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Graduate Lifecycle Stage 1

Congratulations on being offered your place on a UCD graduate programme! Now find out what to do to accept your offer, and what to do if you’re an international student.

Your letter of offer

International students

First, download the International Students Handbook (pdf) to find out if your country requires a visa to study in Ireland

Preparing your visa application

Gather the required documents:

  1. Proof of offer
  2. EFT record showing transfer of fees to UCD account
  3. Proof of no accompanying dependents
  4. Proof of competancy in Engish
  5. Proof of private medical insurance
  6. Statement of intent to return to country of origin after studies

Be sure to begin the visa application 8-12 weeks before your course begins.

Funding recipients – applying for a PPS number

If you are in receipt of funding from UCD or a UCD research account, you will need to apply for a PPS number from your local Social Welfare Office.

Bring your:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Proof of address
  • If you are from outside the EU, your Garda Registration Card

Opening a bank account

Opening an Irish bank account can be done in person in the campus branches of Bank of Ireland or Allied Irish Bank.

You will need:

  • Your student card
  • Passport
  • Proof of address

Finding accommodation

Accommodation is available either in:

Landlords may require proof of student status, photo ID, the first month’s rent and a deposit.

Next steps

Find out more

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