before you go

Want to study overseas? 

DCU International Office

If you’re planning to go overseas for a year or a semester on Erasmus+ or another exchange or study abroad programme, make sure you read this page carefully and complete each step.


It is important that you 

 Read the Erasmus+ Student Charter

Read the Erasmus+ Student Charter and the Outgoing DCU Exchange Student Handbook carefully before you go.


Use GoinGlobal Guides 

Use the GoinGlobal country and city guides to research your destination.

 Get health, travel and repatriation insurance
  • You must have an EHIC card valid for your term abroad.
  • You must have repatriation insurance (see the handbook for more information).
  • You should consider travel and private health insurance, which you can buy from any provider.
Download or request all the documents you'll need 

You can download a full checklist of the process and the documents you need to complete here.

Key documents include:

    • Helpful video on the Learning Agreement

Understand the grants process and plan your finances 

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) gives EU exchange students grant funding to help with the additional costs of studying abroad, but you can’t rely on this alone to cover your living expenses.                                                                                                                                                                     

This Erasmus grant does not affect other grants to which you may be entitled. The value of the grant depends on which country you’ll be studying in and the duration of your stay (as on your certificate of attendance form).         

  • Study Mobility Funding Table per Country
  • Grant Agreement (the Exchange office will give you this to sign) 
  • Grant Acknowledgement Form (the Exchange office will give you this to sign once all funding has been paid) 
Get language support 

You can use Erasmus+ Online Language Support while abroad (OLS). You can watch an explanatory video here. 

 Plan to be safe while abroad

DCU and many of our partner universities have signed up to SafeZone.  We strongly encourage students to register with the app before travelling.  


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