Getting started as a new International Student

Sheila Mahon
Sheila Mahon
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Connect with the International Support Team

Review the International Support webpage on the NCI website.

Visit the NCI Support Hub to search for answers to frequently asked questions.   If you can't find the answer to your question, submit a request to International.

Contact Us by submitting a request through the NCI Support Hub. Please note, the International Office working hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. We expect a high volume of emails over high peak seasons, such as the Pre-Arrival and Welcome Programme. Please allow 48 working hours for a response.

Schedule an Appointment - if you would like to speak to a member of the international office in person or on MS Teams, please submit a request in the NCI Support Hub with your full name, student number, nature of the request and your availability.   The international team will be in touch with you with an appointment.

Chat with an International Peer Mentor: Ask questions about life at NCI and Ireland

Follow us on Social Media:


Instagram: @NCI_int


YouTube: NCI International


Facebook: NCI International

Preparing to travel and before you arrive

Our Pre-Arrival Programme, commences 10-12 weeks before classes start and is designed to help you prepare and plan for a successful, safe and stress-free journey to Ireland.

Every week during the programme, we send out an information newsletter and hold a webinar covering a key topic.  You can see all the topics covered, as well as information newsletters sent on this page.

We have Pre-Arrival guides for all these topics and a Preparation Guide, which you can browse here, and a video-guides Youtube playlist which you can check below.

If you missed any of our webinars on our Pre-Arrival Programme, you can also find the presentation slides and webinar recordings on the Unibuddy Community. 

  1. Welcome to NCI & Connect with us

  2. Finding Accommodation in Dublin

  3. Careers Support at NCI

  4. Registration form and Airport shuttle

  5. Budgeting & Banking

  6. Academic Operations School Panel - How to prepare for your course

  7. Getting established in Ireland

  8. Welcome Programme & Final Check In 


Getting Established in Ireland

The essential things you need to do/consider to get established in Ireland - please see links to articles on each of these below: 

Information on Shopping in Dublin

Some useful websites to help you get established in Ireland:

Getting Started at NCI

What you will need to do to get started at NCI:


All incoming International Students are automatically registered when they submit their Registration Form and have paid their fees in full, met all conditions.

NCI Students Cards are created and issued by Student Services and distributed to students at orientation / first week of term.

Self Guided Campus and City Tour Guide

Find info regarding Student Events and Meet Ups and follow NCI International and Students Union Instagram Pages.

Common Phrases and Terms used in NCI - This page helps you to become familiar with some of the phrases and terms we use here in NCI.

Letter Requests

As an International student, you will need a lot of letters to help you to get established in Ireland, along with letters to register or renew your permission with immigration.   

As a registered NCI student with a valid student login, you can self-generate the majority of the letters you need on NCI360.  

Find out how to generate or request student letters here.


Health, Well-Being and Student Supports

Please see links below for support services and resources NCI offers to ensure students get any help they might need: 


Student Life, Renewing your Visa and and Academic Guides

Please see useful student life guides, links and academic articles below:

Student Life:

Academic Articles:


Graduation and 1G Visa

Please see useful student life guides, links and academic articles below:



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