Third-level education and COVID-19


Colleges reopened at the start of the new academic year 2020-2021. On 6 January 2021, the government announced that all higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online.

You can check your own college’s arrangements during COVID-19. You can read more about COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland.

If you want to reskill or retrain, you can read more in sources of information on returning to education.

If you are renting

If you have problems paying your rent during COVID-19, you should engage as soon as possible with your landlord.

Rental laws that protect tenants economically affected by COVID-19 who have fallen into rent arrears and who are at risk of losing their tenancy applied until 12 April 2021. Read more about rental protections during COVID-19.

If you are in rent difficulties you can contact the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the national housing charity Threshold, which operates the national Tenancy Protection Service.

Student grant

You can read more about qualifying for a student grant and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and student grant funding.

For more information, you can contact Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) on 0761 08 7874 or email SUSI at

Student supports

This is a stressful time. You can stay in touch with information and frequently asked questions on your college’s website.

You should continue to contact your relevant university support office for disability, counselling, financial aid and academic supports. The Union of Students of Ireland offers tips on how to mind your mental health.

You can find out about the supports available from the student counselling services at your college.

Third-level students can also access mental health support by texting 50808. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

International students studying in Ireland

Our document Immigration and employment permits during COVID-19 has information for student visa holders.

The Irish Council for International Students has a resource for international students who are affected by COVID-19. You should also check your college’s arrangements and advice for international students.

The HSE provides information on COVID-19 in different languages.

Further information

The HSE has information on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. You can also read more about the public health measures for COVID-19 in Ireland.

You can read the latest COVID-19 updates on

Page edited: 30 April 2021