At DIFC we pride ourselves on our student care and do our utmost to ensure that you will have a pleasant experience while studying and living in Ireland.
Making your application…
Your first point of contact with DIFC will either be with one of DIFC’s representatives in your home country or directly with our admissions team. Our agents and staff recognise the importance of the choices you are making and are well informed about our programmes and progression opportunities. They will gladly answer any questions and assist you with your application.
Once you have applied to DIFC, our team of experienced admissions advisors will ensure that your application is processed swiftly and that you receive the correct documents, so that you can successfully obtain your student visa for entry into Ireland. If you are applying directly, our admissions team will support you in making your visa application.
Before you arrive…
You can book a 4-week Home Stay or choose to live in the on-campus accommodation. By making these arrangements in advance, you will have the security of a base for the first month of your stay while you settle in, after which the DIFC accommodation officer can help you look for alternative accommodation, should you choose to do so.
When you arrive…
When Should I Arrive?
You must arrange to arrive in Dublin on the weekend before the first day of your course. You should inform DIFC of your date of arrival and travel arrangements at least two weeks in advance of the arrival date so that we can advise either the Residential Tutors in the accommodation or your host family, about when to expect you.
Airport Pick-up and Orientation
For students arriving at Dublin International Airport, we offer an airport pick-up service from the airport to your accommodation, at an additional charge. If you want to make use of this service you will need to provide the Student Services Team with your full flight details in advance of your arrival date. Full details of how to do this will be provided with your confirmation documents. If you are under 18 when you arrive the airport pick-up service is compulsory, unless your parents can provide evidence to our Admissions Office that a suitable arrangement has been made for your collection at the airport in Ireland.
On arrival, all students are tested and assigned to the appropriate class. We also arrange an individual registration and induction with the Student Services Officer, who will provide advice on important issues like the in-country immigration process and assistance with opening a bank account, as well as answering questions which relate to settling in.
These inductions are also used to introduce students to key staff members and the student services team. There is also a comprehensive induction at the start of the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and NCUK Graduate Diploma programmes, to present students with an overview of their chosen course.
You will also receive a comprehensive handbook which provides useful information, addresses and contact details of important or interesting places in Dublin, maps, college details etc.
Should students have any on-going problems, they can speak to the Student Services Officer or a Student Counsellor at any time. Every student is assigned an individual tutor from amongst the teaching staff with whom they can discuss academic or personal issues.
Each class in the college elects a Class Representative who has the opportunity to feed-back to the college at formal meetings and through informal means.
Achieving your placement…
DIFC has a full time Placement Manager who is responsible for counselling and advising students regarding where will be placed in university on completion of their course. The service includes helping students to complete their application forms and liaison with the universities in Ireland and UK to place all students on appropriate courses. Arrangements are also made for Irish universities to come to DIFC campus and for visits to university campuses.