005            Co-operative Education
                 E0-001A           Fees Office
                 E0-030            International Education Division
                 GLG-020           Information Technology
                 D0-033            Plassey Campus Centre - Student Village Accommodation
                 E1-006            Print Room
                 CM-060            Student Health Centre
                 E0-001            Student Academic Administration

Kemmy Business School
                                  Accounting and Finance
                                  Economics
                                  Marketing and Management
                                  Personnel & Employee Relations

Faculty of Education & Health Sciences
                              Education and Professional Studies
                              Nursing & Midwifery
                              Physical Education & Sport Science
                              Psychology
                              Medicine
                              Occupational Therapy
                              Physiotherapy
                              Speech & Language Therapy



Faculty of Science & Engineering
                              Manufacturing & Operations Engineering
                              Chemical & Environmental Science
                               Electronic & Computer Engineering
                               Mathematics & Statistics
                               Physics
                               Computer Science & Information Systems
                               Life Sciences
                               Materials & Operations Engineering
                              Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
                              Architecture


Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
                             History
                             Languages & Cultural Studies
                             Law
                             Politics & Public Administration
                             Sociology




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