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 via email after you are accepted to FIE. 

In addition to any home-school preparation students might have, pre-departure orientation sessions led by FIE staff take place online and sometimes on partner campuses to get you ready for your study abroad experience.  


In the months prior to your arrival, you'll receive important information about your study abroad program through our 'Preparing for Dublin' email series. These communications will include important information on your programme such as immigration information, semester dates, accommodation details, what to pack, guidelines on health, safety and medication and much more.

Please ensure you add to your Safe Senders list, as all emails will come from this domain. If you haven't received information that you think you should have, please check your spam/junk folder. Please also ensure that the email address that you provided on your application is correct.  


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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: 

  • Have a working accessible mobile (cell) phone and provide your mobile phone number to FIE and provide the number via this should be done immediately upon arrival via request from FIE Dublin staff.
  • US citizens should enroll in the US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP) - this will enable you to receive security messages as well as make it easier to locate you with information and support should an emergency arise in any city you're traveling in
  • Non-US citizens should register with their country's embassy and respective program
  • Research your country’s nearest embassy or consulate in any location you plan to travel to outside of Ireland and make note of their contact information - U.S. citizens/permanent residents can check this information on the US Department of State's website
  • Add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your Safe Senders list and check your junk mail folder to prevent missing important safety email correspondence from FIE  

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.


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 program, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, and support needs around aspects related to your identities, 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. 


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