Do I need a visa?

That depends on where you come from. Students from the EEA, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to travel to or study in Ireland. Students from visa-waiver countries such as Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Mexico, US A, Canada, Japan, Korea and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Ireland but must register after arrival. Students from visa-requiring countries such as Colombia, China, Russia, Pakistan and India require a visa in advance of travelling to Ireland. For full information please visit: http://www.inis.gov.ie. Go to ‘Students’ on left column and select visa type. 

Will the school help me to register with immigration after arrival?

Yes, after you arrive at the school, the student support tutor will take you through a step-by-step process of opening a bank account, applying for a social security number and registering with immigration.

How much money should I bring to Ireland for long-term study?

If you are from a country outside of the EEA, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, you will be required to open a bank account in Ireland and place the sum of ¬€3000 (for 6 months – 1 year) or €500 per month for shorter courses. You will also be required to pay a fee of €¬150 to register with immigration. 

Can I work in Ireland?

Students from the EEA, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein can work legally in Ireland with the same conditions as Irish citizens. All students from outside these countries can work in Ireland only if they are in full-time education on an approved programme for a period of 25 weeks or more. In this brochure, these programmes include Academic Year English, Foundation Year and all Certificate and Diploma programmes. However, students on these programmes are limited to working 20 hours per week during course term and 40 hours per  

Can I buy insurance through the school?

Yes, we can arrange a very competitive insurance policy for students. Please consult our price list and stipulate on your application if you require this service. 

Can you meet me at the airport?

If you are arriving at Knock airport, we can direct you to a bus service to Sligo.  A representative from the school can meet you when you arrive in Sligo and bring you to your accommodation. 

When can I start my course?

You can start English programmes and Academic Year programmes on the dates specified on the website. 

How big are the classes?

There is a maximum of 16 students in each language class.  All new English language students can do an English Test on our website before arrival at the school to determine the correct class level.  

Do you have any activities I can participate in after class?

Yes, Academic Foundation Programme students can join the clubs and societies available to our university students.  We organise a range of activities as part of our general English courses. 

What qualifications do your teachers have?

All English teachers have a degree and an ACELS recognized TEFL certificate. 

How can I find information about Cambridge exams?

Your teacher can advise you on which examination will suit you and direct you to the relevant information

Can I get a certificate at the end of my course?

All students must attend at least 85% of their English classes to receive the full certificate. Students who complete an English programme receive an in-house English certificate. Those who complete an International test such as FCE, CAE or IELTS, will also receive that certificate from the relevant examination body. As aprt of our academic foundation course we prepare students for an ETAPP assessment which is recognised for entry to third level colleges in Ireland. 

Can I use my laptop computer in the school?

Yes, there is free WiFi access throughout the building. We also have computer suites with computer points and webcams. 

Will there be internet access or WiFi in my accommodation?

Internet access is not guaranteed in the accommodation. 

When are school holidays?

The school is closed for Christmas / New year for two weeks. Please contact us for the exact dates each year. The school is also closed on the following national and bank holidays: March 17th, Easter Friday, Easter Monday, first Monday in May, June and August and the last Monday in October. There will be no classes on these dates and no reimbursement for classes missed. 

What if I don't qualify for a VISA, how do I apply for a refund?

If you have been refused a visa to study in Ireland you can appeal the decision.  If the appeal against the decision has failed, a full refund of tuition fees will be given on submission of all original documents and evidence of the refusal of visa to the English Language School.