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Return to Campus this September

DCU is currently finalising plans for a phased and incremental return to campus (including for research students), with a view to welcoming all students to the DCU campuses in September. 

On the 15th of June, Minister for Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, published the third-level education reopening plan. You can read the department’s plan here


Dates for Semester 1 2021/22

The start date for First Year Undergraduate students in DCU for the academic year 2021/22 will be the 27th of September.

Continuing Undergraduate students (those entering Years 2, 3 and 4) will resume their programmes on the 20th of September. 

Master's programmes will also begin on the 20th of September.

It is important that we do not reduce the number of teaching weeks - and so first year teaching will continue for a week beyond the end of semester for other students. We will also adjust the examination period for first years, so that they have a study week at the end of teaching. 

All students will complete Semester 1 on the 18th of December. 

Campus accommodation dates will be adapted for first years - and all relevant information in this area will be posted on the DCU Accommodation site.

This site will be updated regularly with information on the first semester, taking into account all government guidelines and public health advice. Information will also be posted to our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Please check this site regularly and follow us on social media.  



Semester 1 Arrangements for all students 

Here are some of the arrangements for Semester 1 next year, so that you can start planning and make arrangements.

We are working to make this coming year a mainly on-campus experience for you: 

  • Students should plan to attend face-to face classes in Semester 1. 
  • The university is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all staff and students and will adhere to government guidelines when addressing our full return to campus. We will apply all the regulations on face covering and guidelines on sanitising etc. The capacity for every teaching room is determined following a full safety assessment of the room layout and ventilation. We expect for example that many small groups, labs, workshops, practicals and skills-based sessions will run as normal on campus. 
  • You can expect that we may avoid very large gatherings for lectures, and may need to  manage congregation on campus. Some of these teaching elements that have worked well for students and help to avoid large congregations may continue to be delivered online.
  • We are planning for the catering, sporting, library, student support and administrative areas of the university to be fully operational on campus when you return. 
  • We will, on a case-by-case basis, provide for the needs of high-risk students where vaccination is medically contra-indicated.We will work closely with the HSE on awareness campaigns, monitoring or vaccination support as necessary.
  • Information regarding campus accommodation will be available on their web site.
  • Detailed draft timetables should be available in the week beginning September 6th, and those will be subject to change. It will take longer than usual for the timetables to fully settle because first year undergraduate students are starting late because of the Leaving Cert results delay.


Final Year students 2020/21

As the vaccination programme continues, we are hoping to be able to organise in-person graduations for final year students 2020/21, public health guidance permitting. 

In the event we can proceed, we are currently working towards dates in February and March 2022. 

You also have the option of having your parchment delivered ahead of these dates if you need it for employment purposes. 

More information on these plans will be available in the coming months through the graduation page on the Registry website.

In relation to the Autumn/Spring Graduates 2020, we remain committed to holding an event (or events) for groups who graduated, but unfortunately could not have a ceremony because of the pandemic.

As the vaccination programme progresses over the next couple of months, the President's Office hopes to be in a much better position to know exactly what can be planned for. We will let graduates know as soon as we have better clarity. We have a list of FAQs here


Returning students for academic year 2021/22

For those of you continuing on your programmes next semester, we have a positive update.

If your programme is normally campus-based, then in line with our ambition for maximising your experience and government policy, you will be back on campus as much as is possible and safe next year. 

Advice from the Department of Health is that it is reasonable to plan on this basis - however, everyone acknowledges that we may have to adapt at short notice should circumstances change during the year.


Incoming First Year students 2021/22

We are hoping to welcome incoming first year undergraduate students on campus from the 20th of September, ahead of their official start on the 27th of September. 


Continuing COVID-19 related measures to ensure our campuses are safe 

We will be maintaining a range of COVID-19 related measures to ensure our campuses are safe including: 

  • wearing of face coverings indoors
  • hand sanitisation units will remain in every building
  • enhanced cleaning with antiviral wipes in all classrooms
  • all mechanical ventilation systems will be set to full on with fresh air intake only (no recirculation of air)  
  • we will have additional posters/signage in place for rooms with natural ventilation
  • activities that have the potential for higher aerosol emission eg singing, strenuous physical exercise and certain music activities will be subject to separate risk assessments to determine appropriate room capacities levels and other precautions that may be required



The Keep Learning | Dublin City University suggestions have been prepared for DCU students to ensure that you can continue to learn and keep up-to-date with your studies in the event of a situation where there may be limited or restricted campus access.

Need some help adjusting and figuring it all out? Check out Loop for supports including our free 'Digital Edge' course, designed by students.



We are committed to providing you with welfare, academic and practical supports throughout this time. For more information visit Your University Life.

IT Services

As a student you should be able to find everything you need to know on the Information Systems Services (ISS) page.
Should you require further assistance, you can check out the ISS Knowledge Base or log a support ticket.