Some students may choose to travel with their parent/s or guardian. In this case, parents/ guardians will also be required to self-isolate. Most visitors to Ireland are choosing to complete their self-isolation in hotels and the RCSI Travel Office can advise on hotel options that are located close to the University.
If students wish to self-isolate with their parent/s in the hotel, they may do so. When the 14-day self-isolation period is over, they may then join their fellow RCSI students in the student accommodation. Please note however, that you can only join the on-campus accommodation after the self-isolation period has finished in the facility that you are booked to live in, i.e. you cannot check in and join the student community whilst they are in their own 14-day self-isolation period.
If you chose to self-isolate in a hotel, please ensure that you have internet access to allow you to engage with your academic course during the self-isolation period. We will ensure that your RCSI laptop is delivered to the hotel to allow you to connect with your classes.
The first two weeks of the programme will be delivered online, while students are in self-isolation. We have designed these initial two weeks to be very productive, which will provide you with a personal introduction to RCSI. From week three onwards, when self-isolation ends, students will get to join us onsite on the RCSI Dublin Campus.
To ensure we comply with current physical distancing guidelines, students will continue to be taught in their 'learning community'. Smaller class groups will also minimise any COVID-19-related risks. For more details on this, please review pages 15-18 of the Supporting Your Health, Safety and wellbeing booklet below.
The COVID-19 situation in Ireland is being managed by the National Public Health Emergency Team, which is headed by Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer. Very significant progress has been made and at present COVID-19 is well-managed with the number of new cases low and the 'R' rate low and stable.
Dr Holohan and his team have spoken of the risk of a rise in new cases if the opening of the lockdown is not managed with care and they continue to actively engage with the population to seek their support in the management of the virus. Dr Holohan and his team are confident that any increase in cases will be managed by targeted contact tracing rather than further lockdowns, as significant resources have been put in place to create a robust test and contact tracking system to control any spikes in cases that may occur.
If students travel to Dublin with their parents, they may choose to self-isolate with their parent/s in a hotel during the first 14 days of self isolation. When the 14-day self-isolation period is over, they may then join their fellow RCSI students in the student accommodation, but parents and family members will not be able to live on campus.
The opportunity for family members to visit Dublin during the academic year depends on how the COVID-19 situation improves in the coming months and whether the current self-isolation requirements will still be in place at that stage. Once parents or family members have completed the 14-day self-isolation period, they are welcome to come and visit your on-campus accommodation. They are also welcome to come and visit the University and see where you will be studying.