Future Students FAQ

General UCC FAQ

The 2020-2021 start date for most Taught Programmes and most 1st year students is 28th September 2020. A graphic of the Key Dates 2020/2021 can be found on the Student Examinations and Records webpage.

Some programmes traditionally have earlier starts and these can also be found on the Student Examinations and Records webpage.

All on-campus activity is subject to the prevailing public-health advice

If you are in any doubt, please contact the Programme Director or School for the programme.


Before departing your home country all students coming to Ireland from overseas, regardless of country of origin/departure are required to complete a daily symptom check for COVID-19 for each day of the 14 days up to and including their date of departure. The Pre-departure On-line COVID 19 Symptom Tracker for students coming to Ireland from overseas can be accessed here.  You MUST delay your departure to Ireland until you are at least 14 days free of symptoms or after your diagnosis of COVID 19.

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, depending on your country of origin. 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. More information is available from the Irish government travel advice website.


Students arriving in Ireland from overseas from a country that is NOT on Ireland's Green List are required to Restrict their Movements for 14 days commening on their day of arrival. Students who are restricting their movements are also required to to complete a daily symptom check for COVID-19 for each day for 14 days commending on their day of arrival.

The Post-Arrival Restricted Movements COVID-19 Symptom Tracker can be accessed here

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. 

Incoming UCC students who have travelled from outside of Ireland will need to abide by the to current government guidelines https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html#Restrict-movements-travel

Details  on who should restrict their movements on return to Ireland and what it entails are available on the Health Service Executive website. 

Students coming to Ireland from countries not on Ireland's Green List must complete an On-Line Restricted-Movements COVID-19 Symptom Tracker daily for 14 days starting on their day of arrival.

Restricted Movement - Detailed information

Go to our Restricted Movements Student Guide for detailed information.

Added 15 Jun 2020

We will commence online orientation for undergraduate students on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

University College Cork is committed to you. We will provide you with the best opportunities to ensure that you make a successful transition to university life.

We will schedule an online orientation that will offer you a huge range of opportunities to:

  • meet the academic community and learn more about the structure of your degree programme
  • get to know your class mates and your peer support leaders
  • hear from current students who have completed first year already
  • learn how to access all resources
  • meet members of the Students’ Union and representative from Clubs and Societies
  • participate in virtual interactive tours
  • meet professional student support staff

The biggest benefit of online orientation is that you will be able to transition at your own pace for a number of activities.
We will commence online orientation on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

You are not alone and you won’t be alone in your first year. We are very excited and can’t wait to welcome you to campus.
Stay curious – planning is currently underway

UCC convened a group to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation in late January 2020. This group has met regularly to consider and implement recommended actions advised by the HSE and HPSC.

Regular communications have been issued to students and staff advising of appropriate infection control measures and travel advisory notices. These communications have been supplemented by the creation of the COVID19 Information and Updates webpage which is updated regularly.

The university Emergency Management Team meets regularly to oversee the overall university response and co-ordinate the ongoing operations of the university whilst making contingency plans to deal with the expected escalation of the situation. The Emergency Management Team can be contacted at emt@ucc.ie 


In our Youtube playlist we provide  regular updates on return to campus information for students. 


To access our full list of FAQ, or to get in touch with us, please go to ask.ucc.ie

Undergraduate – Irish & EU Applicants

Applications are now closed and offers are being issued according to the CAO schedule 

You will also find interesting and relevant information about orientation and registration on our portal for new students and our Admissions Undergraduate website.

Postgraduate – Irish & EU Applicants

We will open for the next recruitment cycle in mid-November 2020. 

International Applicants

The application cycle for our programmes for international students for autumn 2020 is now closed. We are looking forward to welcoming all new and returning international students and are preparing for your arrival.  

In accordance with Government guidelines, UCC students who have arrived into Ireland from another location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List will need to restrict their movements for 14 days. To make your transition as easy, useful and purposeful as possible, we have created a dedicated, bespoke programme of activities for you.

Covid-19 information