Orientation Week

International Orientation September 2020

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For a full list of all the events going on during orientation, please see the DCU 2020/21 International Orientation Schedule

DCU's orientation programme is a combination of onsite events and online webinars, all coordinated through DCU's innovative orientation platform MyDCU

Throughout the week, students will be introduced to all of DCU's Office's and Departments via a combination of talks, videos and interactive learning tools. Meet your programme coordinators, learn about the university, make new friends and earn prizes through completing the whole orientation programme.

To see the DCU Campus Maps, please click here

Arrival and Airport Pickup

Registering in Advance of Arrival

Students should make sure to check the travel advice for their country (DFA Travel Advice) prior to their arrival. 

Depending on your country of arrival, whether or not you had a PCR test prior to arrival and your vaccination status, you may need to book a Mandatory Hotel Quarantine or a 5 day PCR test.

  • Both of these services must be booked in advance of travel
  • With the exception of students on an Erasmus+ exchange, MHQ costs must be covered by the student

Please refer to the Updated Arrivals Protocol webinar for more details about the rules concerning MHQs and PCR tests.

You also need to make sure to email DCU Arrivals (arrivals@dcu.ie) prior to your arrival with your flight and accommodation details. This will enable DCU to arrange a pickup service for you upon arrival and the ensure that your details are properly registered with the authorities.

    Airport Pickup Service

    DCU International Office will be operating an airport pickup service for incoming students from 9 August – 5 October. After leaving the departure area, students arriving in Dublin airport will meet a DCU representative who organise transport to take them to their accommodation. 

    Students will also be asked to fill in the following documents upon arrival:

    • Passenger Locator Form
    • Health Declaration

    Registering for Pickup

    In order to facilitate your pick-up, you need to make sure to check in with DCU Arrivals (arrivals@dcu.ie) prior to your arrival.

      Please note that the options below are only available to arrivals from EU/EEA destinations. 


      The easiest way to get to DCU is by taxi, which will cost around €20-30 depending on the number of people travelling and items of luggage.


      You can also take a bus: both the numbers 16 and 41 leave you 10-15 minute walk from the Glasnevin Campus and stop directly at St Patrick’s and All Hallows Campuses. It costs €2 - €4 for a single ticket. The 16 and 41 buses also go on to Dublin city centre. Real time information about these buses can be found here. Always double check with the bus driver. Bus tickets can be purchased on the bus, but you need exact fare as they do not issue change. Buses do not take bank notes.


      Registration and ID Card Pickup


      Undergraduates and postgraduates have to register online. Further details about this process will be sent to your DCU email account. Alternatively, you can register during orientation at DCU.

      ID Card

      Check your DCU email account to find out how to upload your photo to create your ID card. You will also be asked to upload a copy of your Passport to confirm your identity. All ID cards will then be posted out to your home address. It is very important that the address included on your profile is your Dublin permanent residence in order to ensure that the ID card is delivered to you.



      The International Office directly registers exchange and study abroad students prior to their arrival at DCU. Further information about how to add, remove and swap courses will be shared during the exchange/study abroad orientation sessions.

      ID Card

      Check your Orientation schedule to see when and where you should pick up your registration pack (which will include your ID card). For 2020 ID cards will be posted to students with an Irish Postal Address. 


      International Foundation Programme students: we will pre-register you so you don’t need to register.

      ID Card

      Check your Orientation schedule to see when and where you should pick up your registration pack (which will include your ID card). For 2020 ID cards will be posted to students with an Irish Postal Address. 

      As part of their orientation, students should also make sure to check out MyDCU.

      MyDCU is an online student portal which will introduce you to student life through a variety of courses, activities and videos about DCU. It covers everything from how to access DCU support services to where you can register for Club & Societies. Students can access MyDCU using the login credentials in their registration slip/letter.


      Orientation Events

      In addition to the orientation programme that place through online platform and online webinars, DCU International Office runs a variety of special orientation events for international students.

      Campus Tour

      Through orientation, DCU's student ambassadors will be hosting tours of DCU's main campus. These tours take you all around Glasnevin, letting you learn where to find all of DCU's main office services and how to access them.

      I*ESN Welcome

      Meet DCU's international student society, I*ESN. I*ESN host a number of events throughout orientation to introduce you both to the society itself and to student life in DCU. Mix with your fellow international students and learn all the best ways to make the most of your time in Ireland.

      The following events require students to register in advance. You can register for events via the online registration form.

      Experience Gaelic Games

      If you’re coming to Ireland, make sure you try this unique Irish adventure while you’re here. ‘Live like a local’ as you learn about and play Ireland's native, indigenous Gaelic Games with Experience Gaelic Games.

      DCU International Office