Pre Arrival and Welcome Information

Study Abroad Pre Departure Information 

The time for your departure to Ireland is almost here and we wish to share with you some important pre-arrival information.  We very much look forward to welcoming you to DCU soon.  Please read carefully and note the information in the sections below as it will help you with your arrival to Dublin from a practical and from an academic perspective.  Some visiting students do not need to preselect modules as they are determined by their home school, however it isnecessary for manyt students to make their own choices and / or refer back to their home university for credit information.

 Pre-departure and Post Arrival Information 

The International Student Handbook has tips and advice that you will find useful as you prepare to come to DCU. 

Please visit our International Office Webpage for the most up to date Pre-Departure and Post Arrival Information relating to Airport pick up, orientation details, visas and Insurance requirements etc.

 Study Abroad Aademic Pre-Departure Checklist 

Most students have pre-selected modules as part of the application process.  These choices may have been based on last years class lists before we had a chance to update with the new academic year listings.  Before arrival, students should ensure  that choices made at pre-selection are still available by visiting the most up to date list and their chosen stream here .  Take a look at the following as soon as you can before you depart to ensure you have the smoothest transition possible when you arrive.

 1. Select modules open to your stream (HMSAO, BSSAO, ECSAO, SHSAO or IESAO ).  Ensure modules are listed for your chosen Semester of Study (e.g. ‘fall’ / autumn is Semester 1 and spring is Semester 2 - '0' are year long class choices (see headings at top of list)).

 2. Always check suitability of your module / class choices with your home university to ensure they will transfer back if necessary

 3. Read the class descriptor and ensure you meet any pre or co-requisites i.e.  prior learning necessary to undertake the class

 4.Please choose modules/classes suited to your own situation 

 5. Look closely at the heading on the module/class lists – this is the breakdown of exams and assessments. Some modules are 100% CA (continuous assessment) which means no end of term exam.  For 100% CA, students are assessed on an ongoing basis during the semester through essay, project work or another assignment. Some modules may have a 50% exam and 50% CA OR another mix of CA and Exam elements.

 6. Ensure you consider at least 8-10 modules when making your choices and have these pre-approved by your home university. As timetables are only available on arrival, two subjects may clash and on occasion, may not run. In this event, you can draw from your alternative choices.

 7. Students must enroll in at least 20/25 ECTS credits per semester or 30 ECTS credits if required by the home university, but no more than 30 ECTS.

 8. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet pre-requisites back at home.

 9. Students can either email with new module choices in advanc of arrival or wait until arrival and submit the changes on our online change of module form 

 10. NON EU students should make an appointment with the Irish Immigration Services before you depart (this can be made up to 10 weeks in advance) by visiting this link ensuring that you make the appointment for at least one week AFTER your arrival in Dublin.   Further information here 

 Familiarise yourself with the DCU Class Timetable system

You should familiarise yourself with tools and information relating to finding  timetables for your chosen classes prior to arrival.  DCU is piloting new academic timetable reporting application call Publish Open Timetable (POT). 

You can access the application from the link or

Or you can find times by visiting the Timetabling Quick Search and Enter Module / Class Code eg. EN102 


Some students wishing to study in Ireland require a study visa; others, such as the USA or Japan, do not require a visa. EU students can study in Ireland without a study visa. Some non-EU students may need a study visa so please ensure you apply in good time if necessary (normally at least 3 - 6 months in advance).

Non-EU students are also required to register with the authorities upon arrival in Ireland including students from the USA and Japan. The International Office will advise you on this process during the International Student Orientation period scheduled prior to the start of each semester.