Prepare for Arrival

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Before and after travelling to Ireland there are important steps that all students must complete. Start preparing for your arrival to ATU Donegal today!

Academic Start Dates

To be confirmed.

The Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar provides students with important term dates including holiday and examination periods. The 2022/2023 Academic Calendar is available here.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Visa (if applicable)

Many international students will need a visa to travel to Ireland. You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. Learn more about visa and immigration here.


You must have an accommodation booked for you when you arrive to Ireland. Click here for 2022/2023 Accommodation list and important information when renting an accommodation in Ireland.

Medical Insurance

Non-EU/ EEA students must have private medical insurance before travelling to Ireland. EU/EEA students should have their EHIC card before travelling to Ireland. Learn more about Medical Insurance.

Important Documents

At border control, you may be asked to show important documentation relating to your visit to Ireland. We recommend you bring the following documents in your hand luggage.

  • Passport (and visa if applicable)
  • Offer letter or Learning Agreement
  • Accommodation details
  • Tuition Fee Receipt or Sponsorship Letter (if applicable)
  • Private Medical Insurance (Non-EU students)

Travelling from Dublin Airport to Letterkenny

A direct bus service is available from Dublin airport to Letterkenny, bus schedule is available here.

Bus ticket can be purchased here.

After Arriving in Ireland


All new students are required to attend induction. Induction is an opportunity to learn about ATU Donegal, complete important tasks and meet new people. Upcoming Induction date is to be confirmed.

Register as a ATU student

You must register as a student before you can begin your academic studies. You will receive an email prior to the start of academic year providing instructions on how to register. Once you register, you will get your student number and gain access to your student email.

Register with Immigration

If you are a student from a non-EU country, you will need to register with immigration and obtain your Irish Residence Permit. See here for further information