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  VIP Fresher

The VIP Fresher competition is a unique opportunity to receive a VIP package in your first year in college. Free gym membership, free accommodation, free car parking, free hairdressing, free tickets to all DCUSU events, free dominos pizza, free Helix VIP packages and free food at Spar are some of the areas to benefit from.  The prize will be awarded to the student who records the most unique video (2min max) who meets the criteria (has a DCU course on the CAO, meets the entry requirements and awarded a place on the course).

Closing date is August 2nd  2019.

For more information click here.

(Please note that your video is only shared with the judging panel and will not be made public)

  Academic scholarship programme

From September 2019 incoming students will be awarded an academic scholarship worth €500 by gaining a CAO points’ requirement through the Leaving Certificate or equivalent exams. The points’ requirement for students who wish to study a course in the following faculties is as follows:

Faculty of Engineering and Computing: 
Students gaining in excess of 550 (above 550) CAO points will be awarded an academic scholarship

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: 
Students gaining in excess of 550 (above 550) CAO points will be awarded an academic scholarship

Faculty of Science and Health: 
Students gaining in excess of 550 (above 550) CAO points will be awardedan academic scholarship

Dublin City University Business School:
Students gaining in excess of 550 (above 550) CAO points will be awarded an academic scholarship

DCU Institute of Education:
Students gaining in excess of 550 (above 550) CAO points will be awarded an academic scholarship

There is no application process for this academic scholarship. If students gain the stated number of points, meet the specific entry requirements and register in DCU, they will automatically receive the scholarship.

In addition to the monetary award, the students, along with their parents or guardians and former school principals, will be invited to come to DCU for an awards ceremony where the former school principal will receive a plaque for the school marking this significant achievement.

The €500 will be offset against 2nd Semester fees. If a student is eligible for a SUSI grant, then the €500 will be refunded into their bank account.


  McAleese Scholarship for Northern Ireland students

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Further Information
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  Performance Sport

DCU is one of the leading third level sporting institutions in Ireland and has evolved into a modern hub for sporting excellence with a growing academic portfolio of sports related degree programmes allied to a multi million-euro capital investment programme. Alongside the state of the art sporting facilities and academic programmes, DCU prides itself on its sport development programmes, elite athlete development programmes and Sports Academy.

The act of balancing academic achievement, sporting excellence and personal development remains a challenge for talented Irish sports people. Through its high performance structures and initiatives, DCU is committed to enhancing the academic and sporting achievements of young sports men and women in the country, as well as making a positive impact on the future of Irish Sport. DCU’s high performance sport initiatives include:

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  Access and HEAR

Access Routes to Third Level
Various socio-economic factors are taken into consideration including long-term unemployment, low family income, little or no family tradition of progression to third level education, limited study facilities at home and family stresses - particularly those related to limited finance. Students will normally be available for a Local Authority Grant although this is not the only criterion.

What criteria must applicants to HEAR or Access DCU satisfy to obtain a place?

Achieve the minimum entry requirements of the University and any specific programme requirements:

  • Meet the socio-economic criteria
  • Have a high level of motivation
  • Attend an interview/audition if necessary
  • Successfully complete the Summer School / Orientation programme
  • Complete the application form and provide all necessary documentation

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  University of Sanctuary

University of Sanctuary

Dublin City University was designated a “University of Sanctuary” in December 2016 in recognition of our commitment to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into the university community and to foster a culture of inclusion for all.

DCU is the first Irish university to receive this designation, awarded by Places of Sanctuary Ireland, an organisation that supports efforts in Ireland to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary. Among a range of initiatives announced by the university, DCU provided fifteen academic scholarships to applicants who are currently in Ireland in Direct Provision either as asylum seekers or refugees.

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