Prepare for success

If you are a new student coming to Dublin, check out our pre-arrival guide to answer some of your questions and help you plan for your arrival.

Want a head start before you arrive? We offer a virtual preparation programme to help you develop the skills you'll find most useful at the International Study Centre. With over 100 hours of study preparation, you’ll be introduced to the academic structures, study skills and cultural knowledge to make the most out of your pathway programme. You’ll be able to develop your personal learning outcomes so you feel prepared to start your pathway with us in September.

To join the course, confirm your place with us and we'll email you an invitation. To confirm your place, pay your confirmation fee and the first €6000 of your tuition fees. Once you’ve confirmed your place, you can benefit from:

  • Valuable support in preparation for starting your pathway
  • The confidence to become an independent and effective learner
  • A welcoming international community with social meet-ups of fellow students
  • A safe space to practice your English and meet your classmates and teachers
  • Access to high-quality academic and English language materials
  • Personalised feedback from your tutors right at the start of your education journey

Before you Arrive

First day of term is Monday 14th September. Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your place
Don’t forget to check out our fees page to see what you need to pay in order to confirm your offer.

Arrange your visa
You must have Study Visa (Long Stay) in order to join the International Study Centre. Contact us if you have any questions and we will be able to help you with this process.

Confirm your accommodation
Having your accommodation confirmed before you arrive means you have a home to go to straight away – and also may be a requirement of your visa.

Book your flights
The closest international airport to UCD is Dublin Airport.

Pack your bags
Don’t forget to bring any essential documents in your bag, such as your passport, visa, and letter of acceptance. You should also bring any prescription medication you may need for the flight or first few days (with prescriptions translated into English). Any other medications can be purchased in Dublin. 

Living in Ireland

We've put together some common questions and answers about what it's like to live in Ireland that you might find useful:

What's it like to live in Dublin, Ireland?

Dublin is home to residents from around the world, giving it a vibrant, cosmopolitan feel. As well as a thriving capital city, Ireland has plenty of beautiful countryside for you to explore too. You’ll soon be able to adapt to a whole variety of situations, from understanding Irish etiquette and slang, to cooking your own food and going out with your new friends.

How will I meet people and make friends?

It won't take you long to make friends, but whilst you settle in, we will organise events designed to help you meet your classmates and build new friendships. There are also many societies you can join to meet people with similar interests to you. Hear from some international students who are already settled into university life, as they tell you some of the struggles they overcame when studying abroad.

Will I be able to find food from my home country?

Ireland is a multicultural country and you will find local shops will sell most things you will need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, some of the larger supermarkets stock a wider range of international products. There are also restaurants serving cuisine from around the world so if you’re looking for a something to remind you of home you’ll be able to find just what you want.

Become a Student Ambassador

We are looking for Student Ambassadors to represent their International Study Centre. This is a sociable and engaging role involving a range of activities from social media takeovers to writing blogs. If you would like more information about being a Student Ambassador or would like to apply for this role, please email us on ISCambassadors@studygroup.com. We look forward to hearing from you.