If you are an EU citizen, there are no visa requirements when
Citizens of certain countries (Non EU) who wish to pursue a
course of study in Ireland must apply for a visa to enter Ireland
before they travel here. Information on those who do not need an
entry visa is available in our document:
Visa requirements for entering Ireland.
Since 1 January 2011 there are
changes to the immigration system for non-EEA students.(EEA:
European Economic Area) If you are a non-EEA / EU national coming
to study in Ireland you mu)st be enrolled in a full-time degree
course or the Language and Non-Degree Programme
Visa applicants must apply online for their visa (After doing
the online, you have to print and should visit the nearest Irish
embassy with your other documents listed below). If you wish to
study in Ireland for less than 3 months you should apply for a 'C
study visa'. If your course lasts longer than 3 months, you should
apply for a 'D study visa'. Generally speaking, the duration of a
'C study visa', is not extended once you have arrived in Ireland.
Extensions will be granted in exceptional cases only. It's very
important, therefore, to make sure you know the duration of your
course before you apply for a visa.
You will need to provide the following with your visa
application. (Please remember, original documents are
required and must be in English or accompanied by a
- Letter of acceptance from a recognized
school/college/university in Ireland confirming that you have been
accepted on a course of study. This course of study must be
full-time (lasting an academic year) and have a minimum of 15 hours
per week study time.
- Evidence of your academic ability to pursue the chosen course
through the English language (unless it is an English language
- Evidence that the fees for the course have been paid in
- Evidence that you have enough funds (€7,000) to maintain
yourself for the initial part of your stay.
- Evidence that you or a sponsor have access to at least
€7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition
to the course fees for each of those years.
- Evidence that you have private medical insurance
- An explanation of any gaps in your educational history
- Confirmation that you intend to return to your country of
permanent residence when you leave Ireland.
Remember, the granting of a student visa to study in
Ireland does not confer the automatic right of anyone to
join or visit you in Ireland (whether they are a relative or
Please note that, although applications may be made through the
Department of Foreign Affairs, the decision on visa applications
will be made by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law
Important: Apply for your visa well in advance and allow
six to eight weeks for your application to be processed if you are
applying from abroad.