Study and Work in Ireland
- Study English and Work Part Time for 25 weeks
- For non European Students 18+ and 30+
*average price for Latin America
3 hours/day of English
Work part time 25 weeks
+10 WEEKS (ENJOY OR WORK)
What is Study and Work in Ireland?
The Study and Work in Ireland Programmes are available for Visa Requiring Students and consist of 25 weeks of study plus 10 weeks of holidays. Students are permitted to work part-time for the whole 35 weeks and full-time during the 10 weeks holidays. Students booking this programme must book an end of programme exam (cost, approx €200) and medical insurance for the whole duration of their stay. Along with the Study and Work in Ireland program, Students can book the IELTS or Cambridge FCE/CAE exams and attend exam preparation classes at the school. At the end of the Study and Work in Ireland program, students will obtain an International Language Certificate!
Do you need a Visa to Study and Work in Ireland?
You will need a visa if you are not a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) national, or a national of certain selected countries. You will need a visa to Study and Work in Ireland if you are for example from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru or Venezuela… Here is the complete list of countries requiring a visa to study in Ireland: Visa required countries
Study + Live + Work!
There are 3 main elements composing a Study and Work program abroad, as you may have guessed from the title of this paragraph. The 3 elements are described briefly here below, and you may get more in depth information by clicking on the relevant buttons.
Learn and Certify your English!
The English Language Course that comes with the Study and Work in Ireland program is to be taken Monday to Friday for 25 weeks, consists of 20 general English Lessons per week and it includes (free of charge) the preparation for one of the International English Language Certifications IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE, FCE.
Live Abroad, Live it All!
You may choose to book an accommodation for your Study and Work in Ireland program, either via the school’s channels (for the full period or for just a few weeks in the beginnning) or autonomously. If you book it via the school, it can be an apartment, a host family, or a Residence, with single room, shared room, and often a private bathroom option.
Work Part Time, help the budget
With the Study and Work in Ireland package, you will have the chance to apply for a part time job for 25 weeks followed by, optionally, an extra 10 weeks of full time job). Although the job search is not included and it’s your responsibility, Ireland boosts many opportunities in every field, that’s why Study and Work in Ireland is so popular!
Choose to include an accommodation… or not!
Book 25 weeks of Course + 25 or 35 weeks of Accommodation
Pre-book everything and relax, stay at one of the School’s Own accommodations and give yourself the best treatment possible!
Book 25 weeks of Course + some weeks of accommodation
Give yourself some more time to find an autonomous accommodation for your Study and Work in Ireland program, you will still be able to extend your stay at one of the School’s Own accommodations in case of need!
Book 25 weeks of Course and independent accommodation
Find an accommodation remotely, maybe through a friend who already lives in Ireland or via a dedicated accommodation website.
What expenses will you incour into as a Student living a Study and Work in Ireland program?
- A cheap local accommodation, for example a single room in a shared flat (your class mates at school will help you find something, there’s always someone coming and going from the shared flats!) will cost you approximately 75€ per week (basic bills included). This means that for the whole 35 weeks a student of a Study and Work in Ireland program spends on an average in rent €2625.
- Food and grocery, breakfast €3, lunch €5, dinner €7, snacks €3 = €18/day or €126/week or €4410 for 35 weeks.
- Transports, the cost may vary a lot, on an average consider approximately €20/week or €700 for the whole 35 weeks.
English Course + EXAM
Your General English Language Course will be held Monday to Friday, every week for 25 weeks. The course is composed by 4 lessons every day, each one lasting 45 minutes (hence 3 hours in total of course every day). You will have the option to take a few days off every now and then, but your attendance must be as high as possible.
The English Language Course includes the exam preparation (for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, CPE, FCE). The program of both General English and Exam preparation is based on modern curricula that allow you to increase your confidence, competence and understanding of the language quickly and effectively.
Please visit the pages General English and Exam Preparation that are connected to the main menu.
Work (Part-time + Full-time)
What can you expect from a part time job in Ireland during your Study and Work in Ireland program?
It really varies a lot, but to help you get a mental picture, let’s draft a common scenario here below…
Finding a job in Ireland is relatively easy when you apply for a position in catering, reception, etc. That’s why the Study and Work in Ireland programs are so popular amongst south American students. There are plenty of opportunities and they will be there for you to pick, your school mates will surely be able to address you in this sense. The minimum wage in Ireland was increased in the year 2016 to €9.15 per hour.
If you work as a waiter on a part time basis, 4 hours per day, you will very likely be making €9.15 per hour, plus an average €10 per day of tips (some times much more than 10 per day, but let’s keep it down). This takes the total potential earnings of a “Study and Work in Ireland” student to an average of €46.6 per day, or €233 per week.
This minimum wage rate applies to all employees, regardless of whether part time, full time, temporary, or casual. If you start working 3 weeks after landing in Ireland, after getting a bit of grip with the English Language, you may make approximately €5126 in the following 22 weeks of part time work and approximately €4660 if you work full-time for the coming 10 weeks (that you may optionally spend on a holiday instead), bringing the potential total earning to an average 9786€.
Bureaucracy and The Law
Since 1st January 2016 students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 (required for any Study and Work in Ireland program participant) 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. International students who meet the above conditions and wish to take up work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number). An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number, and funds will usually only be paid to an Irish bank account. Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements.
Scared by the technicalities?
The personnel at school will help you with all the things that cannot be done remotely regarding your Study and Work in Ireland program.
Can you switch to work permit employment once in Ireland?
No, this opportunity is not available to Language Programme Students.
You will need a visa if you are not a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) national, or a national of certain selected countries. Here is the list of countries requiring a visa to study in Ireland: Visa required countries. Type of visa: To Study ad Work for 35 weeks: D visa (Study visa)
Click here for Visa Procedures for your Study and Work in Ireland program
D visa (Study-Work Visa)
• This visa is for non-EU/EEA nationals taking English courses for longer than 90 days.
• Available to students of all levels, including Beginner.
• To get a D visa (Study-Work visa), students will need to have:
– A visa support letter from the school which we will send you after receiving full payment
– Evidence of Finances
– Medical Insurance
– Evidence of Education/Employment history• After entering the country, students must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with Immigration at a registration office before the date stamped on their passport at border control.
• This visa can be extended in Ireland.
• Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA who are registered as full-time students with the Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) are permitted to work part-time in Ireland (up to a maximum of 20 hours per week, and full-time during specified holiday periods) to support themselves. Holiday periods are: June, July, August and September, and December 15th – January 15th.
• All visa students are required to attend their courses. Students with an attendance lower than 85% may have problems with a future visa extension/renewal.
• Students of the Study and Work in Ireland programs may transfer to another course/school if the other school is a recognised provider on the ILEP.
Long Term Courses D visa (Study-Work Visa) students
Non-EEA students on a course of 25 weeks or longer (to a limit of 32 weeks, which is the total length of the visa) are required to take an external examination at the end of their course. Students will be required to pay their visa fees before the documents are issued. For more information, please see here.
The school will recommend an appropriate exam (IELTS, FCE, or CAE) based on your level and help you register for an exam at a local external testing centre. Exam fees for the students of any Study and Work in Ireland program, must be paid at the time of booking (approx. €200).
The school will keep a copy of your test results. These may be made available to immigration authorities upon request. Please speak to the school academic team if you have any questions about your exam.
The schools are members of Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), and will guarantee that all students will be able to complete the courses for which they enrol, as they are covered by a recognised learner protection scheme and will be placed in another MEI school should they be displaced in the event of a school closure.
For more detailed information on visa requirements, please visit the website.
Applications for visas for Study and Work in Ireland programs can be made online. The site contains a comprehensive guide to completing a visa application in other languages like French and Russian.
Application forms from unsupported countries can be downloaded online and sent to the Irish Embassy or Consulate in, or accredited to, the student’s country of residence. If there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country, send your visa application to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate, or to:
The Visa Office
Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay
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