Well, with mid-summer behind us, the team from the International Office at Dublin City University (DCU) are very much looking forward to the arrival of our Study Abroad, Exchange and Full Degree Students for the forthcoming 2015/16 academic year.
Students will arrive from all over the globe, from both EU and NON EU destinations.
To ensure students enjoy their ‘abroad’ experience to the max, preparation prior to arrival is very important. The following prearrival pointers aim to help with the transition :
- For Visa information – – NOTE: students from USA, JAPAN or BRASIL are included in the list of countries that do not require a visa however students may need to register with the GNIB shortly after arrival – visit http://dcu.ie/international/immigration.shtml
- Insurance – All NON EU students must have Insurance – Click for information – http://dcu.ie/international/health.shtml
- Become familiar with the Health Services available on Campus http://www.dcu.ie/students/health/index.shtml and print off this booklet in advance to put in your suitcase – http://www.dcu.ie/international/pdf/health_booklet.pdf
- All students should have secured suitable accommodation prior to arrival
- Study Abroad Students (not full degree) will have pre-selected modules from one of four streams – HMSAO, BSSAO, ECSAO and SHSAO (your offer letter will show your stream).
- Have some additional modules per semester identified in advance of your arrival from the lists – visit the link and find your stream and semester – See the up to date lists in this link for all streams https://www4.dcu.ie/international/study_abroad/direct_entry.shtml#coursesoffered – Exchange students should visit https://www.dcu.ie/international/ects.shtml
- Having supplementary class options in mind prior to arrival will help if your pre-selected modules run together or are cancelled
- Check out The Office of Student Life for Clubs, Societies and Resources – http://www.dcusu.ie/resources-page/ and visit http://www.dcusu.ie/
- Find your way around the Library before you arrive for when you need those important textbooks – http://www.dcu.ie/library/index.shtml
- See what’s available at the gym – All Study Abroad students are entitled to FREE MEMBERSHIP – http://www4.dcu.ie/dcusport/index.shtml
- A – Z for incoming students – http://www4.dcu.ie/students/a-z-guide.shtml
- Students may need to familiarize themselves with Disability Support to avail of services such as longer examination times if necessary – Registration with the service is required – visit http://www4.dcu.ie/students/disability/index.shtml
Further information on much the above can be found in the International Office Pre Arrival Booklet – http://www.dcu.ie/international/prearrival.shtml
Once you arrive, make sure you attend Orientation which is important to enable students to settle into their new surroundings with ease.
Read some of the other blog posts on https://dcustudyabroad.wordpress.com/ to assist, especially the blog entitled: https://dcustudyabroad.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/be-safe-tips-on-how-to-stay-safe-when-studying-abroad/
The team from the International Office look forward to welcoming all students in September.
In the meantime, have a super summer! We look forward to meeting and helping you settle on arrival!
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.dcu.ie/international/index.shtml