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Before you arrive

We will get you to where you want to be

Our aim is to get you to where you want to be, studying at University College Dublin in September 2022.

Studying with us is about putting your education first. It is your time to learn, to develop and to be ready for the world. By starting your university education now, you can look forward to achieving your graduation dreams and starting an exciting graduate-level job in just a few short years. Whether your goal is to start your own business, research medical developments, work for an NGO or something in between, this is your future.

Start your programme on campus

At the International Study Centre, you will receive quality teaching, expert support and be fully integrated into our student community from day one. All students studying with us will experience the highest level of teaching and student support.

The Centre is open for you to begin your studies and start your journey to achieving your university and career ambitions. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from blended learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

Late arrivals — students who have to start online — will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

When you join us on campus, it is important that you are able to attend your face-to-face classes. It is a visa requirement that you attend all face-to-face classes at the International Study Centre. To help with this, please ensure you choose accommodation which is within a one hour travel time of the International Study Centre.

As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.


While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.


  • Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom


  • Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed.

Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed.

You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment. Your health and safety is important and we will observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

A VLE is a virtual learning environment, the online hub for your programme. Here, you will find recorded lessons, collaboration tools, helpful materials, and more.

Frequently asked questions about preparing to study

We are sure you will have many questions about starting your course with us. To put your mind at ease and answer some of the queries you might have, we have listed a lot of the important information you will need to consider ahead of studying a programme at Dublin International Study Centre below.

All students under the age of 18 who travel from a country on the Republic of Ireland designated country list, and therefore need to quarantine, will be able to choose between:

  • Staying with a host family and quarantine at their home, or;
  • Staying in a student accommodation whilst a member of the guardianship team will stay with them.

We are expecting that teaching will be mostly face-to-face and that you will be able to start your studies on campus. You will need to apply for your visa as per normal, so that you are able to start your programme in person on time.

The Irish Government expect students to be able to get their visas as per normal and, as such, you should be able to come to campus. If you are under exceptional circumstances which mean you cannot travel to Ireland, such as government-enforced restrictions, you will have the opportunity to start online with an aim to travel to Dublin as soon as possible.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving in Dublin. Otherwise, you can contact us with any questions.

Pre-arrival checklist

Before you arrive at Dublin International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist:

1. Confirm your offer

View Fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer.

2. Arrange your visa

We are expecting that teaching will be mostly face-to-face, and that you will be able to start your studies on campus. This means you will need to apply for your visa as per normal, so you are able to start your programme in-person, on time. Find out more about applying for an Irish study visa here.

3. Confirm your accommodation

Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

4. Book your travel to Ireland

You can book your travel to Ireland when you receive your visa. You should fly to Dublin Airport. For more information about the transfer options and prices please visit the fees page.

5. Organise your insurance

It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance.

6. Pack your bags

Find a list of items you’ll need to bring with you on our FAQs.

Please note: Government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is regularly changing and therefore we will continue to review and adapt the measures that we’re putting in place to safeguard our staff and students. Students should continue to check government health and travel advice regularly before making any plans to travel. We will continue to communicate with you in the event of any changes.

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have about your application. We can’t wait to meet you.