Living in Ireland Uversity Student Guide. A Recognised College of the National University of Ireland Coláiste Aitheanta d Ollscoil na h-éireann - PDF

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Living in Ireland Uversity Student Guide A Recognised College of the National University of Ireland Coláiste Aitheanta d Ollscoil na h-éireann CEO s Welcome Note On behalf of Uversity, I am delighted to welcome you to Ireland and would like to thank you for choosing Uversity for your post-graduate studies. I am confident that you will find much stimulation and inspiration in the immediacy and vibrancy of Ireland s arts and culture and the faculties and facilities of our educational partners. The Master of Arts in Creative Process offers a unique opportunity for you to personalise an academic, artistic, professional and personal development learning journey. At Uversity, we believe that this learning should take place through supported autonomous creative inquiry, academic instruction, immersive experience and cultural interaction. We are focused on building a community of creative practice in which each student has a stronger sense of their artistic and professional self, engages purposefully in creative experimentation, conceptual development and reflection. You will gain an understanding of the importance of innovative and connected thinking, contextual analysis and the tools required for a sustainable, values-based creative practice. At the heart of Uversity s approach is a respect for individuality, sustainability and the promotion of creative, critical thinking. This guide is intended to help in your initial integration into Irish life so that you can take full advantage of all the opportunities and experiences that Uversity and Ireland have to offer. I look forward to communicating and collaborating with you on your journey over the next year. Colleen Dube Contents Immigration 3 Working 4 Banking 5 Phones 6 Local Travel 6 Car Ownership 8 National Travel 8 Utilities 9 Medical, Dental & Health 10 Personal Safety 12 Social & Cultural 13 Shopping 15 Crisis and Emergency Guidelines: dealing with acute student situations and other emergencies 17 Quick Guide to Uversity Emergency Contact Numbers 18 2 Immigration Immigration Authorities Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) & Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) Irish, EU/EEA & Switzerland citizens You will not need to register with the immigration authorities. Non EU/EEA citizens Republic of Ireland On arrival in Cork/Dublin airport you would have met an Immigration officer at Passport control who reviewed your documentation, and stamped your passport for a certain duration. In order to remain legally resident, all non-eea nationals who have entered the State with the intention of residing in Ireland for a period of more than three months must register with their local immigration registration officer. To do this you will require the following: Valid passport (showing entry visa if applicable) Valid student card (you will receive a student card from Uversity and also the partner institutions you attend) Evidence of financial support; e.g., current Irish bank statement~ showing your name and balance of at least 3000, or a letter from your sponsoring body confirming financial status. (Students staying for two semesters or more must open an Irish bank account on arrival in Ireland) A certificate of attendance obtainable from Uversity Evidence of private medical insurance, which must have a minimum coverage of 25,000 for in-hospital treatment in an Irish hospital. A credit/debit card for payment of 300 registration fee. A bank Giro is also acceptable but please note that this fee cannot be paid by cash. On successful registration, an immigration certificate of registration (GNIB Registration Card) is issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau to a non-eea national. This registration will be valid for one year. As the application procedures and charges can change from time to time, we recommend visiting for detailed information. Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate will also advise you about the process. Please consult the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website www. for the most relevant Embassy or Consulate. Visas for Northern Ireland Please note that some of Uversity s partner institutions are located in Northern Ireland which is a separate jurisdiction. A UK student visa is require to attend these institutions. Full details are available at Home country Embassy/Consulate Please where possible advise your local Embassy/ Consulate that you are now residing in Ireland. Third Level Graduate Scheme Visa On successful completion of the programme, you will be entitled to remain in Ireland for 12 months on the Third Level Graduate Scheme Visa. This visa allows you to work full time during the year in Ireland. 3 Working EU students may work in Ireland and should follow the guidelines for applying for a Personal Public Services (PPS) number. Non-EU students that want to work part-time must have a valid GNIB card with stamp 2 and must have applied for and received a Personal Public Services (PPS) number prior to joining an employer. Non-EU students may work up to 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week out of term time. All employees in Ireland have to comply with the Universal Social Contribution, Pay Related Social Insurance, employment laws and taxation requirements of the state. Do not underestimate the amount of time which you will need to spend undertaking independent study. The Uversity programme is highly intensive and you should take this into account when considering part-time employment. PPS Application The PPS number is a unique identifier used in transactions with the public bodies in Ireland (similar to a Social Security number in the US). You must apply for a PPS number before entering into employment. A list of local welfare offices where you can apply for your PPS number and a detailed information sheet can be found at When applying you will need: Photo identification such as Passport and/or immigration/national Identity Card Evidence of address in Ireland (one or two of the following) Household utility bill Official letter/document Financial statement Property lease or tenancy agreement Verified employer s letter All documents must show your name and Irish residential address. Looking for Part-Time Work / Internships Should you wish to look for part-time work or internships in the arts it is recommended you review the following websites for upcoming positions: Arts management Ireland is aimed at those interested in the area of arts management in Ireland and further afield. The site has information on job opportunities, internships and research links. Creative Careers is a jobs, volunteer and internship opportunities website for the arts, creative and cultural sector. Visual Artists Ireland is the representative body for Visual Artists in Ireland. They provide practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers. Their advocacy, advice, and membership services as well as professional development and art news centre offer a comprehensive support and information service. Theatre Forum is the resource organisation for Theatre professionals in Ireland. They offer advocacy, advice, professional development and training provision as well as a jobs and opportunities board. Creative Ireland website offering jobs and discussion forums on a variety of creative and cultural industry areas. Should you prefer to secure part-time work in any area the largest most well-known websites are: You can also search under the #jobfairy hashtag on Twitter. 4 Banking Students from outside the EU, residing for 6 months or more in Ireland are required to open a bank account in order to meet immigration requirements. You can choose freely from any of the banks that offer student accounts including: Bank Of Ireland AIB KBC Ulster Bank Permanent TSB Many Irish third level institutions have a bank on campus and or a relationship with a nearby bank. Opening an account in one of these financial institutions can sometimes be easier and quicker than a city centre located bank. The international office on your campus can provide additional information if you cannot readily locate a local bank. Questions to ask when choosing a bank: What are the fees and charges on transactions? What are the online/mobile banking options? How easy is it to set up international funds transfers? Does my home bank have a relationship with an Irish bank? Please note there are charges for withdrawing money from your home bank account from Irish ATM s. These charges vary per institution and will generally be cheaper when your home bank has an affiliation with the Irish Bank. Ensure you do your research. A good place to start is here: In order to open an account you will need: Official bank application form Proof of residential address in Ireland Passport or National ID Uversity letter confirming you are a full-time student. Some banks have specific further requirements and so it is advisable to fully check their requirements prior to opening an account. Once you have completed and submitted the paperwork to open an account in a specific bank / branch, you can expect to receive your bank account information, including your ATM card, within 5-7 working days (new account processing time may vary from bank branch and bank institution). The bank must process your new account application you will not receive your ATM/Debit card immediately! 5 Phones Local Travel You were assigned a SIM card and Irish phone number on arrival so that we could keep in touch with you. If you decide you need/want to change this Irish phone number please let us know of the updated contact. Thanks! Your travel requirements may vary depending on the region, the city, your host institution and the location of your accommodation. If you are living on-campus or close to campus, you will have limited regular travel costs. Student Leapcard The Leapcard is the official travel card offering discounted travel fares (over cash fares) for users. There is a dedicated Student Leapcard that offers further discounts for students and you are encouraged to secure one on arrival. The Leapcard can be used on most public and some private transport providers. In your pack is the application form for the card. Useful App: Leap Top-Up DUBLIN Dublin Bus Dublin Bus operate the Public Service Obligation network in the Greater Dublin Area which covers a region from Newcastle in County Wicklow to the south, Balbriggan in north County Dublin and Maynooth in County Kildare to the west. Details on routes and fares can be found on their website: Useful App: Dublin Bus Luas Luas is the Light Rail Transit System in Dublin. There are two lines, the red line and the green line. A lot of the road works around the city centre relate to efforts to join up these two lines. Details on the lines and fares can be found on their website: Useful App: Luas 6 DART The electric rail system called the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow. Details on the service can be found on: Useful App: Iarnrod Eireann Irish Rail App Dublin Bikes Dublin Bikes is a self-service bike rental system open to everyone. You can sign up for an Annual card online ( 20 for the year), or purchase a 3 day ticket card direct from some terminals ( 5 euro). All stations are equipped for Annual Card and 3 Day Ticket users. Once purchased, you can rent or return a bike from any station in the network. The first 30 minutes of use is free on every bike. After this first half-hour, a service charge applies. More information is available at: Useful App: Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes CORK Bus Éireann Bus Éireann operates 19 City & Town bus services in Cork. Details on the routes can be found here: Cork Bikes Please see Dublin bikes section of this manual. More information: GALWAY Bus Éireann Bus Éireann operates 7 City & Town bus services in Galway. Details on the routes can be found here: www. City Direct Bus Company City Direct is a private company running frequent (every 15 minute) services in the north of Knocknacarra, and also services in the Salthill / Barna area, and a daily commuter service from Moycullen. More information is available here: Galway Bikes Please see Dublin bikes section of this manual. More information: LIMERICK Bus Éireann Bus Éireann operates 7 City & Town bus services in Limerick. Details on the routes can be found here: Eurobus Limerick Eurobus provide scheduled bus services to East Limerick city. The areas serviced include Annacotty, Castletroy, Groody Road, Monaleen, and the University of Limerick. More Information: Limerick Bikes Please see Dublin bikes section of this manual. More information: Available in all regions Taxis Taxis are available on call or from officially marked taxi ranks throughout the cities. Make sure the taxi is clearly licensed and when entering the car that the meter is turned on. Pickup charges may be added to your regular fare if you are picked up from a specific location, including your home or an airport, or use toll roads. A fare calculator can be found here: Useful App: Hailo 7 Car Ownership National Travel Owning a car in Ireland is quite expensive. You can secure a road worthy car from about 2,000. After you have bought the car you must by law have the following to utilise it: A recognised valid driver s licence for the vehicle type you are driving. A motor insurance policy issued by a provider authorised to insure vehicles in the Republic of Ireland (to get insured in Ireland for the first time can cost from 800 a year). A valid National Car Test (NCT) Certificate for that vehicle. A valid Motor Tax certificate for the vehicle. The majority of the above also is required for motorbike ownership and use. Flights Ireland has three international Airports: Dublin, Cork and Shannon, and 6 regional: Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Knock, Sligo and Waterford. Aer Lingus operate intra flights from Dublin to Donegal or Kerry. Bus Aircoach While mostly servicing Dublin commuters to and from the Airport, they also offer two inter-county services at excellent rates. These are Cork to Dublin and Belfast to Dublin. Full details on services can be found here: Bus Éireann Bus Éireann is the National provider of bus services outside of Dublin. Full details on services can be found here: Citylink Offers routes from Galway, Cork and Limerick to Dublin daily. Full details on services can be found here: Dublin Coach Dublin coach offer 5 services, connecting Dublin and Limerick, Kildare, Waterford, Kilkenny, Laois, Clare and Kerry. Details on these routes can be found here: GoBus Offers routes daily from Galway and Cork to Dublin. Full details on services can be found here: JJ Kavanagh & Sons Offers 3 national services, from Clonmel, Shannon and Waterford to Dublin. Full details available here: Wexford Bus Offers daily services from Wexford to Waterford, and 8 Utilities Wexford to Dublin. Details on these routes can be found here: Trains Irish Rail Intercity rail passenger services operate between Dublin and Belfast, Sligo, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Europort. Iarnród Éireann jointly operates the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise service with Northern Ireland Railways. Regional services include the new Limerick to Galway line, Cork commuter network including the new Cork- Midleton line, Limerick Junction to Waterford, and Limerick to Ballybrophy (via Nenagh) services. Full timetables and fare information can be found here: Useful App: Journey Planner (Transport for Ireland or TFI) If you select an on-campus provider, or an off-campus third party student accommodation provider a lot of the below will be built into your lease or rental agreement. If you go with a private landlord you will need to sign up to a number of these services, depending on your needs. In these cases please be wary of what you are signing up for some providers require a lengthy contract period. A good place to start your comparison for home utilities is Electricity Home Heating gas, oil or storage heating (This is a necessity in the winter time. It is important that your accommodation is equipped with a good central heating system) TV* Broadband* Telephone (Landline)* (*Often providers will offer you an all in one deal for these products if you sign up for a minimum period. Please double check the conditions on what you are signing up for) Waste (sometimes included in rental/lease agreements) Water (You should not be subject to water charges as the Government recently suspended all water charges. This is subject to change) Postal Service An Post is the national and international postal service that operates in Ireland. To find your local post office, and list of services please visit 9 Medical, Dental & Health Health & Wellbeing Policy Uversity recognises that for the majority of individuals, life as a student is a fulfilling and valuable experience and whilst difficulties may arise, particularly in the first few months of commencing studies, usually these difficulties disappear after talking things through with friends, relatives or staff. However, some problems are more persistent or may be/become a long-time concern. Uversity strives to build a supportive, inclusive community, where staff are on hand to guide students to relevant professional supports that might be required during a student s studies. Please contact us if you need advice accessing services or supports. Please consult our policy on Health and Wellbeing on the Uversity website for further details Setting yourself up for success Uversity recognises the role that wellbeing plays in ensuring that students realise their full potential. In order to optimise your health it is important to consider lifestyle factors which demonstrably contribute to your physical and mental health. These factors vary from individual to individual but some key areas to consider are: 1. Diet and nutrition Fuelling your body well will positively impact your physical and cognitive functioning. If you are having difficulty finding any foods/ingredients that you are used to please let us know and we will endeavour to suggest local options for you. 2. Social Connections Though you will maintain contact with your friends and family at home for the duration of your studies it is important that you develop social connections in Ireland. The start of the semester is a time of great activity on campus with many social events. This makes it a good time to develop friendships at your host institution. Seeking out student societies on campus relevant to your interests can be a good way to meet people. 3. Exercise Most of the host institutions have sports facilities and a programme of classes. There is sometimes an additional fee to use these facilities but usually any fees will be relatively modest. Don t forget to spend time in nature which is available to you at no cost. Get to know scenic places for walks, cycles or runs in your area. 4. Rest and Recreation You will have multiple demands on your time over the coming year as you embark on your Masters programme. To fully benefit from the experience it is crucial to allocate time for rest and recreation. The transition period when you first arrive in Ireland involves a lot of change and new experiences. It is important that you feel supported at this time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Uversity Programme Manager to discuss them. If you have a known condition You may already have a known medical or mental health condition. So that we can ensure that you are fully supported during your time with Uversity it is advisable that inform us of any relevant conditions. There is space in the baseline d
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