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.

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When Should I arrive?

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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.

Please complete our Pre-Arrival Form online here

Airport Pick-up & Orientation

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For students arriving at Dublin International Airport and studying in our Dublin centre, 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 and travelling by yourself, 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.

Student Services

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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 Pre-Master’s programmes, to present students with an overview of their chosen course.

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