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Pre Arrival and Welcome Information - FOR 2017/18 STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS

Dear Students

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 and provides important information on choosing your modules which you must read.  Some visiting students do not need to preselect modules as they are determined by their home school, however it will be necessary for most students to make their own choices and / or refer back to their home university for credit information.

   Click or tap on each heading below to learn more

 Be Safe - some tips to consider pre and post arrival at DCU

The following link to the DCU Study Abroad Programme Wordpress Blogsite provides some useful tips for Pre Departure and Arrival. 

Be sure to read it and enjoy some of the other student blog posts too - they provide some good information -

DCU Student's Union have put together a practical guide to sourcing accommodation in Dublin City Centre. There are some very useful tips for those students that have yet to secure accommodation for the upcoming semester/ academic year.

 Check your module (class) choices in advance of your departure

Most students have pre-selected modules as part of the application process however these choices were based on last years class lists.  Before arrival, students should ensure choices made at pre-selection are listed by visiting

 1. Select modules open to your stream (HMSAO, BSSAO, ECSAO, SHSAO, IESAO or PBSSAO) and ensure it runs in your chosen Semester of Study (e.g. ‘fall’ or autumn is Semester 1 and spring is Semester 2 - '0' is year long).

 2. Always check suitability of modules with your home university.

 3. IMPORTANT : Please choose modules/classes suited to your own situation e.g. if a student wishes to study at DCU for the FALL and does not wish to travel back to DCU for January exams, select all 100% CA Modules - remember examinations are in January and you must be present if there is an exam element to your chosen class.

 4. 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 and you will be assessed on an ongoing basis through essay, project work or another assignment. Some modules may have a 50% exam and 50% CA OR another mix.

 5. Some modules are examined by 100% Continuous Assessment – hence there is no examination element and no examination in January/May.

 6. Ensure you consider at least 8-10 modules when making your choices. As timetables are only available on arrival, two subjects may clash and on occasion. In this event, you can draw from your alternative choices and will have discussed all choices with your home university (you will have spare choices to fall back on if necessary).

 7. You can either email with your new choices or wait until you arrive and submit the changes on our online change of module form -


Students who do not need to preselect modules are from the following schools:

  • ECE

There is no need for the above students to attend Lab Workshops on the Orientation Schedule as they cannot change their modules

The following students must discuss their module choices with their Resident Director:

  • CIEE students
 Familiarise yourself with the DCU Class Timetable system

Its's worth familiarising yourself with how to find the timetables for your classed prior to arrival.  See booklet below on how to build your timetable and read the information - note timetables will not be available until students arrive which is why we arrange timetabling / registration labs as part of the Orientation Programme.  Don't worry - we will be happy to assist you on arrival.

It's worth mentioning at this point that DCU is working on a new timetabling finder - which will simplify the process.

Timetabling Quick Search for Modules or Classes -- Enter Module Code -

You can review module descriptors through this link -

 Registration for Airport Pick up and Orientation Events

DCU operates an Airport Pick-Up Service for students who are staying in DCU’s campus accommodation, Shanowen Hall or Shanowen Square.  The bus runs all day on the day prior to orientation.    In the event that accommodation is elsewhere, it will be necessary to make your own travel arrangements to accommodation.  There are a number of buses and taxis at Dublin Airport to take you to your destination and DCU International Office will have student helpers at the Airport who will be able to direct students to the correct buses or the taxi rank.  

For students staying in on-campus accommodation/Shanowen Hall or Square, wishing to avail of the airport pick-up service, it is necessary to register online (check the deadline online) so that we may include you on the pick-up list from the airport here in Dublin. 

 Please note that this service is only available on the day prior to commencement of Orientation and you should plan to arrive on that day, if at all possible.


 Visit the link below for International Office Pre Arrival Information.


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 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.



Transport Information

Remember that we offer an airport pick up service the day before orientation for students staying on or near the campuses.  Should you wish to access the city centre from the airport, public transport is readily available.  It is also possible to access DCU using public transportation.

  • Take  bus numbers 41 towards Lower Abbey Street and alight at Whitehall Church.   Carry on towards the city for another few stops for All Hallows and St Pats Campuses
  • For the main DCU campus, turn right onto Collins Avenue as in Map below (always double check with the bus driver).  Bus tickets can be purchased on the bus, but you need exact change.
  • The cash fare is €2.85 (as of 4th January 2018) however see details of student tickets in the links below.



Student Leap Cards

Please note that Leap cards can be purchased in DCU’s Office of Student Life   Students can also avail of Dublin Bus Airlink service, 747 or 767 from Dublin Airport to the Dublin City Centre.

For further details on Dublin Bus and Leap fares and regulations, please visit:

Useful Apps

Culture Shock!

Dealing with different Cultures!


Irelands Transport Links