If your degree programme starts at the beginning of Semester One, we recommend that you try to arrive during the first week of September. This will allow you time to settle in, meet the International Peer Mentors, participate in the Orientation Day and to attend the International Welcome Meeting for new students. Term starts on 14th September, so it is essential that you are here by this date. If you are planning on living on campus the accommodation contract is for 40 weeks and you can move in from the 29 August or from 5 September.
If you are arriving for a programme that begins in Semester Two, we advise you to arrive in Dublin no later than 18th January 2015.
When you are flying to Ireland, the size and weight of the luggage you are allowed to take on board varies considerably depending on the airline you are flying with. It is advisable to check these limits with your airline before you travel as paying for excess baggage at check-in can be very expensive.
The Irish weather is rather changeable and can be unpredictable at times. Average daily temperatures in Dublin range from around 2˚C in winter to 21˚C in summer. You should bring a warm sweater or coat with you for your journey and bring suitable clothing for the time you are staying. It may be cheaper to buy warm clothes for winter once you are in Ireland so consider bringing extra money to buy more after you arrive. The Met Eireann website provides weather forecasts and climate summaries.
If you are travelling from outside Europe, we recommend flying to Dublin International Airport. Dublin has direct connections to many major international airports. If no direct flight is available for you to Dublin, you should look to connect through one of the following airports - Amsterdam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London Heathrow or Paris.
Websites to check if travelling by plane:
Sky Scanner: www.skyscanner.ie
Air France: www.airfrance.com
British Airways: www.britishairways.com
Dublin International Airport: www.dublinairport.com
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