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Preparation Guide
Your journey to NCI
www.ncirl.ie/international
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            This guide helps you prepare
            for your journey to NCI.

                                                                                         We are delighted that you have applied
                                                                                         to study at National College of Ireland (NCI).
                                                                                         This guide contains some really useful
                          Accept Your Offer                       4
               Contents   Buy Medical Insurance                   5
                                                                                         information and practical tips to help students
                                                                                         plan for a successful, safe and stress free
                          Research Your Accommodation             6                      journey to Ireland.
                          Apply for Your Visa                     8    Within the International Office we have a support team dedicated to
                          Plan Your Budget                       10    help and guide students from before they arrive in Ireland, right the way
                          Connect With NCI                       12    through to their graduation. We are small team of 3 full time staff (myself,
                                                                       Ellen and Joana) and we are supported by International Peer Mentors
                          Book Your Flight                       13    who are students that work with us on a part time basis. I am really proud
                          Complete the Arrival Form              14    of our team and our role in supporting and engaging with international
                          Pack Your Bags                         16    students from all over the world. We are passionate about what we do
                                                                       and the positive impact it has in helping students to settle into their new
                          Book your Complimentary Airport Shuttle 18
                                                                       life in Ireland, allowing them to focus on their studies and to flourish. This
                          Arrive in Dublin                       20    has been recognised within the education industry as we won first place
                          Attend Welcome Programme               21    in The Education Awards 2021 for the International Engagement Award.
                          Useful Links                           22    From twelve weeks before the start of classes, we begin our engagement
                                                                       with all applicants on the important information they need to help plan
             “A Journey of a thousand miles begins                     their journey to NCI and Ireland. During these 12 weeks, every week we
                                                                       send an email with information and guides that covers a different topic.
             with a single step” Lao Tzu                               Later that same week we hold a webinar or a Facebook live session so
                                                                       students get to hear more information and to have the opportunity to ask
                                                                       questions or clear any doubts. It is really important to keep an eye out for
                                                                       these communications and take the time read them.

                                                                       We understand that COVID -19 has impacted everyone and the Irish
                                                                       Government and NCI successfully protected and supported international
                                                                       students during this global pandemic. You can get an overview of some
                                                                       of the timely practices that were put in place in Ireland and at NCI here.

                                                                       On behalf of everyone at NCI, I would like to wish you
                                                                       a safe and pleasant journey and I am looking forward
                                                                       to meeting you in Dublin.

                                                                       Best wishes,

                                                                       Sheila Mahon, International Officer

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Accept Your Offer                                                                                         Buy Medical Insurance

                                                                                                          Private medical insurance is a
NCI will issue a full offer when you meet our entry requirements. To accept                               requirement for your Irish study visa and
your offer and secure your place, you must pay the relevant tuition fees.                                 if you are from a visa required country,
                                                                                                          you must submit your insurance with
 If you do not fully meet our entry
                                                Pay your Fees
                                                                                                          your visa application.
requirements, we will issue a                   Tuition fees must be paid in full before you arrive
                                                                                                          NCI do not provide medical insurance
conditional offer. This will outline what       in Ireland and there are a number of ways to pay                                                                       Tips:
                                                your fees.                                                so you must buy this yourself.
else you have to do, to get a full offer                                                                                                                               • Make sure you understand the policy
                                                Full details on these payment options are here.                                                                          and what it covers
and you can still accept your place                                                                       Medical Insurance Providers
with a conditional offer.                                                                                                                                              • Understand how you go about
                                                                                                          You can buy medical insurance from any provider                making a claim and if there is an
                                                Inform us when you have                                   in your home country* or from Ireland which must
                                                                                                                                                                         excess fee.
                                                made a payment                                            include hospital cover and a minimum of €25,000
                                                                                                          for Accident and €25,000 for Disease. Also, you              • If you defer your start date at NCI
                                                You must inform us when you have made a                   should ensure that it meets all your own needs,                you must change the start date
       Tip: Paying your                         payment by completing the Payment Transfer                especially cover for any pre-existing conditions.              of your policy.
       tuition fees in full will                Form. Email it along with a copy of your proof
                                                of payment (for example the bank transfer receipt)        There are two types of medical insurance policy              • If you don’t join NCI remember to
       speed up the study                                                                                 that you can buy from Irish providers.
                                                to admissions@ncirl.ie.                                                                                                  cancel your policy.
       visa process.
                                                                                                          1. Travel Policy. These policies are cheaper than
                                                This is a very important step, as it is the only way we                                                                • Check if your insurance policy
                                                                                                             private health insurance. They are designed
                                                can trace that your payment was received into our                                                                        covers your journey to Ireland and
                                                bank account. You should allow up to ten working             specifically for International students and
                                                                                                                                                                         if not, you might want to consider
                                                days to receive your receipt.                                currently meet student visa requirements.
                                                                                                                                                                         buying travel insurance.
                                                                                                          2. Private Health Insurance. There are a number
                                                                                                             of providers of private health insurance in
                                                Refunds                                                      Ireland such as VHI, Laya and Irish Life. They
                                                                                                             have a large range of insurance products
                                                If you fail to meet the entry requirements or your
                                                                                                             available which can be more expensive than
                                                visa is refused, you will receive a refund of your
                                                                                                             a travel policy and are generally designed for
                                                tuition fees, less an administration fee . Please see
                                                                                                             everyone living in Ireland. It is recommended
                                                the NCI Refund Policy.
                                                                                                             that if you buy private medical insurance, you
                                                                                                             buy a product that is designed for international
                                                                                                             students.

                                                                                                             For the most up to date information about
                                                                                                             insurance available to students, please see the
                                                                                                             Insurance section of the website.

                                                                                                          *
                                                                                                            You can buy medical Insurance from your home
                                                                                                          country for your first year in Ireland only after that you
                                                                                                          must buy medical insurance from an Irish provider

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Research Your
Accommodation
Finding the right accommodation, at the right price and location, is one of the biggest challenges that students
encounter. With the help of this guide, the NCI website and guidance from the international Office you will find         SUITABLE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION
                                                                                                                         DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
accommodation in Dublin, which has something to suit everyone’s study and budget preferences.
                                                                                                                         > If you are intending to travel to Ireland on time
You decide which option is right for you: student residence or privately rented accommodation.
                                                                                                                           for your first semester, you should consider
                                                                                                                           your accommodation options and book as
Which option is best for me?                                                                                               early as possible.
                                                                                                                         > Please check our Accommodation Guide in
         Student Residences                                          Privately Rented                                      the Downloads section of the website guide
                                                                                                                           to find out the latest advice and requirements
  + Booking in advance                                      + Monthly rent instalments                                     for suitable accommodation on arrival.
  + Save time                                               + Flexibility regarding housemates                           > Make sure your chosen accommodation
  + Purpose-built properties                                + Lease for 12 months or more                                  provides you with access to strong wi-fi,
  + Great facilities                                        + Potentially more affordable                                  as you will need it for your college work
  + Share with other college students                                                                                    > Consider that student residences are
                                                            - Can only be arranged when in Dublin
                                                                                                                           equipped with strong wi-fi, and have
  - Full payment in advance                                 - Need for temporary accommodation in Dublin                   supports in place to help students conform to
  - Potentially expensive                                   - Arrival at least 2 weeks before course start                 Government Guidelines and we recommend
  - House rules                                             - Time-consuming search                                        student residences as the best option for the
  - Limited flexibility regarding housemates                - Might interfere with studies                                 safe arrival of international students for the
  - Strict cancellation policy                              - Target for scams
                                                                                                                           new academic year.

There is a large number of student residence               for several weeks before you travel to Ireland, for
accommodation in Dublin. All of these can be               example in a hostel, Airbnb or host family. Be aware
booked in advance from your home country. They are         that looking for private accommodation is time-
very safe and comfortable places to live, all either in    consuming as you will have to arrange and view
walking distance or with very good transportation links    different places. As this will make it difficult for you to
to NCI. Due to the high standard of the facilities and     focus on your studies we recommend arriving well
good location these residences can be expensive.           in advance of your course start date to focus on your
                                                           accommodation search. Students all arrive in Dublin
The main difference between student residences
                                                           at the same time, all hoping to find accommodation.
and privately rented accommodation is that you
                                                           The earlier you come, the less time and hassle you will
cannot book private accommodation from abroad.
                                                           have in finding your home for the next year.
You must be in Ireland to arrange privately rented
accommodation otherwise you are an easy target for         You can find more information on the NCI International
accommodation scams.                                       website about accommodation options, website links
                                                           for residences, short and long term accommodation
If you think private accommodation is the best option
                                                           search engines as well as resources for further reading
for you, you must arrange temporary accommodation
                                                           and support.

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Apply for Your Visa

Everyone arriving in Ireland has to pass through Immigration control. If you have
obtained all the necessary documents in your home country before leaving,                                        Tips:
you should not have any problems on arrival.                                                                     Our tips to help you with your
                                                                                                                 visa application:

Applying For a Student                                  Checking on Your Visa Status                             > Check the Irish Embassy details
                                                                                                                  where your documentation is to be
Visa to Enter Ireland                                   You should apply as early as possible for your visa       sent.
                                                        for it to be processed. Each country will have a
Students from certain countries will need an entry      different processing time, which can range from          > Check what the processing time is
visa before arriving in Ireland. To find out if you     one week to four months. You can track your visa          for your country and make sure you
need a visa please visit the INIS website.              on the INIS website. This shows current processing        apply in adequate time.
If you require an entry visa you must complete the      time and visa decisions, and is updated weekly. If
                                                                                                                 > Ensure your passport is valid for
online visa application using AVATS. You should         you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision
                                                        within 2 months. However, as this would affect your
                                                                                                                  12 months.
read the visa application details very carefully and
understand what documents you are required to           date of arrival in NCI you may need to seek advice       > Make sure you have your health
submit.                                                 on latest possible arrival date from the International    insurance before you submit your
                                                        Office or potentially defer until the next intake.        application.
We recommend to students that to have a higher
chance of a successful visa application you request
                                                        VISA APPROVAL                                            > Show that you have enough money
the help of one of our highly trained agents for
                                                        You will require visa approval before the start
                                                                                                                  to support yourself while in Ireland.
guidance, counselling and support in this progress.
                                                        date of your programme - even if you are starting         The visa office normally requires
However, you do not have to use an agent and can
apply directly to NCI but please note we cannot         remotely in your home country and NCI will                €10,000 of available funds or an
give any assistance to you in terms of your visa        require proof of visa approval to register you            education bond.
                                                        on your programme.
submission.                                                                                                      > Make sure you explain any gaps in
                                                                                                                  your resume/curriculum vitae (CV).
CHECK IF YOU NEED A VISA
                                                                                                                 > Explain why you want to be a
You should check if you need a visa for travelling                                                                student at NCI and what you plan
to Ireland. As part of the Irish Government’s efforts                                                             to do after you graduate.
to contain Covid-19, some nationalities that did not
previously need a visa, must now apply for a visa to                                                             > Make sure you understand your
come to Ireland.                                                                                                  chosen course and its modules.

NOTE
When applying for a visa, you should apply for a
Multi Entry Visa

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Plan Your Budget

Planning your budget is one of the                        privately owned. It should be returned to you at
                                                          the end of your stay unless you have damaged
most important things you should do                       the property in some way.
before you leave home. The cost of                      > Deposit for Utilities (Gas and Electricity) for
almost everything in Ireland will be                      privately rented accommodation. The utilities
different to your home country. It is very                company sets the fee and it can be up to €200,
                                                          unless there is a ‘pay as you go’ system for the
important to have enough money to                         utilities in the property.
cover your tuition fees and living costs.
                                                        Average Cost of Living
This section helps you estimate the cost for living                                                          Additional Tips:
expenses such as accommodation, food and other          Your biggest monthly expense will be for
                                                        accommodation and we estimate you should
                                                                                                             > Bring some Euros in cash with you
essentials.
                                                        budget for the following:                              and use a credit card (a Forex card
Many things can affect how much money you will                                                                 for example) to have easy access
need, so these figures are a guide only. While many     1. Student residence accommodation: average
                                                                                                               to money until you open a bank
students get a part-time job to support themselves,        of €200 - €375 per week (private room),
                                                           €100 - €190 (shared room)
                                                                                                               account in Ireland.
it is better not to rely on work to cover your living
expenses.                                               2. 2-Bed apartment in city centre: average of        > It is best not to bring any Euro
                                                           €2000 - €2500 per month                             denominations larger than €50
Start-up costs                                          3. Private room/studio: average of €600 - €1200        as they aren’t widely used.
                                                           per month
These are costs which you will have to pay at                                                                > You should allow some room for the
                                                        4. Shared room: average of €350 - €600 per
the beginning of your stay in Ireland and will not                                                             unexpected costs, e.g. visit to the
                                                           person per month
reoccur too frequently if at all:                                                                              doctor or any travels which are not
> Registration with INIS (€300). Please note you                                                               yet planned, social outings, etc.
  will have to pay €300 each time you renew your
                                                        Monthly Living Expenses
  registration with INIS.
                                                                                                             > Make a budget and track it during
                                                        For cost of living we highly recommend that you        your time in Ireland to keep an eye
> Medical Insurance. Please note you will have to       refer to the following websites for guidance:          on your spending.
  renew your insurance after 1 year. Please see the
                                                        Numbeo
  insurance chapter in this guide.                                                                           > Remember that failed modules will
                                                        Irish Council for International Students (ICOS)
> Television Licence (€160) for your flat or house.                                                            result in repeat fees, visa renewal
                                                        Education in Ireland                                   fees and additional medical
> Temporary accommodation during your house
  hunt if not living in student residences.                                                                    insurance fees.
> Deposit for privately rented accommodation
  (usually 1 month’s rent). You will have to pay a
  deposit if you move into accommodation that is

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Connect With NCI                                                                                                   Book Your Flight
We always love to hear from students who are joining NCI and we communicate                                        Due to Covid-19, for this academic year, we recognise that some students may
through different channels:                                                                                        be delayed in traveling to Ireland for their programme start date, perhaps due to
                                                                                                                   localised Government restrictions or the limited availability of international flights.
Email                                                                                                              For this reason students can chose to arrive on time for their programme, or to start
We begin contacting students about twelve weeks before the start of classes and we do this mainly by email.        their programme remotely in their home country and to travel to Ireland when it is
These emails are followed by either webinars or live Q&A sessions. Every week our communications will              safe and possible to do so.
include important updates to help students prepare for their journey to NCI so it is really important to keep an
eye out for them.
                                                                                                                   Flying to Dublin
Don’t worry if you miss any of these emails. We will update our ‘Before you Arrive’ section on our website with
all our communication.                                                                                             Dublin has direct connections from many major
                                                                                                                                                                            As part of the measures introduced by the
                                                                                                                   international airports. If there is no direct flight
Website                                                                                                            available for you to Dublin, you will be able to
                                                                                                                                                                            Government to control the spread of Covid-19,
                                                                                                                                                                            protocols are in place to ensure the safe arrival
                                                                                                                   connect through one of many airports. You should
The NCI website is a fantastic source of information for every student prospective or current. On the                                                                       of International students. You must check this
                                                                                                                   also check if you require a transit visa for the
International Section you find everything you need to know about your journey as a student: from confirming                                                                 Government website before you travel to ensure
                                                                                                                   country you will be travelling through.
your place to study at NCI to helping you to get ready to come to Dublin and everything in-between. Our                                                                     you are aware of what you have to do before you
website is the place where you find all the up-to-date information you need. It is always a good idea to check     Some countries, such as the United Kingdom,              arrive into Ireland.
here first if you have a question as most likely you will find your answers here.                                  ask for transit visas for certain nationalities even
                                                                                                                                                                            Please note restrictions may apply to your country
                                                                                                                   though the stopover is for a few hours. The website
Facebook                                                                                                           https://cibtvisas.co.uk/ is useful for checking if you
                                                                                                                                                                            of origin but also the country you are transiting
                                                                                                                                                                            through.
                                                                                                                   need a transit visa. Also confirm with your travel
You can follow our Facebook page for up to date information.
                                                                                                                   agent or the airlines for extra baggage benefits/
Also, for each new intake we set up a specific closed Facebook group. Search for ‘NCI International Freshers’      allowance that may be available for students.
and find the group for your intake. We encourage everyone to join their relevant intake group as this is great
opportunity to connect with other international students and ‘meet’ the International Support Team before
you have even travelled to Ireland. We will also do Facebook live sessions on a regular basis to answer
questions you may have in preparation to starting your course at NCI.

Instagram
The International Office has a very active Instagram account. It is aimed at all international NCI students:
prospective and current ones as well as graduates. Follow us @nci_int for information on student
recruitment, events organised for students, important updates, competitions, Q&A sessions and much more.

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Complete the Arrival Form -
Everyone must complete it                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Accommodation in Dublin

In order to successfully start your journey to NCI, you must first complete the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In this section you need to provide information about your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         accommodation in Dublin.
arrival form and email it to internationalsupport@ncirl.ie before the deadline
(1 week before classes start) and at least 5 days prior to your arrival.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 For the most up to date information and advice regarding suitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         STA                                                                                                                                                             accommodation during Covid-19, please see our Accommodation
                                                          Student Information                                                                                                                                                                                                                           & ARRTING
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Pack Your Bags

Packing your bags is always a challenge, especially if you are going to a place for the
very first time, but the below information should help you when deciding on what to
put in your suitcase(s) on your way to Ireland.

Clothes                                                  Money
We like to think that Ireland has a moderate climate,    Carry some cash in Euros with you but not too
however, we realise that the weather may seem            much (approximately €200 - €300). It is safer to
quite cold to you compared to the climate in your        use your Credit Card (a Forex card for example) to
home country. It is also common for the weather          have easy access to money until you open a bank
in Ireland to change suddenly throughout the day,        account in Ireland.
so it is recommended to wear layers. You can also
expect rain so don’t forget to pack a rain jacket and    Documents
some warm clothes. If you struggle to find winter
clothes in your country don’t worry, as you can          Make sure that you always have these documents
purchase those when you arrive in Dublin. Have a         in your hand luggage as you will need to present
look at this video to find out more about weather in     them at immigration when you land in Dublin
Ireland.                                                 airport:

Please note that if you are availing of the NCI          • Your passport
shuttle service, you are only permitted to bring         • NCI offer letter & fee receipts
3 pieces of luggage and food is not allowed on
board the shuttle. Have a look at this short video       • Medical Insurance
for some packing tips.                                   • Shuttle driver contact name and number

Medicine                                                 Due to Covid-19, other documents may be
                                                         required, please ensure you check this Government
Natural sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D.         website before you travel for the most up to date
Unfortunately we do not get enough of it in Ireland,     information regarding required documents.
therefore we recommend that you bring a Vitamin
D supplement with you. Vitamin D plays a vital role
in mood regulation and warding off depression,
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                                                         Certain items are forbidden, and you cannot bring
northern hemisphere, such as Ireland, especially
                                                         them with you. Some of them are obvious such
during winter months.
                                                         as firearms, explosives, animals, plants and
If you need to bring any medication with you,            illegal drugs. For more information please
please make sure that it is in the original packaging,   see the website of the Irish
and that you have a prescription written in English      Revenue Commissioners.
and signed by your doctor. This is very important
to avoid confiscation of your medicine by the
immigration officers.

                        Call +353-1-4498500 Email internationalsupport@ncirl.ie                               Call +353-1-4498500 Email internationalsupport@ncirl.ie
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Book Your Complimentary
Airport Shuttle
As part of NCI’s support for international students, we offer a free airport
shuttle service. A licensed and approved driver will meet you at the airport
arrivals hall and bring you to your accommodation in Dublin City.
You must have completed your Arrival Form and provided us with the
following information (at least 5 working days before your arrival date):

> Flight details – airline, flight number, date of arrival and arrival time. Please
  ensure you provide details for your flight arriving into Dublin airport.

> Make sure you have the correct flight number. (That is usually a code
  consisting of a 2-character airline designator and a 1-4 digit number,
  e.g. TK1977).

> Arrival time – the time on your ticket is local Dublin time, there is no
  need to subtract or add hours, please use the time as stated on your
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> If your travel plans change, you will need to let us know as soon as
  possible

As this is a shared service for all incoming NCI students, we ask you to
respect a few simple rules:

1. No strong-smelling foods or drinks are allowed on the shuttle
   bus.

2. The service is for NCI students only. It is not available for family
   members, friends or students of other institutions.

3. There is a single drop-off rule in place, which means that the
   driver can only bring you from the airport directly to your
   accommodation in Dublin, as stated on the arrival form, with
   no extra stops along the way.

4. Due to space restrictions, there is a limit of 3 pieces of
   luggage per student.

You should contact the driver via Whatsapp when you are
boarding the plane, to let them know you are boarding as
scheduled, or if there are any delays. On arrival in Dublin,
you should make use of the free airport Wi-Fi to
contact the driver again and let them know
you have landed.

                         Call +353-1-4498500 Email internationalsupport@ncirl.ie      Call +353-1-4498500 Email internationalsupport@ncirl.ie
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Arrive in Dublin                                                                                                 Attend Welcome Programme
Immigration                                              Meet your driver                                        We have developed a Welcome Programme to support international students
                                                                                                                 joining the college for each intake. This programme runs for several weeks and is
When you arrive at immigration at Dublin airport,        As soon as you land, let the driver know that you
                                                                                                                 designed to ensure you have all the information you need to get started at NCI.
you will see two different lines. You need to enter      have arrived either via WhatsApp or a text message.
the line that says Non-EU/EEA passport holders           If you are delayed at immigration or baggage claim
(unless you are travelling on a European passport).      please also let the driver know as soon as possible.    It is a mix of informative workshops, excursions and   Optional events
                                                                                                                 get-togethers: Some are pre-scheduled, some are
As a student you will be asked to provide                When you come through the arrivals section at the       highly-recommended and others are optional to          In addition to pre-scheduled and highly-
documents by an INIS (Irish Naturalisation and           airport, look out for your driver who will be holding   attend:                                                recommended meetings, the International Office
Immigration Bureau) official, so you must have the       a sign for National College of Ireland. Please don’t                                                           have planned a range of social events for you
following with you in your hand luggage for easy         leave the terminal or the meeting point, as the                                                                attend.
access:                                                  driver will be inside the terminal. You may have        Pre-scheduled: Welcome
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                                                         to know that you have arrived safely. You should        completing the arrival form the International Team     > Out & About sessions to get to know more about
                                                         call, text or email using the free airport Wi-Fi.       will email you the details of your welcome meeting.      Dublin.
Due to Covid-19, other documents may be                                                                          it is the very first meeting each new student will
required, please ensure you check this Government                                                                have and will be with a Peer Mentor and a small        > Meet-Up sessions to meet other NCI students.
website before you travel for the most up to date        Making your Own Way                                     group of other new students. At this meeting, you
information regarding required documents.                from Dublin Airport                                     will receive information about getting started at      You can check the starting at NCI section of the
                                                                                                                 NCI.                                                   website for a weekly schedule of events, and we
The Immigration Officer will stamp your passport         As part of the measures introduced by the                                                                      recommend you join as many events as you can to
giving you up to 90 days to obtain your student          Government for the safe arrival of International                                                               meet new friends and get to know Dublin.
visa. This stamp is called a ‘landing stamp’ and it      students, you must not use public transport to          Highly Recommended
does not give you permission to work. The officer        travel to your accommodation. If you do not             Meetings
will tell you that you need to make an appointment       wish to avail of the NCI airport shuttle, or your
with the immigration service (INIS) within 90 days       accommodation is outside Dublin, you can either         Student Life Meeting
to obtain your student visa. Do not worry as you will    arrange for family or friends to pick you up from the   The team will speak about support systems at NCI,
have plenty of time to make the appointment. We          airport or you can take a taxi.                         how to succeed in your studies and how to adjust
will explain the application process to you at your
                                                                                                                 to student life.
meetings as part of the Welcome Programme and            Usually, students can travel to their
give you a registration letter which you will bring to                                                           Essentials Meeting
                                                         accommodation by bus or taxi (but please note
the appointment with you.                                this may not be applicable to you for this intake).     You will receive information regarding establishing
                                                         Dublin Bus Airlink numbers 747 and 757 leave from       yourself in Ireland, like opening a bank account,
Once you have passed Immigration, you will need
to clear Irish Customs. Follow the instructions at the   outside the Arrivals Terminal at the airport. Check     your student visa, or working.
airport, generally non-EU students will go through       the website for updated timetables. The Aircoach        Orientation
the Green Channel.                                       service runs 24 hours a day and stops at various
                                                                                                                 Orientation is an introduction to the classroom,
                                                         locations in the city centre. Taxis are all metered
Please see again the Irish Customs website for                                                                   IT and library services.
                                                         and you should also use a licensed taxi. The fare
more information.
                                                         to the city centre will cost approximately €25 with
                                                         extra charges for each additional passenger and for
                                                         carrying luggage.

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Useful Links

Reliable sources of information on travelling to Ireland:
Irish Government website                              www.gov.ie/covid19
Irish Health Service                                  www.hse.ie
Irish council for International Students (ICOS)       www.internationalstudents.ie

NCI International:
Downloads                   www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Downloads
Confirming your place       www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Confirm-or-Defer-Your-Place
Fees                        www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Fees-and-Funding/Payment-Options
Insurance                   www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Fees-and-Funding/Insurance
Before you arrive           www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Before-you-Arrive
Starting at NCI             www.ncirl.ie/Students/International/Starting-at-NCI

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Preparation Guide
National College of Ireland has made every effort to ensure that the information in this booklet was accurate when
published. Please note, however, that the nature of the content means that it is subject to change from time to time,
and you should therefore consider the information to be guiding rather than definitive. You should check the college’s
website for any updates before you decide to accept a place on a course. All courses are offered subject to minimum
student numbers and validation by QQI.
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