Orientation 2021

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Orientation 2021

Welcome to UCD for 2021/22! UCD Global will be coordinating a series of virtual social and informational events for new international students, during Orientation 2021. 

We will be hosting a number of events giving you the opportunity to meet our Global Guides at our ‘Virtual Coffee & Chats’ session, learn about the best places to shop in Dublin as well as discover interesting facts about Ireland at our Irish Trivia Quiz! 

Register for these great events today and don’t miss out! Please check back on the Eventbrite link as new events will continue to be added in the coming weeks. If the event you wish to attend appears to be 'sold out' you can also request a recording through ucdgloballounge@ucd.ie

All events are free but registration is necessary. We hope to see you there!


Orientation 2021

Detailed information is available on the UCD Global COVID 19 FAQs page.

The most up to date information and advice is being provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health. All students can keep up to date on the developing situation from these sources:

HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Travel related advice and information on quarantine requirements is available here

All students are asked to download the COVID-19 Tracker App

UCD Student Health Services has prepared a short online briefing to guide you through the key pieces of information. This is available within Brightspace, UCD's Virtual Learning Environment. Please log-in to Brightspace using your UCD connect username and password. Go to the Explore Menu tab and search for the module title “COVID-19 Health Briefing for Inbound International Students” to self-enrol and view the module content. Read through the content and once you’ve gone through all slides, please click on the “Content Completed” section to confirm your understanding of the material and your agreement to follow the protocols set out. If you are experiencing any access issues with Brightspace, the module content can be viewed here: International Student Health Briefing 

If you have any concerns in relation to your health, please contact your doctor or the UCD Student Health and Counselling Service.

UCD Global will be hosting a number of events for Orientation 2021 giving you the opportunity to meet our Global Guides at our ‘Virtual Coffee & Chats’ session, learn about the best places to shop in Dublin as well as discover interesting facts about Ireland at our Irish Trivia Quiz! 

Register for these great events today and don’t miss out! All events are free but registration is necessary.

Several mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. By topping up mobile credit each month, you can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances.

Free SIM cards will also be provided for international students checking into UCD Residences (while stocks last). If you do not get one at check-in, please enquire at the Merville Reception desk.

Alternatively, SIM cards can be ordered online directly from your preferred network provider and you can request it to be posted to your accommodation address.

All students are required to have an Irish mobile number for communications related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

Unlocking your phone

Students can purchase a new phone when they arrive in Ireland or unlock their existing mobile phones. If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure that it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. 

Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works. 

Please also ensure that you bring your SIM card removal tool in order to change SIMs between phones when you get to Ireland.

In order to open an Irish bank account, you need to have an address in Ireland and have completed your online registration at UCD and received your Certificate of Attendance. On the day of your bank appointment, you will be required to show the following documents:

  • Valid Passport/National ID Card
  • Certificate of Attendance that lists both your permanent and Irish addresses. Please check that your correct addresses are on your SISweb account, as this information will be included on your Certificate of Attendance
  • Please note that UCard (UCD student card) is required by Allied Irish Bank.


It is important that you have completed any required quarantine  periods, prior to your bank appointment date. 

To make an appointment to open a bank account, see links for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Bank of Ireland (BOI) listed below.. Whilst different bank branches can be used for opening an account, the AIB branch in Clonskeagh is closest to the Belfield campus, and Blackrock for the Smurfit campus. BOI has branches on the Stillorgan Road and in Blackrock.

Allied Irish Bank 

Bank of Ireland

There is a Centra Supermarket on UCD campus. Check out https://centra.ie/beat-the-queue

Another grocery delivery option is https://buymie.ie

There are a huge range of supermarkets near UCD which you can also order from.

Lidl https://www.lidl.ie/en

Veganic https://www.veganic.ie/

Supervalu https://shop.supervalu.ie/shopping/

Tesco https://www.tesco.ie/groceries/

Asia Market https://www.asiamarket.ie/

For local take out and dining options check out https://www.tripadvisor.ie

Deliveroo https://deliveroo.ie

Marvin https://www.marvin.ie/ucd-belfield-campus/

Uber Eats Local to UCD

Just Eat https://www.just-eat.ie

UCD Careers Network

Jumpstart - Careers Course for International Students

Gaeltacht UCD

Get a Headstart on your Studies at UCD

UCD Festival

UCD Virtual Global Lounge 

Handy Map of UCD and surrounding area

You can also email ucdgloballounge@ucd.ie for access to the Destination Ireland module (a non-credit bearing online module which will give you an introduction to Ireland’s culture and heritage)

Depending on your vaccination status and where you are travelling from, you may be required to quarantine on arrival in Ireland. We recognise that this might be a very daunting prospect, especially when you've just arrived to a new country, so we encourage you to keep as active as possible while adhering to public health guidelines.

Here are some resources for online yoga, workouts, meditation, pilates, dance and other virtual experiences, which we hope you will find useful: Student Supports and Resources -Restricting Your Movements

The HSE has also developed a series of videos on Minding Your Wellbeing which should be helpful during this time. 

UCD Global in collaboration with Bleeper, are providing a fleet of shared bicycles for our international students this trimester.

These bikes are completely free to use for international students only. For further information on how to sign-up, check out the UCD Global Private Scheme page. Bikes will be available up until the end of December 2021.

For information on how to have a more sustainable student experience at UCD, and to download your copy of the Student Green Guide, please visit our sustainability page.

You can also stay up to date on UCD Green Campus iniatives on the UCD Green Campus website

The Campus

The UCD Campus has to be experienced to be believed. Our facilities include world-class teaching and research facilities, modern, comfortable student accommodation, a huge sports centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, interactive laboratories and the biggest animal hospital in Ireland! Get to know our campus a little better in our video, or take a virtual, 3D tour of the campus and experience it for yourself!

Take the Tour

The People

At UCD, our faculty and staff are focussed on ensuring that all students have the best experience and receive the best education possible in an enjoyable and supportive environment. More than one quarter of our student population is from outside Ireland and the EU, and over one third of our academic staff is from outside Ireland. Our Global Guides are UCD students who are here to help you settle into life at UCD, and who organise many great events sfor international students in the UCD Global Lounge and Virtual Global Lounge. You can get to know our Global Guides in this video.

Get to Know the Global Guides

Take the Next Step

Contact us today for more information or to apply for a place.

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