UCD International Study Centre

COVID-19

Correct as of 17.03.2020 at 10:00 GMT

Health information

Question Answer
What is the latest health guidance for Ireland on COVID-19? The official updates from the Irish government provide the latest information on the virus in the Republic of Ireland. This includes health and travel advice for those coming into the Republic of Ireland and those travelling abroad, as well as information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is constantly changing based on emerging information.

View the Health Service Executive's information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
What precautions are being taken by Centre staff to protect students? We are carefully following the advice of the government bodies responsible for public health, and official medical advice, to ensure the health of our students, staff and the general public.

We have instructed our staff and students on what to do if they feel unwell. Staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

Our welfare team is trained to support students who have health concerns, including concerns related to coronavirus, or concerns about the health of others.
Are staff testing students for signs of infection? We are following the guidance of the Irish government and are not currently testing students. We have no plans to do so unless official guidance changes.
What is your advice on face masks? The World Health Organization is not advising the public to wear face masks. However, if students wish to wear face masks they are welcome to do so.
What can students do to protect themselves against infection? All our staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell. Our staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

View more information on the Health Service Executive website.
What healthcare arrangements are in place if I become ill while on campus, in a class or at my accommodation? If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19 they should follow medical advice from the Irish Department of Health which is found below. They should also contact the Study Centre for information.

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to show.
The main symptoms to look out for are:
  • Cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever (high temperature)
Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, and aches and pains.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

More information on symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available from the Health Service Executive.

Do not visit a doctor or emergency department. Phone them first. This is to ensure you do not accidentally put other people at risk. If you do not have a doctor, phone 112 or 999.
I am worried about my health – do I have to come to campus? We are carefully following the advice of the government and public health authorities to ensure the health of our students and staff.

If you are unable to attend classes, then you must inform the college or Study Centre of your plans so that they are able to support you.

Who should I contact with any other questions?

Please contact Centre staff or email globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Travel information

Question Answer
Where can I find up to date travel advice for the UK? The official updates from the Irish government and the Health Service Executive provide the very latest information. This includes health and travel advice, and information on current travel restrictions. It is best to keep checking the official advice before travelling.

Read the Irish government’s COVID-19 travel advice.

Study information

Question Answer
Is the University College Dublin (UCD) campus open for me to attend my classes? The Irish government has taken the decision to close all schools and colleges until 29 March 2020 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

This means that University College Dublin International Study Centre will be introducing online learning in the place of face-to-face teaching, and this may then affect how a course is taught.
Will I be able to remain in my accommodation? Currently, University accommodation is remaining open. You should continue to monitor your emails regularly and pay attention to advice from your accommodation provider.
Will my course or teaching be affected? The International Study Centre aligns its approach with that of UCD and official government health guidance.

As the Irish government has taken the decision to close all schools and colleges until 29 March 2020, we will be introducing online learning in the place of face-to-face teaching.

Centre staff will be in contact with students directly to provide instructions on how to continue your studies based on your individual circumstances.
Can I continue my studies in Ireland? Should you wish to remain in Ireland and continue your studies, we will continue to support you in your studies. This may involve a move to online teaching and learning. We will advise you of the approach as more information becomes available.

Will I be able to complete my studies?
  • We are committed to supporting you in the continuation of your studies and will develop flexible approaches as much as we can to do so.
Is my learning and teaching moving online?
  • Yes. You will be informed of how to access the appropriate learning materials and the steps you need to take.
What about my attendance?
  • If teaching continues in Centre, your attendance will be recorded in the usual way
  • If you have to self-isolate while in Ireland, your absence will be approved
  • If you are asked to complete online learning, your attendance will be monitored through your engagement with online learning.
Can I leave Ireland and continue my studies? Should you wish to leave Ireland but continue your studies, we will of course support you in that decision. We will seek to make learning materials available to you online, enabling you to continue your studies as best as possible until your return.

Will I be able to complete my studies?
  • We are committed to supporting you in the continuation of your studies and will develop flexible approaches as much as we can to do so.
Can I leave Ireland and defer my studies? Should you wish to leave Ireland and defer your studies:
  • we will work with you to enable that to happen. This will be very specific to your personal circumstances
  • we will provide more information on how to approach this option
  • importantly, please inform the International Study Centre directly with your travel plans if you are considering returning home, so our records are up to date and that we can arrange appropriate support and contact.

Additional Information

Where should I go if I have further questions?

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the International Study Centre for support.

Alternatively, you can send enquiries to globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.