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Prospective Degree Seeking Students

 Prospective Degree Seeking Students

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

Yes. New applications are welcome and are being processed normally. If successful, we will be in touch about next steps leading up to registration.

 Will the new academic year still start in September 2020?

 At the moment, we still intend to start the 2020/21 academic year in September 2020 as planned. However, we are constantly monitoring the situation and making contingency should anything change.  Any updates will be posted on the DCU website.

Can I apply if there are current travel restrictions in my country?

Yes. You can still apply. There may be current restrictions, however this may change in the coming weeks and months. 

What if I cannot get my English language proficiency test results before I submit my application?

 Do not worry. You can still apply to DCU courses without your English language proficiency results and submit your English scores later if this is possible. In addition,  Duolingo English Test (DET) will be implemented as a temporary measure  from 1st April to 31st July 2020 for students entering the 2020/21 academic year only. 

Visit DCU Registry pages for details

 Additionally, Dublin City University accepts several English language tests as proof of eligibility. If you are unable to take one of these tests due to closures and can find no alternative, please contact international.office@dcu.ie to notify us.

Can I defer my place?

We are continuing to assess new applications, and are preparing to welcome our new students in September 2020 as usual. If you think that you can no longer commence your studies in September 2020, please contact international.office@dcu.ie and our dedicated team can discuss your options with you.

What if I cannot travel to start my course?

We will continually update this page with the most recent guidance and advice. As the start of term approaches please review these pages to check for updates. We will continue to follow guidance and will be sure to keep in touch with affected applicants.


Prospective Study Abroad and Exchange

 DCU Study Abroad and Exchange

Study Abroad Programme updated 20 May 2020

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

Yes. New applications are most welcome and are being processed normally however it has now been confirmed that for Semester One, classes will be delivered wholly ONLINE while a HYBRID model of both online and Face to Face Programming will be available for Semester Two. Please visit the Study Abroad Programme page for details on how to apply to the DCU Study Abroad Programme.  You may apply through a third party provider, through your 'Study Abroad' office if your university has a Study Abroad partnership with DCU, or directlyby submitting an electronic application.

Will the new academic year still start in September 2020?

 At the moment, we still intend to start the 2020/21 academic year in September 2020 as planned. However, we are constantly monitoring the situation and making contingency should anything change.  Any updates will be posted on the DCU website and we will update our partners with the latest relevent  information as unfolds.  If you are applying directly to DCU, we will be sure to keep you informed of any changes too.

Should I still apply if I am unable to travel at this point?

We will welcome your application and will be in touch shortly after with the outcome.  Please note that as programmes will be wholly online for Semester One, you may study from Home.  You should observe travel guidelines in your country as well as  in Ireland.    Also, keep an eye on the DCU website dedicated to COVID-19 information.

What if I cannot travel to start my course?

Our programmes will be delivered online for Semester One of the Academic Year 2020 with a Hybrid model on offer for Spring.  There is no need for travel for Semester One as you may take the classes from your home.   As alll modules will be offered online in Semester Two (with some face to face delivery), the option at this point is to Stay at Home and Study DCU course online or come to Ireland and participate in the Hybrid Model.

For all other Study Abroad queries, feel free to email study.abroad@dcu.ie

DCU Exchange/Erasmus  Programmes

Can I return to my home country and continue my studies in DCU?

International students currently studying on campus at DCU are advised, if feasible, to return to their home country.

DCU would like to reassure students, if they do return home, appropriate academic arrangements have been put in place to ensure they can complete their year of study. Students will be able to access their DCU academic programme via Loop.

Will I have to come back to DCU for my exams?

Alternatives to campus-based exams will be conducted in various forms depending on your specific programme requirements. 

For details on academic related questions, students should rely on:

  • Loop for information regarding specific modules.

  • During campus closure, the Library will operate electronically.  Further details are available on the DCU Libraries webpage

  • Continuous assessments are being redesigned, if necessary, so that they can be set and completed remotely.  Specific details will be circulated locally via Loop.

I am trying to get used to online learning.  The concept is new to me and I’m struggling a little.  Can you help?

The team at DCU Student Support and Development have addressed this by putting together an informative and helpful Study Toolkit for students studying remotely

Will the move to online learning impact the credits I will be receiving?

There will be no change in the credits or transcripts that students receive. Assuming students pass their modules, they will receive the same credits and transcripts  they would have received had they been studying onsite.

Accommodation Issues

Are students now being asked to leave campus residences? 

No.  Students who wish to continue staying on campus have been reassured that DCU will continue to provide the best support possible to the end of their tenancy agreements, albeit in more constrained circumstances arising from staffing reductions. However, to facilitate effective management of the residences, some residents may be asked to change rooms but will be given plenty of notice should this be necessary.

What are the arrangements for students who wish to collect their belongings?

An email was sent to all residents in Campus Accommodation on Sunday, March 29th, from DCU Management. Please refer to this email regarding collection of belongings. 

All previous advice regarding terminating tenancy agreements and requesting refunds still apply. Students who are not in a position to collect their belongings but wish to have them stored and to apply for a refund should do so by completing this form.

I’m returning home early; will I have to continue to pay for my DCU accommodation?

Students staying in DCU accommodation should contact DCU Rooms to see about arranging a derogation of their contact.

I’m currently staying in private accommodation and I need to return home. What should I do?

Students staying in private accommodation should contact their provider/landlord to see what provisions have been put in place.

Supports available to Exchange/Erasmus students

All Exchange/Erasmus students can still access the supports available to DCU students via Student Support and Development: Careers , Counselling & Personal Development , Chaplaincy, Access, Disability and Learning Support, Student Advice , Student Health and Student Learning.

 

Students planning on an Exchange to DCU in 2020/21

 Should I still apply to go on exchange to DCU in 2020/21

DCU is continuing to assess new Exchange/Erasmus applications and is preparing to welcome students in September 2020 as normal. If you think that you can no longer commence your studies in September 2020, please contact your home university and/or your Exchange/Study Abroad Coordinator. 

I cannot get the documentation necessary for my application

Due to the current circumstance, the DCU International Office recognises that delays may be unavoidable when it comes to gathering the documentation needed to support your application. We aim to be as flexible as possible. If you need extra time to gather your documentation, please inform DCU’s Exchange Team so that we are aware of any delays.

 English Language Documentation

DCU accepts a number of different English language tests. If, due to closures, you are unable to take one of these English Language tests, a signed letter by your home university may be acceptable.

What if I cannot travel to start my studies in September 2020?

We will continually update this page with the most recent guidance and advice.  As the start of term approaches please review these pages for updates.  We will continue to closely follow guidance and will be sure to keep in touch with affected applicants


For all other Exchange/Erasmus questions, please contact exchange@dcu.ie

Foundation Programme Applicants

 Foundation Programme Applicants

I have further questions about the International Foundation Programme, who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Mr Jacob Kestner at jacob.kestner@educoglobal.com.

Current Students

 Current International Students

Where can I find the latest informaton in relation my DCU Programme?

Academic related questions

All students should rely on 
  • Loop for information regarding specific modules. 
  • During closure, the library will operate electronically; further details are available on the DCU Libraries webpage. 
  • Continuous assessments are being redesigned, if necessary, so that they can be set and completed remotely. 
  • All first and second year undergraduate examinations planned for May will be replaced with alternative assessments. Information on the timing of these and other specific details will be circulated locally via Loop
  • 3rd year students not in their final year - planned examinations will be replaced with alternative assessments. Information on the timing of these and other specific details will be circulated locally via Loop

I am trying to get used to online learning.  The concept is new to me and I'm struggling a little.  Can you help?

The team at DCU Student Support and Development have put addressed this subject by putting together an informative and helpful Study Toolkit for students working and studying from home.  

I am an international student and my Irish Residency Permit (IRP) is due to expire. What should I do?

Response from INIS website: "All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/3/2020 to 20/5/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay is temporarily closed from 20 March 2020. Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have also temporarily closed. If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document."

Student Support and Health questions

Will DCU Student Health Service still be available to me?

SS&D will continue to offer student services via email, phone & online platforms during the closure period. Please visit the relevant webpages to find out the details.

I have lost my part-time job and I’m concerned about how I’m going to pay my rent. Are there any supports available?

The Irish government has established a Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Please see here for further details on how to apply.


Please continue to bear with us while details are finalised and made available via the DCU website and on Loop for module level information.

COVID -19 Specific Questions

 COVID 19 Questions 

What if I contract COVID-19 while I am in Ireland?

We are advising our students to monitor public health advice. For reference, you can also read the instructions issued on the DCU website to current DCU students and staff. 

What if I contract COVID-19 before I travel to Ireland?

If you contract COVID-19 before you are due to travel to Ireland for the start of your course, you should not travel, and should follow all local health advice. You should wait for clear medical authorisation to travel.

Please contact DCU International, international.office@dcu.ie, to keep us informed of your situation.

Where can I find more information and advice?

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the latest advice and guidance. 

You can find the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is tasked with providing Ireland with accurate and timely information on the COVID-19 situation.

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