Welcome to National College of Ireland.

We are delighted you chose to study at National College of Ireland. The NCI International Pre-Arrival Programme is a bespoke programme designed to help you prepare and plan for a successful, safe and stress-free journey to Ireland.  It is delivered online and commences twelve weeks before classes start.  We strongly encourage all new students to take part in the programme, which includes the following:

    • Tuesdays: you will receive a newsletter by email that covers a key topic with a supporting guide
    • Thursdays: we will host a webinar on the week's topic, and you will have the opportunity to ask real-time questions (webinars will also be recorded and available on the NCI Unibuddy Community)
    • NCI Unibuddy community: you will be invited to an exclusive fresher community group where you will have the opportunity to connect with other peers and receive International Support announcements
    • Visa Status Survey: keep us updated on your visa status by completing this survey

September 2023 Key Dates

Date Description
27th June Pre-Arrival Programme commences
28th August Recommended earliest date to travel to Ireland
Airport pick-up service commences
Welcome Programme commences
Deadline to upload photo for student ID
Deadline to pay tuition fees in full (*does not apply to students established in Ireland and on an approved payment plan)
8th September Deadline to submit Registration Form
13th September Recommended latest day to arrive in Ireland
Airport pick-up service closes
18th September Classes commence (all students must travel to start classes in person)
24th September Welcome Programme ends


Pre-Arrival Programme Schedule September 2023

Please note topics, dates and times are subject to change before the starting date of the programme

Group photo of the NCI International team
1. Welcome to NCI & connect with us
Newsletter about meeting and connecting with the International Support Team followed by a webinar on 29th June 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI students studying in their accommodation
2. Finding accommodation in Dublin
Newsletter about tips and recommendations on how to secure accommodation in Dublin, followed by a webinar on 6th July 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI student talking to a career advisor
3. Career Support at NCI
Newsletter about the NCI Career Development & Employability Service, followed by a webinar on 13th July 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI students talking on NCI campus
4. Budget & Banking
Newsletter about banking and Ireland and planning your budget, followed by a webinar on 20th July 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI students studying in a classroom
5. How to prepare for your course
Newsletter about how best to prepare to get started at NCI, followed by a webinar on 27th July at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
Student signing a form at main reception in NCI
6. Registration form & airport shuttle
Newsletter about travelling to Ireland, registration form and how to book the free airport shuttle service at NCI, followed by a webinar on 3rd August 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI students working together on a laptop in NCI canteen
7. Getting started as an International Student
Newsletter about what you need to do to get started at NCI and how to get established in Ireland as a new student, followed by a webinar on 10th of August 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI student holding a cardboard box
8. Ask the International Support Team
Newsletter about frequently asked questions followed by a webinar on 17th August 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).
NCI students holding balloons that spell out "Welcome to NCI"
9. Final Check in & Welcome programme
Newsletter about the welcome programme and how can you participate, followed by a webinar on 24th of August 2023 at 3pm (Irish Standard Time).

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Pre-arrival video guides
We have created a YouTube playlist with the video version of our pre-arrival guides.