No visa is needed for EU-nationals.
Induction and Orientation activities often act as the first point of direct contact between you and your institution.
Generally orientation sessions are held at the start of the academic year. You are recommended to attend orientation sessions as this information will help you adapt to life at the institution and ensure you enjoy and get the most out of it!
Citizens from EU/EEA and Switzerland do not have to register with the immigration authorities.
In order to open a bank account you will need your passport/driver’s licence/national ID card, proof of home address by means of a bank statement or utility bill. Proof of your Irish address is required to comply with international money laundering legislation. Therefore, it is not possible to open a bank account from overseas!
Steps to follow before leaving
- get informed about the different irish institutions of higher education and their entrance requirements (at least 10 months in advance)
- take the different tests usually required (Toefl test and SAT or ACT test)
- then apply by 1. February through the Central Applications Office
- try to get information about student accomodation and life in Ireland
Under EU/EEA regulations, students from other member states who are attending a course of study are entitled to free hospital services provided they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
- Start your search for accommodation early!
- Do as much research as you can online, check out how close are they to the campus and how easy is it to get to the campus via public transport/walking/cycling etc.
You have several possibilities to find accommodation:
Hall of residence
Most universities and colleges offer on-campus accommodation (single or shared room or one-bedroom apartment). This kind of accomodation is quite expensive and difficult to find!
Private sector accommodation
If you want to be totally independent, choose self-catering, rented accommodation. This is especially popular for students in the second year of their studies and onwards. You can rent a place on your own, or share with other students.
Cost of Living
Precisely how much you will need will vary depending on where you are studying in Ireland, on the type of accommodation you choose and on your own personal lifestyle. But, on average, it is estimated that a student will spend around €12,000 per year.
Have a look at the Dublin Institute of Technology guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2018/19.
Student job & internship
Why an intership ?
Internship is a good opportunity to gain professional experience in your area. Interships are mostly non paid positions and are available in Dublin and throughout Ireland. The Internship Program will give you entry to Ireland’s leading and successful organisations. and will help you to
- gain professional work experience aligned to your academic studies or profession,
- develop your independence, self-esteem and confidence,
- understand the importance of cultural diversity.
As an international student engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills ) you currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.
You may work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive.
At all other times you will be limited to working 20 hours per week.
More information on educationinireland.ie.
Find a job
"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met."
William Butler Yeats
The Irish are known for their kindness and hospitality! Overseas students adapt so easily to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland.
Feel free to join a cultural or sports association, a good opportunity to meet Irish people!