Supporting Ukranian Academics and Students

How UCC is Seeking to Assist

UCC is working together with global, national, regional and local community and stakeholders for a coordinated response to the current Ukraine crisis and to support those people displaced by war and conflict.

As an academic institution and an exemplary University of Sanctuary, we are committed to providing support and protection to academic, research and professional services colleagues from other third level institutions in countries facing such threats.

A short-term Ukraine Emergency Response Working Group is established to facilitate a co-ordinated effort and to ensure new, existing, and re-focussed university services, supports and initiatives can be clearly signposted to those arriving from Ukraine. It is aligned with existing university intiatives: University of SanctuaryScholars at Risk and . . 

During its lifespan, the UCC Ukraine Emergency Response Working Group will advocate for mainstreaming key learnings from its work and towards building capacity for more comprehensive approaches within higher education to cater for refugees from whatever geopolitical crisis.

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We are keen to support students, researchers and academic staff who wish to join our University College Cork community.

The European Union (EU) has put in place a Temporary Protection Directive to allow Ukrainian citizens and others fleeing Ukraine to move through the EU as EU citizens.. Please check the official Irish Government website for current supports and services available in response to the situation in Ukraine. This site is regularly updated.

A Central Irish higher education helpdesk is being established to guide students and researchers in relation to applications, English language requirements, student finance, funding, fees and grants. In particular, this helpdesk will seek to assist the following categories who are covered under the Temporary Protection Directive:

  1. Displaced Ukrainian and other qualified school-leavers who wish to enter Irish higher education in 2022/23.
  2. Displaced Ukrainian and other qualified third-level undergraduate or postgraduate students or researchers who have recently arrived in Ireland.

Under the Temporary Protection Directive, these categories will be treated as EU nationals, and will be eligible for support with fees and other costs.

The status of Ukrainians already in Ireland prior to 24/2/2022 (when the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive came into force) is still being determined by the Irish Government. As a result, we are not yet able to confirm whether these students will be covered under the Temporary Protection Directive, and what the implications for student fees and grants will be.

In advance of the national helpdesk being set up, we may not have all the information required to respond to your queries.  Please provide as much detail as possible on our Enquiry Form and we will inform you when the helpdesk is in place or to respond to your individual query as applicable. 

Library Access

UCC Library is committed to providing safe, inclusive library services aligned with the University’s commitment to public engagement. As part of this, UCC Library will offer External Reader Access for researchers, academic staff and university students fleeing conflict. Membership requests from others fleeing conflict should be directed to the public library service.

Please visit this page for information on UCC Boole Library Access for Academic Users Fleeing Conflict

New Short Course: An Introduction to Student Life in Ireland

This new short course "An Introduction to Student Life in Ireland" organised by the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Centre in UCC aims to orientate Ukrainians and integrate them with Irish students.

Local and National Supports

Below are links to some key organisations working locally and nationally to support refugees and migrants:

Civic & Community Engagement

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