COVID-19 FAQs for non-EU/EEA Prospective Students
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Updated Thursady 14 January

The 'Applying to UCD' section of 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.

The 'Arrival in Ireland' and 'Starting my Studies at UCD' sections are written for non-EU/EEA students who will commence their studies at UCD in the spring trimester, January 2021.

 

 

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 https://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/ 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. 

Arrival in Ireland

We recognise that there are additional support considerations for students arriving in Ireland from overseas, as you prepare to book flights, confirm accommodation arrangements, and plan logistics. 

In order to protect public health and the safety of all students, staff, and the wider community, a range of measures is in place for students arriving in Ireland from overseas for the first time. These measures include:

  • A free transfer service to your on-campus or off-campus accommodation
  • Active monitoring of your health for a period of two weeks before and after your arrival
  • Targeted briefing from UCD on how to comply with Irish public health measures, and 
  • Support with accommodation and pastoral care for the 14-day period of restricted movement on arrival in Ireland.

These measures apply to all students (both EU and non-EU) entering Ireland for the first time. In line with the EU traffic lights approach, the request to restrict movements does not apply to travellers from green regions, or those arriving from Northern Ireland. Currently, all passengers entering Ireland from orange, red, and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.

In addition to the above measures, UCD Global will coordinate a series of social and cultural events throughout the month of January designed to assist and support new students commencing their studies in Ireland. These will be delivered both virtually and in-person (in line with public health guidelines), with support from a team of Global Guides who are all current students and who are available to provide peer support and advice. UCD Global works in tandem with other staff across UCD who are also available to guide you.

All international students entering Ireland for the first time should complete the New International Student Arrival Form as soon as your travel plans are confirmed. This will provide UCD with information about your arrival date and time, airline, flight number and accommodation. 

With your permission, UCD will share this information with a private bus or taxi service who will then meet you at Dublin Airport and arrange for your transfer to your accommodation.

Following submission of your Arrival Form to UCD, you can expect to receive an email with confirmation of your transfer instructions. This will be sent at least 3 days before your scheduled departure.

If your travel and arrival plans change, please email ucdglobal2020@ucd.ie (at least 48 hours before you travel) to give us updated information.

If you do not complete the Arrival Form, UCD cannot coordinate your free airport transfer and you will need to organise private transport by yourself on arrival. Further information on public health guidelines for travelling to Ireland is available on the Health Service Executive website.

Please note, the current public health advice to restrict movements for 14 days on arrival in Ireland includes a request to avoid taking public transport during this period. We therefore request that all new international students inform us of their arrival details so we can provide the necessary support and information on arrival.

If you have previously made alternative transport arrangements from the airport, please let UCD Global know the details of your transport arrangements (mode, pick-up time, confirmation that social distancing guidelines are being adhered to) by emailing ucdglobal2020@ucd.ie.

We will provide further advice about how to manage the transfer to your accommodation safely, and how we will support you during your 14-day period of restricted movement. 

Yes. From Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/’not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.
 

All UCD international students entering Ireland from overseas (from countries which are not in one of the green-regions) are required to actively monitor their health each day for a period of two weeks before and after arrival.

We will send you a self-declaration form which must be completed and returned to UCD in advance of your travel to Ireland, and again at the end of your 14-day restricted movement period in Ireland.

All international students are required to complete a health declaration form to UCD. This form must be completed on the day of your departure from your home country/international location and again at the end of your 14 days restricted movement in Ireland.   

Please note that you should defer your travel if you show symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive COVID-19 test prior to your departure date.

You must be symptom-free for the 14-day period prior to your travel to Ireland, and UCD must receive your self-declaration form before you travel.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 at any point in the 14 days before you travel, you should seek urgent medical advice and defer your travel plans until you have recovered. In these circumstances, please alert us by emailing ucdglobal2020@ucd.ie, and UCD Global staff will be in touch with you about your travel plans and to discuss access to at distance studies, as appropriate. 

Once you arrive in Ireland, you should complete the online briefing on how to comply with Irish public health measures. This briefing is available within Brightspace, UCD’s virtual learning environment. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point in the 14 days after your arrival (during your period of restricted movement), please contact the UCD Student Health Service by phone to discuss your symptoms.

UCD has developed an INIS Supplementary Letter for this purpose which is available in your SIS Web account under 'My Applications' or 'Self-service documents'.

UCD recommends that all international students have the following documents in your hand luggage when you arrive in Ireland and present at Immigration Control:

  • Passport (with your valid entry visa if you require one)
  • UCD Offer Letter or Certificate of Attendance
  • INIS Supplementary Letter
  • Accommodation details

Prior to travel, please complete the online Irish Government COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Please note that failure to complete the form could result in the issuing of penalties.

In addition, non-EU students should have the following additional documents to hand:

  • Evidence of private medical health insurance with detailed coverage information
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship or sponsorship details or US Financial Aid (if applicable)
  • Evidence that you have access to at least €3,000

All documents should be originals and, if in a language other than English, accompanied by a translation. Further information about immigration procedures is available here.

Starting my Studies at UCD

The term dates for 2020/21 are available here

If a 14 day restricted movement period is still a public health requirement in January, then international students will need to arrive in Dublin on either Sunday, 3 January or Monday, 4 January to commence a two-week restricted movement period before commencing any in-person/small group activities on Monday, 18 January.

UCD expects to commence the spring trimester under the current government restrictions. This means that many of your classes will be delivered remotely with the same limited activities taking place on campus:

  • Practical and laboratory classes
  • Clinical teaching and associated activities
  • Studio classes
  • Practice-based teaching
  • Outdoor fieldwork
  • Some small group teaching such as tutorials and seminars where alternative arrangements are in place to support students who are not able to attend campus

Where you are required to attend campus to take classes, you should plan accordingly to be available to attend. If the direction from the government changes, Schools will be supported in providing face-to-face on-campus activities where they consider it educationally appropriate to do so in compliance with health and safety guidelines.

If your classes commence online in spring trimester and are subsequently made available on-campus, you may see a room displayed on the central timetable. However, UCD is committing to keep the online option available so that students who are not living in Dublin can complete their modules remotely. This means if you chose to live outside Dublin during the Spring trimester, you will not have to relocate if the restrictions ease.

Your safety and wellbeing are our priority.  We have implemented social distancing measures across our campuses. As part of our approach, we are using 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 measures apply 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.

You can find the details of the measures UCD is taking in our Short Guide for Students Coming to Campus.

We will continue to follow government guidance and any action we take will be made with your safety in mind.

We will continue to follow government guidance between now and the proposed physical re-opening of our campus. Any action we take will be made with your safety in mind.  Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.

There are many ways that you can connect with UCD prior to arrival, some of which are listed below:

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.

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