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Attending DCU 2020/21: Everything You Need To Know

International Students and Visitors

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Before you Arrive 

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin. Before you leave your home country, we recommend you make sure you are well prepared for life and study in Ireland.  Some of the key things to consider include:

Make sure you organise accommodation before you arrive. Visit DCU Accommodation to learn more about your options.  As an on-campus room is not guaranteed, we advise students to use the websites below to explore other options.

For details of Off-campus student apartments see the list under accommodation here.

You must have health insurance for your entire stay in Ireland. Immigration officers may ask you for proof of this when you arrive. 

If you are from the EU, make sure you get a European Health Insurance Card before you leave your country.

Students from outside the EU
If you already have private health insurance, check your policy to see if you will be covered while living in Ireland.

If you don’t have health insurance or your policy won’t cover you in Ireland, you must buy a health insurance policy. DCU has negotiated a good value policy for its students, which you can buy online for €160 from DCU is not responsible for this policy and you can buy from another provider if you prefer. Visit the Education in Ireland site for more information about international student health insurance.

Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to live and study in Ireland. Most students from outside the EU or the European Economic Area (the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) need a visa before they can enter Ireland. To see if you need a visa, please visit the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service(INIS).

Find out more about visas and permission to remain from the Irish Citizens Information Service. Your local Irish embassy or consulate can also advise you about study visas.

Applying for a visa
If you need a visa, you can apply online here. (INIS has published a guide to completing the visa application form, which you may find useful.)

Remember the visa application process can take between six weeks and three months, depending on the time of year, so apply as early as you can.

Go through our full checklist here to ensure you have everything in order before you travel to Ireland to study at DCU.  

When you Arrive

Students who travel to Ireland from other jurisdictions are being told to follow Government advice on restricted movement on arrival in Ireland and should seek support from the International Office.

We recommend that international students check out our Orientation programme, which is a week of welcome activities and information sessions before the official start of the semester.

Make sure you check your DCU email address regularly,  as that is where you’ll receive important information, reminders and event invitations.

Key things you should do after you arrive are:

After you arrive in Ireland if you are from outside the EEA (whether or not you need a visa), you must:

  • At Dublin Airport - report to Immigration when you arrive
  • Register with the INIS in Dublin city centre after you arrive, even if you don’t need a visa.If you are from outside the EEA (whether or not you need a visa), you must

Students staying for two semesters or more must open an Irish bank account. It’s best to do this during your first two weeks in Ireland as you may need it for some immigration processes. You may also have to pay your rent from an Irish bank account. Once you have an Irish bank account, you can bank online. 

You can go to any bank branch to open your account, which you must do in person. There is a branch of AIB in Santry, and branches of Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB in Drumcondra. You’ll need to bring your passport, your DCU ID card and an International Student Confirmation letter from DCU.

If you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you must make an appointment to register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Once you have a confirmed INIS appointment, you must request a registration letter from DCU. Please don’t request your letter more than a week before your INIS appointment

The DCU Student Health Service provides comprehensive health care to all DCU students. There are two Student Health Centres -- one on DCU Glasnevin Campus and one on DCU St Patrick's Campus.

As this service operates during working hours only, it does not provide 24-hour cover. We also recommend you register with a family doctor (known as a general practitioner or GP) when you arrive. You will have to pay if you visit the GP unless you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

For more information and some useful apps to download please go to our International section here.

International Student Letter Request

The International Office provides various letters of support that you may need throughout your academic year as an international (non-EU) undergraduate, postgraduate, study abroad or exchange/Erasmus+ student.

Please allow at least two working days for us to produce your letter. We can email it or post it to your home address. When we email scanned letters containing significant personal data such as your date of birth, we ensure they are encrypted. 

For information on requesting a letter please see here.

For more information on supports please check our our International Office here

This is DCU


Our priority is ensuring we have a safe campus environment for all our staff, students and visitors.

If you are feeling unwell, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been advised to self isolate - you must not enter any of the University campuses.

The University and all its campuses are open with campus facilities including retail outlets and restaurants operating with reduced services and in some cases reduced opening hours.

All visitors are required to comply with University COVID-19 health and safety requirements which include:

  • Maintaining a 2m social distance, where feasible - this is the most important health and safety measure we can all take. DCU’s campuses and facilities have been set-up in so far as possible to ensure 2m social distance is maintained
  • Good personal hygiene including:
    • regular hand washing / disinfection
    • respiratory etiquette by covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
    • wearing of face covering in all indoor public spaces on campus
    • avoid crowded areas and keep your contacts to a minimum when out and about
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19: