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Studying and COVID-19


COVID-19 your questions answered

The Government of Ireland is committed to protecting the health and safety of all people living, working and studying in Ireland during this time of unprecedented challenge. That protection extends to you, current and prospective international students.

Ireland is taking a measured, consistent and evidence-led approach to the COVID-19 situation, based on the best available international guidelines and local public health advice. The Government of Ireland’s roadmap for re-opening society and business is available on We can tell you that Education in Ireland, as part of the Government of Ireland, is working with our Irish Universities and Colleges and Partner Institutions to ensure that we deliver on the commitments we made to current and prospective students. Higher education institutions will commence re-opening on a phased basis at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year.

We’re committed to enabling you to fulfill your hopes and dreams of a third level education in Ireland. As it stands the Irish higher education institutions are continuing to make preparations to welcome new and returning students for the 2020/21 academic year. They are also considering a number of precautionary options, to ensure they are well positioned to adapt as the situation evolves. These include exploring flexible start dates and delivering courses via remote learning.

We are committed to providing you with a world-class education in Ireland. We promised you the warmest of welcomes. We are exploring all options to make this a reality.