FAQs for Prospective Incoming Exchange Students
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Updated Tues 26 May

For some time, UCD has been considering the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on our plans for 2020/21, including our international mobility programmes. Unfortunately, the University has taken the difficult decision to suspend student exchange for the upcoming 2020/21 Autumn Trimester running between September and December 2020

We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly. If you have any immediate concerns or need some help, please contact us by emailing incoming.exchanges@ucd.ie
You can also reach us at incoming.erasmus@ucd.ie.

Advice for Prospective Incoming Exchange Students

The health, welfare and safety of our students and staff is our primary concern at this time. We want to reassure you that UCD is providing a solid framework of support for our students and staff. We have been providing regular updates to the UCD community about our local response to COVID-19, based on the expert advice of Irish Government agencies.

As Ireland's Global University, UCD researchers are contributing their academic expertise, specifically through membership of two global networks which are rapidly coordinating clinical research into new cases of COVID-19: 

  • UCD is a member of the Global Virus Network, which coordinates laboratory research into rapid diagnostics for new emerging infections. 
  • UCD also leads on an international Critical Care Network that conducts research into emerging infections. 

Beyond these networks, one of UCD's leading medical researchers, Dr Cillian De Gascun, has been appointed to chair the expert advisory group to provide advice on COVID-19 to the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the National Public Health Emergency Team. Dr De Gascun is laboratory director at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory.

Elsewhere on campus, the Centre for Experimental Pathogen Host Research (CEPHR) coordinates translational research across the UCD clinical campus on a range of infections. The centre will be involved in studies of affected patients in Ireland, should they present to one of our clinical facilities.

We recommend that you make contact with your International Office regarding alternative exchange options that may be available to you. Depending on your home university and your study programme, this might include a potential deferral to the Spring Trimester of the 2020/21 academic year. 

If you have made an  application to UCD for the full academic year, we are still in a position to accept students in the Spring Trimester and will assume that you still wish to travel to Dublin in January. Please note that you will not be automatically deferred to the Spring Trimester and that, if deferral is an option, your Exchange Coordinator will need to re-nominate you to UCD.

UCD is proceeding as planned for the Spring Trimester (January to May 2021). However, we recommend that you make contact with your International Office regarding alternative options that may be available to you.

UCD is not planning to offer a virtual mobility option in the Autumn Trimester.

Yes, if approved and nominated by your home university. Applications for the Spring Trimester will open in September 2020 and we will be in touch with further instructions.

This decision does not affect exchanges planned for the Spring Trimester and UCD will continue to monitor the situation through the summer months. Applications for the Spring Trimester will open in September 2020 and we will be in touch with further instructions.

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This page will be kept up to date with the most recent guidance and advice. As the start of term approaches, please review this page to check for updates. We will continue to follow national guidelines, and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

If students from certain areas are unable to travel to UCD, or should our campuses be closed, UCD will introduce at-distance teaching and learning models for all undergraduate and taught masters students, ensuring we can support any students who are impacted. Should these become necessary, we will advise our applicants immediately. 







If you contract COVID-19 before you are due to travel to Ireland for the start of your course, you should not travel, and should follow all local health advice. You should wait for clear medical advice that you are no longer contagious before you consider travelling.

You should contact UCD and inform us of your situation: incoming.exchange@ucd.ie

We are currently investigating options for our students who cannot make it to UCD for the beginning of the September 2020 trimester.







Advice for Current Students

Our advice for current students and staff can be found on the UCD travel and public health information web page maintained by the UCD Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk and Compliance Office (SIRC).

You can also check our FAQs for Current Students



Further Information for Current Students

For updated health information on COVID-19, please see Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

For updated travel information on COVID-19, please see the Department of Foreign Affairs DFA Travel Advice.