All students holding a Non-EU passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland. However, some nationalities are not required to have a visa to enter Ireland and the long term student visa can be awarded shortly after arrival in Ireland, with the assistance of Griffith College
Nationalities who do not require an Irish visa stamp
A list of nationalities who do not require an Irish visa stamp in their passport to enter Ireland can be seen here.
Where to apply for your Study Visa
For students who do need a visa to enter Ireland, it is recommended that you contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country for full visa information.
Irish Embassies and Consulates
The list of all Irish Embassies and Consulates can be seen here.
How to apply for your Study Visa in Ireland
For a successful visa application, the following documents should be submitted at a minimum. Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required or click here.
Visa application form
Student visa declaration form
Education documents from high school and university where applicable
English proficiency certificates such as IELTS or TOEFL
Evidence of finances - you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of the programme. The Immigration office recommends the student to have access to €7000 per year for living expenses
Proof of Medical Insurance
Proof of payment
Proof of enrolment on the stated course
Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any