Ireland Student Visa

IRELAND160498144Why study English in Ireland?
Though small in size, Ireland enjoys a world-renowned reputation. With it storied past, vibrant culture, and dynamic future, it truly has something to offer everyone. Such allure makes the fact that relatively few international students – a mere 32,000 in 2010 – study in Ireland all that more surprising. Their loss, however, can be your gain. Indeed, Ireland may be the best-kept secret in international higher education. After all, not only was Dublin was listed by Quacquarelli Symonds as one of the top ten cities in the world to be a student but also the International Student Barometer Survey  – another important metric of student satisfaction – ranked Ireland ahead of all other English-speaking countries as well as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Where can I study?
Ireland may be small but its bustling, modern cities are home to some of the most famous universities in the world. Not only are three – Trinity College, University College (Dublin), and University College (Cork) – among the world’s 200 best but these flagship colleges also serve as an inspiration model for the country’s many other centers of higher education. Moreover, the country’s reputation for hospitality extends well beyond the walls of higher education – the country boasts a number of public and private English language schools to choose from.

What are the Ireland student visa regulations like?
Best of all, recent changes to the Irish student visa policy make studying English in Ireland easier than ever. Not only are students from the European Union, European Economic Area, and Switzerland except from student visa requirements (as Ireland is itself a member of the EU/EEA), but students from many other countries are able to study in Ireland on a standard tourist visa.* For those interested in a longer course of study, obtaining an Ireland student visa means obtaining a “D” visa. For more information on this process, see our information page on Ireland Student Visas.

* For more information on this policy change please see the INIS briefing here.