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Arrival in September 2021

Last updated 5 July 2021. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

 

Watch back our Information Session from 25 June 2021

 

Studying at MTU 

 

When will term commence?

The new term will commence on Monday, 20 September 2021 for all postgraduate students and for students progressing into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 of their respective bachelor degree.
For students commencing their bachelor degree at Year 1 entry, the term will commence on Monday 27 September 2021.


When will Registration take place?

International student registration and orientation will take place before the start of term. You will be required to be present in Ireland for the start of term. Please ensure when making your travel arrangements that you allow time to undertake public health regulations such as self-isolation or mandatory hotel quarantine.
Friday 17 September 2021 for all postgraduate students and for students progressing into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 of their respective bachelor degree.
For students commencing their bachelor degree at Year 1 entry, registration will take place the week of 20 September. Final dates to be confirmed.
We will arrange documentation verification during these registration times.


Will there be a Meet and Greet service in place to support international students arriving into Ireland?

We are currently working with the Irish Government to manage the safe arrival of our international students; we will include information on the agreed arrival protocols in our International Student Information Sessions.


What will the travel requirements be into Ireland in August and September 2021? What is the travel advice from my country and where do I find out information on Covid related updates for Ireland.

The Irish Government are due to make an announcement on International Travel on July 19. We will update you once we receive this guidance.
To keep yourself up to date please keep a check on the Irish Government’s Travel Advice webpage as it is updated regularly.


What is the mode of delivery for Semester 1?

MTU is currently working towards delivering teaching and learning activities in a blended manner for Semester 1 with a view to moving fully onto campus for Semester 2 assuming that national health and safety advice indicates that it is safe to proceed in this manner.


What does this mean for you?
MTU is planning for all students to have on-campus activity and online activity in Semester 1 with contingencies in place that will allow us to respond to any public health challenges that may arise due to variants of the virus.
We promise to continue with the high-quality delivery of education and, as circumstances allow, will endeavour to expand on-campus teaching and learning activities for you with faculty, classmates and friends, with a view to maximizing your student experience and engagement with society and the world of work during these challenging times.


If I need to Self-Isolate, how will MTU support me?

We will be in regular contact with you during your self-isolation period. On arrival you will receive a grocery starter pack to cover you for the first few days. We will share details of online grocery shopping with you in advance of your arrival to Ireland.


What if I develop symptoms after arrival?

All updated protocols can be found on our Covid Information Portal https://covid19.cit.ie/
You can also check our National Health System Website for updates and guidance;
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/
We will hold information on Covid Protocol and what to do if you develop symptoms during your induction before term starts. MTU will support you throughout with any needs you have and guide you towards received medical care should you need it.


Will on-campus study be safe?

Yes, students, staff and the wider community’s safety is a priority for MTU. MTU follows all public health advice on campus in relation to social distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene.


My course is delivered in a blended manner or online, do I get a reduction in Tuition Fee?

We promise to continue with the high-quality delivery of education and, as circumstances allow, will endeavour to expand on-campus teaching and learning activities for you with faculty, classmates and friends, with a view to maximizing your student experience and engagement with society and the world of work during these challenging times. Tuition fees will not be reduced.


Can I study at home? Can I wait until January to apply for a visa?

You will be required to be present in Ireland for the start of term. Please ensure when making your travel arrangements that you allow time to undertake public health regulations such as self-isolation or mandatory hotel quarantine.


Health Insurance

Non-EU students must have private health insurance for Immigration purposes. If you require a study visa, you will need to submit private health insurance details with your visa application. (The health insurance document must be written in English).
You can find further details and options on Health Insurance here.

What are my accommodation options in Cork?

We strongly advise you to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible. With the planned return to campus announcements, accommodation is filing up quickly.
The Accommodation Office at MTU can provide further information and help in finding somewhere to stay in Cork.


What documents will I need on arrival to Ireland

• Passport
• Valid Visa
• Letter of Offer
• Port of Arrival Letter (MTU International Office will provide you with this)
What are my options for September?

 

Travel + Arrival

 

Please read the following information if you are an international student beginning your studies September 2021. Please also read your next steps to help you prepere to come here

All incoming passenders must legally abide by certain travel and quarantine rules. You can find out more here.

You must also inform MTU International Office of your accommodation details

 

Passenger Locator Form

 

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas, you will be required to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. 

An officer at the airport or ferry terminal will ask for proof of the form and verification of the information supplied.

The form is now available online here

 

Pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test

 

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas or are transiting through an Irish port or airport you must have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland.

Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirements.

You will be asked to show evidence of this negative or 'not detected' result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country you are travelling from and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce such evidence. Once you arrive in Ireland, you will have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers.

You should retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

If you arrive without evidence of a negative or 'not detected' RT-PCR test or a valid exemption:

  1. this is an offence
  2. you must enter and pay for mandatory quarantine in a hotel until either you receive a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result or you have quarantined in the hotel for 10 days

If you arrive into Ireland from overseas and enter via Northern Ireland, then you must have a negative or 'not detected' RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival at the point of entry and retain this test result for 14 days after arrival. It must be shown upon request to a member of An Garda Síochána (the Irish police force).

You can find out further information here

 

Travelling into Ireland from a Designated State

 

You can find the latest list of designated states here. Please make sure you check this list regularly as countries are added/removed at short notice.

Travel to Ireland from specific designated states is now subject to a 14-day period of mandatory hotel quarantine. This must be pre-booked in advance of travel.

You can find out more about Hotel Quarantine here

These arrangements apply to any passenger who has been in any of these countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside and not leaving airport/port..

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

Once you have completed the period of mandatory hotel quarantine (this could be reduced if you get a 'not detected' result of a COVID-19 PCR test that is taken after ten days), you will receive a letter of completion. You will then be free to leave the mandatory hotel quarantine facility.

 

Vaccinated Excemption from Hotel Quarantine

If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.

What 'fully vaccinated' means

Full course of any one of the following vaccines:Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

  • Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)7 days
  • Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)14 days
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)15 days
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)14 days

However, if even you are fully vaccinated, you still have to have a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.

 

What to expect when you arrive at the airport 

The Irish Defence Forces have been designated as the State Liaison Official (SLO) to support Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine policy. Upon arrival into Ireland, regardless of whether you arrive by sea or by air, after immigration and customs processing you will be met by members of the Defence Forces who will ensure you are safely and securely transported from your port of entry to the location in which you will complete your pre-booked mandatory hotel quarantine.

Staff at the facility will greet you and take you through the check in process. They will also provide you with information relating to your stay including on food choices, exercise and wellbeing.

The Irish Defence Forces are available to support you from the moment you arrive in Ireland until you complete your mandatory hotel quarantine and exit the facility. They will be onsite 24/7 at your facility throughout your stay to liaise with the hotel service provider to ensure it is safe, secure and comfortable experience.

 

Travelling into Ireland from a non-Designated State

 

It is important to note that if you arrive without the pre-departure negative PCR test, you will be directed to mandatory hotel quarantine.

If you arrive from an non-designated country, and have presented a negative PCR test (carried out less than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland) you will be asked to quarantine at your accommodation:

You will be required to undertake a 14-day quarantine period at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form

Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime.

You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.

This means  staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.  This includes*: 

•Not going to campus facilities such as libraries/lecture theatres etc. or a workplace; 

•Not using public transport; 

•Not having visitors in their place of residence; 

•Not visiting others;  

•Not going to shops or pharmacies unless it is absolutely necessary. A face-covering should be worn at all times.

 

You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.

You can find out further information here

 

Accommodation

 

What are my accommodation options in Cork?

The Accommodation Office at MTU can provide further information and help in finding somewhere to stay in Cork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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