International Students

Dublin is the most exciting city in Europe and Independent College Dublin is at its heart

If you’re looking to study for a great degree in law or business, and to have a great time while you do it, then you’ve got to come to Independent College Dublin.

Dublin is alive with young people, great times, good food, glorious architecture, amazing arts, sport and culture. And because Independent College Dublin is located right in the middle of Dublin, this entire, wonderful city is its campus.

It has an incredible literary and academic reputation and is a thriving, effervescent capital with thousands of traditional and contemporary pubs, restaurants, clubs, museums, galleries, sports stadia, theatres, music venues and nightclubs.

We will take great care of you – helping you with visas, accommodation, course choices and everything else that you need. We’ll give you the best one-on-one tuition and a degree recognised worldwide as a great start to your career. And we’ll make sure you have the time of your life here in Dublin City.

The city is alive with young people and students, culture, music, history, art, sport, business, innovation and academic excellence. It’s an incredible place in which to study and live.

And in the heart of it all is Independent College Dublin.

Who Needs a Student Visa?

All students holding a Non-EU passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland. There are two categories:

  • Students who need a visa before they travel to Ireland
  • Students who can enter Ireland without a visa and who can apply for their student visa after they arrive in Ireland.

A list of nationalities who do not require a student visa to enter Ireland can be seen here.

Where to Apply for your Student Visa

Students who need a student visa to enter Ireland should contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in their home country for full visa information.

For a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates click here.

How to Apply for your Student Visa

The following is the list of key documents required for the student visa application.

Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required, or click here for a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates.

  • Visa application form
  • Student visa declaration form
  • Education documents from high school and university where applicable
  • Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate e.g. IELTS
  • Evidence of finances – you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of your programme of study. The INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) recommends students to have access to at least  €7000 per year for living expenses
  • Proof of Medical Insurance – Travel Insurance will not be accepted
  • Proof of course fee payment
  • Proof of enrollment on the stated course
  • Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
  • Evidence of previous work experience, if any
  • CV to detail student’s academic/professional history to date

Please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of 12 months after the estimated completion date of your course.

All fees are listed on the information page for the respective programmes.


Please note that tuition fees quoted represent tuition fees for Year 1 of the programme only.

  • A registration fee of €250 is also applicable each academic year to all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes who enter into a payment plan

Methods of Payment

Students can pay their fees using any of the methods mentioned below:

  • Pay On-line – you may pay online by credit or debit card .
  • Pay by Bank Giro form – you may pay using a bank giro form at any Ulster Bank or Allied Irish Bank.  You may collect a bank giro form from the Administration office.
  • Pay by Bank Draft/Cheque/Postal Order – you may pay by bank draft/cheque/postal order and each of the above should be made payable to Independent College Dublin.  You can visit the administration office at Independent College Dublin during office hours if you wish to pay in person by this method or you may forward any of the above to the following:
  • If you are making payment by this method, please state your name and Independent College Dublin student number on the reverse side of the bank draft/cheque/postal order.
  • Pay by Bank Transfer – students may pay by bank transfer into the College account for which the College bank details are:

Bank Name:   Bank of Ireland

Account Name:  Amika Limited T/A Independent Colleges Limited

Account No: 80549983

Sort Code: 900017

Swift/BIC Code: BOFIIE2D

IBAN No: IE26 BOFI 9000 1780 5499 83

If you are using this method of payment, please remember to quote your name and Independent College Dublin student number on all payment transfers to the college.

  • Pay by Direct Debit – you may pay by Direct Debit.  If you wish to request to pay your tuition fees by our Direct Debit scheme, please contact the Administration office.

Financial Support

Students may avail of some (but not all) government maintenance assistance such as the Back to Education Allowance, details of which can be found on the Revenue Office Website

Tax Relief

Most courses of two or more years’ duration have been approved for tax relief.  For further information please refer to the Revenue Office Website

Student Fees Office Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Alternatively, we can be contacted by email or by telephone, for which our contact details are:

Ph: +353 1  6355800


Fees are strictly non-refundable once programmes commence and students are liable for the full annual course fee from the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that course fees are paid on a timely basis. Students availing of the direct debit option must ensure to meet the agreed payments. Delays in payment will affect registration status and the provision of student services.

In order to apply for your desired programme, please complete an International Application Form and return it, with the appropriate supporting documentation, to:


Or Post to: Independent College Dublin

The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate or passport.
  • Original or certified copy of residence permit* (*only if you are resident in an EU state).
  • Original or certified copy of school leaving examination certificate OR high school transcripts- including forecast results if final results are not available.
  • Original or certified copy of full academic transcript(s) of any third level studies and the proof of the final degree.
  • Original or certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Original or certified copy of the official translation to English.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English may be required to sit either an IELTS or TOEFL test ( or equivalent). Students applying for a Level 8 programme at the College are required to have achieved the equivalent of the IELTS 6.0 and Level 9 applicants should have the equivalent of an IELTS 6.5.

Protection of Enrolled Learners

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more in duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. Independent College Dublin has learner protection arrangements in place with respect to enrolled learners on all QQI validated courses and have put in place this arrangement with two other providers.

Health Insurance

Attendance rules

If you are on a student visa, the Irish Government has stated that you must attend a minimum of 85% of your chosen college programme classes.

This is important for many reasons:

1)            To help you focus fully on your chosen programme of study

2)            To avoid visa problems with the Irish Department of Justice

3)            To allow you to be able to renew your visa

In college, it is important that you follow these rules as set out by the Irish Government.

Monitoring your attendance

Each day, your lecturer will check your attendance in every class/module. On Wednesday and Friday every week, lecturers will report attendance to the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law) and/or Emer Purcell (The School of Business). If you have attended less than 50% of your lessons by Wednesday, Gwen/Emer will contact you to check the reason for your absence. If you have attended less than 50% of your lessons by Friday, Gwen/Emer will contact you to check the reason for your absence.

Your attendance each week will be recorded on our college database and will be available to the Department of Justice on request.


At the beginning of each semester, you will be given a programme timetable with the days and start times of each module of your course. All classes start punctually at the appointed time, if you are late, you may enter the class up to 15 minutes after the time it was scheduled to start. If you are more than 15 minutes late you may not enter the class and you will be marked absent.

For example, if the timetables states the class starts at 09.00am you must be present in class on time. If you have a problem arriving for 09.00, you can enter the class until 09.15. After 09.15, you may not enter the class and the lecturer will mark you absent.


We understand that sometimes, students have problems and are unable to attend college. However, if you do not have a good reason for your absence, this may affect your attendance and cause problems with your visa.

There are certain legitimate reasons for absence, including, but not limited to:

  1. Illness

If you are ill, we understand that you can’t come to class. On the first day you are ill, you must email the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law), or Emer Purcell (The School of Business), If you do not have access to email, you may text our emergency phone on 086-8225543 to inform us that you are ill and that you can’t come to class.

If you are ill for more than 2 days, you must provide a doctor’s certificate to prove the reason for your absence. In this situation, your attendance will not be affected.

  1. Serious illness of a family member

In the case of serious illness of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother or sister), the following procedure must be followed:

  • Email the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law), or Emer Purcell (The School of Business), If you are unable to access email, you may text the emergency phone number (086-8225543)
  • You must provide some document and/or evidence of the family member’s illness
  • The Programme Coordinator will take the situation into consideration and respond to your request as soon as possible, depending on the nature and seriousness of the illness.

Please note

  • Requests must be made by the student in question and not by a third party
  • Requests made to staff members other than the Programme Coordinator will not be considered
  • You must contact the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law), or Emer Purcell (The School of Business), If you are unable to access email, you may text the emergency phone number (086-8225543). Requests made on social media or by any other means will not be considered.

If it is necessary for you to return home due to the illness of a family member, the following procedure must be followed:

  • Follow the steps above regarding illness of a family member.
  • Request temporary leave from your course to be with your family member during their illness.

The Programme Coordinator will inform the relevant lecturers of your absence.

  1. Bereavement

In the unfortunate event of the death of a close family member, we understand that you will not be able to attend college. Please email the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law), or Emer Purcell (The School of Business), If you are unable to access email, you may text the emergency phone number (086-8225543) to inform us of your bereavement and that you can’t come to college.

In the case of an immediate family member’s death (a spouse, parent, child, a person in a relationship of domestic dependency including same sex partners, brother or sister, a person who acted in loco parentis or was a guardian) 3 days’ bereavement leave will be allowed.


In the event of an extended family member’s death (a grandparent, parent-in-law, spouse-in-law) 1 days leave will be allowed.


Please note

  • Requests must be made by the student in question and not by a third party
  • Requests made to other staff members will not be considered
  • You must contact the relevant Programme Coordinator, Gwen McDevitt (The School of Law), or Emer Purcell (The School of Business), If you are unable to access email, you may text the emergency phone number (086-8225543) Requests made on social media or by any other means will not be considered


No leave is allowed in any other circumstances.


Important: Please note that it is only in these circumstances that your attendance will not be affected. If you do not provide a legitimate reason for your absence, then Gwen McDevitt or Emer Purcell will follow the steps below.

Problems with attendance

If you cannot provide a legitimate reason for your absence (see above), then you will be marked absent for your course and your attendance level will be reduced.


In a one week period, if you have attended less than 50% of your course, you will receive an informal warning by telephone, text or by email.  If you receive more than two informal warnings in a 4 week period, then you will receive a formal warning letter. Your formal warning letter will state the following:

  • Your attendance percentage
  • The steps that have been taken by IC Dublin to inform you of this problem
  • The consequences of not having a minimum of 85% attendance in lessons

Following this formal warning letter, if your attendance does not improve, your case will be referred to the Garda National Immigration Bureau/INIS for their consideration.


In very rare situations, a student who has consistent problems with attendance and who cannot provide legitimate reasons for their absence, and continues to ignore informal and formal warnings, may be expelled from Independent College Dublin. This decision will be at the discretion of the Registrar of the Independent College Dublin, Mr Padraig Hourigan.

As part of the expulsion process, the student’s agent, embassy and the GNIB/ INIS will be informed and the student will be required to leave the jurisdiction in line with the current Irish Government requirements in the area.

Holidays and breaks

You are not permitted to take holidays during term time. You must be in attendance for all scheduled classes and all scheduled exams during the academic year.

Unscheduled breaks

Please see absenteeism policies for details of unscheduled breaks. Leave due to illness of the student or illness or death of a family member are the only unscheduled breaks that will not affect attendance on the programme provided the steps under the absenteeism policy are followed.

Complaints Procedure

Depending on the nature of your complaint, you should contact one of the following:


Immigration Officer and Business School Programme Coordinator

Emer Purcell:                                              

Phone:                                                                   01 6355819


Law School Programme Coordinator

Gwen McDevitt:                                        

Phone:                                                                   01 635 1183


Examinations Officer

Niamh Doolan:                                          

Phone:                                                                   01-6351184


Admission Officer

Maeve Casey:                                            

Phone:                                                                   01-6355816


Student Welfare Officer

Jennifer Flanagan                                                      

Phone:                                                                   01-6355189


Head of Business School

Professor Andrew Deegan:                      

Phone:                                                                   01-6355830


Head of Law School

Mr Val Corbett                                           

Phone:                                                                   01-6355830


Appealing/Complaints re assessment results

The following procedures should be followed if you have a complaint with regard to your assessement results. Grounds for appeal include:

  1. Re-Check:

An application for re-check should be made in instances where a student believes that there has been a non-academic error with the processing of their result.  For example, an administrative or other material irregularity.

  1. Appeal:

The usual grounds for appeal would include:

  • A situation where a student wishes to make the Examination Board aware of mitigating circumstances that were not made known at the time of the Examination Board meeting. It is not possible to use the Appeal Application Process simply to submit late details of extenuating circumstances. Relevant evidence and supporting documentation will be required.  Students will also be required to give reasons as to why it was not possible for this information to be made known at the time of the Examination Board Meeting.  Where a student did submit extenuating circumstances and the board knew of them when it took its decision then the same extenuating circumstances cannot be used as the basis for appeal.
  • Where a student wishes to appeal the outcome of a hearing wherein [s]he was penalised on the grounds of academic misconduct.
  • Disagreement with the academic judgment of an Examining Board regarding marks and/or grades will not be accepted as valid grounds for an appeal.


  1. Re-Check Procedure:

Stage One – Application

The application must:

  • Be made in writing on the Re-Check Application form by the student personally and signed by him or her.
  • Be addressed to the Examinations Officer in an envelope marked ‘Application for Re-Check
  • Be received no later than five working days after the formal date of publication of examination results


  1. Appeal Procedure

Stage One – Application

The application must:

  • Be made in writing on the official Appeal Application Form by the student personally and signed by him or her
  • Be addressed to the Examinations Officer in an envelope marked ‘Application for Appeal’
  • Be received no later than five working days after the formal date of publication of examination results
  • State the full name, date of birth and student number of the applicant, an address for reply, the programme of study, and the decision of the examining board of which a review is requested
  • State clearly the grounds on which the application is based, identify the issue(s) about which remedy is sought and where appropriate identify the new decision sought
  • Include all relevant documentary evidence on which the application relies (for example, medical certificates)
  • Include the appeal application fee of €30 which is refundable in the case of a positive appeal outcome


  1. Stage Two – Assessment of Application
  • The Examinations Officer will assess the application and decide whether or not a prima facie case can be established
  • Where a case is established the process moves to Stage Three (see below)
  • Where a prima facie case is not established the Examinations Officer will inform the appellant in writing within five days of the decision. This correspondence will clearly outline the reasons that the application was rejected.  It will also provide details of the right to a further appeal to the Assistant Registrar
  • A further appeal may be lodged with the Assistant Registrar. This application must:
  • Be made in writing by the student personally and signed by her
  • Include a copy of the appellant’s original application for appeal, including supporting documentation and a copy of the written response from the Examinations Officer
  • Be received no less than ten working days after the issue of the response from the Examinations Officer
  • Where a case is established the process moves to Stage Three
  • Where a case is not established the Assistant Registrar will inform the appellant in writing within five days of the decision
  • The decision of the Assistant Registrar is final. At this point no further correspondence will be entered into.


  1. Stage Three – Appeal Hearing

Where a case for review has been established, The Examinations Officer will refer the application to a review panel for consideration.  The review panel shall have at least two but not more than four members who all shall be members of the Academic Council.  No person who has been previously involved in consideration of the student’s case (with the exception of the Assistant Registrar), shall act as members of the review panel. No member of a review panel shall consider an application in which he or she has an interest. The review panel shall be chaired by the Assistant Registrar.  The quorum shall be three members including the chair.

The Examinations Officer will notify the student in writing 10 working days in advance of the hearing (or sooner if agreed by all parties).  This correspondence will include the following details:

  • The date time and place of the hearing
  • The appellant’s right to representation at the hearing (see below)
  • Details of the format that the hearing will take

The review panel will produce a report and file with the Examinations Office within 10 days of the appeal hearing. The report will include details of the decision(s) and in the case of a positive outcome for the appellant, detail recommendations for the amendment of their assessment record.

The Examinations Office will inform the student of the outcome of the hearing within 5 days of receiving the review panel’s report. In the case of a successful appeal the Examinations Officer will make amendments to the student’s assessment record on the college database and signed broadsheets.  A change of results form shall also be filled in and kept on file in the Examinations Office.

Relevant appeals documentation (application, responses and the review panel’s report) will be made available at the next sitting of the Examination Board. In the case of an unsuccessful outcome to the appeal process outlined above the appellant has no further recourse.

  1. Right to Representation
  • A student who has successfully lodged an appeal has the right to attend the review hearing, to review and respond to the evidence presented, to be represented by a person of their own nomination, and to present their own evidence as relevant.
  • The appellant may nominate a representative of their choice: a friend, family member, fellow student, colleague or legal representative. The cost of legal representation or translation services is to be borne by the appellant unless otherwise decided by the review panel
  • The appellant may, in addition to the nomination of a representative, employ a translator to assist them in the appeal hearing


  1. Responsibilities
  • Student/Appellant :
  • To submit their application for appeal within the designated timeframe
  • To ensure that the application is accurate and complete – that all the requested details are provided, clearly labelled copies of supporting documentation are included as well as the application fee
  • Examinations Officer:
  • To deal with enquiries about the Appeals Process and provide access to the relevant documentation and application forms
  • To process applications for appeal and notify the appellant of the outcome within five days of receipt of the application
  • To provide details of the right to further appeal with the Assistant Registrar where an application is denied
  • To convene a review panel in line with the policy regulations where a case for appeal is established
  • To coordinate a date for the appeal hearing and notify the student of arrangements for same ten working days in advance and in writing.
  • Assistant Registrar:
  • To review second stage appeal applications referred by the Examinations Officer
  • To notify the student as to whether a case has been established from their referred application. Notification will be in writing within five days of the decision
  • To chair the review panel
  • To file the review panel’s report of outcome and recommendations with the Examinations Office. This should be filed within 10 days of the hearing

Procedure for complaints

If your complaint relates to any other matter you can request to have a private meeting with the appropriate Head of School and your complaint will be documented. The Head of School will take notes and will read notes back to you to confirm the content of your complaint.

If possible, the Head of School will address the issue immediately.

If not, the Head of School will request another meeting with you the following day to discuss the situation and possible solutions.

It is the policy of Independent College Dublin that the vast majority of the complaints are dealt with within two working days of the complaint being made.

It is the policy of Independent College Dublin that all complaints are resolved within a maximum of 5 working days.

Grievance procedure

As part of our commitment to the fairness, dignity and respect to all staff and students of Independent College Dublin, IC Dublin will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment. The aim of this policy is to identify what bullying and harassment is and what action IC Dublin will take if they need to deal with an offence of this nature.


This has been defined as repeated inappropriate behaviour. This can be direct or indirect and verbal or physical. The behaviour can be conducted by one or more people against one person or more than one person and can be considered as having a negative impact on their right to dignity at work or in their course of study. Note that the behaviour must be repeated to be considered as bullying: one isolated incident may have a negative impact on the dignity of the individual, but is not considered bullying.



This is any form of unwanted conduct related to any of the following grounds:

  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Family status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Membership of the travelling community

Sexual Harassment

This is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or conduct based on sex which affects the dignity of people at work or in their course of study.  It includes unwelcome, non verbal, verbal or physical conduct based on the gender of a recipient which is offensive to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort, humiliation or interferes with their job or studies.


This occurs when a person is treated less favourably than another because he/ she has made a complaint to IC Dublin in relation to harassment or bullying behaviour.

This policy is applicable to all IC Dublin staff and students. This policy is also applicable to business contacts, contractors, suppliers or other business contacts of IC Dublin.

As part of IC Dublin’s Code of Conduct, it is imperative that all staff, students and suppliers respect the dignity of all members of IC Dublin.  Please remember to consider equality grounds such as a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, member ship of the travelling community and disability.

Bullying or harassment may take the following forms:

Non-verbal abuse

Inappropriate looks or gestures, displaying emblems on clothing, exclusion, whistling, isolation at lunch breaks or social events are all considered as non-verbal abuse.

Physical abuse

Hitting, bodily contact that is abusive in nature, shaking fists in an angry way, damaging a staff or students possessions.

This is list is not complete and just serves as a guideline to staff and students. Each case will be taken in isolation and dealt with in an appropriate way.

Informal procedure

IC Dublin is aware of and recognises the effects that bullying and harassment can have on its staff and students. However, IC Dublin is of the view that an informal approach to solving matters can often be effective. In the first instance, an attempt should be made to address an allegation of bullying on an informal basis set out through the informal procedure described below.

If a student believes that he/she is being bullied, he/she should explain clearly to the alleged harasser or bully that he/ she finds their behaviour unacceptable.

If the student feels that this may be too difficult, s/he may then seek the advice or assistance of the Student Welfare Officer, Jennifer Flanagan ( If it is inappropriate for the Student Welfare Officer to be involved, the issue should be raised with the relevant Head of School, Andrew Deegan ( or Val Corbett ( If it is inappropriate for the Head of School to be involved, the issue should be raised with the Registrar of Independent College, Mr Padraig Hourigan.

The student or staff member may also discuss this issue with a contact person. The contact person may be a classmate or colleague or other person representing the students or staff. The student or staff member may request the assistance of the contact person in discussing the issue with the alleged harasser or bully. Any discussion with the alleged harasser or bully must be confidential, non-confrontational and see to resolve the matter in an informal, calm manner.

If the student or staff member decides that it would not be appropriate to approach the alleged harasser or bully either personally or through a contact person, they should then proceed to the formal procedure.

If the student or staff member has attempted to discuss the matter with the alleged bully or harasser and is not happy with the results, they should then proceed to the formal procedure.

Formal Procedure

In the situation where the informal complaint has failed and the harassment is repeated, the student or staff member should proceed to the formal procedure. Independent College Dublin takes this situation very seriously and confirms the following in this regard:

  • Where possible, all complaints will be investigated and appropriate action taken within 5 working days of the complaint being made
  • The situation will be treated with the greatest confidentiality
  • The situation will be investigated discreetly and sensitively by a competent person
  • The investigator will examine the situation carefully and objectively with a view to deciding the best course of action.


  • An initial complaint should be made in writing to the Student Welfare Officer ( or Head of School, or if it is inappropriate for these people to be involved the matter should be raised with the Registrar of Independent College Dublin Mr Padraig Hourigan (
  • Precise details of the alleged incidents of bullying or harassment and the names of any witnesses there may have been to those incidents should be included in the written complaint
  • The alleged harasser or bully will be notified in writing that an allegation of bullying and/or harassment has been made against him/her and he/she will be given a copy of the complainant’s written statement
  • The alleged harasser or bully will also be told that he/she will be given a fair opportunity to respond to each and every allegation made against him/her
  • All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence possible to comply with the requirements of a fair investigation
  • Only individuals necessary to the investigation will be involved from the initial stages
  • A designated member of management or, if appropriate, a third party will be assigned to carry out an initial investigation into the complaint
  • If the complaint relates to harassment on grounds of age, race, religion, family status, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community or relates to sexual harassment, a team of at least two people will be appointed to investigate the complaint where possible
  • Where possible the investigator or investigation team will try to agree terms of reference and a time frame with the complainant and alleged harasser or bully in advance of the investigation
  • Interviews will be held with both the complainant and any witnesses to establish a thorough understanding of the facts of the alleged complaint, and a record of the meetings will be held
  • The complainant and the alleged harasser or bully may be accompanied to investigative meetings by any of the contact persons referred to above
  • All material received will be treated with the highest level of sensitivity
  • Where necessary parties to the procedure may in some cases be sent home with pay to enable parties to investigate the complaint
  • It may be necessary to interview other persons and if so the importance of confidentiality will be stressed to them. Any statements from witnesses will be circulated to both the person making the complaint and the alleged harasser or bully for their comments before any conclusion is reached in the investigation
  • When the investigation has been completed, the investigator or investigation team will present a written report to management
  • Both the complainant and the alleged harasser or bully will be informed in writing of the findings of the investigation and will be given the opportunity to comment on the findings before any action is decided upon by IC Dublin
  • If IC Dublin decides that the complaint is well founded, management will meet with the alleged harasser or bully to establish what action is to be taken
  • Action can and may include counseling, monitoring, mediation and/or disciplinary action
  • Any disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with IC Dublin’s Disciplinary Procedure
  • Where a complaint is upheld against a non-staff member, the investigation report may recommend appropriate sanctions against the non-staff or his/her colleague which could extend where appropriate in the circumstances to exclusion of that individual from IC Dublin’s premises, suspension or termination of service, suspension or termination of a supply service or other contract
  • In cases where it is discovered that the complainant made a false accusation of bullying and/or harassment, IC Dublin may undertake counseling, monitoring, mediation and/or disciplinary action including dismissal (see malicious complaints below)
  • Any party to the investigation who is unhappy with the outcome of the investigation is entitled to appeal
  • Any appeal should be made in writing and directed to the Registrar of IC Dublin, Mr Padraig Hourigan, within 10 working days of the conclusion of the investigation
  • The Board of Directors may nominate a third party to work with them on the appeal and will aim to notify the appellant of IC Dublin’s decision within a further 10 working days


Malicious complaints

Malicious complaints (complaints which have no basis and are intended to impugn the integrity of another staff member) are considered a very serious matter and will be treated under the disciplinary procedure and may lead to dismissal.  A complaint that is not upheld by the formal investigation is not necessarily considered to be malicious without fear of ridicule or reprisal.


In the first week of your course, you will take part in an induction which introduces you to the college and to Dublin and which advises you on the requirements of your visa. This induction is held by Maeve Casey, Admissions Officer.


At induction, Niamh Doolan, Examinations Officer, will clearly lay out the examinations required and procedures for each student, so letters for GNIB/ INIS may be appropriately prepared.

Students, along with Niamh Doolan, on behalf of Independent College Dublin, sign an agreement confirming the following:

  • That the student understands that exams are a mandatory part of the programme they are registered for.
  • That the student will sit the required exams and complete all assessment components
  • That IC Dublin will register the student with the appropriate accrediting body for course
  • That IC Dublin will store your results securely
  • That your results will be accessible to IC Dublin staff members and also to INIS.

Assessment and Exam results

Programmes in the School of Law and the School of Business operate over two semesters. Depending on the programme you are registered for you will have to complete examinations for Semester 1 in January of the academic year and complete examinations for Semester 2 in May of the academic year. Provisional results of Semester 1 are issued in February and your final transcript for the academic year will be issued in June after the External Examination Board has approved all results and grades.

All assessment and examinations are moderated by the Head of School. All assessments and examinations are reviewed by an external Examiner at the Summer exam board meeting. The results of each programme are presented to the external examiner and he/she reviews and approves the marks awarded.

For the BA in Business Studies and the MA in Dispute Resolution, once the final exam board has met a transcript of results is sent by post to the student to the address that Independent College has on file. When the student has achieved all the credits necessary to graduate, the Examinations Officer uploads all student details and results to the QBS system and QQI.

In the case of the LLM and LLB, the University of West England, Bristol, issue the examination results directly through an online portal system. All students are issued with login details and a password to access their results. All student results also are held on file in Independent College.

Emergency Procedures

We understand, however, that sometimes students have problems and need help. Please call to the administration office if you have a problem.

Administration office hours are from 09.00 – 17.30 every day.

If you are not on campus, during office hours, you can call our main reception on 01 6355800 and they will transfer to the person that can help you best.

If you have a serious problem during the evening, or at weekends, we are here to help you. You can contact our emergency phone number: 00 353 86 8225543. A staff member will answer your call and assist you with your problem.