Admission-related enquiries

If you fail to meet the conditions of your offer when you receive your official high school examination results, you will lose your conditional offer status and receive a full refund of tuition fees paid. There is no opportunity to appeal the decision with RCSI.

You may, however, appeal your examination results with your school or Ministry of Education (whichever is responsible for providing the examination results). If this appeal is successful and you then meet the conditions of your offer, the offer will be reinstated.

It is important to note, however, that if the appeal and reassessment of your results takes time and your arrival is significantly delayed, you may be prevented from joining this year. The best option in this instance is to defer your offer to the following academic year.

If you cannot produce evidence of your scholarship status, e.g. an official government scholarship letter or financial guarantee, you will be required to pay your tuition fees prior to registration, which RCSI will reimburse as soon as your scholarship is confirmed.

Alternatively, you can opt to be placed on the waitlist and not pay your fees until such time as your scholarship has been confirmed. Please email admissions@rcsi.ie for further details on this.

It is not possible to request a change to your six-year offer unless you have met or exceeded the minimum academic requirements for the five-year medicine programme. Due to the competitive nature of five-year medicine entry, prediction or attainment of minimum academic requirements may not be sufficient to secure an offer.

It may, however, be possible to change your five-year offer to a six-year offer but you will need to provide valid reasons for the move and the change is not guaranteed and will depend on availability of seats on the six-year programme at the time of the request.

Each deferral request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the RCSI Admissions Committee.

Deferral requests must be in writing and demonstrate that you are facing unforeseen financial, medical or personal circumstances which prevent you from commencing the academic programme on time.

Deferral requests based on COVID-19 restrictions, which are outside of your control, will be dealt with by the Admissions Office later this summer.

Please note that RCSI does not offer deferrals to students who simply change their minds in advance of the registration date.

Orientation Day takes place on the first day of each new academic year. It usually comprises a series of short lectures in the morning followed by Registration in the afternoon, all of which will take place online this year. Attendance at the full day is compulsory. The Orientation Day schedules for the academic year 2021/22 will be outlined in more detail at the pre-arrival webinars later this summer.

The programme will include:

  • A welcome address by your Head of School
  • An introduction to administrative staff and support services
  • An outline of the first two weeks by the Deputy Dean for Student Engagement

Given that all international students will have to complete a 14-day restricted movement period on arrival into Dublin prior to registration, the first two weeks of the programme, including Orientation and Registration, will be delivered online.

During the first two weeks of the programme:

  • Student orientation will take place and you will be given supports on how to make the transition to RCSI life, how to make best use of RCSI resources, and where to get assistance when required.
  • You will virtually meet and get to know key RCSI staff and the academics who are managing and delivering their course.
  • You will start semester one of their programme online, using a digitally engaged learning approach.
  • You will have lots of opportunities to get to know your fellow students, through online academic and non-academic activities.
  • Academically, you will be taught in small groups, that we call 'learning communities'. These learning communities will provide you with a more personalised learning experience.
  • You will experience learning and teaching within your community group, and extracurricular/co-curricular activities will also be based around these learning communities or subgroupings.
  • Each learning community will have an Academic Lead (member of RCSI Faculty) and a Student Engagement Lead. The Student Engagement Lead will lead the wellness and social activities of the learning community and help students to engage in areas of personal and group interest.
  • You will have a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor is a member of RCSI Faculty who is there to support you throughout your academic year. You will virtually meet your Personal Tutor before you arrive. During this introduction you will learn more about the Personal Tutor programme, which will consist of small group meetings and activities.
  • Socially, you will have the option to join lots of online activities during orientation, including Student Club and Society events, daily exercise classes delivered by the RCSI Gym team including yoga, HIIT and exercises that can be done from your room, and more, so you can start engaging in student life.

Note – The following will be delivered to your new Dublin address in advance of Registration Day to facilitate a seamless online registration and orientation experience:

  • An RCSI Apple laptop with all of your RCSI network access passwords, RCSI email address and the necessary information to allow you connect to the online learning community
  • RCSI Student ID Card (required to be carried at all times on campus and in student accommodation)
  • A wallet-sized RCSI contact card containing all of the contact numbers students may find helpful, including the RCSI COVID-19 Helpline, Student Welfare, Student Services, IT and emergency contacts
  • A printed copy of your timetable for the first three weeks. Your Moodle Account (our eLearning platform) will contain your full timetable but we include the paper version in your starter pack to allow you to have it as a quick guide to pin to your notice board. The timetable will provide a full list of academic and social activities taking place during the restricted movement period and, importantly, during week three, when you can access the full benefit of student life and commence face-to-face teaching

Further information on what to expect during Registration and the first two weeks of the programme will be available here later this summer.