Why study in Ireland
As far back as 500 AD, Ireland, and its monks and monasteries, were at the centre of learning in Europe, earning Ireland the title Land of Saints and Scholars. In 1592, Trinity College Dublin received its charter and university status. National University of Ireland Maynooth dates back to 1795, and the universities in Galway and Cork were both founded in 1845.
Ireland’s history has engendered a deep appreciation and respect for learning, and, today, educational attainment rates are among the highest in the world. Over 85 per cent of young people complete secondary level education, and over two-thirds of those go on to higher level education. Ireland is ranked first in Europe in terms of graduates per 1,000 inhabitants.
Government investment in world class facilities build on a lengthy tradition of academic excellence. Today, there are seven universities, 14 Institutes of Technology and many other world-leading education and research centres, housed in state-of-the-art facilities on beautiful campuses
Irish research ranks within the top one pe r cent globally in 18 research fields, and all of the country’s universities are in the top 3 per cent worldwide. Students from 160 countries study in Ireland and make up 12 per cent of the student population.
REASON TO STUDY IN IRELAN
A friendly, safe country
Internationally recognised qualifications and extensive choice
Supportive learning environments
Innovative and creative culture
Leading global companies in Ireland
The main conditions of being a Full Time Language Non EEA student are:
The course must be listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)
A student on a full time language course may obtain an immigration permission of up to 8 months for that course (prior to a rule change in January 2016 the period was 12 months).
A student may be granted immigration permission for a maximum of 3 language courses. The total duration of immigration permission for a new student attending language courses is 2 years (i.e. 3 x 8 months). However where a student had received one or two 12 month permissions under the previous rules they may still obtain apply up to a total of three permissions.
Example: Student received initial Immigration Permission from May 2014 – May 2015 to attend English language course. This was renewed from May 2015-May 2016. In May 2016 the student can receive one further permission of up to 8 months to January 2017. If they wish to stay on as a student after that they must be doing a degree programme.
A full time Language Course consists of a minimum of 25 weeks tuition and a minimum of 15 hours tuition per week. The minimum number of hours of teaching is therefore 375.
All tuition must be delivered during the hours 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and involve tuition on at least 3 of those days.
The minimum level of attendance on the course is 85%.
The student must take a recognised examination at the end of the course (students who do not comply with this requirement willl not be permitted to obtain further immigration permission)
To Register at the Immigration Office and obtain immigration permission and registration card:
You need a Letter of acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time day-time education involving a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime tuition each week between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
You must have proof that fees have been paid to the college.
You must have access to €3,000 at first registration. This is in addition to your course fees.
All students are required to have private medical insurance, either personally or through a group scheme operated by your college, at time of registration in accordance with the conditions set out below regarding private medical insurance.
All colleges must provide enrolled learner protection. Your letter of acceptance must clearly demonstrate that you are covered by learner protection arrangements. NB. Where the college’s enrolled learner protection arrangements are through an insurance scheme, each student must have a certificate of proof of enrolled learner protection in their own name demonstrating that they are covered.
The registration fee is €300
For information regarding evidence of finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011 please click on the following link: Student Finances: Notice Regarding Evidence of Finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011
For information regarding the requirement to hold private medical insurance please read the following notice Private Medical Insurance for full-time Non-EEA Students (Size 22KB)