If you are interested in studying in Ireland — and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to — getting an Irish study visa, sometimes referred to as an Irish student visa, may be necessary before you can study as an international student in Ireland.
If you are an Irish citizen or a citizen of any other European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you’re on the right website to learn along about achieving success as a student in Ireland . . . but you don’t need an Irish study visa. Instead, why not go straight to choosing from among the various universities in Ireland or explore your options to study at an institute of technology? We also have plentiful information on accessing courses via the CAO application system, EU fee rates, SUSI grants and student accommodation in Ireland.
Irish study visa
For other readers thinking of studying in Ireland who come from a non-EEA country, don’t worry, Ireland and Irish third level institutions — together, universities and institutes of technology — welcome many thousands of international students each year from around the world.
If you’re planning on undertaking a course of study in Ireland, you’ll just need to add obtaining a Irish study visa to your to-do list before beginning your course.
If you wish to study in Ireland for less than three months you should apply for a ‘C study visa’. If your course lasts longer than three months, you should apply for a ‘D study visa’.
You must apply online for an Irish study visa. When you have completed the online application process, you must then follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation. The summary form, which you need to print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.
Also note that the Irish Government has started collecting biometric data from certain visa applicants. You can find information about biometric data on the INIS website.
It is important to review the eligibility and documentation guidelines below or via the appropriate link(s), as applicable, carefully before proceeding, as errors can and do lead to refusals.