Your first two weeks

We want to maintain the highest level of public confidence and take every step to keep you safe and well. This means that RCSI will require all students who travel from overseas to restrict movement for 14 days when they arrive in Ireland.

The current Government guidelines on restricting movement means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

This includes:

  • Irish citizens coming home
  • people with no symptoms
  • people who have tested negative for the virus in another country

During your time of restricted movement, you should organise online grocery shopping or food deliveries if possible. Daily outdoor physical activity is allowed with adequate social distancing (keeping 2m apart from others).

If possible avoid:

  • using public transport
  • visiting others outside of your own accommodation
  • meeting face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19

For further information in relation to travel and the requirement to restrict your movement please visit the HSE website.

In line with Government guidelines, you may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

The Welcome Buddy programme

For our new international students who are required to restrict their movement for the first 14 days after arrival in Dublin we are delighted to offer a ‘Welcome Buddy’ programme.

By way of offering additional support, students will have access to a staff buddy if they wish to avail of the service. Staff buddies are academic and non-academic staff who have volunteered to check in frequently with the students throughout their first two weeks in Dublin, share some tips and advice on life in Dublin and answer any questions they may have about getting used to their new home. The student and staff buddy will collaboratively agree a schedule to communicate.


The RCS-Eye website has important information on a host of other matters related to your arrival and life in Dublin. The site is continuously updated so please check in regularly for the most up-to-date information.

The Student Services team continus to support international students with their queries, issues and concerns regarding re-entry, visas, and their Irish Residency Permit (IRP).

Once IRP required students have returned to Ireland, they will be able to renew their IRP card online with the new and improved system from INIS. The online system is much more efficient and removes the need for renewing applicants to attend the INIS office in person. This is something to be welcomed by all concerned.

Remember however, you will need to submit your passport as part of the online process and you must be in Ireland to make the application. Please visit the INIS website for more information about online renewal.

If you require a visa, please ensure that it is valid and in date for the purpose of travelling into Ireland. For any other related queries, please contact Student Services.

New students

Orientation and registration takes place at the start of your course and will be delivered online this year during the first two weeks of the programme. It comprises a series of introductory lectures which will lay the groundwork to ensure that you are fully appraised of all academic and non-academic matters, to allow you to flourish as a student in the University.

All new students will be provided with the following in advance of their first day:

  • RCSI student card (this will provide access to the library, computer labs and all other areas of the campus)
  • RCSI Apple MacBook
  • Log-on details for online services and RCSI e-mail account
  • Moodle access (RCSI’s virtual learning environment)

Returning students 

All returning students need to remember to bring a laptop to Dublin, to enable you to start your programme straight away. This includes students due to receive replacement laptops – details about laptop distribution will be shared in due course.

You must also ensure you complete the online registration process, including updating your term-time address and mobile phone number

This is more important than ever, as we must have up-to-date and accurate information to be able to contact you.

For students in clinical years and on clinical sites, you will be required to wear scrubs. RCSI has bulk ordered scrubs and you will be required to purchase these in advance. Full details will be available on your Moodle pages.

All students must wear a mask while in-doors in any/all RCSI buildings.

All students should download the HSE COVID-19 tracker app which you can only download once you arrive in Ireland.

This will help the HSE manage the situation outside of RCSI.

For students on clinical attachments, you must keep a record of which teams and clinics you attended and who you were with.This will be available on the MyRCSI app.

Completion rates will be actively monitored as a marker of professionalism. Students who do not complete the forms will be followed up and if persistent, action may be taken under the RCSI Disciplinary Regulations.