Welcome to National College of Ireland

We are delighted that you have chosen to study at National College of Ireland. The NCI Pre-Arrival Programme begins up to 10-12 weeks before your classes commence and is designed to help you prepare and plan for a successful, safe and stress-free journey to Ireland.  All students need to plan to be in Ireland for classes starting on 23 January 2023

During the programme

  • 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 January 2023 closed community group where you will have the opportunity to connect with other freshers and check International Support announcements.

January 2023 Key Dates 

  • 5th December: Start date to submit Registration Form
  • 9th December: Deadline to pay tuition fees in full
  • 22nd December - 2nd January: NCI Closed for Christmas/New Year holidays
  • 3rd January: NCI re-opens
  • 4th January: Recommended earliest date to arrive (NCI Airport Shuttle Service Begins)
  • 9th January: Welcome Programme Starts
  • 13th January: Deadline to submit registration form
  • 18th January: Recommended latest date to arrive (NCI Airport Shuttle Service Ends)
  • 18th January: Access to the Letter Support is available for registered students who have submitted their Registration Form
  • 23rd January: Classes Start (all students must be in Ireland for in-person classes)

Pre-Arrival Programme: Schedule for January 2023

1. Welcome to NCI & connect with us
Newsletter about meeting and connecting with the International Support Team followed by a webinar on 3rd November 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1)
2. Finding accommodation in Dublin
Newsletter about tips and recommendations on how to secure accommodation in Dublin followed by a webinar on 10th November 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
3. Career Support at NCI
Newsletter about the NCI Career Development & Employability Service followed by a webinar on 17th November 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
4. 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 24th November 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
5. Budgeting & banking
Newsletter about planning your budget and banking in Ireland, followed by a webinar on 1st December at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
6. How to prepare for your course
Newsletter about on how best to prepare for starting your course at NCI, followed by a webinar on 8th December 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
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 15th December 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
8. Ask the International Support Team
Newsletter about frequently asked questions followed by a webinar on 22nd December 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
9. Final Check in & Welcome programme
Newsletter about the welcome programme and how can you participate, followed by a webinar on 5th January 2023 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).

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