Arriving and settling in
We are monitoring the global travel situation. The Department of Foreign Affairs has given some countries a status of 'normal precautions' or green list. At RCSI we want to maintain the highest level of public confidence and take every step to keep you safe and well. This means that, whatever changes the Irish Government make, RCSI will require all students who travel from overseas to restrict movement for 14 days after they arrive in Ireland. RCSI has also joined with other higher education institutes and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to develop a protocol to facilitate the safe arrival of international students. Read more about the protocol here.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses, or if you have been a close contact with someone suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of planned departure, we advise that you do not travel until after 14 days and more than five days fever free, where relevant. RCSI Travel can advise you on changes to travel arrangements and your education supervisors will understand. RCSI Travel is also available to provide specialist advice and support when making your travel arrangements and booking flights. Please contact the team at any time to assist you with your travel plans.Checklists for returning students from overseas PDF | 1270 KB Checklists for returning students in Ireland PDF | 976 KB
When you arrive in Ireland from overseas you will need to fill in a form called the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. This form can be filled out before you travel. The purpose of this form is to ensure more accurate and expeditious contact tracing, should we have a suspected or confirmed case on a flight coming into the country.
New and returning students
To offer you peace-of-mind and to ensure your safety when travelling onwards to your accommodation, we are investing in providing all returning students coming from overseas with a free high-quality transport service from Dublin Airport to anywhere in the Dublin area.
RCSI Travel’s free transport service is dedicated to RCSI international students and family members travelling with them only, and will greet you when you enter the arrivals hall in either terminal, reducing any unnecessary waiting times. You will be greeted by an RCSI staff member and allocated into vehicles along with your friends who have travelled with you on your flight. Even in the event that your plane is delayed, the transport will be waiting for you. The service also comes with all the necessary hygiene measures including face coverings and hand sanitisers.
We ask all students to take advantage of our free travel service, as the Government has asked that international students returning to Ireland do not use public transport until they have completed the 14-day restricted movement period. In order to manage these transfers we will require all students to complete the form here a minimum of 10 days before arrival into Dublin, you must include your term address to enable us to arrange your transport and for contact tracing information.
The registration form is also available on the 'Non-EU' section of rcseye.com for new students.
Please note: You will be asked to provide proof of arrival date before you can come on to campus/clinical site.
Information on restricted movement can be found on the HSE website.
To maximise our ability to support your health, safety and welfare, we are encouraging all new international students to stay in one of RCSI’s recommended student accommodation residences for your first year in RCSI. This will enable us to provide each student with dedicated support during your first two weeks in Dublin and assist in getting you settled into your first year at RCSI.
For our new students, upon arrival you will be greeted and shown the facilities of your new home. The students within each unit will be a ‘Student Pod’. This Student Pod will be part of your immediate student network, and during the restricted movement phase students can get to know each other, while maintaining physical distancing measures.
For ongoing students we know that many of you have already secured accommodation or are returning to the same accommodation as last year.
For those of you who are still looking for accommodation we are pleased to advise that many of the student residences in Dublin city and surrounding areas have availability and are open for immediate bookings. These include The Tannery/New Mill/Uninest, Scape, Wexford/Aungier Street accommodation amongst others. Details of all these properties are available in our accommodation section and on Moodle. For those looking for private rented accommodation please check the 'accommodation to rent' section on Moodle.
The Student Recruitment team continue to provide guidance and support to new incoming students in advance of their arrival to RCSI. This includes advice in relation to visas and Irish Residency Permit (IRP) applications.
If you are an international student joining an RCSI Undergraduate programme for the first time, you will first of all need to determine if you require a long stay study visa to travel to Ireland. You can check if you are a visa required student here. Students who require a visa to study in Ireland are being advised to obtain a 'multi entry long stay' visa this year (as opposed to a single entry long stay visa).You can check what information and documentation you need to apply for a long stay visa, by visiting this section of the INIS website.
Most Irish embassies and visa application centres are processing long stay study visas again since the beginning of August 2020. Although we understand this is an anxious time for students awaiting news on their visa applications, we would ask that you allow 2-4 weeks for the visas to be processed and if there are still delays at the end of August/early September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your visa application reference number and we will do our best to assist.
Whilst not all international students need a visa to study in Ireland, all non-EEA students (e.g. international students not in possession of an EEA passport), will need an Irish Residency Permit (IRP) to stay in the country for more than 90 days.
In previous years, it was possible to book your IRP appointment via the INIS website prior to your arrival and to secure an appointment date for after registration at RCSI.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the INIS has decided to postpone online IRP appointments until at least September 2020 and as a result, students will not be able to book their appointment date until AFTER they have registered with the university.
The main thing is not to worry – no student is required to book their IRP appointment until after Registration Day at RCSI and international students who secured a multi entry visa have until January 2021 to get their IRP.
The RCSI Student Services team will be on hand to assist all students with their IRP appointment queries after Registration Day.