Arriving from overseas?

International Arrivals 2021

As part of the Back to Campus initiative and the progress made in managing the pandemic, the National Greet and Transfer service safely coordinated 13,000 international arrivals into Ireland.  As planned, this service concluded on 4 October 2021. 


With the public health situation improving, and pandemic restrictions reducing, students arriving to Ireland from abroad will revert to taking primary responsibility for planning and transferring from their port of entry to their chosen accommodation.   There will be no arrival desk at Dublin Airport (DUB) and all publicly available transportation services are permissible.


Any UCC students arriving into Ireland after 4 October 2021 should refer to “Getting to Cork” on the International Office webpage.  Transfers are wholly at the discretion of the individual. 


Please note that public health advice for protecting yourself and others from Covid 19 remains in force.


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


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

From Monday, 27 September the HSE will be providing walk in vaccination clinics on campus. 


No appointment is necessary and any student, member of staff, or member of the local community, not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is invited to attend a walk-in clinic, the details of which are as follows:



COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer BioNTech) walk-in clinics.



Monday 27 - Thursday 30 September 2021 inclusive.



10am - 4pm daily. Walk-in. No appointment is necessary.



The Campus Kitchen, Kane Building, UCC Main Campus. 


For Whom:

Students, Staff members and members of the local community not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



The clinic will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine only. 



You are required to provide some form of photo identification when you attend for vaccination. Your student card or passport can be used for identification purposes.  You will also be asked for your PPS number. An alternative option is available for anyone who does not yet have a PPS number.


You can read more about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at:


HSE advice for those fully or partially vaccinated outside of Ireland specifies:

Those who have documentary evidence of a complete COVID‐19 vaccination course with a COVID‐19 vaccine authorised by the FDAMHRA or recommended by WHO should be considered fully vaccinated.

Those who have partially completed a COVID‐19 vaccine course with a vaccine authorised by the FDA, MHRA or recommended by WHO should be offered an EMA authorised COVID‐19 vaccine to complete the series, and then should be considered fully vaccinated. The minimum interval between the last vaccine dose and an EMA authorised COVID‐19 vaccine is 28 days.

Those who have received a partial or complete course of COVID‐19 vaccine not authorised by the FDA, MHRA or recommended by WHO should be offered a complete course of an EMA authorised COVID‐19 vaccine. The minimum interval between the last dose and an EMA authorised COVID‐19 vaccine is 28 days.


Medical staff will be on-hand in the walk-in clinic in the Campus Kitchen Kane Building to answer queries on-site on the day for those not yet fully vaccinated.

 It is a very significant further step to support our safe return to campus. 

To have access to indoor hospitality and entrertainment facilities you will need prood of vaccination. 

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) or the HSE Vaccination Card will be the primary evidence used when going into a pub, restaurant, café or food court to access indoor hospitality. People across the country are currently receiving their EU Digital COVID Certificate via email and by post.

Other proofs of immunity include COVID-19 Certificates that have been issued by non-EU states. For these non-EU certificates, they should contain:

  • confirmation that the person has been vaccinated
  • the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated
  • the state body which either delivered the vaccination programme or is authorised to issue the certificate

Where a certificate is not in Irish or English, a translated version may be accepted.

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

Academic Term 2021/22

In Ireland, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is already well underway with approximately 90 percent of eligible population vaccinated.

The 2021-2022 start date for most taught postgraduate programmes and second, third- and fourth-year undergraduate students was the 13 September 2021 and the start date for first year undergraduate students was 27 September 2021.

Over the last few weeks we held several events on campus e.g. Failte Fest and Freshers events. Check out some of the photographs taken on the day.


The campus is truly back to life, with learning and teaching activities taking place:

  • Lectures, tutorials, performances and practicals are being delivered either in-person or in a blended online/in-person format, depending on public health advice. 
  • Unless otherwise advised by the relevant School\Department all research activities is taking place on-campus (including desk based research) subject to public health advice. 
  • Where appropriate lectures may be recorded to enhance and maximise the learning experience for students.


Read here our latest updates on teaching delivery, research and all on campus activities.

Updated 18 August 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.

Arriving from overseas - Information videos

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Covid19 Student Induction course

UCC have created a comprehensive Covid19 Student Induction course to help prepare students for their 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