University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

International Student Orientation

International Arrivals lounge Dublin Airport


Welcome to UCD – we look forward to meeting you at the airport!

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Airport Welcome

Airport Welcome

UCD Global team members will be based at a courtesy booth in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport during Orientation week. They will also be in Terminal 1 periodically. Times and dates will be confirmed to incoming students in due course. 

Transfer from the Airport to UCD



Dublin Airport is 10 km north of the city centre. Aircoach is a private bus service from Dublin Airport to the city centre and to destinations south of the River Liffey. Two routes serve the UCD Campus with the recommended route being the Leopardstown/Sandyford route which passes by the main entrance to UCD on the Stillorgan Road.

This service departs Dublin Airport at the following times:

23.55 to 03.25: Departs every 30 minutes

03.25 to 23.55: Departs every 15 minutes

For UCD Belfield campus please depart the Aircoach at the UCD Slip Road stop or alternatively you can request the driver to drop you off within the main Belfield campus.  Please note, this will only be possible if you request this at the time of boarding.   

If you are staying in Blackrock residences, you can take the Leopardstown/Sandyford Aircoach to UCD and then take a taxi to Blackrock.  This will cost €10 or less.  An alternative route is to take the Greystones/Bray Aircoach direct from Dublin Airport and depart at the Blackrock Village stop.  Please note this service is not as regular and there is at least one hour between services. 

For full details and the route map please see the Aircoach website.

Please contact UCD International regarding the Aircoach discount rate for UCD International Students. 



Arriving late at night at the airport

If you arrive in the airport after 20:00, we recommend that you take a taxi to your destination.  The approximate cost of a taxi from Dublin airport to UCD campus is €30 - €35. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers in Ireland.

Orientation Programme by Categories


Orientation timetables, for September, 2019, will be available from July 15. Key activities will be during the week of September 2. 




Call home with your Mobile Phone SIM card!

SIM Cards and €20 Top Up

3, an Irish mobile phone provider will be based in UCD International (12noon to 2pm) during Orientation week. Your new SIM card will be ready to use as soon as you receive it and is compatible with most international phones. By simply topping up by €20, students can avail of free unlimited data, unlimited text, unlimited weekend calls and free calls to phones on the 3 network. This means that your €20 can be used for international calls or texts! 

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Unlocking you phone

Students can purchase a new phone when they arrive in Ireland or unlock their existing mobile phones.  If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card.  Please follow the instructions below to unlock your phone.

-Contact your phone network. They can provide the phone unlocking code on request. Most networks will provide this if you have spent over a certain amount of credit. Once you have the code, Google your phone model to find unlocking instructions to guide you through the process.
-Go to an independent phone shop. Many provide a service to unlock phones at a minimal cost. Check online for the closest shop to you.
-Your phone may be unlocked already!  You can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network and see if it works.

UCD Registration

UCD Registration

Before attending courses you will need to register as a student, enrol in your courses, pay your tuition fees and receive a student card (UCARD). Your UCARD gives you access to all student facilities, including the residences, library, computer facilities, sports clubs and the student centre. It can be used to pay for certain services on campus such as purchasing food in the main restaurant, printing, scanning and photocopying, renting lockers and more.

You can collect your UCARD on campus during Orientation Week.

Students will be notified by email of exact dates and locations of UCARD collection. All new students will be requested to upload a digital photograph. You can do this as soon as your SISweb access is activated. This photo will be used as photographic identification of you on your UCARD and on our student database. It is important that you upload your photo as early as possible. For further information and guidelines on photo upload please visit the UCARD website.

Undergraduate Students

All first year undergraduate students must go online to confirm their attendance, complete module registration (where applicable) and pay any fees owed. You are responsible for managing your modules online before online registration closes. Information on module registration deadlines will be available online. If you cannot access the internet prior to arrival at UCD, computers will be available in UCD for registration purposes. A help line is available for students having difficulties with the online registration at +353 1 716 1555. Information regarding registration, orientation, academic advisory meetings, student cards etc. will be sent out by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please see the UCD Registration website for further information.

Graduate Students

Students must go online to confirm their attendance, complete module registration (where applicable) and pay any fees owed. For most taught programmes, module registration takes place online. For research programmes (Masters and PhD), module registration is done through your Graduate School or Programme Office. You are responsible for managing your module registration. Please see the UCD Registration website for further information.

Pre-Masters Students

The Pre-Masters coordinator will manually register you for modules.

UCD International Study Centre Students

UCD ISC students will be registered by the UCD ISC.

Erasmus/Non-EU Exchange Students

Erasmus and non-EU exchange students also need to register online (confirmation of attendance). Your exchange coordinator will manually register you for modules. Full information about this process will be sent by UCD International in August (for students arriving in September) and in November (for students arriving in January) each year. This information will be sent by email only.

Study Abroad Students

Study abroad students need to register online (confirmation of attendance). Study abroad students are pre- registered to their subject choices prior to their arrival at UCD and should consult their Study Abroad coordinator for more information.

Visiting/Occasional Fee-Paying Students

Visiting/occasional fee-paying students need to register online (confirmation of attendance). Students are pre-registered to their subject choices prior to their arrival at UCD and should consult their coordinator.


'Welcome to UCD' guide for incoming students - Download now!

As you prepare for your time at University College Dublin, be sure to carefully read through our 'Welcome to UCD' guide for incoming students.

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