Students who wish to study in Ireland can choose from the country’s many top-ranked universities and offers scholarships and grants to deserving students. The tuition fees in these universities are also reasonable.

Before you decide to study in Ireland, you must decide on which Ireland study visa you should apply for. There are two types of Ireland study visa:

If you plan on studying in Ireland for less than three months, you’ll need to apply for a ‘C study visa.’ The short-stay C visa is usually a training visa that allows you to come to Ireland for a short period of 90 days to undergo a training course for work or professional advancement. You are not permitted to work while on this training visa.

If your course has duration of more than three months, you will need to apply for a ‘D study visa.’ A foreign student normally applies to a D study visa while intending to remain in Ireland for more than three months.

Documents required
  • 2 latest color photographs of Passport size
  • Latest Passport and copies of previous passports if any
  • A letter of an application having your complete contact information with the reason for arriving in Ireland and signature
  • Acceptance Letter from the University or College in Ireland
  • Proof substantiating gaps in your educational history if any
  • Evidence of payment of the tuition and registration fees
  • Copies of all exam results, academic qualifications needed for university study
  • Certificate for proficiency in English language /IELTS score
  • Evidence of having adequate cash for supporting your stay in Ireland without resorting to public funds or dependency on casual work
  • Medical Insurance that covers the student for at least Euros 25,000
Eligibility requirements
  • Demonstrate intentions to return home: Your statement of purpose for an Ireland student visa must state that you plan to return to your home country after your studies are completed.
  • Sufficient Financial Support: In addition to the course fees, you must demonstrate that you have immediate and ready access to at least 7,000 EUR. This is the average cost of living in Ireland for one academic year for a student.
  • Admission proof: You must send a letter of acceptance from the relevant Irish university confirming your acceptance for a full-time program.
  • Proof of strong ties to your home country: You should be able to demonstrate strong ties to your home country through family, work opportunities, bank accounts, or other properties.
Processing time

The Ireland Student Visa processing times are variable based on the nation from which you submit your Visa application. Normally, you will get the decision for your Visa by 4 to 8 weeks. This is from the date you submit the application at the Consulate/Embassy/Visa Office.

Is IELTS a requirement for a student visa in Ireland?

The majority of Irish colleges and universities need IELTS band scores of 6.5. The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service, on the other hand, needs IELTS band scores of 5.

Can students work while studying in Ireland?

Non-EEA students with Stamp 2 permission to stay are permitted to work on a part-time basis. They will work up to 20 hours a week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer vacation.

Non-EU/EEA postgraduate students who are working on their dissertations after their exams are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week part-time during the summer break at the college.

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