Before You Go - Dublin

 

There are many things to prepare for and organize before your departure from your home country to your study abroad location. Essential information will be communicated to you through your student portal and email after you are accepted to FIE. 

In addition to any home-school preparation students might have, pre-departure orientations on partner campuses are often conducted by a visiting FIE staff member.  Students also have access to FIE pre-departure guides to help them with their preparation.

 

 PREPARING FOR DUBLIN EMAILS

In the months prior to your arrival, you'll receive important information about your study abroad program through our 'Preparing for Dublin' email series. You should expect to receive the following:

 

Welcome to FIE

Email includes information on:

  • Welcome Message
  • Program Dates
  • Meet the FIE Team

Your Internship*

Email includes information on: 

  • Internship Handbook
  • Placement Process
  • What to Pack (internship)

Home Away from Home

Email includes information on: 

  • Accommodation Confirmation
  • What to Pack
  • Do Your Research

Immigration

 Email includes information on:

  • INIS Registration Appointment
  • Registering at Airport
  • Registering in Dublin

 

Academics

Email includes information on:

  • Irish Life and Cultures
  • Academic Accommodations

Key Information

Email includes information on: 

  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Insurance Cover
  • Medication and Prescription

Safe Travels

Email includes information on: 

  • What to Pack
  • Arrival Instructions
  • Orientation Schedule

(*Your Internship email only for students participating in an international internship while in Dublin)

 

You must check your email inbox (including your junk mail) regularly so that you don't miss any important communications. We also recommend that you add any @fie.org.uk emails to your safe senders list. Please also ensure that the email address that you provided on your application is correct.

 IMMIGRATION INFORMATION

Fall & Spring Semester Students

US Passport Holders

EU/EEA/Swiss Passport Holders

Other Nationalities

US passport holders do not require a visa to study and/or intern in Ireland.

Full information on immigration requirements will be emailed to you after your acceptance to the FIE Dublin programme.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Prepare for border control

You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.

To do so you will need your passport (valid for 6 months post programme end date), acceptance letter from Dublin Academic Institution (DBS, UCD, TCD) and further documents.

You must also prove that you can support yourself financially after you enter the country.

After Arrival in Ireland

Apply for permission to stay & register with immigration

After you enter the country, you must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration before the date stamped on your passport at border control.

FIE Staff have made these appointments on your behalf. You will receive advice on what you need to attend the appointment.

Leaving & Returning to Ireland

If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you must prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to enter Ireland every time you return.

Make sure you have any necessary documents with you for each return journey before you travel.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Prepare for border control

When you arrive in Ireland you will be asked for your passport or national identity card by an immigration officer at border control .

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into the country.

After Arrival in Ireland

Staying in Ireland for more than 90 days

You can stay in Ireland for any reason up to 90 days. You can continue to stay in Ireland after 90 days if you can support yourself (& your family, if appropriate) financially.

 

You must check with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to see if you need a study visa prior to arrival.

If a Visa is not needed

Please see information provided for US Passport Holders

If a Visa is needed

Please follow full information on the INIS website from the link above.

The following information is a general overview of the process.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Apply for a Study Visa

After you have paid for your course, you can apply for a long stay Study Visa

You will not be allowed to come to Ireland without a visa.

Prepare for border control

You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.

To do so you will need your passport (valid for 6 months post programme end date), visa, proof you have enrolled on a course (e.g. printed confirmation) and other documents.

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.

After Arrival in Ireland

Apply for permission to stay & register with immigration

After you enter the country, you must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration before the date stamped on your passport at border control.

FIE Staff have made these appointments on your behalf. You will receive advice on what you need to attend the appointment.

Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom

You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa. You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.

If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must have a Re-Entry Visa.

You must hold a valid Certificate of Registration (also called an 'Irish Residence Permit') to apply for a Re-entry Visa.

Leaving & Returning to Ireland

If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you must apply for a Re-Entry Visa. This can be done on arrival in Dublin.

You must hold a valid Certificate of Registration (also called an 'Irish Residence Permit') to apply for a Re-entry Visa.

 

Summer Students

US Passport Holders

EU/EEA/Swiss Passport Holders

Other Nationalities

US passport holders do not require a visa to study and/or intern in Ireland.

Full information on immigration requirements will be emailed to you after your acceptance to the FIE Dublin programme.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Prepare for border control

You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to animmigration officer at border control.

To do so you will need your passport (valid for 6 months post programme end date), programme acceptance letter and further documents.

You must also prove that you can support yourself financially after you enter the country.

After Arrival in Ireland

Leaving & returning to Ireland

If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you must prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to enter Ireland every time you return.

Make sure you have any necessary documents with you for each return journey before you travel.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Prepare for border control

When you arrive in Ireland you will be asked for your passport or national identity card by an immigration officer at border control .

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into the country.

After Arrival in Ireland

Staying in Ireland for more than 90 days

You can stay in Ireland for any reason up to 90 days. You can continue to stay in Ireland after 90 days if you can support yourself (& your family, if appropriate) financially.


 

You must check with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to see if you need a study visa prior to arrival.

If a Visa is not needed

Please see information provided for US Passport Holders

If a Visa is needed

Please follow full information on the INIS website from the link above.

The following information is a general overview of the process.

Before Arrival in Ireland

Apply for a Visit (Tourist) Visa

After you have paid for your programme, you can apply for a Visit (Tourist) Visa

You will not be allowed to come to Ireland without a visa.

If you plan to travel during your programme, you should apply for a Multi-Entry Visa.

Prepare for border control

You will need to prove that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland to an immigration officer at border control.

To do so you will need your passport (valid for 6 months post programme end date), visa, proof you have enrolled on a course (e.g. printed confirmation) and other documents.

If you cannot satisfy the immigration officer, you will not be allowed into Ireland.

After you Arrive

Travel to Northern Ireland & United Kingdom

You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa. You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.

If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must enter Ireland with a Multi-Entry Visa.

 

 PRE-APPLICATION IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY QUERIES

Study abroad students of all backgrounds face unique challenges in adjusting to their host country and cultural nuances. FIE encourages students to reflect that as a study abroad student, you bring more than just physical belongings with you to the host country, but also your personal culture, background, experience, values, interests, and identity.

FIE seeks to support students with their adjustment process as much as possible. As you are preparing to apply for your FIE study abroad programme, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns and support needs around aspects related to your identity, such as diversity, background, LGBTQ+, religion and faith, first generation, disabilities, veteran or any other aspects related to your own self.

If you are interested in setting up a time to talk with an FIE staff member about these concerns, please email our Diversity & Inclusivity Leads at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

STAYING SAFE AND CONNECTED IN DUBLIN AND ABROAD

At FIE, your safety and security is our primary concern. In addition to the regularly scheduled safety and security information you will receive as part of your countdown emails and orientation, we wanted to pass on some tips and guidance now that will help you as you get ready for life abroad: 

As always, it is best to be proactive about things like these – if you have questions about your health and safety while preparing for your time in Dublin, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..