COVID-19 FAQs for non-EU/EEA Prospective Students
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Updated Friday 09 October

These Frequently Asked Questions are written for non-EU/EEA students who will commence their studies at UCD in September 2021, at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.



Applying to UCD

All new applications for study at UCD are treated in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside and irrespective of the current COVID-19 situation.

Please see for more information on how to apply.

Your application is important to us and we continue to assess all applications in the usual way.







No. If an interview is compulsory as part of your application, the relevant School or Unit will be in touch with you to schedule a phone or online interview. 

Studying at UCD

UCD is a campus-based university and we consider face-to-face interaction between students, and between students and faculty, to be vital ingredients in your learning journey. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we have sought to ensure that our students commence and continue their education in UCD accessing and using our campuses to the greatest extent possible.

For the 2020/21 academic year, each of the six Colleges within UCD has devised a teaching and learning schedule that best suits the subjects in that college. In line with public health advice from the Irish Government, UCD is well-prepared to implement revised teaching scenarios if necessary.

Many UCD academics are undertaking world-leading research on public health and our pandemic response protocols are founded on the latest science and expertise.

We have taken care to make our campus safe, putting appropriate social distancing and new cleaning measures in place.  You can find all the details of the measures we’ve been taking in our Short Guide for Students Coming to Campus

Your safety and wellbeing are our priority. In the current academic year, we have implemented social distancing measures across our campuses.  As part of our approach we have established dedicated entrances and exits along with one-way systems where possible, queues and distance markers combined with other safety measures like hand sanitising stations. This applies to:

  • teaching and study spaces
  • residences
  • laboratories
  • social and sports facilities
  • libraries
  • outdoor spaces

Our buildings are cleaned and disinfected regularly in accordance with government and public health advice, and additional handwashing and sanitising facilities have been provided.