New student information

We are looking forward to welcoming you to UCD International Study Centre. Find out information you need to know before you start your course.

Here to support you

From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to Ireland. We will provide you with information to prepare you for life in Ireland; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the Centre.

If you are enrolled on our Prepare for Success programme, you will receive support and guidance on what you need to do to get ready for your departure to Ireland, or to start your studies online from your home country.

For more details about our commitment to support you

Local support information for students



Is the International Study Centre open?

In accordance with current Irish government guidelines and following consultation with University College Dublin, the International Study Centre opened for students to return to learning on campus with appropriate safety measures in place on 14th September 2020*^.

In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, students will enjoy a mixture of face-to-face and online learning.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of a rigorous health and safety risk assessment.
^Information is subject to change. Government guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is regularly changing and therefore we will continue to review and adapt the measures that we’re putting in place to safeguard our staff and students at the International Study Centre.

What facilities are available on campus?

When the Centre reopens and whilst social distancing measures are in place, at the University Centre Dublin International Study Centre you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.

Until the Centre reopens, all teaching and learning will continue online. Only staff carrying out essential activities and students living on site should be on campus. We are still available to support you during this time, so please do continue to contact us should you require support.

Along with access to any International Study Centre facilities, students will be able to access the University facilities. For further information on access to university facilities please visit:

What should I do if I need support when I arrive in Ireland?

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to Ireland. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the Centre.

If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the Centre's Emergency Contact number for support.

UCD ISC: +353 87 746 7953

What should I do if I am in Ireland and I need health advice or welfare support?

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official IE medical advice. You should also contact the International Study Centre for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

While the campus is closed, we are still available to support you, and all essential services will still be provided.

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 We look forward to hearing from you.