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Visa requirements for English and non degree programmes 

If you are applying for a student visa to do an English language course in Ireland, it is very important to ensure  that it is a recognised English language school.

The main conditions of being a Full Time Language and Non-Degree Programme Non EEA student are:-

  • The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at language/non degree level is limited to three years;
  • The conditions below must be compiled with
    • You must have 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 8am and 6pm
    • You must have proof that fees have been paid to the college. Where your fees are below €6,000, the full amount of the fees must be paid in advance.
    • You must have access to €3,000 at first registration. This is in addition to your course fees.
    • You must comply with Medical Insurance requirements.

Limitation for English language program :

The standard immigration permission available for the purposes of pursuing an English language programme on the ILEP will be 8 months and such students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 are permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.   At all other times they will be limited to working 20 hours per week.