International Students


Support services


English language



Advice and Information

The Student Advice and Information Centre (SAIC) offers assistance to all students of the University on practical issues that may affect them, such as finance, housing, immigration, legal problems and academic matters. The service provided is completely confidential and impartial. The Centre is staffed by three full time advisers, and includes a full-time International Students' Adviser who is available to give advice about any issue on which you may seek guidance.


People of many religious beliefs live in Dublin, and you may wish to become involved in a local group, or a group based at the University. There is a Christian Chaplaincy and Muslim Prayer Room on the main campus. The Student Advice and Information Centre can provide information on other religious groups in the city.

Counselling and Support

A counselling service, made up of trained counsellors, is available for all staff and students of the University. This impartial and confidential service can help with personal and emotional matters of all kinds. The University also has two Academic Advisers to Overseas Students, in addition to which, each student is allocated a personal tutor or supervisor who can advise on both academic and personal matters.

Careers Advice

The Careers Advisory Service has a large range of information on employment, training and further study in Ireland and abroad. You are always welcome to use the information resources or to make an appointment to discuss career intentions with an adviser. The "Openings" office in the Careers Advisory Service can help you if you are seeking part-time and vacation employment. Usually, international students from non-EU countries are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations.

Health Care

There are two health centres on the main campus providing National Health Service general practitional services geared to the needs of the students and staff of the University. You are required to register with a doctor as soon as you arrive in Dublin.

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University accommodation is guaranteed to all international students without dependents for the full duration of their course, provided that the appropriate forms are returned to the University by the specified date. Our Accommodation Office will do its best to help you find private rented accommodation if you do not wish to live in a Hall, or if you have dependents. A small number of University flats are available for couples. If you are thinking of bringing your partner and/or children, we recommend that you come on your own initially, and send for your family once suitable accommodation has been arranged.

The University residences provide a friendly, caring environment where you can broaden your range of friends and contacts through meeting others with different outlooks and experiences. Set in pleasant landscaped surroundings, all the halls have their own distinctive character. Individual shared flats are frequently single-gender, and all rooms are single study-bedrooms.

All study bedrooms have their own phones with voicemail and are networked to the University computer system. Most halls are within easy walking distance of the main campus.

The University also has it's own bus service (Uni-link), which provides reliable bus links between all the University sites, including halls of residence, the city centre and sports and leisure complexes.

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We want you to be successful in your studies so international students whose first language is not English are asked to achieve a satisfactory standard of English in an approved test. As a guideline the following may be used:
- for research degree programmes in Engineering, Mathematics, Science and the School of Biological Sciences - IELTS 6, TOEFL 560.
- students applying for research degree programmes in Arts, Education, Law, Medicine and Social Sciences or taught courses in any Faculty - IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 600.

Pre-sessional English language courses of a four and eight week duration are available if lower scores are achieved. Where appropriate, in-sessional classes are also available.