Updates and information

All preparations for a safe return to campus on the 11th January 2021 are underway.

The health and well-being of our staff and students is a top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation over the weeks and months to ensure all is in place to safely welcome our students in January. Updates will be published below as the situation develops.

Please see the FAQs below for assistance with common queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Returning to Campus

The following measures have been put in place for your safety:

  • Blended learning model with both on-campus and online teaching to support social distancing measures.
  • Students’ timetabled face-to-face classes will be scheduled in a block session and based in the same classroom, thus minimizing the need for students to move around the campus.
  • All classroom desks and classrooms will be set-up to ensure the minimum required social distancing (as required in the last government protocols).
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom and while moving around indoors on campus.
  • Signs at entrances of buildings promoting COVID etiquette.
  • In-class handouts will be emailed to students prior to class, rather than distributing in-class.
  • Everyone must walk on the left-hand side of corridors and stairs; in some cases a one-way system may be in place on corridors and entry and exit points.
  • Hand sanitisers at entrances and disinfectant wipes in lecture rooms (to be used to wipe down your desk and seat before and after your lecture).
  • Rooms will be ventilated.

Yes. Wearing of face coverings will be required indoors and anywhere you can’t maintain a two-metre social distance.

DIFC students have full access to Griffith College facilities which are open. These include:

Restaurant – the on-campus restaurant is open the following hours;

  • Monday – Thursday: 8.30 – 20.30
  • Friday – Saturday: 8.30 – 15.00
  • Sunday: Closed

Library – the team are on campus to support new and returning students; you can contact the library at

Students’ Union – The SU reopend on the 12th of October. There will be a booking system in place for any facilities you wish to use which can be found on the SU website.

It is important that everyone attending campus should follow the Heath Service Executive guidelines.

You should not attend campus if you have:

  • A fever (high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • A cough (this can be any type of cough, not just a dry cough)
  • Shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)
  • A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste

Or if:

  • you are awaiting a COVID-19 test
  • you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test
  • you have travelled from a country not on the Irish Government’s green list and are within the mandated 14-day restricted movement period
  • you are considered a close contact or a current COVID-19 case and have been advised to self-isolate or restrict your movement by a GP/HSE

Before You Travel

Familiarise yourself with all travel specific public health guidelines related to your journey. Full details available here

Immigration officials at your port of arrival may request documentary evidence from your that you are required to physically attend the DIFC Ireland campus. You will need to have this in your possession on arrival in the event of an immigration official requesting it. Your Final Acceptance Letter states that on-campus learning commences from the 11th January 2021 – this will be sufficient.

If you did not receive this letter, please contact straight away and a letter will be issued to you.

You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your port of entry. The form is available here

Students must completed the DIFC Pre-Arrival Form to confirm their travel and accommodation arrangements before travelling.

Public Health Advice

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever – 38C or above) you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Our Student Services team can provide you with GP contact details.

Do not got to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess your over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

Up-to-date information regarding coronavirus in Ireland is available on the HSE website.

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