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University of Sanctuary

Dublin City University was granted the status of “University of Sanctuary” in December 2016. 

It is the first Irish university to receive this designation, awarded by the City of Sanctuary, an organisation that supports efforts in the UK and Ireland to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary.

The designation was in recognition of a range of projects by Dublin City University demonstrating commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into the university community and to fostering a culture of inclusion for all. 

Among the range of initiatives by DCU were the DCU Mosney Book Club (providing books for people living in direct provision in Mosney, who cannot borrow books from public libraries).

  • The Langua-Culture Space initiative, where DCU students teach beginner level English to asylum seekers and refugees.
  • DCU Refugee Week – a week of activities to raise awareness among students and staff.
  • The inaugural “University of Sanctuary” Lecture.
  • A range of research projects tackling key issues such as migrant integration into the school system and intercultural support for Syrian refugees in Ireland.
  • Establishment of a “University of Sanctuary” Steering Group, comprising staff and students.

Fifteen scholarships have been made available; one provided by each of the five DCU faculties: the Faculty of Science and Health, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU Institute of Education, DCU Business School and the Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the remaining provided by DCU’s online education platform, DCU Connected.

For more information and to apply for our undergraduate scholarships click here

For more information and to apply for our online scholarships click here