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 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 19 September 2022.

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 September 2022 closed community group where you will have the opportunity to connect with other freshers and check International Support announcements.

September 2022 Key Dates

  • 22nd August: Earliest recommended date to travel to Ireland 
  • 22nd August: Airport Pick-ups commence 
  • 22nd August: Welcome Programme commences
  • 9th September: Deadline to submit Registration Form
  • 19th September: Airport Pick-ups end
  • 19th September: Classes commence (all students must be in Ireland for in-person classes)


Pre-Arrival Programme: Schedule for September 2022


1. Welcome to NCI & connect with us
Newsletter about meeting and connecting with the International Support Team followed by a webinar on 30th June 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 7th July 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 14th July 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 21st July 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 28th July 2022 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 4th August 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
7. Getting established in Ireland
Newsletter about what you need to do to get established in Ireland as a new student, followed by a webinar on 11th August 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
8. Temporary & privately rented accommodation
Newsletter about the pros and cons of privately rented accommodation, followed by a webinar on 18th August 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
9. Welcome programme
Newsletter about the welcome programme and how can you participate, followed by a webinar on 25th August 2022 at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1).
10. Final check-in
Newsletter about final check-in information, followed by a webinar on 1st September at 3pm (Irish time UTC/GMT +1) to see if you have any more questions before you travel!

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