Self Isolation and Restricted Movements FAQ

Restricted Movement FAQ

In compliance with current government guidelines, incoming UCC students who have travelled from outside of Ireland will need to restrict their movements for a period of 14 days. We recognise that this may be challenging for students, but we will endeavour to support you as much as possible as you complete this safely and comfortably. The government advice is in this link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html

Green List

Please note that the Government is currently compiling a ‘Green List’ of countries from which restricted movement period is not required. This list should be published shortly.

Current Irish Government guidance on restricting your movements are available at this link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html#Restrict-movements-travel

Based on current national guidelines, students from must arrive in Ireland at least 14 days before they are due to start their academic studies. See programme start dates at this link https://www.ucc.ie/en/records-exams/.

The 14-day restricted movements period should be completed prior to starting your course.

Students who have accommodation bookings should contact their accommodation provider as soon as possible to discuss arriving 14 days early to facilitate your restricted movements. We expect that most accommodation providers will be able to facilitate this request.

If your accommodation provider cannot facilitate your early arrival for the period of restricted movements, we may have a solution to support you. Students can book with UCC Campus Accommodation for a 14-day period. In order to secure a booking, please email beds@ucc.ie  as soon as possible.

Due to existing bookings, this accommodation must be vacated by Friday 18th September. This means that the latest time you can enter UCC Campus Accommodation for restricted movement purposes is Friday 4th September (unless you have a prior booking there for the full academic year).

We strongly advise that all international students coming to UCC in September 2020 organise their accommodation in advance and restrict their movements in that accommodation on arrival.

UCC may have a solution to support students who do not have pre-booked accommodation. Students can book with UCC Campus Accommodation for a 14-day period. In order to secure a booking, please email beds@ucc.ie as soon as possible. Due to existing bookings, this accommodation must be vacated by Friday 18th September. This means that the latest time you can enter UCC Campus Accommodation to restrict your movements is Friday 4th September (unless you have a prior booking there for the full academic year)

The Office of Accommodation and Community Life is available to all incoming students for guidance and tips to help with your search for safe and affordable accommodation. Please check out the website www.ucc.ie/en/accommodation or contact them directly on resservices@ucc.ie

Please email beds@ucc.ie and putting ‘20/21 restricted movement accommodation’ in the subject line of your email. UCC Campus Accommodation will then arrange your accommodation.

For students opting to use UCC Campus Accommodation for the 14-day period, there is a student rate of €172 per week. A deposit of €50 is due at the time of booking. The balance is then due on arrival. Please note that this fee only covers the cost of accommodation. Costs such as food, groceries etc. are separate.

For students with bookings through other accommodation providers, the accommodation cost should be the normal weekly rental charge for your accommodation. If you are staying with a private accommodation provider, please contact them directly to confirm their rates.

Government advice on restricting your movements states ‘Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it's absolutely necessary - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off’.

We recognise that this will be challenging for international students new to Ireland and the university is currently exploring a number of options to support students in this regard. We will update this page as more details of these supports become available.

Your accommodation provider might also be able to offer details of catering, laundry services, etc.

We recognise that students might find the 14-day period of restricted movement challenging. We will endeavour to support you as much as possible during this period so that you are kept both busy and entertained. You can also use the time to prepare yourself for the start of your studies at UCC.  We are working on an innovative programme which will help you to develop important skills which will be of benefit to you throughout your studies in UCC. This will include virtual campus tours and other opportunities to familiarise yourself with our institution, as well as a range of other resources that may be of interest. Our exciting programme is currently in development and it is likely to include opportunities for you to develop skills in areas like:

  • Employability skills (Curriculum Vitae, interview preparations, job market, cultural norms of the Irish Workplace etc.)
  • Study skills, time management, note taking, critical thinking, autonomous learning, academic writing, referencing etc.
  • English language online self-access induction programme.

In addition, you will have access to online UCC library essentials, library tutorials and videos. We are also working on some Social and Cultural components to the programme, Keep Well initiatives, as well as many fun themed events including food, Irish music, Irish language, Green Campus and other exciting initiatives.

Student support services

You can access a full range of student support services such as Student Counselling and Development, Careers Service, Accommodation and Community Life etc online. Details are available here https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students is critically important to us.

If you become ill or need medical advice during your period of self-isolation on arrival in Ireland, please be assured that our Student Health Department is on hand to assist you.

Please contact +353 (0) 21 4902311 if needed. One of our Doctors will return your call and can arrange for you to obtain treatment, undergo investigation (including COVID-19 testing) if required, onward referral to a specialist service or attendance at Accident and Emergency if necessary.

At evenings and weekends and if the Department is closed a recorded voice message on +353 (0) 21 4902311 will advise you of the telephone number to call for assistance. See: www.ucc.ie/en/emt/covid19/student-faq/#student-health-faq  And details of further supports are available at: www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/ 

Additional Resource

Please see some further helpful information related to Covid-19, which has been provided by the Irish Council for International Students at:
 

Covid-19 information

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