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International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures. Each International student that decides to attend UCD has unique experiences throughout their college career as they navigate not only trying to receive a degree from a highly competitive university, but deal with moving to an entirely different country, most often completely by themselves.

As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days. 

Currently, UCD Global is advising international students from outside of the island of Ireland to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival and to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, in accordance with the government regulations. As these current guidelines are prone to change, UCD Global told The College Tribune that they are also advising international students to check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page online to ensure they receive the latest information.

President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications. The correspondence was the only policy issue President Deeks raised with the minister for…

UCD Students’ Union ‘You’ll be Grand’ Putdown to Foreign Student with Language Concern

The UCD Students’ Union has come in for criticism for dismissing concerns over the language barrier from an incoming foreign student with a “you’ll be grand” response earlier today. The student, Manuel Atserias Luque is from Spain and is set…

GNIB Slowdown hits International Students

The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) has requested that students do not attend its offices at Burgh Quay in Dublin City Centre citing an inability to process the number of applications it is currently dealing with. International students from outside…


Visa slowdown hits international students

Some International students due to start classes on Monday September 7th have yet to begin their studies due to a backlog in the issuance of visas by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If the issue, which affects non-EU…