NCI is delighted to welcome you safely to the college campus. 


NCI's course delivery for this academic year meets all requirements for study visas in Ireland.


Class Delivery and Visas

NCI has confirmed with INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) and the Visa office that NCI’s class delivery this semester will not impact your application for a study visa this September. 

Arriving to Dublin

We recognise that some students may be delayed in travelling to Ireland for their programme start date, perhaps due to localised Government restrictions or the limited availability of international flights. For this reason, we are allowing students to start their programme online in their home country, and to travel to Ireland when it is safe and possible to do so. Students who start online must take note of the following:

  • If you require a visa to enter Ireland, please submit your visa application as soon as possible so that you receive visa approval before the start date of your programme. Please ensure that you apply for a multi-entry visa and pay the appropriate fee. Students will be issued a visa sticker allowing them to enter Ireland before 31 January 2022.
  • You will require visa approval before the start date of your programme, even if you start your programme remotely in your home country. NCI will require proof of visa approval to register you on your programme. If your visa is not approved in time, you can defer to the next available intake for your programme or request a refund.
  • All students (visa-required and non-visa required) will be issued with an NCI Port of Entry letter, confirming they are required to be on campus in Ireland, which they can present to the immigration authorities when they arrive in Ireland. 

Starting at NCI

All International Students must complete the Starting at NCI/Arrival Form, which is required to ensure that:

  • Registration is completed for all new students to start their classes. Note: this applies to students who opt to start online & travel later and to students who decide to travel for the start of their classes.
  • Airport Pick-Up is arranged
  • Port of Entry Letter is issued
  • Welcome Meeting is scheduled

The Irish Government has introduced a protocol to ensure the safe arrival of all international students travelling to Ireland. It applies to all international students (new and returning) and to all Colleges and Universities in Ireland. The protocol requires that all students must:

  1. not travel to Ireland if they test positive for Covid-19 or have any symptoms, in the 14 days prior to travel.
  2. inform the College/University when they will travel to Ireland.
  3. follow the latest Irish government advice for travel to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  4. confirm they have suitable accommodation to quarantine for up to 14 days on arrival.
  5. not use public transport to travel from the airport to their accommodation to quarantine.
  6. Complete the FREE Covid-19 PCR test at least 5 days post-arrival.

Students can understand the Covid-19 Government protocol by reviewing the NCI guide for the safe arrival of students & support during quarantine. The guide includes information on quarantine, including mandatory hotel quarantine, and suitable accommodation to quarantine in private accommodation.


NCI does not have student accommodation. The student accommodation beside the NCI campus, Hubble Student Living, is owned and managed by the Exeter Property Group, and it is currently open for bookings. There are other residences in the area close to the NCI campus, and we recommend that students review the accommodation information on the NCI website.

Welcome Programme & Orientation

NCI run a Welcome Programme specifically for international students from 1 September and all students will be invited to join a Welcome Meeting within a few days of their arrival. 

NCI follows the advice of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the direction of the Irish Government, Should there be any change to college life because of COVID-19 restrictions, we will inform you as soon as possible.