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Fees & funding

The cost of living in Dublin is an important factor for students coming to Dublin International Study Centre, you should have a pre-planned budget for each year of study. Everyone’s budget will be different. The largest factor in all budgets is the cost of accommodation. University College Dublin provides a guideline of living costs for items like accommodation, food, laundry, books, clothes, toiletries and socialising here.

The table below outlines the tuition fees and associated supplements for the Dublin International Study Centre pathway programmes.

International Study Centre courseSubject routeTuition fees 2023/24Tuition fees 2023/24Potential saving*
International Foundation YearBusiness, Economics and Finance€20,000€21,500€1,500

Engineering and Sciences€21,000€24,250€3,250

Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities€20,500€21,500€1,000
English Language Preparation-€4,250

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There are scholarships available at Dublin International Study Centre.

*Tuition fee validity

2024/25 fees are valid from 6th March 2024 for any programme that commences on, or after 26th August 2024. Students who confirm their place on a programme on or before the 5th March 2024 will secure the 2023/24 fees listed above, thereby benefiting from potential savings.

Confirmation payment & tuition fees

Once you have received an offer of a place at the International Study Centre, you are required to pay a confirmation payment. The security deposit is held to cover damages and any other incidental expenses. Any monies left at the end of your programme will be returned to you. If you do not require a student visa you must pay this sum no later than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

When? Amount (EUR) 
Confirmation payment at point of confirming offer to study 

€1,000 security deposit 

€260 administration fee (non-refundable) 

€550 learner insurance 

Prior to receiving your visa letter

€6,000 advance tuition fees payment

Please note: this is in addition to the initial confirmation payment taking the total fees paid prior to receiving your visa letter to €7,810.

28 days prior to start of 1st term Balance of 1st and 2nd term fees as set out in your offer letter 
2 months prior to start of 2nd term Balance of 3rd term fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter 

Please note that for certain territories, you may be required to pay a higher amount in respect of advance fees. Details will be set out in the individual payment plan attached to your offer letter.

For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.

Additional fees and costs

AccommodationVisit the Accommodation page
Airport pick-up (one-way transfer)*

Dublin (DUB)
€78
StudyCare insurance (up to 12 months)
There is no cost to you for StudyCare Insurance
Learner Protection Insurance
Mandatory cover in accordance with the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 
€550 (including €30 administrative fee).
This is added to your offer letter automatically and paid to Arachas on your behalf. 

Additional information

If the application is accepted, a written offer of a place will be made. To accept this offer a confirmation payment is required comprising a non-refundable administration fee of €260 and €1,000 security/disbursements deposit are payable. You will also need to pay in advance tuition fees as set out in the offer letter before you apply for your student visa. Non-payment by the fee deadline may put your place at risk. Once the visa been issued, and before arrival at the Centre,  you will be required to pay the balance of the tuition fees along with the accommodation fees (if applicable) as set out on your individualised payment plan on your offer letter.

You can secure your place by sending us your acceptance form and confirmation of payment.

We hold the security deposit to cover any damages and other incidental expenses. We will return the balance left at the end of your course.

After arriving at the centre the balance of your tuition fees can be paid 28 days before the start date of the second academic term, or in full in advance.

For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.

The International Study Centre cannot accept cash and credit card payments for tuition fees. Fees must be paid by bank transfer.

Please visit our How to Pay page to find out how to make a payment. For full information about fees and refunds, read our Terms and Conditions.

All students enrolled on a programme of study at Dublin International Study Centre require Learner Protection Insurance. The cost of this insurance is based on a proportion of tuition fees and paid at the same time as confirming a place to study. Prior to the course start date, students will receive a certificate of insurance from the insurance provider, Arachas, confirming that they are insured.

Learn more about Learner Protection Insurance.

In addition to Learner Protection Insurance, we require that all international students have the protection of appropriate accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in Ireland. This type of cover is a visa requirement and is provided separately at no extra cost via StudyCare insurance. The policy will be automatically applied to your booking at the same time as the mandatory Learner Protection Insurance and covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance until the end of your course.

Learn more about StudyCare insurance.

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