International students who wish to study at EduCo’s Irish partner institutions Technological University Dublin, Dublin City University, IT Sligo and Maynooth University should now be completing their requirements in order to meet the mid-December deadline.
While students and education agents are in the thick of preparations for the January 2020 intake, EduCo in Ireland Vice President Jacob Kestner explains why the Emerald Isle is one of the best study destinations in terms of return on the student’s investment, among which are the affordable education and living costs, work opportunities for students while pursuing their degree programs, high quality program options and post-study work visas covering 12 months for Bachelor’s degree graduates and 24 months for Master’s degree graduates.
In line with the January 2020 intake, Jacob has issued the following pointers for incoming students.
1. Keep your Letter of Offer handy – it’s your ticket to an exciting adventure!
In line with this, students can print it and save their university’s email. More importantly, they should remember their Student Reference Number (SRN).
2. Pay your tuition fees.
Before paying the full year’s tuition fee, students should check and ensure that they have received a full, unconditional offer from their chosen institution. They should then keep a record of their confirmation, payment receipt and visa support letters and contact their respective schools:
For postgraduate students of Dublin City University and Maynooth University, they need to register online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) and pay the required deposit first (i.e., €500 for DCU and €200 for MU) before paying the tuition fee at their respective institutions.
3. Organise a private medical health insurance to be safeguarded financially from accidents or sickness.
The medical insurance may be in the form of a personal or group scheme insurance. In cases where the medical insurance is already included in the school fees, the coverage normally starts upon registration. Students may purchase a short-term insurance which will cover the period of arrival in Ireland until the first week of the semester to close the gap.
4. Prepare visa requirements.
Students can read upon when and how to apply, what the required fees are, how long the process will take, the conditions associated with a study visa and supporting documentation here.
5. Apply for a student visa.
Before lodging their application, students should have the following handy: (1) Passport-sized photo, (2) Valid passport, (3) Signed letter of application (4) Application fee, (5) Letter of offer or acceptance, (6) Receipt letter and (7) Evidence of sufficient funds. Then they can print the completed application form and keep it with all their supporting documents.Research accommodation options. Students can choose from any of the following: (1) on-campus housing, (2) privately-managed student residences, (3) rental accommodations and (4) host families. They may contact their respective institutions – Dublin City University, Maynooth University, IT Sligo and TU Dublin for details.
6. Prepare for arrival.
The best way for students to prepare for their study destination is to gather as much information as they can on their campus and its surroundings. They can also take note of pre- and post-arrival details or contact their respective institutions.
In addition to his pointers, Jacob reiterates that students can examine their options for a professional career in Ireland with its high demand for highly-skilled workers who can be granted a five-year work permit and possible permanent residency.