Arriving from overseas?

Student Services

The following Student Services are working remotely to the maximum extent possible and providing some services online.  Please check their individual websites for specific information regarding the service.

Service Name

Service Information



Peer Support



The service is open Sunday - Thursday, 9pm-1am and is available HERE

Instant messaging service is open

Disability Support Service


Mature Student Office




Student Budgeting Advice Service


Student Assistance Fund


Career Services See their specific FAQs

Accommodation & Community Life 




Campus Watch


Students’ Union


Student Societies


Student Health

Telephone 4902311  for advice from our Student Health staff. Out of hours, a voice message will advise on

sources of help available for students remaining in Cork who are not yet registered with a local General Practitioner.

Student Counselling & Development  
For students who wish to access advice on healthy emotional wellbeing at this time, it is possible to speak to a duty Student Counsellor.
Please email  to arrange a telephone appointment between 9.15am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday.
Sport and Physical Activity and Clubs

New Academic Term 2021/22

The 2021-2022 start date for most taught postgraduate programmes and second, third and fourth year undergraduate students is the 13 September 2021

The Leaving Certificate examination results will be released 3 September and Round One CAO offers will be issued on 7 September. The start date for first year undergraduate students is 27 September 2021.

Some programmes traditionally have earlier starts and these can also be found on the Student Examinations and Records webpage. See Key Dates and Early Start Dates 2021-2022 sections.

In Ireland, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is already well underway and the Government is planning for every adult in Ireland to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by September. Thus, by Semester 1 of academic year 2021-22, we hope to be in a position where it will be safer to interact personally and  we will strive to return to a greater level of face-to-face teaching (subject to public health advice).  Anticipating a significant reduction in the number of COVID cases in Ireland, we expect that most programmes will prioritise on campus face to face teaching combined with a proportion of hybrid learning. As soon as we have more specific news, we will update this section

Updated 7 July 2021

Blended or Hybrid learning combines online and face-to-face elements such as offering online lectures for some class groupings and offering face-to-face seminars, tutorials and laboratory and field classes for smaller groups. As much face-to-face teaching and learning as is feasible will be provided, subject to prevailing public health requirements (which may continue to evolve over the course of the academic year).

Read more about our approach to modes of delivery of teaching.

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Coming from Overseas from 19 July

All passengers coming into Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and  and are advised to use the Irish HSE’s Covid Tracker App

If a student is travelling from a ‘designated state’ and does not have proof of being fully vaccinated, the student must enter mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival into Ireland.

Fully vaccinated travellers from a ‘designated state’ AND un-vaccinated arrivals from a non-designated state will also be required to provide evidence that they have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that they are exempt from this legal requirement.  These arrivals will be expected to undertake self quarantine at their residence/rented accommodation for 14 days. This 14-day quarantine can be reduced by having a further negative PCR test from Day 5 after arriving in Ireland.

 The list of the designated states can be viewed here . This list is subject to change each day. Therefore, it is vital that students check if they are travelling from a designated country prior to travel.

For more details, please see the cabinet guide for international travel

All international students (new or continuing) traveling to Ireland, from within the EU and outside the EU/EEA, for the academic year 2021/22 should have received a link to an online form which will help us with your arrival in collaboration with Club Travel, the travel management company contracted by the Higher Education sector to manage the Greet & Transfer service for incoming international students.

The Irish Higher Education sector aims to provide a safe and secure greet and transfer service for international students which is compliant with Ireland's public health guidelines for traveling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The form aims to capture the arrival dates and times for incoming students as well as their onward transport needs from their port of arrival.

If you have not completed the survey already, then please do so at your earliest convenience:

Student Arrival Survey


If you have already filled in but now need to make changes, then please use this link instead:

Changes Form


Wishing you safe travel and look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Arriving into Ireland

From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.

A DCC will show if a passenger:

  • is vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • has recovered from COVID-19; or
  • has a negative test result

Passengers arriving into Ireland with a DCC will not have to undergo quarantine.

However, passengers with a DCC based on a non-PCR test (for example, antigen), or those arriving without a DCC, will require proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. 

Country by Country Overview

The Re-open EU website provides a useful country by country overview of up to date travel rules

From 19 July, Ireland will also broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries.

To protect its citizens against importation of variants, an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest.

Government advice will be to avoid travel to a country where the emergency brake has been applied.

For more details, please visit :


Further information and additional UCC particular requirements:


In the context of a dynamic pandemic, we understand that some students may experience significant challenges with travelling to Ireland in time for the beginning of the semester. In such cases, UCC will endeavour to provide the maximum flexibility in terms of providing access to remote delivery of academic programmes, until such time as the student can travel to Ireland safely. This level of flexibility will not be available for all programmes (e.g. programmes related to Healthcare practice).

Where possible, maximum flexibility will be offered to students on a case by case basis. Students who are permitted to commence the face-to-face elements of their programme late will be required to complete a late arrivals form, where they will agree that their late arrival to Ireland cannot form the basis on an exam appeal. 

If you expect to arrive later than your programme commences, please fill in the details in the online form and agree to the conditions.


  • If your arrival is within three weeks of your programme starting you do not need to take any further action.
  • If your arrival is more than three weeks after your programme starts, we will contact you by email to confirm that this is permitted for your programme.

If you have any further questions please contact us at

Students who arrive from a ‘designated’ state are required by the Irish Government to enter Mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival to Ireland. Here is an up to date list on the designated states for you to view.

This includes if you have been in a ‘designated’ country at any time in the 14 days before you arrive in Ireland and if you have travelled through an airport in a ‘designated' country

Students must book their mandatory quarantine prior to travel. Students should use the following website to book their hotel

Please note the following: “If you fall into a category which mandatory hotel quarantine is required on arrival, it is an offence if you travel to Ireland without making the booking in advance, without reasonable excuse.”

The student is required to pay for the hotel during mandatory quarantine.

The hotel that a student must book for mandatory quarantine is likely to depend on the arrival destination/ airport location. Therefore there is no guarantee that the hotel will be in Cork or near UCC.

A student’s exemption for hotel quarantine will depend on time elapsed between the student receiving their final dose of the vaccine and travelling to Ireland. Vaccinated students travelling to Ireland will still require proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test and are still required to complete a period of self-quarantine at their residence in Ireland. Further information on this.

Any refunds will depend on the terms and conditions of the accommodation provider and/or travel insurance (if applicable). Students should make themselves aware of their accommodation providers policies’, prior to booking, taking particular note of the implications should the student be unable to travel for any reason.

All students are being asked to download the Covid Tracker App as part of Ireland's efforts to combat COVID-19 and you will also need to submit a completed Passenger Locator Form to the border management staff on arrival.

All CoMH  students entering Ireland from another jurisdiction will be obliged to abide by all Public Health guidelines in place at their time of return; ie type and duration of isolation, restricted mobility PCR testing schedules etc. In the case of students going on clinical placement, it is possible that individual clinical sites may impose additional infection protection measures specific for circumstances as they arise. Students should factor such possibilities into their scheduling. The Covid-19 situation remains dynamic at the time of writing. It is possible that public health guidelines may further alter. Students returning to university from outside of Ireland are reminded of their responsibility to stay up to date with guidelines when planning and returning to Ireland. It is every student's responsibility to remain compliant with guidelines and to ensure they allow sufficient time to return, abide by rules and join their academic programme on time. This advice is prepared for the attention of international students returning from their primary countries of residence and is equally pertinent for Irish / EU students who travel outside of Ireland this summer and return to academic programmes.

Covid19 Student Induction course

UCC have created a comprehensive Covid19 Student Induction course to help prepare students for their eventual return to campus. All new and returning UCC students are autoenrolled on this module. Please use your student log in to canvas and complete this important module.

Covid-19 information