Ireland Universities Launch ‘Back To Campus’ Initiative for International Students

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Sep 21, 2021 11:24 AM

Ireland’s HEIs have revised measures from 2020, gathering together COVID-19 measures for the safe return of students by September 2021. The ‘Greet and Transfer’ facility would those returning with safe transport from the airport to their student accommodation as per the current public health guidelines

The higher education institutions in Ireland have launched an initiative called ‘Back to Campus’ for the anticipated arrival of international students during September. Measures for vaccines, testing and quarantine along with a ‘Greet and Transfer’ facility to provide safe transport from the airport upon arrival in Ireland. 

Ireland’s HEIs have revised measures from 2020, gathering together COVID-19 measures for the safe return of students. The ‘Greet and Transfer’ facility would those returning with safe transport from the airport to their student accommodation as per the current public health guidelines. 

Upon arrival, students will have access to free testing as well as vaccinations if required. In addition, the government of Ireland has agreed to offer free COVID-19 healthcare to international students.

By the end of September this year, students enrolled in any of the eight Irish universities will have resumed their programmes, announced Simon Harris, Ireland’s minister for higher education.

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He added that the safe return would include the return of lectures with some modifications to some mitigation measures and overall numbers. The next academic year is also expected to be started afresh with all staff and students back on campus. 

Those arriving will either be allowed to return straight to campus or go to campus to quarantine. Those who are returning from one of the six South American countries, they will be asked to quarantine in a government-assigned hotel. 

Quarantine on campus would include all facilities including a digital and engagement program put in place at the University of Limerick. They will also be given access to Netflix online quizzes and parties. 

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This year, the arrangements had to consider vaccinations of students arriving in the country. While students would be easily able to get vaccines, if they have already been vaccinated, they would have to check if that vaccine was approved by the European Medicines Agency.

On campus, students would have to wear face masks and abide by the national rules on vaccine passports. 

As of September 20, Ireland has allowed universities to open clubs and societies with a maximum capacity of 100 vaccinated students. Lectures will have a limit of 300 students, crossing which, should be conducted online. 

International students in Ireland generate around €0.5 billion a year in fees alone, making them immensely important for the country’s economy.

The higher education institutions in Ireland have launched an initiative called ‘Back to Campus’ for the anticipated arrival of international students during September. Measures for vaccines, testing and quarantine along with a ‘Greet and Transfer’ facility to provide safe transport from the airport upon arrival in Ireland. 

Ireland’s HEIs have revised measures from 2020, gathering together COVID-19 measures for the safe return of students. The ‘Greet and Transfer’ facility would those returning with safe transport from the airport to their student accommodation as per the current public health guidelines. 

Upon arrival, students will have access to free testing as well as vaccinations if required. In addition, the government of Ireland has agreed to offer free COVID-19 healthcare to international students.

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By the end of September this year, students enrolled in any of the eight Irish universities will have resumed their programmes, announced Simon Harris, Ireland’s minister for higher education.

He added that the safe return would include the return of lectures with some modifications to some mitigation measures and overall numbers. The next academic year is also expected to be started afresh with all staff and students back on campus. 

Those arriving will either be allowed to return straight to campus or go to campus to quarantine. Those who are returning from one of the six South American countries, they will be asked to quarantine in a government-assigned hotel. 

Quarantine on campus would include all facilities including a digital and engagement program put in place at the University of Limerick. They will also be given access to Netflix online quizzes and parties. 

This year, the arrangements had to consider vaccinations of students arriving in the country. While students would be easily able to get vaccines, if they have already been vaccinated, they would have to check if that vaccine was approved by the European Medicines Agency.

On campus, students would have to wear face masks and abide by the national rules on vaccine passports. 

As of September 20, Ireland has allowed universities to open clubs and societies with a maximum capacity of 100 vaccinated students. Lectures will have a limit of 300 students, crossing which, should be conducted online. 

International students in Ireland generate around €0.5 billion a year in fees alone, making them immensely important for the country’s economy.

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